Month: November 2010

UK Guantanamo detainee settlements

This settlement allows the government to kick the formal inquiry about government complicity in maltreatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a judicial review, of which the most obvious benefit is that secret papers from the intelligence services will not be subpoenaed to be presented in an open court.

Remembering Bobbi Sykes 1944-2010

Dr Sykes (although she had not yet even begun her PhD) was the first woman I ever saw referred to as an activist on the TV news, when she was arrested in 1972 as the police overran the Aboriginal Tent Embassy outside Parliament House in Canberra. There will be no picture of her here now that she is deceased.

Recently in airport security

A Scottish comedian whose name I can’t remember now once said (paraphrasing) “keep a close eye on how your airports are treating you, because that’s how the authorities would like to treat you all the time”.


Burma’s military rulers have released the country’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest

Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s honorary otter is a sea lion! This little pup was born in the Adelaide Zoo over Halloween.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.