– Our Kowtowing Has Been Thrown Back In Our Face
AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY RECOVERING
USA HATE CRIMES
ATTACK ON THE US CAPITOL BUILDING
BOOK REVIEWS: Behind the Horror
The Looting Machine
The Consequences of Equality
NUMBER NINETY FIVE
CHINA – OUR KOWTOWING HAS BEEN THROWN BACK IN OUR FACE
China recently put restrictions on the import
of Australian wheat. (1) Admittedly they are not our biggest customer for this product but they had already banned, restricted or put heavy tariffs on many of our other exports including barley, timber, coal, wine, meat and seafood. (2)
Older readers may remember, back in the days when we had open discussions on the wisdom of flooding the country with Asian migrants, it was claimed that if we didn’t let them in the countries of Asia would not buy our exports. The results of the 2016
census showed Chinese made up over 5% of our population. (3) Presumably letting a big influx of Asian immigrants would result in Asian countries buying anything we wanted to sell at any price we asked. This was nonsense of course and China’s recent actions
have demonstrated this.
As for the free trade deal with China one wonders why we bothered. It was supposed to open up trade especially for products like wine and meat. That trade deal
includes a section on investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) under which Chinese investors can sue our government for decisions that adversely affect a Chinese investor’s profits. It’s little short of an attack on our sovereignty. (4)
It’s been suggested that because some of our leaders wanted to have the origins of the Covid-19 virus investigated they have provoked the response by China. (5) Exactly by what convoluted logic can looking for the origin of an infectious disease be related
to trade? Possibly it was a trigger but only part of Beijing’s motivation. And there is some evidence that the virus did originate in a laboratory in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. (6)
As Clive Hamilton wrote in a recent article, Beijing has used an escalating program of punishment, not only economic coercion but a diplomatic freeze, and a barrage of insults and threats. Among 14 demands made by the Chinese embassy in Canberra are that we
abolish our foreign interference law, allow Huawei into our 5G network, permit unrestricted Chinese investment and limit media criticism of their regime. Hamilton points out that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is hostile to free speech, free media, religious
freedom, independent courts and civil society. He sees the Morrison government as taking a strong stand against CCP influence. Exactly how long they will maintain this stand is a worry. (7)
China’s actions should not be a surprise however. The country has never been a democracy and has a bad record of bullying other peoples. In the 18th century it was one of the more aggressive imperialist powers, becoming involved in ten wars
and even carrying out genocide. (8) More recently it has actively suppressed minorities like Uighur, Tibetans and ethnic Mongolians. There appears to have been an active policy of reducing the birth-rate and numbers of the Uighurs. (9) Early in January 2021
there were 53 pro-democracy campaigners arrested in Hong Kong. (10)
China has been aggressively building up its military capabilities and by 2020 it had 1,375 fighter/strike aircraft,
150 submarines, three aircraft carriers, 2,900 short-range ballistic missiles and 220 advanced anti-ship cruise missile. Meanwhile it has occupied the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, bought up the Gold Ridge gold mine in the Solomon Islands and is
providing infrastructure in New Guinea’s Bougainville Island. China has ramped up pressure on Taiwan and may even have designs on Mongolia. (11)
The Morrison government is making
a stand against Chinese bullying and CCP influence and has charged Liberal MP Gladys Liu under the new foreign interference laws. (12) Exactly how long they will maintain this stand is a troubling question.
In fact the situation shows how we have become too dependent on other countries goodwill rather than standing up for our own sovereignty. We have happily entered into international agreements, and not just free trade agreements, that interfere with the way
our country is run and put the government’s obligations to our own people as a lower priority.
