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  • Downer praises Bush legacy (Aussie FM compares Bush with Reagan)

    05/24/2007 6:41:04 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 35 replies · 1,460+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 25 May 2007
    GEORGE W. Bush is "a person of enormous courage", Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said yesterday. His comment was just days after former US president Jimmy Carter described the Bush Administration as the worst in history for its global impact. Mr Downer, speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Los Angeles, compared Mr Bush's war on terror to Mr Reagan's Cold War victory over the Soviet Union. "When I think about the war on terror and the decisions he has had to make, these have been tough decisions," Mr Downer told about 300 guests, including Mr Reagan's widow,...
  • Chavez 'like a dictator without class'

    09/23/2006 2:16:17 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 580+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23 September 2006
    VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez resembled a dictator who lacked class during his "rant" at the UN in which he called George W Bush "the devil", (Australian) Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has said. Mr Downer, who was at the UN General Assembly when Mr Chavez attacked the US President this week, said his comments reflected badly on Venezuela. He said Mr Chavez had dictatorial tendencies and compared him to Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. "The United Nations is a place where you can speak freely and America's a place where you can speak freely," Mr Downer said on US news network Fox in...
  • Alexander Downer [MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA] Foreign Policy Values and the Media

    09/01/2006 7:26:06 AM PDT · by Tolik · 6 replies · 573+ views
    foreignminister.gov.au ^ | 28 August 2006 | Alexander Downer
    The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA :: Home :: Biography:: Department :: Speeches :: Media Releases :: Transcripts :: Photo Gallery :: Contacts :: Website Feedback Speech to the National Newspaper Publishers' Conference Gold Coast, 28 August 2006Foreign Policy Values and the Media IntroductionThank you for the chance to speak to you this morning. I would like to use this opportunity to cover two inter-related topics today.First I would like to talk about the principles that drive Australian foreign policy under this Government. You might feel sometimes that our foreign policy is driven by the 24...
  • The media war against Israel [Melanie Phillips nails it!]

    08/30/2006 11:31:25 AM PDT · by PajamaTruthMafia · 42 replies · 1,996+ views
    melanie phillips ^ | August 30, 2006 | melanie phillips
    The media war against Israel Early in the recent Lebanon war, the blogosphere revealed the fabrication of images by Reuters, whose reputation is now in shreds among those dwindling numbers in the western mainstream media who still acknowledge there is such a thing as the truth. Since then, the nature and scale of the various frauds perpetrated by the media during that war put those doctored Reuters pictures into the shade. The western media are no longer merely producing questionable professional practices in reporting a war. They are now active participants in it — and on the wrong side of...
  • In the war room (Account of Australian foreign ministers meeting with Pres. Bush, 4/1/2003)

    07/31/2006 6:46:21 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 179+ views
    The Australian ^ | 31st July 2006 | Greg Sheridan
    Alexander Downer's meeting with George W. Bush soon after the start of the Iraq war is a revealing, intimate snapshot of the two countries working to form a much closer relationship, writes Greg Sheridan WASHINGTON in April, a cool, crisp spring day. The snow is all gone and by the Potomac River the cherry blossom is just beginning to flower. The tourists are coming in numbers; so are some protesters. For this is April 1, 2003, and Washington is a city at war. Today, in the (Teddy) Roosevelt Room at the White House, Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, is to...
  • US 'always used Geneva Convention'

    07/12/2006 10:24:32 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 3 replies · 505+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 July 2006
    (Australian) FOREIGN Minister Alexander Downer says the United States has always treated terror suspect David Hicks and his fellow Guantanamo Bay detainees in accordance with the Geneva Convention. The Bush administration said overnight that all detainees in US military custody in Cuba and elsewhere would be treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention. The new policy appears to reverse Washington's earlier insistence that Guantanamo detainees, including Mr Hicks, were not prisoners of war and therefore not subject to Geneva protections. It reflects the recent five to three US Supreme Court decision blocking military commissions set up by US President George...
  • Cartoon grotesque stunt, says Downer (Mad Moozie Dingo ALERT!!!)

    03/29/2006 6:12:20 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 1,551+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 30 March 2005
    A CARTOON depicting Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer as fornicating dingoes was a grotesque stunt by a tacky publication, Mr Downer said today. But the minister said the Indonesian paper which published the lurid cartoon had every right to do in a free society. The Islamic-leaning Rakyat Merdeka (People's Freedom) newspaper has run the cartoon on its front page amid Indonesia's continuing anger over Australia's giving visas to 42 West Papuan asylum seekers. The cartoon depicts the two dingoes having sex under a palm tree on an otherwise barren island signposted "Papua". Headlined "The adventure of...
  • 'De-programming' of [Islamofascist] Militants Rapped in Australia

    03/09/2006 2:10:08 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 16 replies · 471+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 03/09/2006 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia is considering a plan to "de-programme" Islamic militants held in jail despite criticism by a rights group saying it amounted to brainwashing. Police Commissioner Mick Keelty proposed the idea, saying the technique involved using respected imams or people previously connected with militant organisations to convert extremists to more moderate views. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said that while "re-programming isn't the phrase I would use", the idea would be considered as it had been implemented successfully in Europe, the Middle East and Indonesia. "Those governments have made an attempt to persuade extremists and terrorists who have been...
  • Of course we back Bush: Downer (Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer)

    11/01/2004 3:03:59 AM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 399+ views
    News.Com (Australia) ^ | November 1, 2004
    Of course we back Bush: DownerNovember 1, 2004IT WAS inevitable the federal government would show support for its American centre-right counterpart in the lead-up to the US elections, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today. But while Prime Minister John Howard had a "very close relationship" with George W. Bush, the coalition would also work effectively with an administration led by Democratic challenger John Kerry, he said. Mr Howard today came under attack from the opposition and Mr Kerry's camp for his open support of George W. Bush ahead of tomorrow's election. Mr Howard last week said he hoped Mr...
  • Clear evidence that Iraq had biological weapons: Australia

    05/29/2003 9:06:07 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 176+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 29 2003 | AP
    SYDNEY: There is clear evidence Iraq had a biological weapons programme even though none of the armaments have been found there since US-led forces invaded the country, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Thursday. Downer cited a US Central Intelligence Agency report released yesterday, which said two trucks had been discovered in northern Iraq filled with laboratory equipment, as proof that Iraq had such a programme. No prohibited weapons were found in the trucks, but US intelligence officials say the vehicles fit a description from an Iraqi source of a mobile biological weapons laboratory. "The equipment has now been...
  • Australia and Germany pledge to fight terrorism

    01/28/2003 3:47:37 PM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 158+ views
    Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and his German counterpart, Joscka Fischer, have confirmed a mutual commitment to fight the threat of terrorism, after holding talks in Berlin. Mr Downer has also opened the new Australian embassy in the German capital. Mr Downer and Mr Fischer have very different opinions on how the Iraq crisis should be managed. While Australian servicemen are already on their way to the Gulf, Germany has vowed none of its military personnel will play any role in a war. But in acknowledging that both countries had lost citizens to terrorism in the last year, Mr Downer said...