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#Tillerson comments on #SouthChinaSea 'ludicrous'— Keating

  • Posted on: 17 January 2017
  • By: Staff Writers

Former prime minister Paul Keating has strongly criticised incoming US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, accusing the Republican cabinet nominee of threatening to "threatens to involve Australia in war with China".

In a statement released to reporters today, Mr Keating said the Australian government should reject Tillerson's position that China needed to be sent a "signal" to cease construction of military outposts on small islands in the disputed waters, characterising his comments as "ludicrous".

UNGA approves treaty negotiations on nuke ban

  • Posted on: 24 December 2016
  • By: Staff Writers

NEW YORK, N.Y. (ICAN) — The United Nations General Assembly today approved a historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The vote follows a decision on 27 October by the General Assembly’s First Committee – which deals with disarmament and international security matters – to begin work on the new treaty despite fervent opposition from some nuclear-armed nations.

US, UK should ‘admit to war crimes’ — Nobel laureate

  • Posted on: 4 December 2016
  • By: Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( — Over 80 people have testified in a Peoples Tribunal intended to identify and prosecute those responsible for the Iraq War. Organised by peace organisations, the two-day event was supported by several public figures including Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn, Danny Glover, Viggo Mortensenn and Dennis Kucinich.

In this testimony, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairéad Corrigan describes the deception behind the 2003 Iraq War

US blockade of #Cuba 'criminal' — peace orgs

  • Posted on: 28 October 2016
  • By: Staff Writers

The international body representing peace organisations has criticised the United States for its continued economic blockade of Cuba, following the passing of the 25th resolution in the UN General Assembly condemning the policy.

World Peace Council secretary-general Socorro Gomes said the blockade, in place since 1962, was "criminal" and "imperialistic".

#HandsOffSyria: Coalition supports peaceful settlement

  • Posted on: 24 October 2016
  • By: Staff Writers

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A coalition of NGOs and public figures, including Ramsey Clark, Cindy Sheehan and John Kiriakou, have signed a petition calling on the United States to withdraw its forces from Syria and lead a political settlement.

The Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament is a supporter of the campaign, and encourages readers to sign the petition at

Event: The role of Pine Gap in US militarism

  • Posted on: 7 September 2016
  • By: Staff Writers

This month marks 50 years since the establishment of the Joint Defense Space Research Facility at Pine Gap, near Alice Springs in the Australian Northern Territory. As one of the most important US bases in the world, this joint project of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) plays a key role in mass surveillance of both military and civilian telecommunications worldwide.

#Closethecamps: Thousands rally against Australian offshore detention camps

  • Posted on: 28 August 2016
  • By: Staff Writers

Thousands of Australians have protested against the government's use of offshore detention camps to process illegal immigrants, with marches held across the capital cities this weekend.

The Refugee Action Collective reported that over 3000 people marched from the Sydney Town Hall to Circular Quay, while 2000 people assembled at the State Library in Melbourne.

Marches were also held in Brisbane, Newcastle, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Ballina on Saturday, while protesters marched in Darwin on Sunday. Australian embassies in London and Tokyo were also picketed.