Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites

‘Intellectuals are in a position to expose the lies of governments, to analyze actions according to their causes and motives and often hidden intentions … they have the power that comes from political liberty, from access to information and freedom of expression. For a privileged minority, Western democracy provides the leisure, the facilities, and the training to seek the truth lying hidden behind the veil of distortion and misrepresentation, ideology and class interest, through which the events of current history are presented to us.’

From Noam Chomsky’s 1967 essay, ‘The Responsibilities of Intellectuals’ The New York Review of Books, February 23, 1967 http://www.chomsky.info/articles/19670223.htm


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In an Impaired State This bitter laughter was echoed by refugees on Manus Island and Nauru when the Prime Minister made an impassioned speech in defence of another of his ministers caught up in the dual citizenship revelations by invoking the plight of Minister Josh Frydenberg’s mother, rendered stateless by the Holocaust. The statelessness of UN recognized refugees ...

I stand with Behrouz A few days ago The Guardian newspaper published links to a shocking cache of documents. They revealed, in detail that is all the more chilling for its use of colour-coded management speak of the most banal variety, the processes by which the administrators of Australia’s camps on Manus island planned to make the lives of ...

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What The Law Saw Repertoires of Violence and Regimes of Impunity Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese This essay is an immediate response to two recent events, the release of the findings into the death in custody of Ms Dhu in the week before Christmas 2016, and the death in custody of Manus Island refugee, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, on Christmas Eve. As ...