And the free trade agreements have not been matched by an improvement in economic
performance as expected. Our living standards, as measured by per capita gross domestic product (GDP), have tended to go backwards in relation to other nations. In 1914 only two other countries were doing better than us and at the end of World War II only
five countries had higher or equal living standards. By 2019 we were struggling to stay in the top 12 nations. (13)
In fact our “progress” to free trade has not given us
much in either jobs or economic growth. Our economic heyday was in the 1950s and 1960s when we had very little unemployment, in fact in our worst year it only rose to 3.2% and in most years was under 2%. Economic growth over these two decades was an average
of 4.6%. (14) Our growth rate in 2019 was a pathetic 2.2%. (15)
So rather than doing better than with the less open economy of the fifties and sixties we are doing much worse. We have
traded off our autonomy and independence and gained nothing in return. And we are being bullied by the world’s biggest dictatorship despite decades of kowtowing.
(1) Jared Lynch, “Now China Takes Aim at Wheat”, Daily
Telegraph, 30 December 2020
(2) Jeff Kennett, “From here to Uncertainty”, Daily Telegraph, 30 December 2020
(4) “ISDS: The Devil in the Trade Deal”, www.abc.net.au/radionational
26 July 2015
(5) Finn McHugh, “China Fault Line Widens”, Daily Telegraph, 8 January 2021
(6) James Morrow, “The Left’s ‘Noble’
Lies”, Daily Telegraph, 7 January 2021
(7) Clive Hamilton, “World’s Eyes on Australia to See if we can Resist China”, The Australian, 6 January 2021
(8) Dr Aaron Ralby, “Atlas of Military History”, Parragon,
Bath, 2013, p. 142-143; Michael Kerrigan, “China A Dark History”, Amber Books, London, 2019, p. 115
(9) Human Rights Watch, https/www.hrw.org/news/ 22 December 2020; “China’s Boast of Taming Uighurs”, 10 January 2021
(10) “HK Feels China’s Iron Fist”, Daily Telegraph, 8 January 2020
(11) Chris McCormack, “Australia, World: Heed the Warnings”, News Weekly, 28 November 2020
(12) Rachel Baxendale, “Liberal MP Target of
Foreign Interference”, The Australian, 6 January 2021
(13) World Bank ranking, https://en.m.wikipedia.org
(14) Rodney Maddock & Ian McLean, “The Australian Economy in the Long Run”,
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987
(15) Australian Bureau of Statistics https://www.abs.gov.au Downloaded 11 January 2021
AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY RECOVERING
After shrinking by 0.3% in the March quarter and 7.0% in the June quarter the Australian economy grew by 3.3% in the September 2020 quarter. For the 12 months ending September the economy
went backwards by 3.8%. By November the unemployment rate was 6.8%.
With the large amount of spending by the government to offset the problems caused by the Covid-19 epidemic our foreign
debt rose by $47.5 billion giving a total foreign debt of $1,157.8 billion.
(Figures sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website, 12 January 2020)
USA: Who Commits Hate Crimes?
Despite the occasional hysteria about racists and white nationalist in the United States it appears that white people are considerably less likely to commit
a hate crime than are black people.
Of 6,406 offenders in 2019, just a bit more than half, 3,365 (or 52.53%) were white while 1,532 (23.91%) were black. (1) The last census in the US showed that blacks constitute 13.4% of their population, while 61%
were white – non-Hispanic, or 77% if white Hispanics are included. So proportionally blacks are much more likely to commit hate crimes than whites. (2) Most of these crimes do not involve homicide. In 2019 there were only 51 murders considered hate crimes.
Hate crimes are not new of course. In 2018 members of a Latino street gang admitted to carrying out a racially motivated firebombing attack on black families in Los Angeles. The three men were charged over the attack in 2014. The order for the attack
is said to have come from the Mexican Mafia, a prison gang that controls many Hispanic gangs in Southern California. (4) Last year, Temar Bishop 23, a black parolee was arrested over the raping and bashing of a white woman on the roof of his Bronx apartment
building. Bishop said the woman deserved it because of slavery. (5)
(3) Michael Balsamo, www.usatoday.com 17 November 2020
(4) Joel Rubin,
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-gang-firebombing-2018 5 April 2018
(5) https://www.lawenforecementtoday.com/paorlee-arrested-in-brutal-br... 28 June 2020
ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING
Riotous behaviour broke out on 6 January, when Donald Trump supporters entered the Capitol building in Washington DC. Many had just left a speech by Trump at
midday in The President’s Park about 1.2 miles from the Capitol building.
