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  • 9/11 mastermind's Aussie visa

    09/21/2004 11:30:27 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 336+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 21 2004 | Martin Chulov
    THE mastermind behind September 11 was granted a visa to visit Australia one month before the al-Qa'ida strikes on New York and Washington but authorities realised their error only after the attacks. The tourist visa was granted to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed after he made an application using an alias through the Australian high commission in Islamabad in August 2001. However, at that stage Australian authorities had not entered any of the aliases used by Khalid -- al-Qa'ida figurehead Osama bin Laden's military commander -- on their alert lists. That was done only in the days following the attacks, which killed...
  • Australian terrorist seeks deal to testify in foreign trials

    08/18/2004 8:38:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 18 2004 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's first convicted terrorist, who confessed to conspiring with Al-Qaeda to blow up the Israeli embassy in Canberra, wants a deal in exchange for testifying against terror suspects in foreign courts. The Australian newspaper said British-born Islamic convert Jack Roche has undergone two lengthy interrogations with Australian Federal Police since he was sentenced to nine years in jail three months ago. The paper said the interrogations produced two witness statements for Indonesian authorities, two for Germany and one for France. But it said Roche has refused to sign the statements or commit to giving evidence at foreign...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Jellyfish (Irukandji) could hold cure for male impotency: Australian researcher

    07/21/2004 7:13:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 723+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/21/04 | AFP - Cairns, Australia
    CAIRNS, Australia, (AFP) - A strong cocktail of toxins from the potentially deadly irukandji jellyfish may hold a remedy for impotent men, according to an Australian researcher. James Cook University academic Lisa-Ann Gershwin said she believes a sting from an irukandji tentacle, which causes excruiating pain, anxiety, paralysis and a potentially fatal rise in blood pressure, also causes prolonged erections in male victims. "This is a bizarre extra symptom of irukandji syndrome in addition to the really dreadful life-threatening symptoms the syndrome gives," Gershwin said. At least two people are known to have died from irukandji stings and hundreds of...
  • Europe debt to US, says Australian PM Howard

    06/05/2004 10:09:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 134+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 06 2004 | Michael Harvey
    JOHN HOWARD has issued a blunt message to European nations opposed to the Iraq war - never forget you owe your freedom to the United States. As the US seeks European support for a fresh United Nations resolution guiding Iraq's post-war transition to democracy, the Prime Minister delivered a pointed reminder yesterday of the bleak future Europe would have faced without American help in World War II. "Without the decisive intervention of the United States, the future of those liberated countries in Europe would have been very different," Mr Howard said. "I think it's a lesson that should never be...
  • An evil blow struck in Iraq

    05/12/2004 2:10:05 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 87+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 13 2004
    THE beheading of Nicholas Berg, an American civilian in Iraq, is more than an evil act of barbarism against an innocent man. It is also part of a conscious strategy to drag Iraq into endless anarchy. The videotape of the killing is reported to show the murderers claiming they are taking revenge for the photos of the humiliation of Iraqi prisoners, some shown with bags over their heads, which have appeared around the world. It is a justification as morally corrupt as it is spectacularly stupid. The humiliation of Iraqi prisoners is unforgiveable but there is no comparison between forcing...
  • Australian troops needed in Iraq: Downer

    04/26/2004 12:33:51 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 149+ views
    The Federal Government has strongly rejected the Opposition's claim that Australian troops remain in Iraq for "symbolic" reasons. Labor says many of the troops should be brought home, because they are not performing essential services. The Opposition's defence spokesman, Chris Evans, says the Government is keeping the troops in Iraq as a symbolic gesture. He says Prime Minister John Howard originally said the nation's commitment would last months, not years. "I'm concerned John Howard is just keeping troops there as part of a symbolic commitment," he said. "We're not providing peacekeepers, we're not helping protect the Iraqi people but John...
  • 'We will see it through': Australian PM on Iraq

    04/25/2004 12:16:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 113+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 25 2004 | Dennis Shanahan
    JOHN Howard has declared during a lightning trip to Iraq that Australian troops will be serving in the strife-torn country for at least a further 14 months, and probably longer, under a Coalition Government. During a secret George Bush-style trip to Baghdad for the Anzac Day dawn service, the Prime Minister revealed that next month's budget would include additional funds for the Iraqi campaign – a recognition that Australian troops "are not going to be home quickly". On the streets of Baghdad the violence continued during Mr Howard's visit, with a US Army Humvee destroyed by a roadside bomb and...
  • Coalition of the whining still wrong on Iraq

