The title of ABC’s Four Corners program ‘Another bloody business…’ really said it all. For the second year running viewers were shocked and appalled by vision of horrific treatment of Australian exported animals – this time sheep – and this time in Pakistan.
Many Australians are today outraged that the ALP, Coalition and rural lobby groups continue to defend an indefensible trade where the cost of ‘mistakes’ and ‘isolated incidents’ is not determined in dollars and cents, but in mass animal cruelty and suffering.
For years, Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia have spoken about the unacceptable risks involved in live animal export. The factors outside of our control once animals leave Australian shores are numerous. ‘Pakistan’ provided another chapter in an ongoing story few Australians will be proud to recount to our grandchildren.
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Armed only with words, a fourteen-year-old girl was declared dangerous by the Taliban and shot point blank in the head.
Today, the Taliban say they’ll try to kill her again. If she survives.
She had already survived a Taliban takeover of her home in the Swat Valley but was a target because of her public views on the right of women to have an education.
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American special forces not only assassinated Osama bin Laden in their precision strike on Abbottabad. They also shot holes in Pakistan’s status as a credible and trustworthy ally in the fight against terrorism.
With the now-famous words “Geronimo EKIA”, the USA’s elite SEAL Team Six gave President Barack Obama the solution to a problem that had dogged the world’s major military power for close to a decade.
However, the success of the clandestine raid also handed Obama a new dilemma which may remain with the United States for an equally long period – the question of whether it can trust Pakistan as an ally in the fight against terrorism.
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It’s unlikely John Howard will apologise, but he should at least feel deeply embarrassed.
Al Qaeda would be praying that Barack Obama became US president, Howard said in February 2007.
The comment—an obvious diplomatic gaffe then—looks particularly stupid now.
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This week Kevin Rudd is in New York City, this time not as Kevin 747, or even Kevin ‘07 but rather as Kevin 0.7.
In the year 2000 world leaders got together to discuss how we could eradicate poverty. The result was the heralded Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) a set of aspirational targets designed to alleviate poverty by 2015. This included goals such as halving hunger, progress on infant and maternal health and universal primary education.
Each developed nation was asked to give 0.7 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) toward achieving these goals, Australia has only committed to 0.5per cent.
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The flooding in Pakistan was an unavoidable natural disaster. The measures we take now will decide if we can avoid an ongoing humanitarian disaster.
Last Thursday I visited Pakistan to inspect the flood damage and the Australian response in Kot Addu, near Multan in the Southern Punjab.
The UN High-Level Meeting on Pakistan today met to discuss the adequacy, or inadequacy, of the international response. This meeting has one challenge – to prevent a natural disaster becoming a humanitarian calamity that could have been avoided.
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Disease looms as the second wave of death behind virtually every natural disaster. It is why the first stages of relief efforts are best measured by what doesn’t happen rather than what does.
The response to the Asian tsunami was stunningly successful in halting thousands more deaths through disease.
The threat of disease is the reason why in Pakistan today, even though flood waters have peaked and are beginning to recede, the situation facing millions of survivors is catastrophic.
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It’s hard to imagine a politician more comfortable with the convoluted parlance of international diplomacy than Kevin Rudd.
The freshly-minted Foreign Minister just held his first press conference to announce he’s zipping off to Pakistan enroute to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly Leaders’ Week (that’s “the UNGA” to the cool kids).
It was a very different Kevin Rudd to the surly-looking outcast at yesterday’s ministerial swearing-in ceremony (you can read Sam Maiden’s account of yesterday here.)
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The Indian army invaded West Pakistan today in 1965 and while both parties agreed to a UN-initiated ceasefire three weeks later, both countries continue to lay claim to the state of Kashmir.
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ActionAid, Plan Australia and Save the Children have joined forces in a national newspaper advertisment campaign today to raise the profile of the Pakistan flood disaster. But it’s not your money that they’re after.
All three charities have come together in response to what they’ve described as a dire “lack” of media coverage of the emergency situation and are rallying their efforts to bring our attention to the situation at hand.
So what exactly is going on in Pakistan?
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As a new year begins we should look at where we are with the struggle against Jihadi terrorism.
Retrospectively, we can now see a pattern in the role of Pakistani based Jihadists and new potential threats to Australia.
Three Australians, Gareth McEvoy, Nathan Verity, and Craig Senger, were murdered in Jakarta on July 17 by al-Qaeda’s South East Asian franchise, Jemaah Islamiyah.
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