One of the demonstrators, Ashli Babbitt, an air force veteran was killed when a plainclothes policeman shot her at close range when she jumped through an interior window.
The police officer appears to be black but was kept out of the spotlight in the days after the incident. Video of the scene indicated that there were police officers both behind Babbitt and in front of her. This and the fact that she was unarmed make her death
unjustified. Three other demonstrators died, one by heart attack, one due to stroke and a third, Roseanne Boyland, 34, appears to have been trampled to death. One police officer died, apparently being hit by a fire extinguisher.
About 5:10 pm police
used tear gas to drive people from the upper level of the Capitol building. And half an hour later the National Guard arrived.
About 57 police officers were injured and 68 people were arrested by the next day. One person charged was US Olympian swimming
gold medallist Klete Keller, 38.
Some alleged details about the riot have come up although they may be hard to verify. One is that the police had attacked older demonstrators and children with batons and tear gas well before they came anywhere near
the Capitol building. A suspicious package, thought to be a pipe bomb was said to be found at the Democrat National Committee. Eleven glass jars suspected of being improvised bombs were found in a cooler in a vehicle near the Republican National Committee
Meanwhile Trump has had his Twitter account closed. He is alleged to have inspired the riot but his last video on Twitter advised that there should be peace and his supporters should go home now. It looks like a lot of other accounts are to
be closed if their message is not to the liking of those who run Big Tech companies. In fact Parler, a more freethinking answer to Twitter has been taken off line by Amazon Web Services.
Despite some silly comments by the new president Joe Biden and
Kamala Harris the reaction by police to the rioters at the Capitol building were in stark contrast to the way most police forces dealt with the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted after the George Floyd death. Rather than attack BLM, many authorities
caved into them to some extent, and in Portland, Oregon, they were allowed (with their Antifa allies) to set up an autonomous zone. The media too was sympathetic to the BLM supporters compared to the hostility shown Trump supporters who were described as insurrectionists.
One commentator suggested that the children of Trump supporters be sent to “enlightenment camps”. Businesses actually gave substantial monetary support to BLM despite their riots having led to over 20 people being killed. Are the Trump supporters
going to get anything?
Information was sourced from: The Epoch Times, 14 January 2021; Daily Telegraph, 8 & 14 January 2021; New York Post, 7 January 2021; American Renaissance and Gateway Pundit websites.
OF DONALD TRUMP’S ACHIEVEMENTS WHILE IN OFFICE
The United States gained 7 million new jobs,
Middle-Class family income increased nearly $6,000, five times that of the Obama years,
Unemployment reached 3.5%, the lowest in half a century,
Incomes rose in every single metro area in the US for the first time in nearly three decades,
Unemployment for African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans set record lows,
Unemployment for women hit its lowest rate for 70 years,
Nearly 7 million people were taken off food stamps,
Poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanics reached record lows,
Income inequality fell for two straight years,
and by the largest amount in a decade,
The bottom 50% of US households saw a 40% increase in net worth.
NEW HUMAN: Ancient remains found
in a cave designated as UW 105 in South Africa could be that of a previously unidentified human species. The cave is not far from the Rising Star cave where the species known as Homo naledi was found in 2013.
Michael Marshall, “Ancient Human Remains
May Be A New Species”, New Scientist, 9 January 2021
ANCIENT INTERBREEDING: A study has found what appears to be the oldest known interbreeding between ancient human populations, specifically a group known as super-archaics in Eurasia interbred
with the ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans about 700,000 years ago. The event was between two populations more distantly related than any other recorded and the super-archaic population appeared to have been separated from other humans two million years
ago. It appears the super-archaics left Africa two million years ago, the ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans 700,000 years ago and modern humans 50,000 years ago.
