Daily Archives: March 14, 2008

Well now, isn’t this a surprise?

Just on our Australian ABC:

No link between Saddam and Al Qaeda: Pentagon

A detailed Pentagon study confirms there was no direct link between Iraqi ex-leader Saddam Hussein and the Al Qaeda network, debunking a claim US President George W Bush’s administration used to justify invading Iraq.

The US administration tried to bury the release of the study, limiting distribution of the report and making it available only at individual request and by mail – instead of posting it on the internet or handing it out to reporters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 14, 2008 in Iraq, USA


Miles to go

You all know Robert Frost, I imagine:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Something like that applies to Indigenous Australia and government policy and action after the Apology of 13 February 2008. You know I am and was an enthusiast for that Apology: see Reconciliation. It was a roadblock that had to be blasted away, and it has been. And yet you may recall I also wrote at the time I am not sorry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 14, 2008 in Australia and Australian, Indigenous Australians


Three from Surry Hills Library

The first novel numbers a blogger among its murder victims:

Vegard Krogh kept a blog, one of those incredibly self-centred things that the author thinks are interesting for the rest of the world. Yesterday he told his readers that he had to have supper with his mother because he owed her money. The revolting man really was a great…

His blog told the murderer all he or she needed to know…

So be warned. The fact that blogger also parodies crime fiction writers turns out to be not irrelevant too.

So I must be careful in talking about Anne Holt, The Final Murder (Norway 2004; English translation 2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 14, 2008 in Best read of 2008, book reviews, Crime and/or crime fiction, Fiction, Gay and Lesbian, gay issues, reading