Changes in Japanese political
watched Russian News on TV and was pleasently surprised, that the new Japanese Prime-Minister Yukio
Hatoyama is called ET (positive type). There are positive types of catoons of him shown on Japanese
TV.His views are very different from others, his clothes and hair style is against their norm
His wife, whom he loves very much and who
charges him with a lot of energy (he says), was abducted years ago by spaceship and who had spent
some time in Venus. She wrote a book about it. She also seems to be very down to Earth and cheerful
The couple could be the 11th Density Beings,
the volunteers, the ones who are replacing all the old-fashioned politicians. The change in global
political circles is taken place. But for me it's still too slow!
Israeli diplomat expelled by
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has told parliament Israel was responsible for faking four
Australian passports used in the killing of a senior Hamas official.
'Investigations and advice have left the government in no doubt Israel was responsible for the
abuse and counterfeiting of these passports,' he said on Monday.
Mr Smith has asked that a member of the Israeli Embassy in Canberra be withdrawn from Australia
within the week, as a result of the scandal.
'This is not what we expect from a nation with whom we have had such a close, friendly and
supportive relationship,' he said.
Mr Smith said it was not the first time that Australian passports had been misused by Israeli
'The Dubai passports incident also constitutes a clear and direct breach of confidential
undertakings between Australia and Israel dating back some years,' he said.
Mr Smith said there was no evidence the passport holders were anything but innocent victims.
'The high quality of these counterfeited passports points to the involvement of a state
intelligence service,' he said.
Hamas official Mahmud al-Mabhuh was assassinated in Dubai in January.
The Israeli embassy was not immediately available for comment.
The decision was taken by the government for 'national security interests', Mr Smith said.
The abuse of the passports was inconsistent with the 'friendship and support' provided by
successive Australian governments to Israel.
'Australia's relationship with Israel has always been founded on a basis of mutual respect and
trust, but Israel's actions in this respect have undermined that,' he said.
Mr Smith said Australia's relationship with Israel could continue in a 'productive and beneficial'
'Australia remains a firm friend of Israel, but ... our relationship must be conducted on the basis
of mutual trust and respect.'
Genuine friendship ran both ways, Mr Smith said, stressing that the incident must not be
Mr Smith said the United Kingdom reached similar conclusions after its investigation into the
misuse of British passports in the Dubai incident.
'No government can tolerate the abuse of its passports, especially by a foreign government,' he
'This represents a clear affront to the security of our passport system.'
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) handed a report of its investigation to the government in
The director-general of ASIO visited Israel earlier in May.
The nation's overseas-focused spy agency, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), was
also involved in the investigation.
'I received my final advice from agencies last week,' Mr Smith said, adding that he had briefed the
national security committee of the cabinet on Monday morning.
Monday, May 24, 2010 » 01:37pm
Across central Bangkok a huge clean-up was under way
after the scenes of anarchy that saw 36 major buildings go up in flames including the
stock exchange and the nation's biggest mall which now lies in ruins.
Thailand's PM says the divided kingdom faces 'huge challenges', after a deadly crackdown on
anti-government protests triggered mayhem in the capital.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared victory on Friday in a campaign to secure Bangkok,
clamping down on militants in the 'Red Shirt' movement who went on a rampage of arson and looting
after their leaders surrendered on Wednesday.
'This is one of the worst episodes Thailand has ever faced,' Abhisit said in a televised address to
'We will continue to swiftly restore normalcy and we recognise that as we move ahead there are huge
challenges ahead of us, particularly the challenge of overcoming the divisions that have occurred
in this country.'
Abhisit said he regretted the loss of life in the army offensive to shut down six weeks of
anti-government protests, which left 16 dead, including an Italian photographer, but defended the
way it was carried out.
'The operation was within the law and complied with international practice,' he said, adding
however that there would be an independent probe. Concern remains over a shootout at a temple 'safe
zone' where six bodies were found.
Abhisit made no mention of the fresh elections demanded by Red Shirts who condemn his government as
illegitimate, but said the focus should now move to healing the splits that fomented the
'We are living in the same house,' he said. 'I invite all of you to join the reconciliation
'Let me reassure you that the government will meet these challenges through the five-point
reconciliation plan I have announced,' he said, referring to a road-map which failed to produce a
peaceful resolution to the Reds rallies.
During failed negotiations before the crackdown, Abhisit offered to hold a vote in November - a
year ahead of schedule - as long as the rallies dispersed.
Major General Amnuay Nimano of the Bangkok Police said in a televised broadcast later on Friday
that he had told Red Shirt leaders arrested after the protests they faced charges of insulting the
monarchy, as well as terrorism.
