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Tibetian protests, and our military past and future

Monday 17 March 2008 at 6:04 pm
  • I’m saddened that what’s happening in Tibet sounds not unlike a smaller-scale version of previous Chinese crackdowns, what with the Communist Party governor denying that anything’s wrong while reports from Lhasa describe dozens of deaths and the Dalai Lama speaks of “cultural genocide” (though in this context he’s a thoroughly political figure, not the saint he’s portrayed as in the West). It’d be a shame if this just gets swept under the carpet and ignored when the Olympics come in August, but that also seems the most likely outcome.
  • Back in WA, it’s pretty impressive that HMAS Sydney has been found, finally — and so soon after that same team found the Kormoran. I look forward to hearing about what they learn when they send down a minisub …
  • It came out today that the Federal government isn’t going to cancel the order for Super Hornet fighter planes that basically amounts to throwing $6 billion into the bin over a few years. Worse, though, is that the announcement basically translates to “the previous government sucked, we don’t think we can do anything about it, la la laa not listening”.
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