20 February 2020
Y CHROMOSOMES OF NEANDERTHALS: Scientists have managed to analyse the DNA from the Y chromosomes of three male Neanderthals and two Denisovans and compare them to modern human DNA. It was found that the Neanderthal and modern human
Y chromosomes are more similar to one another than they are to Denisovan Y chromosomes. They concluded that the most recent common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans lived around 370,000 years ago. Modern humans were thought to have interbred with
Neanderthals about 50 to 70 thousand years ago, when the modern humans had migrated out of Africa. The study of Y chromosome DNA would indicate that Modern humans interbred with Neanderthals at least 100,000 and potentially 370,000 years ago. This would mean
that modern humans, or people very closely related to them, were in Eurasia 370,000 years ago.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/re;eases/2020/09/200924141449.htm 24 September
ANCIENT EMPIRE: Artefacts found submerged under Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, South America, are believed to be from the Tiwanaku Empire. The empire reached its greatest power between 500AD and 900AD but some of the items are believed to be 2000 years
old. The Tiwanaku Empire created the Akapana Pyramid and the monolithic Gateway of the Sun.
“Empire Gives Up Its Underwater Jewels”, Daily Telegraph, 14 January 2021
PERU’S CAT ETCHING: Work at an archaeological site in Peru
uncovered a huge image of a cat drawn on a hillside more than 2000 years ago. It is the latest discovery in an area known as the Nazca Lines, a series of man-made patterns that cover 450sq km and are described as one of archaeology’s greatest enigmas.
Stephen Gibbs, “Cat Etched 2000 Years Ago Found In Peru”, The Times/The Australian 21 October 2020
IDENTICAL TWINS: A study on the genetics of identical twins shows they do not have identical DNA. There are more than five genetic differences
in monozygotic, (i.e. identical) twins and in some cases up to 100 differences. The differences are thought to arise just before or just after one embryo split to form two.
Jackie Sinnerton, “Not Same Old Story for Twins”, Daily telegraph,
14 January 2021
ANCIENT HUMAN COUSIN: A two million year old skull has been found in South Africa by an Australian-led archaeological dig at the Drimolen cave system near Johannesburg.
It has been identified as Paranthropus robustus and lived at about the same time as Homo erectus but had a much smaller brain.
10 November 2020
VIKING ANCESTRY: DNA sequencing of 400 Viking skeletons from across Europe and Greenland indicates more than just a Scandinavian ancestry. Foreign genes from Asia and Southern Europe seemed to have reached Scandinavia even before the
Viking age, which dates from 800AD to the 1050s. Some Viking remains found in Scotland appear to have been from locals who had taken up Viking culture, as they were buried with Viking swords but are genetically similar to present-day Irish and Scotland. Scandinavian
diasporas established trade and settlement stretching from the American continent to the Asian steppe. About 10% of the population of the United Kingdom are believed to have Viking DNA compared to only 6% in Sweden.
16 September 2020
Following the Allied invasion
of Normandy and defeats on the eastern front it was looking likely that Germany would lose World War II. Top Nazis, especially members of the elite Schutzstaffel (SS) formed an organisation to allow them to escape retribution for war crimes and possibly resurrect
the Reich in future years.
With the help of top German industrialists and bankers the “Organisation Der Ehemaligen SS-Angehorigen” or ODESSA, was formed in the Maison Rouge
hotel in Strasbourg in August 1944. Odessa was well financed and well organised. A large and reliable network was developed. Secret transit points were established along the German border with Austria and Switzerland. From there, escaping Nazis often took
the “Monastery Route” through Italy, moving from monastery to monastery with the help of Catholic priests, generally Franciscans. Once they reached Rome they dispersed to other countries. In occupied Germany ODESSA members used forged papers which
enabled them to be hired by the United States military as drivers of US Army trucks.
