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Mass Debate 1

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 2, 2004 - 2:41am

The first Major Parties Mass Debate is under way in Florida. The stunned mullet versus the coiffured totem pole.

The theme is foreign policy and homeland security. From my perspective, Kerry is walking all over Bush, as he should. I couldn't help noticing Bush confusing Saddam with Bin Laden and then correcting himself. Bush is trying to get by with homespun folksy sound grabs. Kerry is not the most charismatic man, and certainly not the Reagan-Bush style of communicator. But he's a far more intelligent man than the current president.

Footy Fans Against Sexual Assault

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 1, 2004 - 10:47pm

Footy Fans Against Sexual Assault (FFASA) is a highly commendable cause. Founded earlier this year after a serious of scandals surrounding allegations of sexual assaults by NRL and AFL footballers, and the evidence of a culture that has been around for years. The FFASA is advocating, among many other things, that sporting teams hold a "purple armband" day, where they wear purple armbands demonstrating a committment to a united stance against sexual violence. Several NRL clubs have already taken part as have sporting teams from other codes.

Human Rights Watch News Releases

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 1, 2004 - 10:29pm

Bahrain: Rights Center Closed as Crackdown Expands
The Bahrain government should rescind an order that closed one of the country?s leading human rights organizations, Human Rights Watch said today. The closure of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on Wednesday follows the arrest last week of its vice-president, `Abd al-Hadi al-Khawaja, after he publicly criticized the prime minister.

News from Greenpeace

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 1, 2004 - 8:08pm

The Warming War heats up
George Bush's government is out in the cold over Kyoto - and it's that old Cold War enemy, Russia, that's put it there. The Russian government has moved closer towards ratifying the crucial Kyoto climate change treaty. But while Bush hangs out in hurricane-ravaged Florida before his first election debate, the US government continues to criticise the Kyoto Treaty.

Human Rights Watch News Releases

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 1, 2004 - 7:11am

Rwanda: Rape Survivors Find No Justice
The 58-page report investigates the persistent weaknesses in the Rwandan legal system that hamper the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence. The report also documents the desperate health and economic situation of rape survivors. Many of the women who were raped became infected with HIV.

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Empire Notes

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 1, 2004 - 7:11am

September 29, 9:08 pm.
September 29, 9:08 pm. Obsidian Wings has an important post about "extraordinary rendition" and a bill that may be on the floor of Congress as early as next week to legalize it (action suggestions at the end of this post). Extraordinary rendition is the lovely practice the United States has of outsourcing torture. When stripping detainees naked, threatening them with dogs, beating them savagely, ...

John, Paul, Tony, Gordon and Bono

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 1, 2004 - 5:26am

Bono Watch: The lad got a gig as guest speaker at the UK Labour Party conference on Wednesday. He addressed the party faithful with his DATA hat on, describing Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as the John Lennon and Paul McCartney of world development. I don't remember Paul secretly plotting for John's place in the Beatles.


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