20 March 2005, International Day of Action Against the War in Iraq
the troops home!"
Rally and march
event started at 12 Noon in Hyde Park, heard from introductory speakers,
then marched through the retail heart of the Central Business District
via Park, George, King and Elizabeth streets to returned to Hyde
Park for more speakers. Approximately 3000 people participated.
Senator Kerry Nettle (Greens)
John Pilger (journalist, author)
Stephen Hopper, lawyer for Mamdouh Habib, the Australian
citizen arrested in Pakistan as part of the 'War on Terror' and
'rendered' to Egypt where he was tortured on behalf of the US and
Australian governments, before being released when they could find
nothing incriminating against him. Mr Habib also spoke briefly to
thank all those who had campaigned for his release.
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Senator Kerry Nettle
Habib (centre), with his wife Maha Habib, and lawyer, Stephen Hopper.
Other Iraq war
stuff from the Nick Possum Home Page ...
slides further into the Iraq quagmire:
The tragic inevitability of a forlorn hope
24 February 2005
Howards decision to double Australias ground troop commitment
in Iraq was inevitable. The prime minister put off the inevitable for
as long as he could, but Australias slavish adherence to the American
Alliance left him no option but to dispatch more troops to George Bush's
mad neo-colonial adventure ... the 450 extra Australian troops will
not be the last. READ THE FULL ARTICLE
years of bombing the Arabs
By Gavin Gatenby
20 August 2004
In Iraq, few days pass without the US Air Force bombing civilian targets.
In a high-profile atrocity in May, a bunch of trigger-happy fly-boys
shot up a village wedding in western Iraq, killing 45 guests including
many children, and a Baghdad singer loved by millions, but these things
happen almost daily in towns like Najaf, Samarra and Fallujah, and in
other places too far from public gaze to warrant media attention.
The explanation on the increasingly rare occasions that one is
given is always that these are precision strikes against terrorists
... the bodies that turn up in the town morgues are largely women and
children. READ THE FULL ARTICLE