    04/20/2004 3:55:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 143+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 20 2004
    APRIL 2003 was a great month for those who believed the people of Iraq should be freed from the grip of tyranny, and that if they were it would make the world a safer place. April 2004 has so far been a great month for those who believed they shouldn't, and that it wouldn't. In the former camp are the governments of the US, Britain, Australia, Poland and the other nations who form the coalition of the willing - along with the majority of Iraqis, who still tell pollsters their lives are better now than under Saddam Hussein. In the...
  • Aussie trained with foreign militants (Spanish al-Qaeda)

    03/18/2004 12:35:32 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 153+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 19 2004 | Sian Powell
    AN Australian trained with Spanish al-Qa'ida militants in a camp in war-torn Poso, central Sulawesi, according to intelligence reports. Security expert Ken Conboy told The Australian the terrorist training camp was set up in an abandoned Christian village about 10km east of Poso. There was some al-Qa'ida funding for the camp, he said, but he was unsure whether it was for food, transport or buildings. At least one photo exists of militants in the Poso camp. Mr Conboy said the Spanish militants abandoned the camp late in 2001. He speculated that the September 11, 2001, attacks in the US had...
  • Australian sailors to help train Iraqis

    01/23/2004 8:36:30 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 135+ views
    Australia is to increase its military presence in Iraq, sending 12 sailors to help rebuild the Iraqi Navy. The Australian sailors will be deployed to the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr next month to help establish a coastal defence force. They will work with British and US Navy personnel in training Iraqi sailors and navy personnel in patrol boat and small vessel operations. Defence Minister Robert Hill has also announced that Australian air traffic controllers deployed at Baghdad International Airport in the wake of the Iraq war will now stay until May. But 61 members of the security team that...
  • US Army awards medals to Australian soldiers

    01/23/2004 8:34:51 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 206+ views
    The United States Army has awarded commendation and achievement medals to three Darwin soldiers who served in Iraq. Sergeant Steven Attlier, Corporal Carl Connell and Corporal Damien Woolfe are among 61 personnel who are on their way back from Iraq and will arrive in Darwin tomorrow night. The three were members of the security detachment in Baghdad that provides protection for Australian Government personnel. Their mission was to clear unexploded ordinance and discarded ammunition found near the Australian Representative Office in Baghdad and transit routes used by diplomats. US Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Baker awarded the medals for clearing large amounts...
  • Iraqis should see tyrant's trial up close

    12/31/2003 7:58:19 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 139+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 01 2004 | Samantha Power
    Saddam Hussein - the man who butchered his daughters' spouses, sprayed deadly chemical poisons that peel human skin, and chopped off the tongues of potential critics - was anything but a cog in the machine. He was the machine. A machine that chewed up and spat out its cogs. But, as it does with most of those who end up in chains and certainly with those who spend months cohabiting with mice, imprisonment has a way of making even the once petrifying and mighty seem small. Hussein's frail, dazed visage was a mesmerising, potent analgesic for US and Iraqi nerves...
  • Uncle Sam has dictators reeling

    12/23/2003 9:17:43 AM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 148+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 24 2003 | David Pryce-Jones
    The Arab and Muslim world stands at a crossroad. One direction indicates dictatorship. A mixed bag of absolute rulers and Islamists have different aims, but a common belief in their right to be wielding power and killing anyone in their way, with weapons of mass destruction if they can acquire them. Taken together, they are condemning their own and other people to permanent violence and regression. And in the other direction, reform. A different mixed bag of Arab and Muslim oppositionists, intellectuals, dissidents and exiles are trying to devise the sort of pluralist or open society that alone is able...
  • Terrorism haunts Gaddafi

    12/22/2003 9:28:00 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 84+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 23 2003 | Clive Williams
    Muammar Gaddafi's decision to give up his weapons of mass destruction earlier this year was an astute move and one that recognised how much the world has changed, particularly since September 11. The old Gaddafi brings to mind his past support for terrorism; Gaddafi as the most radical Arab leader and supporter of radical causes; Libya as a revolutionary nonconformist state; and Gaddafi's support for Islamic extremists in other parts of the world, including in the Asia-Pacific region. Like Saddam Hussein, he particularly supported the Palestinians, notably the Abu Nidal Organisation that was based for many years in Libya. At...
  • Iraqis are now winning from the peace

