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  • Michael Costello: Intelligence on Bush's side

    09/29/2006 8:48:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 878+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 29, 2006
    Report is far from damning of President's insistence on maintaining the course in Iraq TRUTH, like beauty, is apparently to be in the eye of the beholder. That's the only conclusion you can draw from the reaction to the US National Intelligence Estimate entitled Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the US, with a declassified summary of its conclusions released by President George W. Bush after parts were leaked to The New York Times.
  • Howard Call To Australian Muslims

    09/11/2006 3:02:46 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 652+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-11-2006
    Howard call to Australian Muslims Mr Howard has been criticised for singling out Muslims Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called on moderate Muslims to be more critical of terrorism. In comments to mark the anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US, Mr Howard said: "No decent genuine Muslim would support terrorism." He also said Muslims must fully accept that Israel had a right to exist. Islamic leaders in Australia have reacted angrily to the comments, saying Mr Howard should not single out Muslims for criticism. "Instead of constantly singling out Muslim people, he should be trying...
  • Bin Laden's Friend Jihad Jack Freed By Australian Judges

    08/18/2006 5:32:52 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 336+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-19-2006 | Nick Squires
    Bin Laden's friend Jihad Jack freed by Australian judges By Nick Squires in Sydney (Filed: 19/08/2006) A British-born Muslim convert jailed in Australia on charges of receiving money and an airline ticket from al-Qa'eda terrorists, was freed last night after his conviction was overturned. Joseph Terrence Thomas, 33, nicknamed Jihad Jack after claiming that he had met al-Qa'eda's leader Osama bin Laden three times, was jailed for five years in March. But in a judgment seen as a blow to the Australian government, the appeal court in Melbourne ruled that some of the evidence used against him was not admissible....
  • Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep (It's a wool thing)

    08/15/2006 9:22:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks. A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece. The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) said on Tuesday its search for "Australia's ugliest merino lambs" may hold the key to securing the nation's A$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion) wool industry. The institute said ugly lambs -- with uneven wool, strange fibers, clumps of wool that fall out, bare...
  • Australian troops take on new role

    08/12/2006 3:30:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Australian Maj. Mark Tanzer
    The formation of Overwatch Battlegroup – West has opened a new chapter in the Australian army’s long and distinguished history of military operations in the Middle East. Formerly known as Al Muthanna Task Group 3, the 450-strong Australian unit is tasked with providing operational supervision in support of Provincial Iraqi Control in Al Muthanna province, southern Iraq. Al Muthanna on July 13 became the first province in Iraq to achieve PIC. It gives Iraqi security forces the lead role in maintaining a secure environment for their people. Following Iraqi control, Multi-National Forces in the province began handing over their bases,...
  • Mel Gibson link to Aussie anti-Semitic group

    08/05/2006 3:42:51 PM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies · 1,200+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | 06AUG06 | LINCOLN WRIGHT
    MEL Gibson once had close links to the Australian League of Rights, a Far Right group notorious for its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews. The Hollywood star's foray into Far Right activist politics in Australia occurred in 1987 when he campaigned for a friend, Rob Taylor, who stood unsuccessfully for the northern Victorian federal seat of Indi. Charles Pinwill, a former Queensland state director of the League of Rights, said he knew Gibson's father, Hutton, and said Gibson was interested in the league's ideas. "They were...
  • ESG 3 Hands Over CTF 158 Mission in North Arabian Gulf

    06/26/2006 9:18:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 411+ views
    USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), North Arabian Gulf – Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, turned over command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 to Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Lockwood June 23. CTF 158 is responsible for Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG). This coalition force works with the Iraqi navy to protect key oil producing assets. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the NAG and protect Iraq 's sea-based infrastructure which provides the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-determination. “These are some tough...
  • Meteor mega-hit spawned Australian continent: researchers

    06/03/2006 3:23:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 774+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A meteor's roaring crash into Antarctica -- larger and earlier than the impact that killed the dinosaurs -- caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history and likely spawned the Australian continent, scientists said. Ohio State University scientists said the 483-kilometer-wide (300-mile-wide) crater is now hidden more than 1.6 kilometers (one mile) beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. "Gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out," the university said in a statement Thursday....
  • Loadmasters help reposition Australian Defense Forces

