Saturday 22nd of June 2024

shipping nuz.....

17 YEARS AGO WE PUBLISHED THIS CARTOON.... NOW, AS GOVERNMENTS COME AND GO, WE STILL HAVE THE SAME COMBO... SHIPS AND SUBMARINES.... AS LEAST THE PRICE THEN WAS NOT IN BILLIONS AND THE SUB WAS FIGURATIVE... BUT THIS TIME, THE BRIBERY IS US, PAYING THROUGH THE NOSE FOR SOMETHING USELESS: AUKUS SUBMARINES THAT WILL SPOIL THE FUTURE OF YOUR KIDS... SEE:

 

Defence Minister Richard Marles has now told us why we need nuclear submarines – not to defend Taiwan or attack China, but to defend our merchant shipping. Sounds credible until one does the maths.

 

By Percy Allan

 

There are 26,000 ship port calls involving over 3,000 different ships at 70 Australian ports each year to exchange 580 million tonnes of cargo with a value in excess of $A190 billion Shipping Australia.

And below is a map of their main trade routes with Australia. China is Australia’s largest two-way trading partner in goods and services, accounting for one third of our trade with the world. It is not in China’s interests to disrupt it.

 

Marles should explain how three nuclear submarines by 2039 or eight by 2055 can defend each of these ships doing 26,000 round trips from being sunk by enemy submarines, destroyers or bombers. Note that only one sub in three will be at sea at any time with the other two in port for maintenance or training purposes.

Marles would probably answer that our subs would be assisted by America’s 67 nuclear submarines (China has only 12 but is planning to have 21 by the early 2030s). But what guarantee does he have that America would prioritise Australia’s trade routes and shipping movements over its own?

 

Clearly very few merchant ships plying to and from Australia could expect to be chaperoned by a nuclear submarine in the event of a war.

Marles’ maths doesn’t add up.

 

READ MORE:

https://johnmenadue.com/the-shipping-lie/

 

 

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joe's role.....

WORTH THE PRICE? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War is a documentary short reviewing the role of then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) in leading the United States into the most devastating foreign policy blunder of the last twenty years. Courtesy of: Mark Weisbrot https://www.worththeprice.org

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrLFQnlf6lQ

 

 

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AUSTRALIA NEVER LEARNS.... 

 

 

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a lot of cash.....

No, what we wish to say is that $368,000,000,000 is a lot of money. So perhaps we could spend some time, as a country, to discuss what alternatives we might have to sinking vast amounts of our public money into just a few boats that can go underwater. 

Instead of building up our admittedly puny armed forces – to ingratiate ourselves to our glorious current and former imperial reptilian overmasters – perhaps we could spend some of those 368 thousand million dollars on housing for the homeless. Or essential surgery for those seemingly "inessential" segments of our society — the not-so-well-to-do. Schools are also good. As is free university tuition. Or simply lifting the income of our own most vulnerable citizens, 3.3 million of whom currently try to survive below the poverty line

 

READ MORE:

https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/dear-bevan-why-we-shouldnt-sink-368-billion-into-subs,17355

 

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SEE ALSO: 

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202303/1287849.shtml

 

 

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disappointment.....

 

Stop preparing to participate in a US war against China By David Legge

 

Dear Labor MPs, I write to convey my deep disappointment in the Labor Government, of which you are part, specifically in relation to the AuKUS submarine deal but more generally in relation to military strategy and foreign policy.

The United States’ China containment strategy is designed to shore up US economic hegemony but being sold and implemented as a security policy. This strategy requires building a scare campaign representing China as a military threat and as part of that, accelerating the military build-up. This is extremely dangerous. The Albanese government has taken a number of steps which can only have the effect of locking Australia onto this disastrous path (AuKUS, B52s, and cruise missiles). These come on top of pre-existing commitments such as Pine Gap, Harold Holt and ‘the Quad’. The economic containment of China on behalf of the US is not in Australia’s national interest.

Australia has a long and dishonourable history of joining imperial wars far from our shores (and from our national interest), from the Boer War and Gallipoli, to Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. To this list your government – an ALP government – wants to add a US war against China.

The US has 750 foreign military bases, largely focused on ‘containing’ Russia and China (and preferably forcing them to join the neoliberal world order under US suzerainty).