    12/19/2003 7:04:22 AM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 70+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 20 2003
    The photograph of a defeated Saddam Hussein with Ahmed Chalabi, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, reproduced in The Weekend Australian from a Baghdad newspaper, is a great end-of-year gift for the dictator's long-suffering subjects and people around the world. Hussein's capture signals the end of three decades of tyranny in Iraq, and marks the sure end of a terror regime with a track record of using weapons of mass destruction against its enemies. Critics of the war who say the failure to date to find operational WMDs demonstrates the war was unnecessary should consider the jubilation with which...
  • Today we dance, for the rat has been trapped

    12/15/2003 10:31:07 AM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 154+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 16 2003 | Hadi Kazwini
    had just returned to my motel room in Port Augusta at 8.30pm on Sunday after a long working day in the power station. My wife rang me from Sydney: "Hadi," she said, "today is the day, they captured Saddam. May my father and young brother be comforted in their graves now." And she began to weep, remembering her father and brother, both assassinated by Hussein's regime. I wept, too. The joy was overwhelming. I danced and danced by myself. I wanted to share this moment with someone so I rang my colleague Tony Hodge in his room and told him...
  • Iraq is finally free of tyrant's reign of terror

    12/15/2003 10:29:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 118+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 16 2003
    Without the capacity to inspire terror tyrants fail. The pictures of an old, dishevelled Saddam Hussein the Iraqi people have now seen mean they will never fear him again. For dictators, image is everything. From Hitler on, totalitarian rulers have obsessively managed the way they are presented on film and and in photographs. And when they lose power over the way they are presented to their subjects, they are doomed. The Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu and his partner in tyranny, wife Elena, were captured on video before being executed in the popular uprising that destroyed their regime in 1989. They...
  • Radio Report: Australian Hugh Jackman Close to Signing Contract As New James Bond

    10/28/2003 10:22:24 AM PST · by hutton · 58 replies · 4,054+ views
    The Real Hollywood ^ | Oxctober 27, 2003 | Jim St. James
    I was driving into work and on the radio they had this syndicated columnist saying that Hugh Jackman was close to being the next James Bond since Pierce Brosnam has indicated he will retire after the next film in 2005. So the next film would be sometime after that. (2 years?)
  • Odd priorities of US-bashers

    10/27/2003 10:22:24 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 140+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 28 2003
    The anti-Americanism of the Australian Left is one of the great certainties of political life: it never goes away, and it never gets any easier to understand. The US is not perfect, but if one looks at the broad sweep of human history since the beginning of last century, can one really doubt that the influence of the US on world affairs has been beneficial? Would the anti-Americans really prefer fascism to have conquered the world in the 1940s, or communism to have triumphed in the Cold War? Would Australia be a better place now if it had been invaded...
  • Stranded Australian sheep find a home

    10/24/2003 8:45:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 147+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | October 24 2003 | Michael Byrnes/Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - After months at sea and unwanted by dozens of nations on health grounds, the African nation of Eritrea has agreed to take a shipment of 52,000 Australian sheep, the Australian government says. The sheep were being unloaded at the Eritrean port of Massawa on Friday after the Dutch-owned ship carrying the sheep, the Cormo Express, was secretly turned around in recent days during a trip back to Australia. "It's all signed, sealed and delivered," a spokesman for Australian Agriculture Minister Warren Truss said on Friday. "It's a huge relief". Eritrea issued an import permit for the sheep...
  • Bush's speech

    10/23/2003 10:48:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 89+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 24 2003
    President George W. Bush came a long way to deliver a speech that did not address the issues that will shape the future of the alliance between Australia and the United States. The President's address to parliament yesterday failed to deal in any detail with the free trade agreement now being negotiated between ourselves and the US. Nor did he set out a grand vision of how the US and Australia can co-operate to advance the cause of democracy and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. Instead, Mr Bush focused on Iraq and the war on terror. It was a speech that...
  • Australia: USA, a valued friend