Thailand is deeply split between the Reds, mostly urban and rural poor who are demanding the ouster
of a government they condemn as undemocratic, and rival pro-establishment 'Yellow Shirts' who
represent the nation's elites.
The Reds are mostly supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a
2006 coup. The billionaire was accused of gross rights abuses and corruption, but won grass-roots
support with his populist policies.
Thaksin's elected allies were later ejected in a controversial court ruling, paving the way for
Abhisit's administration to be appointed in a 2008 army-backed parliamentary vote.
The violence in Bangkok drew expressions of concern from across the world and on Friday the
Association of South-East Asian Nations said peace and stability in Thailand were crucial to the
It was a rare statement about the internal affairs of one of its members.
Across central Bangkok a huge clean-up was under way after the scenes of anarchy that saw 36 major
buildings go up in flames including the stock exchange and the nation's biggest mall which now lies
In the hotspots where protesters have battled with security forces over the past week, roads were
being cleared of burned tyres and concrete blocks and stones that had been used as missiles.
Thailand has suffered regular bouts of civil unrest in its turbulent history, but commentators
warned the emotional wounds from unrest that has left 86 dead and 1,900 injured since mid-March
could be hard to heal.
'No one knows how long it will take to close the deep divisions that have been opened within Thai
families and society,' the Bangkok Post said in a front page editorial.
Bangkok and 23 other provinces in the rural north and northeast - the Reds' heartland - have been
put under a curfew until Sunday to try to contain the conflict and prevent it from spreading across
Some 300 angry and emotional Reds who had taken part in the protests were welcomed home as heroes
in the northern city of Chiang Mai Friday, greeted by a cheering and flag-waving crowd at the
'I am waiting for instructions from my leaders. I am not giving up. For now I will go home and back
to my paddy field. With every one Red Shirt killed we believe a million supporters will emerge,'
said 38-year-old Nut Jangakat.
Saturday, May 22, 2010 » 10:53am
Portugal's president passes
Portugal's conservative president said he is reluctantly ratifying a law allowing gay marriage,
making the predominantly Catholic country the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed.
President Anibal Cavaco Silva said on Monday he would not veto the bill because majority liberal
lawmakers would only overturn his decision. The country must focus instead on battling a crippling
economic crisis that has increased unemployment and deepened poverty, he said.
'Given that fact, I feel I should not contribute to a pointless extension of this debate, which
would only serve to deepen the divisions between the Portuguese and divert the attention of
politicians away from the grave problems affecting us,' Cavaco Silva said.
He said he was setting aside his 'personal convictions', though he did not elaborate and did not
take reporters' questions.
The country's parliament passed the Socialist government-backed bill in January, with the support
of all of Portugal's left-of-center parties, who together have a majority.
Right-of-centre parties opposed the measure and demanded a national referendum.
Elsewhere in Europe, gay marriage is permitted in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and
Norway. As well, five US states and Washington, DC, have legalised same-sex marriage, as have
Canada and South Africa.
Cavaco Silva's announcement came three days after Pope Benedict XVI left Portugal. During his
four-day visit, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people, the pontiff said same-sex marriage
and abortion were some of the most 'insidious and dangerous' threats facing the world.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 » 05:08pm
Rudd opens Aust embassy to
Sunday, October 17, 2010 » 07:23am
On the eve of the canonisation of our first saint, Australia has further strengthened its ties with
the Vatican with the official opening of the first permanent Chancery of the Australian embassy to
the Holy See.
Australia first established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1973, but only installed a
resident ambassador in 2009 when Tim Fischer took up the appointment.
On Saturday Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd declared the new embassy officially open, watched by
Cardinal George Pell, Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop, Mr Fischer, members of the Sisters of
St Joseph, and Vatican dignitaries.
'It's a good day for our relationship with the Holy See. It is a day which we should celebrate,' Mr
'It also represents the completion of some unfinished business.
'The decision to establish this resident embassy and a resident ambassador to the Holy See that we
took in 2008 reflected first and foremost our mark of respect and high regard to the role of the
Catholic Church in Australia.'
Mr Rudd said there are several areas of 'great consequence' to the people of Australia where the
government works with the Holy See.
Since taking up his appointment in January 2009, Mr Fischer has engaged with senior Vatican figures
on issues including human rights, disarmament, ethical economic growth and food security.
'One thing about Tim Fischer, here is a man who doesn't just have a big hat, he has a big heart,'
Mr Rudd said.
'When you see the akubra working its way methodically across the halls of the Vatican, there just
doesn't go a piece of Australian iconography, there goes a living embodiment of the Australian
Mr Rudd said not only was the cost of establishing the embassy justified, it was overdue.
'I think it's entirely justified. Question: how many countries around the world have resident
embassies here in the Holy See? Answer: 77,' he told reporters.