Apart from ODESSA other underground organisations were formed to help Nazis. One network, called
“Die Spider” (The Spider) supplied false papers, passports, safe houses, and contacts that could smuggle war criminals across the Swiss border.
An estimated 9,000 Nazi officers
and officials found refuge in South America. Most settled in Argentina where President Juan Peron believed the Nazis could benefit the country’s technology and engineering. Some also found refuge in Spain, then under the leadership of the Fascist, General
Franco. Others drifted to the Arab nations during the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some Allied powers such as the United States and the Soviet Union recruited prominent German scientists.
Among those who escaped were the notorious Doctor Josef Mengele who experimented on prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp. There is some controversy about how he eventually died but he seems to have lived out the rest of his life in Brazil.
Another notorious Nazi, Adolf Eichmann was seized by an Israeli Mossad team in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and smuggled to Israel. He was tried in Jerusalem for alleged crimes against the Jewish people. Found guilty he was hanged on 1 June 1962.
Isbouts, Jean Pierre, “Secret Societies”, National Geographic, Washington, D.C.’ (9 771536 659031)
“The SS (Schutzstaffel): Organisation of Former SS Members (ODESSA)”,
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/organisation-of-former-ss-mem... Downloaded 30 December 2020
CHINESE IMPERIALISM IN THE 18th CENTURY
During the 18th century one of the most aggressive empire builders was the Chinese Emperor Qianlong who after ten military campaigns, not all of them successful, managed to increase
the size of his empire. A summary of these campaigns:
1747-49 First Jinchuan War
1755 Invasion of Zunghar (Dzungar) Empire
1756-57 Conquering the Zunghars
1755-59 Campaign against the Uighurs
1765-69 Invasion of Burma
1771-76 Second Jinchuan War
1787-88 Repression of Taiwan Rebellion
1788-89 Invasion of Vietnam
1788 Defence of Tibet against the Gurkhas
1791-93 Campaign against Gurkhas in Nepal
The campaigns against the Zunghars (Dzungar) were brutal to the point of genocide. Somewhere between 480,000 and 800,000 died in the fighting
or massacres that followed. No mercy was shown. Most males were killed while and the women enslaved. Thousands also died of smallpox. These campaigns depleted the national treasury but they allowed the Chinese Empire to double in size.
Ralby, Dr Aaaron, “Atlas of Military History”, Parragon, Bath, 2013,
Kerrigan, Michael, “China A Dark History”, Amber Books, London, 2019
“BEHIND THE HORROR: True
Stories That Inspired Horror Movies” by Lee Mellor, Dorling Kindersley Limited, London, 2020 (ISBN 978-0-24140-943-5)
Many of us get a strange
delight at watching spooky or outright terrifying movies. A worrying fact about many of the horror movies is that the characters and stories are at least partly based on real people or events.
An early movie about serial killers, M: A City Searches for a Murderer was made in Germany by director Fritz Lang in 1931, and was inspired by a number of killers who committed their crimes during the Weimar Republic era. Not only did the crimes involve
a series of killings but a couple of the criminals also had butchering skills and the flesh of their victims was put into sausages for human consumption.
Most of the movies described
in the book were made in the United States and include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Psycho. Both of these were inspired by a killer called the “Plainfield Ghoul” whose real name was Edward Theodore Gein. Gein’s life
was not a happy one, he was born with a congenital growth on his left eyelid, he was mocked at school and at home he suffered a domineering puritanical mother and drunken unemployable father. His brother died during a fire, possibly due to asphyxiation and
possibly he was killed by Edward.
Gein killed and mutilated two women. More bizarrely he removed the bodies of women from their graves, using their skin to make masks and their skulls
to make bowls. Gein was eventually arrested and not surprisingly he was declared insane and spent the rest of his life in a mental institution.