    10/22/2003 9:26:16 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 206+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 23 2003 | Stephen Morris
    When President George W. Bush addresses parliament today, he speaks to a nation that is in some ways typical and in other ways exceptional. If one were to take seriously the opinions of most Australian media pundits, one would conclude that Australia's close alliance with the US runs counter to the worldwide trend of anti-Americanism. It does not. Moreover, the popular impression of massive global anti-Americanism is an exaggeration, and where it does exist it is sustained by ideological myths. True, anti-Americanism exists everywhere. But it's both widespread and deeply rooted only in the Muslim world. For the time being,...
  • Evidence of WMDs will come: Australian PM Howard

    09/26/2003 6:39:09 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 14 replies · 169+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 26 2003 | John Kerin
    Evidence of Iraq's pre-war weapons of mass destruction program would emerge, John Howard maintained yesterday, despite a new report that found no trace of chemical or biological weapons. The Prime Minister was responding to a BBC report that suggested the body searching for evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq had so far found little or no evidence. An interim report by the Iraq Survey Group, which involves 1400 weapons inspectors, found no evidence of weapons laboratories, any means of delivering WMD and little infrastructure, according to the BBC. This is despite pre-war claims that Saddam Hussein could deploy...
  • France should help the US leave Iraq

    09/22/2003 9:25:39 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 149+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 23 2003
    The 20th century was not especially kind to France's dream of greatness, which may be why President Jacques Chirac appears intent on recreating the 19th-century diplomatic idea of the balance of power - when one or two countries become too powerful, all the others gang up on them. Thus, he and German chancellor Gerhard Schroder blocked attempts by the British Prime Minister Tony Blair to win European support for a larger United Nations role in Iraq on the weekend. Mr Chirac appears determined to use Iraq as a pawn in a plan to reduce the power and authority of the...
  • War on terror: Faced with a formidable foe

    09/19/2003 10:52:33 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 187+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 19 2003 | Michael Costello
    We are at war. It is against an enemy that will never negotiate a peace. The question is whether our generation will have the endurance to fight it out. True, these are the sort of things being said by George W. Bush and John Howard. Not surprisingly, many people take the attitude that if Bush and Howard are for it, they are against it. Both have shamelessly exploited security concerns for partisan political purposes. Bush did it in the 2002 congressional elections when he unfairly painted the Democrats as weak on the war against terror. Howard tirelessly tries to back...
  • Australian cleric 'tried to recruit for bin Laden'

    09/18/2003 10:42:15 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 198+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 19 2003 | Edward Owen and Trudy Harris
    A Melbourne Muslim cleric met a suspected terrorist in London to discuss recruiting Australians to fight with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, according to an indictment for an international terrorist court case. The Australian has obtained a copy of the 692-page indictment which contains details of activities of two Australians with suspected members of al-Qa'ida in Europe. Sheik Mohammed Omran is accused of meeting suspected British al-Qa'ida operative Abu Qutada - who allegedly played a key role in financing and organising the al-Qa'ida network from London. At that meeting, according to Spanish authorities, Sheik Omran talked about recruiting Australians to...
  • US resolve key to Iraq's historic shift

    09/17/2003 10:07:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 126+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 18 2003 | David Pryce-Jones
    The Americans and their allies are bogged down in Iraq, are they not? What is that on President George W. Bush's face if not egg? A casualty a day puts the Democratic presidential contenders on their way. Former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans exults that the President "has taken a country that wasn't a terrorist threat and turned it into one". There aren't extra infantry divisions, and even if there were it wouldn't help. The English-language media everywhere are giving a collective thumbs-down, and as for the French and Germans, they are ecstatic about the supposed American plight in a...
  • No dent in case for war

    09/16/2003 9:56:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 167+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 17 2003
    Revelations that the peak British intelligence committee warned of risks in disarming Saddam Hussein have generated much ado about very little. And Labor is on a hiding to nothing by reprising the case against the war to disarm Iraq - especially when the evidence for the argument that the Government put Australia at risk is so thin. In February, the British committee advised an invasion increased the risk of weapons of mass destruction from Iraq's arsenal falling into the hands of terrorists. The committee was doing its job, advising its ministerial masters of all the possible consequences that could flow...
  • Australian survived 9/11, now Jerusalem

    09/10/2003 9:36:54 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 214+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 10 2003 | Patricia Karvelas and Alison Crosweller
    IN searing pain and with horror etched on her face, young Melbourne woman Tzippy Cohen, pictured left escaped a Jerusalem cafe yesterday moments after it was blown apart by a suicide bomber. Two years ago, Ms Cohen was in New York, and stood stunned just blocks from the World Trade Centre as 19 suicide bombers flew two planes into its twin towers. Just as she did yesterday, Ms Cohen ran for her life as the towers collapsed and she was engulfed in a thick black fog. "They are both horrific . . . the panic was the same, the shock,"...
  • UN slams Australian over gay rights