    05/30/2006 7:34:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 451+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo
    5/30/2006 - TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AFPN) -- The U.S. Pacific Command is using its strategic airlift capability to help the Australian Defense Force. At the request of the Australian government, two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are moving equipment and troops from the Solomon Islands back to Australia. This will help Australia position its forces to respond more rapidly to unrest in neighboring East Timor. The biggest part of the mission involves the loading and unloading of passengers and cargo. “We’re in charge of passenger safety (and) ensuring the cargo is loaded correctly ... the weight and...
  • MWR travel packages make Australian vacations more affordable

    05/18/2006 8:53:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 404+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | May 17, 2006 | Tim Hipps
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, May 17, 2006) – Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons will be hard-pressed to beat the cost of an Australian vacation purchased through their Information, Ticket and Reservation office. A five-night stay in Sydney or Melbourne is available for $838 per person based on double occupancy. The “G’Day Good Deal” packages include three- or four-star accommodations for five nights, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco aboard Qantas Airways and a 15-hour calling card that can be used to dial the United States. Taxes and surcharges are not included in the base price. “Normally, when...
  • Anti-US mentality blinds liberals to importance of taking on tyrants

    05/01/2006 1:14:03 AM PDT · by CheyennePress · 6 replies · 371+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 1, 2006 | Daniel Finkelstein
    A group of left-wing pundits and intellectuals wants to save the Left from itself, but why bother? asks Daniel Finkelstein SO, anyway, there I was on Monday night in Pinner Synagogue giving a speech alongside my mother, as one does. We were attending a Holocaust remembrance service and my mum was telling her survivor's tale, the story of her life as a young girl. I think I know it pretty well, but whenever I hear it, I always discover something I'd missed or hadn't thought about properly before. And so it proved. We'd got to the bit where my mother...
  • "I Ate Frogs and Lizards"

    04/14/2006 6:47:46 AM PDT · by Sax · 7 replies · 335+ views
    SKY News ^ | 4/14/06 | SKY News
    'I Ate Frogs And Lizards' Updated: 13:00, Friday April 14, 2006 A man who survived nearly three months alone in the Australian outback by eating lizards and frogs has spoken of his ordeal. Ricky Megee lost half his bodyweight during his stint in the desert, when he was forced to munch leeches and grasshoppers to stay alive. The 35-year-old was discovered looking like a "walking skeleton" by farm workers. He had set off on a 3,500-mile journey to take up a new job in Port Hedland, Western Australia, but never made it to his destination. Details of how he came...
  • Rice: U.S., Australian Alliance Built on Love of Freedom

    03/17/2006 4:15:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 329+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2006 – Australia has been a strong U.S. ally for decades in a relationship based on common values and belief in the virtue of democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today in Melbourne, Australia. "The Australian people have, indeed, been good friends and good allies," Rice said to Australian troops at Victoria Barracks. "And that is represented by the tremendous friendship and alliance of our military forces, because military forces can't be allies and friends if the peoples are not allies and friends, particularly in great democracies." Australia went with the United States to the fight...
  • Australian firm proposes LNG terminal in ocean off Malibu coast (22 miles offshore)

    03/16/2006 9:45:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 607+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/16/06 | Tim Molloy - ap
    In the latest proposal to import liquefied natural gas to California, an Australian company has unveiled plans to place a terminal about 22 miles off the coast of Malibu. The plan announced Wednesday by Woodside Energy attempts to sidestep fears from environmentalists and some residents that importing natural gas is too dangerous because it is volatile and potentially explosive in its gaseous state. Woodside wants to ship supercooled LNG from Australian fields to the California coast in specially designed tankers. But unlike other proposed terminals off the West Coast, the plan doesn't require any large, permanent structures. Instead of feeding...
  • A Howardesque Leader (Mark Steyn Introduces Canada's Stephen Harper To Australians Alert)