Nature can be cruel especially the sharks
in the movie Jaws. The moviewas based on two events. Towards the end of World War II the USS Indianopolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine with many of the crew going down with the ship but many others were attacked by sharks as they struggled
to survive. Years earlier, in 1916 in fact, a number of civilians were killed in a series of shark attacks off the Jersey Shore. Not only were there attacks at the beaches but along a stream known as the Matawan Creek. The shark however became entangled in
a net and was killed when hit repeatedly with the boat’s oar. When the shark was cut open it still had human remains in its stomach.
Apart from vicious animals and deranged people
some of the horror stories actually began with the actions of naughty children.
For instance The Exorcist that came out in 1973 was based on the antics of a 14-year-old boy
known by the pseudonym “Roland Doe”. He was thought to be possessed and put through an exorcism. Years later an historian, Mark Opsasnick, researched to case and found that “Roland” was a notorious trickster. His antics that made people
believe he was possessed were aimed at drawing attention to himself and manipulating his parents into relocating to another city.
Mellor deals with many other movies including more recent
releases like The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse (2019), both loosely based on actual events.
The book is easy to read and strongly recommended for those with an interest
in movies, especially the horror genre.
“THE LOOTING MACHINE: Warlords, Oligarchs, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth” by Tom Burgis, Public Affairs, New York, 2015 (ISBN 9 781610 397117)
According to Tom Burgis, Africa accounts for 13% of the world’s population but only 2% of its cumulative gross domestic product. It is the repository
of 15% of this planet’s crude oil reserves, 40% of its gold, and 80% of its platinum. The richest diamond mines in the world are in Africa, along with significant deposits of uranium, copper, iron ore and bauxite. In 2010 fuel and mineral exports from
Africa were worth $333 billion, and this does not include the amounts that leave unaccounted for due to corruption.
This produces substantial profits for companies that exploit these
resources but most of the companies are owned by non-Africans, either Westerners or more recently Chinese. Not that some Africans don’t benefit but the bulk of the benefits go to leaders and elites, including despots who run many of these countries.
Meanwhile much of the populations of Africa remain mired in poverty. Corruption, judging by what Burgis tells us, is rampant.
When the book was written, extreme poverty was defined as
living on $US 1.25 a day. In Nigeria at the time 68% of the population were living at this level, as were 43% of Angolans, despite both countries being substantial oil producers. In Zambia and Congo the figures were 75% and 88% respectively. In comparison
only 33% of Indians, 12% of Chinese, 0.7% of Mexicans and 0.1% of Poles were in extreme poverty.
For every woman who dies in childbirth in France, 100 die in Niger, the country that
is the source of the uranium used in Frances, nuclear power plants. Life expectancy in Finland and South Korea is about eighty years. These two nations are home to Nokia and Samsung, the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturers, but the minerals used
to make the phones come from the Democratic Republic of Congo where people are lucky to live to fifty.
Nevertheless a few Africans have become fabulously wealthy. Angola has made a fortune
from oil exports and its capital, Luanda is one of the more expensive cities for expatriates. Monthly rent for a three-bedroom house is $15,000. Much construction in Angola, as in other parts of Africa, is done with Chinese finance and Chinese labour. While
the government also puts its petrodollars into improving infrastructure such as roads, railways and bridges, much goes to embezzlers. Kickbacks are estimated to account for more than a quarter of final costs of government construction costs. Meanwhile the
poor are kept out of sight. Burgis tells us that three out of four of Luanda’s inhabitants live in slums.
Money, poorly distributed seems to have exacerbated tribal, ethnic and
religious divisions in Africa. And five years after the book was published much of the conflict continues, not that violence is anything new in Africa.
There are exceptions, such as
Botswana with its small and relatively homogenous population. It had its independence and its own functioning institutions before two massive diamond mines were discovered. It also ensured that many benefits of mining stayed in the country.