    09/04/2003 6:43:39 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 11 replies · 94+ views
    AAP ^ | 09/04/03
    The United Nations has condemned the Australian government for discriminating against same-sex couples in a case involving veterans' pensions. The UN Human Rights Committee ruled last month that the Australian government had discriminated against Sydney man Edward Young, whose partner of 38 years, Larry Cains, served in Borneo during World War II. Mr Cains died in 1998 from a heart condition. Partners of dead war veterans are entitled to a pension, but the Department of Veterans' Affairs refused one to Mr Young, saying only married or heterosexual de facto partners could receive it. After losing an appeal to the Veteran's...
  • Sheik denies link to Al Qaeda suspect

    09/03/2003 9:18:42 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 251+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | September 03 2003 | Nick McKenzie and Rafael Epstein
    Melbourne man Sheik Mohammed Omran has denied he has ever had contact with Spain's top Al Qaeda suspect. The ABC has obtained Spanish court documents that allege Sheik Omran, and another Australian, were both in contact with the Spanish man, Abu Dahdah. Dahdah is being held as Spain's top Al Qaeda suspect. He allegedly met the ringleader of the September 11 attacks, Mohammed Atta. Spanish court documents allege repeated contacts between Abu Dahdah and both Melbourne man Sheikh Mohammed Omran and Sydney man Bilal Khazal. The court documents say Mr Khazal and Sheik Omran also met another alleged terrorist in...
  • Man survives UN bomb and Bali blast

    08/21/2003 12:30:37 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 597+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | August 21 2003
    An Australian land mine expert survived the truck bombing at the UN offices in Baghdad - less than a year after narrowly escaping injury in the Bali nightclub blasts. Rodney Cocks, of Melbourne, was at the UN headquarters when the huge explosion rocked the building on Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald said. The 27-year-old was in Iraq as part of a mine clearance unit. The newspaper said that moments before the detonation, he left his desk, about 15 yards from the centre of the blast, and walked to another office to search for a phone number. "I was standing there,...
  • World leaders hail Hambali's arrest

    08/15/2003 5:25:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 159+ views
    UPI ^ | 8/15/2003 12:56 PM | Sukino Harisumarto
    JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The arrest of the suspected mastermind of the last October's Bali bombings has prompted questions of how the al-Qaida network's operations will be affected. Thai officials said Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, was arrested in the central Thai town of Ayutthaya, 60 miles north of Bangkok, Tuesday by police who said they received help from U.S. intelligence agents, believed to be CIA operatives. Hambali is wanted as a prime suspect in the Oct. 12, 2002, terrorist bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali, which left 202 people dead, mostly Australian tourists. He is...
  • Controversy dogs 'Soldiers' director (Buffalo Soldiers)

    07/30/2003 11:31:11 AM PDT · by weegee · 20 replies · 452+ views
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003 Posted: 4:28 PM EDT (2028 GMT) | By Meriah Doty
    <p>ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Gregor Jordan set out to make a film that teasingly mocked the military.</p> <p>Little did he know he would come under a firestorm from media pundits, the military and those who uphold the memory of America's first all-black cavalry unit, which was nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers -- also the title of his new movie.</p>
  • Join Star Wars Jr, says Australian navy

    07/15/2003 12:31:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 281+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 16 2003 | John Kerin
    AUSTRALIA should join the US global missile shield to provide a protective umbrella for forces increasingly deployed to trouble spots in the Pacific and Asia, a navy report claims. The report, by the Royal Australian Navy Seapower Centre, said "the Government would be abrogating its responsibility to ADF soldiers, sailors and airmen if it espoused a new strategic role for them without providing tools to carry it out". Author, RAN Commander Tom Mueller, said Australia should fit three air warfare destroyers, due to be delivered in 2006, with an anti-ballistic missile capacity to provide cover for deployed forces. The ships...
  • North Korea war 'possible': Australian PM