    01/24/2006 7:51:06 AM PST · by goldstategop · 34 replies · 1,464+ views
    Australian News ^ | 01/25/06 | Mark Steyn
    A SAD day for Michael Moore. In the event of a terrible tragedy, the corpulent anti-corporate crusader is wont, like the Queen and Kofi Annan, to issue a formal statement to the world. And his "Michael Moore Statement On Canadian Election" made distressing reading: "Oh, Canada - you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That's a joke, right?" Well, no. In a very Canadian kind of revolution, we rose up yesterday and threw the bums out but gave them a soft, fluffy landing, nevertheless installing in office a minority government that somehow managed to...
  • Australian In Bosnia Pyramid Riddle

    01/20/2006 3:11:01 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 773+ views
    The Age ^ | 1-20-2006
    Australian in Bosnia pyramid riddle January 20, 2006 - 7:39AM Australian archaeologist Royce Richards is among a team preparing to look for the truth behind a theory that Bosnia-Herzegovina has an ancient pyramid. Archaeologists from Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, and Slovenia will begin excavation work in April on the Visocica hill, 32 kilometres north-west of Sarajevo. The hill is quite symmetrical, and the theory that it was once a pyramid is supported by preliminary investigations. If true, it would rewrite world history, putting Europe alongside South America and of course Egypt as homes of ancient pyramids. Bosnian Semir Osmanagic put...
  • Australian artist paints with breasts

    01/06/2006 4:24:24 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 41 replies · 1,072+ views
    New IND press ^ | 1-6-06 | ind press staff
    SYDNEY: Changing colours of palette entails endless showers for an Australian artist - because she prefers to paint with her breasts. But Di Peel, a mother of two, is producing what the market wants. Unlike recent winners of prestigious Turner Prize for modern art, Peel's works can do what paintings traditionally are supposed to do and brighten up a bare wall. Her first canvas sold for $10, her second for $26 and currently she's busy with an order for 10 at a princely $89 each. Peel, from Tasmania, freely admits that her chosen method doesn't allow much detail. "They are...
  • The Suburban Terrorist (Mamdouh Habib)

    04/19/2002 3:30:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 414+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 20 2002 | BEN ENGLISH, ANNA COCK RACHEL MORRIS and LILLIAN SALEH
    TO HIS family and friends, Mamdouh Habib was a devoted father and husband. But to others, the calm suburban veneer disguised an angry and often violent man whose actions were fuelled by his religious fanaticism. Seemingly a helpful supporter at his son's soccer matches, Habib also had a nasty streak which landed him with an AVO against former colleagues and a court order to destroy firearms and ammunition in his home. Nine days after the September 11 attack in New York, his home was raided by the nation's chief spy watchdog ASIO. Today, the fate of the man named as...
  • Race riots shame Australia

    12/15/2005 3:05:00 PM PST · by Mulch · 47 replies · 1,366+ views
    midday.com ^ | December 14, 2005 | Khalid A-H Ansari
    Race riots shame Australia By: Khalid A-H Ansari December 14, 2005 A man threatens police at Cronulla Beach in Sydney AP Photo Sydney: What started as a seemingly innocuous face-off between two innocent Lebanese youths and a group of white right-wing Australians on a suburban Sydney beachfront last Sunday has reached a flashpoint, which has shaken the very foundations of Australia’s multicultural society. The incident sparked off a retaliatory rampage by gangs of incensed Middle Easterners, brandishing handguns and rifles on a third night of violence and mob rule in Cronulla, Maroubra and Brighton le Sands that saw women molested,...
  • “The Right Sort of Men” (Iraqis taking charge of their country)

    12/05/2005 10:19:04 AM PST · by Moonraker · 19 replies · 1,139+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    As in bombing campaigns launched prior to previous elections in that country, the insurgents have failed to break the will of the Iraqi people. And U.S. officials on the ground have been telling me that the Iraqi people are becoming as disturbed by attacks on American forces, as they are on their own. "They're fed up with it," says Col. Cloy. And for reasons as simple as the fact that Iraqi civilians have come to know and befriend many of the young American soldiers and Marines who patrol their villages and neighborhoods.