Burgis is at pains to point out that exploitation is not new and explains how white colonialists like Cecil Rhodes brought violence and dispossession. He could have pointed out that white colonialists often displaced Moslems who ran an extensive slave trade.
“THE CONSEQUENCES OF EQUALITY” by Matthew S. Battaglioli, Arktos, London, 2016 (ISBN 978-1-910524-88-6)
Battaglioli writes of equality of humans, and the problems caused if we consider that all people are created equal, basically “blank slates” with no innate human nature.
It’s pretty obvious however that people are not equal in many ways. Some are taller than others, some have higher IQs and some are better looking. The various racial groups in the United States have different levels of income. Whites have higher median
household incomes than blacks, but Asian Americans have higher median household incomes than whites. Battaglioli sees this as arising not from “hate” but differences in IQ. Inequality therefore arises from biological or environmental factors.
Nevertheless whilst inequality may be natural there are those who wish to remedy it and therefore turn to the government. Having the government intervene introduces a degree of authoritarianism
and coercion. Banning so-called offensive speech is an example.
A consequence of equality is political democracy, something that Battaglioli is deeply sceptical about. He sees the democratic
state as likely to be more engaged in warfare as say a monarchy. He also claims that a democratic state has a more than justified amount of power over its citizens. After all if you wish to sue a democratic government you must use the legal system set up by
that government. And with modern technologies the state can spy on its citizens to an extent the monarchies of old could not imagine.
Meanwhile wealth increases but this also happened
before most countries became democratic. The wealth of individuals and nations has been increasing for centuries. Then there are the welfare systems of the modern states that become increasingly inefficient and expensive, hence reducing possible wealth.
Battaglioli seeks an anti-egalitarian sort of revolution although he also sees serious obstacles to achieving this. He also supports succession.
He believes the infatuation with equality can only lead to more war, political corruption, degeneracy, cultural decay, and eventually all out decivilisation.
“THE ROAD: Uprising in West Papua” by John Martinkus, Black
Inc., Carlton, VIC., 2020 (ISBN 9781760642426)
When the Dutch left the East Indies, and the independent state of Indonesia was formed, they still
held control over West Papua. In the early 1960s the Indonesians tried to take West Papua by force, landing about 1,200 paratroopers. The Indonesians were no match for the Dutch marines they encountered and the native Papuans were happy to help the Dutch.
As early as 1 December 1961 the Papuans had raised their Morning star flag showing a desire for independence, something the Dutch had helped to foster even to the point setting up a local police force, an auxiliary military and a civil service.
Nevertheless neither the United Nations nor important powers like the United States, then keen to keep Indonesia from siding with the Soviet Union, would allow independence for the West Papuans. On 1 May 1963 Indonesia officially took over. Were the Papuans
consulted about this? No: Although in 1969 there was an UN-sponsored “Act of Free Choice” whereby a tiny selection of Papuans, 1,026 in fact, were allowed to vote on integration with Indonesia. Even this miniscule number were probably acting under
Many Papuans were not happy with being taken over by Indonesia and showed their opposition through petitions, peaceful protests and sometimes violence. Those who spoke out were
often arrested. The volunteer auxiliaries clashed with Indonesian troops and in one instance they stormed an Indonesian armoury and grabbed over 1,000 weapons.
of the Papuans really got underway in the 1970s, using weapons they had obtained from the US. Native villages were burnt down, women raped, people killed and survivors forced to leave their lands. Anything of value was stolen. Tens and possibly hundreds of
thousands died and many trekked as refugees to Papua New Guinea.
Most of the atrocities were not reported in the media and foreigners who entered were heavily monitored and even threatened
with death. Nevertheless a few stories of random killings, arrests and torture did leak out. In one case a Papuan man was bound and then sliced with a large military knife while troops stood around and laughed.