    07/13/2003 7:02:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 76+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | July 13 2003
    GOING to war with North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program was not inevitable, Prime Minister John Howard said today. He said Australia and the international community had to work hard to ensure war was not the solution, to bring the rogue state into line with international laws. But Mr Howard said North Korea had to realise the world's concerns would not disappear. "You never rule out the possibility of diplomatic actions working," he told ABC television. "And it is infinitely preferable to military involvement. "I don't think military action is inevitable, of course not, and we have to...
  • Australian PM accused of French phobia

    07/04/2003 8:29:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 223+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 05 2003 | John Kerin, Patrick Walters and Mary-Louise O'Callaghan
    LABOR has accused John Howard of suffering from "post-Iraq war Francophobia", calling on the Government to accept a French offer to join an Australian-led multinational intervention force in the Solomon Islands. The attack from Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd came as the Solomons Islands cabinet yesterday approved the terms of the Australian-led deployment, paving the way for the formal request to be made to Canberra this weekend. Mr Rudd's attack follows first the Prime Minister and then Foreign Minister Alexander Downer offering a lukewarm response to French overtures to provide military and police support to the mission. "It's time...
  • Grotesque Glory of New Creatures of the Deep

    06/24/2003 11:40:43 AM PDT · by Feiny · 41 replies · 2,777+ views
    The New Age ^ | June 23 2003 | Stephen Cauchi
    Picture: JOE ARMAO Some of the ugly characters that have been discovered lurking at the very bottom of the ocean. Researchers trawling the Tasman Sea have dredged up a veritable freak show of bizarre deep-sea creatures, including hundreds of rare and new species. Deep-sea sharks, stingrays, rattail fishes and invertebrates (creatures without backbones) are among species discovered, while blobfish, prickly dogfish, giant sea spiders and other things not on a fish'n'chip menu were also caught in the nets. Scientists on the month-long Australian/New Zealand voyage, on the research ship Tangaroa, also found extinct volcanoes as they mapped the sea floor...
  • Australian PM Howard claims weapons proof

    06/16/2003 10:11:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 31 replies · 303+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 17 2003 | Patrick Walters
    AT least one of three vehicle trailers found by the US military in Iraq was a mobile biological weapons platform, John Howard said yesterday. The Prime Minister's claim was the first official confirmation by a coalition political leader that suspected vehicle trailers had actually been used to produce weapons of mass destruction. After weeks of intense speculation about the use of the vehicle trailers, Mr Howard told parliament that confirmation of a third suspect mobile weapons platform had come from US and British intelligence agencies. The confirmation came as the Senate prepared to vote today on a parliamentary inquiry into...
  • 'First Americans Were Australian'

    06/15/2003 9:18:19 PM PDT · by blam · 148 replies · 7,453+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-15-2003
    'First Americans were Australian' This is the face of the first known American, Lucia The first Americans were descended from Australian aborigines, according to evidence in a new BBC documentary. The skulls suggest faces like those of Australian aborigines The programme, Ancient Voices, shows that the dimensions of prehistoric skulls found in Brazil match those of the aboriginal peoples of Australia and Melanesia. Other evidence suggests that these first Americans were later massacred by invaders from Asia. Until now, native Americans were believed to have descended from Asian ancestors who arrived over a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska and...
  • Aussies to look for WMD in Iraq

    05/31/2003 9:44:50 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 111+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 31 2003
    A 13-member team of Australian defence and foreign affairs personnel will join the hunt for Iraq's elusive weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The team will be part of the 1300 member United States-led Iraq Survey Group, announced today in Washington, which will comb the country searching for chemical and biological agents which have so far eluded US forces. Australian Defence Force (ADF) spokesman Brigadier Mike Hannan said the Australian team comprised 12 ADF members and one person from the Department of Foreign Affairs. It would be headed by Brigadier Steve Meakin and its members possessed special skills in intelligence analysis...
  • Australian SAS soldier cited for battling 20 Iraqi troops

    05/18/2003 7:30:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 23 replies · 323+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | May 19 2003 | Tom Allard
    An SAS soldier who almost single-handedly fought off 20 Iraqi special forces troops in a fierce battle to capture a missile site was yesterday awarded the medal of gallantry by the Prime Minister, John Howard. Presented at a ceremony in Perth to coincide with the arrival of Australia's special forces contingent to Iraq, it was the first citation for the 2000 Australian personnel involved in the war against Iraq. Trooper X - a machine-gunner from the 1st SAS regiment, whose identity cannot be revealed - used the brute force of the latest weaponry and precision sniper fire to protect his...
  • Ships sail in on wave of emotion (Austalian sailors return home from Iraq)