The immediate cause of the Ukraine war was the Russian invasion but the context for this was created by the continuing eastward expansion of NATO; not just containing but compressing Russia (as in Iraq, directed to gaining control over its oil supplies). The Russian invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the risks of this containment and compression policy as also applied to China.

The military logic of Australia’s acquisition of nuclear powered submarines is clearly about disrupting shipping passing through the Indonesian archipelago and the Straits of Malacca (through which much of China’s oil imports are carried). This is part of the US project of containment; it is not about defending Australia; rather it is about making Australia more of a target in the event of a US China war. It is hardly likely to win friends in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

It is profoundly irresponsible of your government to renege on its commitments to nuclear non-proliferation. Is the threat of nuclear war no longer a consideration in foreign policy? A submarine is a weapon and a nuclear submarine is a nuclear weapon. B52 bombers are likewise nuclear weapons whether or not the US Airforce declares such missiles to be carried. Clearly the AuKUS submarines will be equipped to carry nuclear missiles. Just as the policy changed regarding the dismantling of expended ‘sealed’ reactors and waste storage, the assurances about not carrying nuclear weapons could be ignored in future contingencies without any public awareness or policy announcement. It appears that your government is determined to make Australia a nuclear target.

Richard Marles defends Australia’s support for China containment with references to the ‘rules based order’. This is quite cynical in view of the long standing imposition by the US of illegal wars, unilateral coercive sanctions, big power bullying in relation to trade, and frequent covert interventions to destabilise governments it doesn’t like (‘regime change’) or to shore up those it does. The continuation of sanctions on Cuba is perhaps the most egregious illustration of the cynicism of this claim of a ‘rules based order’.

The WB and IMF were deliberately created as tools of US and European dominance and continue to drive economic policies which are directed to sustaining US economic hegemony. The WTO was established on the premise of a multilateral rules based trading regime but where multilateralism doesn’t suit the US, it breaches its trade commitments and sabotages the dispute settlement process.

The Murdoch and the Nine papers claim that Australia’s subordination to US strategic policies is about defending liberal democracy. But in many respects the US is an illiberal non-democracy; think the stacking of the Supreme Court and the rejection of Roe, money politics and revolving doors in Washington, the grotesque gerrymander of electoral boundaries, and the growing movement to deny people of colour voter registration.

By maintaining its political independence China has grown strong economically. It has invested hugely in education, including universities and research. It has made huge achievements in health and reducing poverty. Yet there is much that is not admirable about China’s domestic policy regime including the consolidation of its control of Tibet and Xinjiang including the inflow of settlers of Han ethnicity. Is this really an argument for Australia to join the US containment project (including provocative ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises in the Taiwan Strait)?

Your government proposes to commit $368 billion on nuclear powered submarines as part of supporting the US containment of China. Compare this to the $100 billion that the rich countries have promised to the Global South, for climate change mitigation and adaptation, but still not delivered. The looming threat of global warming is an existential threat to Australia and the rest of the world but apparently not as worrying to your government as the ‘threat’ posed by China to the rules based order and to liberal democracy. (Still no move on tail pipe standards!)

The AuKUS deal, like the Stage 3 tax cuts, were designed to wedge the Labor Government in advance of the 2022 elections. Your government has completely surrendered on both. But even more disgracefully, you have done nothing to free Julian Assange and protect him from a life time of US imprisonment.

I urge you to reconsider these foolish and expensive military and foreign policies.

 

 

READ MORE:

https://johnmenadue.com/preparing-to-participate-in-a-us-war-against-china/

 

 

MAKE A DEAL PRONTO BEFORE THE SHIT HITS THE FAN:

MAKE A DEAL PLEASE:

 

NO NATO IN "UKRAINE" (WHAT'S LEFT OF IT)

THE DONBASS REPUBLICS ARE NOW BACK IN THE RUSSIAN FOLD — AS THEY USED TO BE PRIOR 1922. THE RUSSIANS WON'T ABANDON THESE AGAIN.

CRIMEA IS RUSSIAN — AS IT USED TO BE PRIOR 1954

A MEMORANDUM OF NON AGRESSION BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE USA.

 

EASY.

 

THE WEST KNOWS IT.

 

 

 

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