While not wanted by the natives in West Papua the Indonesians have a lot at stake in the territory which has extensive mineral resources including copper and gold ore. The Grasberg mine, developed by the American company Freeport-McMoRan has made billions
of dollars in profits. Millions are given to the military. A majority of the ownership of the mine is now with the Indonesians. Little if any seems to be going to the natives.
in West Papua is getting worse according to Martinkus, and is largely ignored by the outside world. This shows the hypocrisy of the UN which campaigned against colonialism when the colonialists were white but shows total indifference when the colonialists
“Perhaps the evolution of the human family starts in what
some scientists have dubbed Savannnahstan, the early grassland ecosystem around the Old World Desert Belt at the cross roads of continents, and not necessarily and exclusively in Africa after all.”
Madelaine Bohme, “Ancient Bones”, 2020
NATIONAL NEWS SUMMARY
Living conditions, education, employment and life expectancy in Aboriginal communities in regional and remote Australia are akin to those of developing nations, according to a report by the Centre for Independent Studies.
The Productivity Commission estimates that state and territory governments spent about $33.4 billion on Aboriginals in 2015-16. A problem with spending, according to Jacinta Price, deputy mayor of Alice Springs, is that funding is spent as if all Aboriginals
experience the same adversities. The “Closing the Gap” strategy has done very little to address disadvantage in remote areas and life expectancy has not improved. School attendance is said to have declined across all states and territories.
The report reveals that in remote areas Aboriginal school attendance rates are less than two-thirds, which is below Zambia (69%) and Iraq (76%). Aboriginal men in these areas have a life
expectancy 14.3 years less than non-Aboriginal males, which places them on par with third world nations like Yemen, Eritrea and Gambia. Aboriginal women in remote areas live 13.8 years less than non-Aboriginals.
In NSW average domestic violence rates in areas with an Indigenous population greater than 50% is nearly ten times higher than the state average. Ms Price said there should be more focus given to regional areas where English is not a first language. She sees
changes to the national anthem or the date of Australia day as “tokenistic”. (1)
A study has found that smoking among Aboriginals kills one in two older adults. The report
from the Australian National University found smoking caused 37% of deaths at any age in Indigenous adults, but this increased to about half of deaths for those aged over 45.
times, and even up to the 1970s, some Aboriginal workers were paid in tobacco and this is used as an excuse for high levels of smoking among today’s Aboriginals.
about 40% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders smoke, as compared to 14% of the general population, the rate has tended to decrease by 11% over the last 10 to 15 years. (2)
violence rose substantially in the Northern Territory during the Covid-19 pandemic with assaults up 30 to 50% in the second half of 2020. This seems to be linked to higher welfare payments and looser mutual-obligation requirements which stoked problem drinking.
A 46-year-old anti-domestic violence campaigner and member of the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group was killed by a man who ran over her in a hospital car park. The man has been charged with murder. In the period from June to November 2020 there
were more assaults recorded than in any equivalent month since 2014. (3)
Aboriginals are still overrepresented at every stage of our criminal justice system and are said to be the most
incarcerated people in the world. Most states and territories have above world average incarceration rates and this is costly to the taxpayer. In 2017-18 the total net operating costs of prisons was $3.4 billion or $4 billion if community corrections are included.
Recently however crime rates have been falling slightly. (4)
It appears the taxpayer is not getting much bang for the buck when it comes to Aboriginal affairs. As for our jail system,
it may need some changes as does our justice system, but history indicates simply going soft on crime or making excuses for criminality can make things worse.
(1) Amelie McGuire, “Remote Communities in Third-World State”, Sydney
Morning Herald, 25 January 2021,
(2) Rachel Clun, “Smoking Kills Half of Indigenous People Over 45, Study Reveals”, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 January 2021
(3) Amos Aikman, “Violence ‘Fuelled by Pandemic Welfare’”,
The Australian, 29 January 2021
(4) Travers McLeod, “Prison Stems From Disadvantage and Entrenches It”, The Australian, 10 December 2020