'How many major countries in the world who are members of the G20 have resident embassies to the
Holy See? All of them, except Australia in 2008.
'So let's just put this into a bit of context hey? Fair dinkum ... it's nothing remarkable, it's
nothing unique, in fact we are later by a country mile than most.'
Gay US councilman's plea goes
Saturday, October 16, 2010 » 09:43am
A city councilman in Fort Worth, Texas, has rocketed into cyberspace prominence in a video pleading
with gay teens not to commit suicide and tearfully recounting his own ordeals as a bullied
'Give your self a chance to see how much life will get better,' Councilman Joel Burns says in his
appeal to bullied teens, which he made during a 12-minute speech to the council on Tuesday.
By Friday afternoon, the video had received more than 500,000 hits on YouTube, and Burns was being
lauded on social networking sites.
Burns, who is gay, prefaced his appeal by recounting several of the recent cases in which teens
across the US had killed themselves after being targeted by anti-gay bullying.
The victims included Asher Brown, 13, of Houston, who shot himself with his father's handgun, and
Tyler Clementi, 18, the Rutgers University freshman who jumped off the George Washington Bridge in
New York after his roommate secretly recorded him with another male student, then broadcast the
'This bullying and harassment in our schools must stop,' Burns said, describing it as an
He then recalled his youth in the Fort Worth suburb of Crowley, describing himself as a skinny,
sensitive boy who tried to be friendly to all.
In ninth grade, he said, older boys roughed him up, 'said I was a faggot and I should die and go to
hell where I belonged.
'Ashamed, humiliated and confused, I went home,' Burns said. 'There must be something very wrong
with me, I thought.'
After struggling to maintain his composure, Burns, now 40, then addressed himself directly to any
gay teens who might see the video.
'You will get out of the household that doesn't accept you. You will get out of that high school,
and you don't ever have to deal with those jerks again,' he said.
'Things will get easier.... Please stick around to make those happy memories for yourself.'
When he finished the speech, most of those in the council chamber rose to applaud.
'If the now-viral video ... does not move you to tears, you surely have a tough, leathery little
peanut for a heart. I can't watch it without crying,' wrote Dallas Morning News columnist
Queen cancels staff Christmas
The Queen has called off this year's Christmas party at Buckingham Palace to show restraint as
Britain braces for a wave of austerity cutbacks.
The biennial December party for about 600 royal staff, paid for out of the Queen's private money,
costs about STG50,000 ($A80,400), The Sun newspaper said.
'Given the current economic climate, it was thought that it was appropriate for the household to
show restraint,' a palace spokesman told AFP on Thursday.
'The Queen is acutely aware of the difficult economic circumstances facing the country.'
The British government is to announce its spending review on October 20 and is expected to slash
departmental funding in a bid to rein in the country's record deficit.
'We're all devastated as it's a great night when everyone lets their hair down,' The Sun quoted one
worker as saying.
'The royals mix freely with servants - it's normal to see the Queen dancing with a footman or
Prince Philip waltzing with a maid.
'The champagne flows like water and you feel your hard work has been appreciated. This won't go
This year the royals have had to accept the freezing of the 'civil list', covering the expenses of
the Queen and Prince Philip.
The amount was set in 1990 at STG7.9 million ($A12.7 million) a year and has not gone up since.
It is paid in return for the profits from the Crown Estate, the sovereign's property portfolio.
The surplus was STG210.7 million ($A338.83 million) for the year ended March 2010.
Friday, October 15, 2010 » 05:56am
US congress to end gay ban in
US President Barack Obama's administration has reached a deal with top lawmakers in Congress
designed to end a US ban on gays serving openly in the military.
Obama has vowed to repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, which forces gays and lesbians to
hide their orientation or face expulsion from the military, and has come under intense pressure
from gay rights groups for swift action.
The White House and senior lawmakers said the compromise, which was reached on Monday, would be
brought up in the House of Representatives, possibly as early as this week, but the law would not
change until after the military completed an implementation review.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the US Joints Chiefs of Staff, Admiral
Michael Mullen, had backed the idea of ending the rule.
They said in April, however, that they opposed any change to the prohibition in the short term
because the military needed to assess how the move would impact the armed forces.
But Peter Orszag, the head of Obama's Office of Management and Budget, said in a letter to key
lawmakers on Monday that a compromise to allow the review to be completed before the law was
changed would permit movement on the legislation.
The review is not due to be completed until December 1.
The compromise was contained in an amendment drafted by Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent
who votes with Democrats and is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The amendment provides for a review of the impact on changing the law on readiness, military
effectiveness and unit cohesion, and provides that the law will not become law until the review is
complete and remedies carried out.
The review will seek the views of troops and military families on the issue, as well a