A consumer advocate who was spied on by the Commonwealth Bank now faces a legal action that should send shivers down the spines of whistle-blowers around the country.
The bank is funding a defamation action filed against the advocate, Michael Fraser, by a senior executive at the bank.
It is one of history’s ironies that the Lincoln Memorial is a sacred space for the Civil Rights Movement and the site of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
from Crikey …..
How fares the War on Terror?
There was a moment on Tuesday evening – hours before the first public hearing of the Senate inquiry into corporate tax evasion – when Treasurer Joe Hockey and his advisers should have sensed a firestorm approaching.
The origins of humans (homo sapiens) makes for legends in our own minds, including denaturing life with rabid religious beliefs. Here, there is some resonance between the Abrahamic religions and the "myths" of ancient Greece and Rome, with equivalents of various legendary origins, in the region — especially in Mesopotamia, but also in Egypt.
It's the same the whole world over, it's the same
The rich man gets the money
And the poor man gets the blame
Tony Abbott has said that only the Coalition could stem the flow of asylum seeker boats because other governments would “succumb to the cries of the human rights lawyers”.
The prime minister admitted that vessels continue to depart for Australia, saying that the government has “largely stopped the boats”, a step back from previous comments indicating they have been stopped altogether.
The Israel Lobby and its associated neo-con war criminals will block if they can the
from Civil Liberties Australia
Govt produces ‘worst legislation so far’ …
Louiseville, Kentucky: Senator Rand Paul promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid that he said would highlight the conservative principles of reduced government and spending as he vowed to break up "the Washington machine."
Not all flies are dirty or carry diseases
Mr. Putin has methodically targeted, through charm and cash and by fanning historical and ideological embers, the European Union’s weakest links in a campaign to assert influence in some of Europe’s most troubled corners. One clear goal is to break fragile Western unity over the conflict in Ukraine.