    05/18/2003 7:14:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 292+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 18 2003 | GRAHAME ARMSTRONG
    AUSTRALIA'S sailors returning from the war against Iraq received a rousing welcome home in Fremantle yesterday. Thousands of people lined the entrance to Fremantle Harbour and the docks to greet the 600 sailors from the frigates HMAS Anzac and HMAS Darwin, who had been away from home for seven months. As the warships berthed there were loud cheers, cries of "I love you Daddy", Aussie flags, green and gold balloons and welcome-home placards. A stirring rendition of I am, You are, We are Australian, sung by Able Seaman Tracey Burke, a RAN musician, brought tears to the eyes of sailors...
  • Little Jessica welcomes home her hero (Australian troops returning home)

    05/15/2003 2:28:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 77+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 16 2003 | Rebecca DiGirolamo
    ON the day Jessica Wilsch turned two, her father went to war. Yesterday, armament fitter Paul Wilsch returned from the Middle East to a hero's welcome and his daughter's arms after four months apart. Helen Hodgetts burst into tears when she saw husband Guy leave the Qantas jet with hundreds of his fellow air force support crew. "I didn't think I would be so emotional and make a fool of myself. Three months is a long time," she said. It was an emotion-charged homecoming. Fourteen F/A-18 Hornet jets from 75 Squadron flew low as more than 400 relatives welcomed 250...
  • Australian PM Howard calls for lifting sanctions against Iraq

    05/06/2003 10:14:17 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 82+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 06 2003 | PTI
    UNITED NATIONS: Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said the rationale behind sanctions against Iraq has disappeared as the country is now under the administration of the coalition and the weapons of mass destruction would not be used. After meeting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan here on Monday, he said he had an open mind on the United Nations' role in the post-war scenario but it is important to recognize the reality of what is taking place on the ground. He called for lifting sanctions against Iraq and said what is important is to realize that Iraq is under the administration...
  • Australian PM Howard honoured at Yankee Stadium

    05/02/2003 9:22:49 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 189+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 03 2003 | Rodney Dalton
    JOHN Howard will follow in the footsteps of his idol, Don Bradman, when he is honoured at New York's famous Yankee Stadium tomorrow. The Prime Minister will be introduced to the crowd before the Yankees baseball game and the Australian national anthem will be played in a rare honour reflecting New York's appreciation for the country's support after September 11. As George Bush does everything he can to ensure Mr Howard gets publicity and recognition for Australia's military support in Iraq, Mr Howard will watch the Yankees take on the Oakland As from behind home plate as a special guest...
  • Adieu to France?

    04/17/2003 9:43:21 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 32 replies · 59+ views
    National Post ^ | April 17 2003
    Monday morning, on a popular Sydney radio program, John Howard, the Australian Prime Minister, argued for revocation of France's status as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. He asserted that France's veto-bearing membership "distorts" the Council. "If you were starting it all over again," France would have no case to be included. Mr. Howard candidly added that France is only a permanent member now "because it was a global power at the end of World War II." It would be worth seconding Mr. Howard's suggestion just for the sheer fun of watching 60 million smug Frenchmen --...
  • Syria must not meddle in the new Iraq

    04/15/2003 10:16:00 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 110+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 16 2003
    WITH the successful campaign by the US and its allies to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq concluding, the temptation for the Americans to move against Syria is strong. The Government of Syria is a protector of terrorism, and, with Iran, can pose a real threat to the stabilisation of post-war Iraq. But despite this, it is clear the Americans have no intention of widening the conflict. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the US has no ground plan for military action and it is beginning to withdraw its massive air power. At this stage the Americans do not...
  • Australian PM Howard seeks to demote France in UN

    04/14/2003 2:52:52 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 34 replies · 156+ views
    The Age ^ | April 15 2003 | Louise Dodson
    Prime Minister John Howard wants to reform the United Nations, saying the presence of France as a permanent member of the Security Council "distorts" the council. He wants Japan, a South American country and India to be represented on the Security Council. France was there only because it was a global power at the end of World War II, he said. Asking France or any other permanent member of the Security Council to voluntarily surrender their seat was "a major undertaking", he conceded. His comments risk the ire of France before the first visit to Australia by President Jacques Chirac,...