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John Pilger laments Murdoch fuelled racism in Australia

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Australia, like Canada and the United States, has a sordid history of violent racism that to this day reinforces conditions whereby Indigenous Australians “have the shortest life expectancy of any of the world’s 90 indigenous peoples.”

Yet another symptom of the intricate web of power that lurks in the shadows of our darkest histories and our vociferous consumption of the Earth’s waters, minerals, atmosphere and biosphere.

How the Murdoch press keeps Australia’s dirty secret

The illegal eavesdropping on famous people by the News of the World is said to be Rupert Murdoch’s Watergate. But is it the crime by which Murdoch ought to be known? In his native land, Australia, Murdoch controls 70 per cent of the capital city press. Australia is the world’s first murdochracy, in which smear by media is power.

The most enduring and insidious Murdoch campaign has been against the Aboriginal people, who were dispossessed by the arrival of the British in the late 18th century and have never been allowed to recover. “Nigger hunts” continued into the 1960s and beyond. The officially-inspired theft of  children from Aboriginal families, justified by the racist theories of the eugenics movement, produced those known as the Stolen Generation and in 1997 was identified as genocide. Today, the first Australians have the shortest life expectancy of any of the world’s 90 indigenous peoples. Australia imprisons Aborigines at five times the rate South Africa during the apartheid years. In the state of Western Australia, the figure is eight times the apartheid rate.     Read entire article…

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Written by Sean Bozkewycz

May 20, 2011 at 15:52

Posted in ideas, rants, read

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