Letter to Senator Christine Milne

By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 13 August, 2013 | 5:26 pm

Dear Senator Milne

I write to you on behalf of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry to ascertain The Greens’ policy in the context of the current Federal Election campaign on several matters which are of central importance to our membership.

Our members and supporters would be interested to know your answers to the following questions:

  • Do you believe the Prime Minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia to war on her/his own?
  • Would you support a new bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed in overseas combat operations?
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    Letter to The Hon. Tony Abbott MP

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 13 August, 2013 | 5:10 pm

    Dear Mr Abbott

    I write to you on behalf of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry to ascertain the Liberal Party’s policy in the context of the current Federal Election campaign on several matters which are of central importance to our membership.

    Our members and supporters would be interested to know your answers to the following questions:

  • Do you believe the Prime Minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia to war on her/his own?
  • Would you support a new bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed in overseas combat operations?
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    Letter to The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 13 August, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    Dear Mr Rudd

    I write to you on behalf of the Campaign for an Iraq War Inquiry to ascertain the Australian Labor Party’s policy in the context of the current Federal Election campaign on several matters which are of central importance to our membership.

    Our members and supporters would be interested to know your answers to the following questions:

  • Do you believe the Prime Minister should continue to have the authority to take Australia to war on her/his own?
  • Would you support a new bill requiring parliamentary debate and approval before the Australian Defence Force is deployed in overseas combat
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    Will Australia erode or build trust with Iran?

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 5 August, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    That is the question posed by our NAJ Taylor in the 15 July edition of The Guardian.

    Noting that Australia has since 2008 imposed autonomous sanctions on Iran since 2008, in addition to the raft of sanctions that have been set by the UN Security Council since 2006, he writes:

    Australian sanctions against Iran must … be considered as an extreme measure to be taken only if efforts in support of regional as well as Iranian denuclearisation come to fail, or if the imminence of Iranian nuclear weapons acquisition demands an immediate response by the Australian government over and above …

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    Five questions for Federal election candidates.

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 31 July, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Any day now the Prime Minister will announce the date for the next Federal election. Clearly economic management, the pricing of carbon and asylum seeker policy will be key items in the campaign, but we hope that the parties and the individual candidates will give more than momentary thought to some of the other important long term issues that Australian society faces.

    One issue of critical importance is the process by which we decide to deploy the Australian Defence Force into international armed conflict, which at present is the prerogative of the Executive (Cabinet – effectively the Prime Minister) and …

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    How many Iraqis died?

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 15 June, 2013 | 5:03 pm

    How many Iraqis died in the US led invasion of 2003 and the subsequent occupation?

    Pakistan-born Glasgow-based sociologist, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, writing in the UAE journal The National on 5 April 2013, provides some answers – see True costs of Iraq War Whitewashed by fuzzy maths, republished the same day by the UK Stop the War Coalition under the headline No more fuzzy maths: how many died in the Bush-Blair war on Iraq?.

    The most commonly cited source, the UK-based online initiative Iraq Body Count (IBC), uses a passive surveillance method to estimate what it calls “violent civilian …

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    Ending undeclared wars: repeal of authorizing legislation

    By: Richard Tanter | Posted in: Blog | 31 May, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Michael Krepon has a useful piece at Arms Control Wonk commenting on President Obama’s speech on the use of armed drones for assassinations of alleged Taliban- and Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere.

    Leaving aside Obama’s attempt in the speech to limit the number of drone killings and tighten the criteria for such actions, Krepon makes an important connection in the argument about both the legality and strategic prudence of drone assassinations by linking the issue back to the foundation legal authority for these killings: the joint resolution of both houses of Congress resulting in the Authorization

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    Pilger on Gatsby and Iraq

    By: AWPR | Posted in: Blog | 27 May, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    In today’s online edition of The Guardian, Australian journalist John Pilger surveys the mess that is contemporary Iraq, under the headlines

    We’ve moved on from the Iraq war – but Iraqis don’t have that choice

    Like characters from The Great Gatsby, Britain and the US

    have arrogantly turned their backs and left a country in ruins

    After surveying the horrendous spike in cancer cases and birth defects which local doctors and World Health Organisation researchers attribute to the use by US and UK forces of over 300 tonnes of depleted uranium (a metal which is highly toxic aside from its …

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    Substitute question marks for exclamation marks

    By: Ramesh Thakur | Posted in: Blog | 22 May, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    CANBERRA – A terrible tragedy is unfolding in (fill in the name of your favorite trouble spot). Something must be done. This (choose from sending troops, air strikes, enforcing a no fly zone, arming rebels) is something. Therefore it must be done.

    Such is what passes for much of policy advice by some analysts, many unembarrassed by their dismal record on Iraq 10 years ago. The latest trouble spot of choice for their penetrating insights is Syria. And the latest development to have heightened their excitability is claims of chemical weapons — sarin, a banned nerve gas — having been …

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    A question of accountability as HMAS Sydney joins USN Carrier Strike Group

    By: Richard Tanter | Posted in: Blog | 20 May, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    As we know from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, many ADF personnel have been embedded in US military forces, serving alongside US military personnel, often in war zones. The most recent example concerns the insertion of the RAN guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney into the United States Navy’s Seventh Fleet, home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. The Sydney will become part of the protective screen for the core of the fleet the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), and operate as a part of the Washington’s Carrier Strike Group.

    The question arises of the legal status of the Sydney as …

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