That the Gallipoli “landing” was an invasion of a sovereign country which was no threat to the population of Australia simply does not register in any of the media coverage.
That ten times as many Turks were killed defending their country as Australians invading it is also completely absent.
Everything about the official commemoration of Anzac Day reeks of the colonial superiority which dominated the thinking of Australian and British military authorities just over a century ago.
Imagine if Japan had actually invaded Australia in 1942 (it never planned to) but was beaten back after a bloody 10-month campaign on the shores of North Queensland, leaving tens of thousands of Australians dead.
Now imagine 74 years later – thousands of Japanese turning up in Cairns. The old rising sun flag is hoisted and Japanese politicians and generals make speeches commemorating the loss of their soldiers.
Back home, the Japanese PM assures the country’s youth that the military’s endeavour had been a noble one aimed at securing Japan’s freedoms and way of life.
The official entourage is accompanied by thousands of Japanese backpackers who proudly fly the rising sun flag, get drunk and sing nationalist songs, leaving behind them a rubbish-strewn cesspit for locals to clean up on their departure.
Now imagine the reaction of the Australian high and mighty who shed crocodile tears about the fallen at Gallipoli.
Fifteen years ago, the John Howard federal Coalition government launched a military invasion and occupation of Aboriginal townships and lands in the Northern Territory. More than 600 military and police personnel, accompanied by a phalanx of government bureaucrats, entered 73 Aboriginal communities, placing them under the unilateral control of the Australian army.
In the late 1960s, cryptic notes began to appear on poles and noticeboards around Chicago, directing women who were pregnant and in trouble to “call Jane”. The number provided connected them to the Jane Collective (officially the Abortion Counselling Service of Women’s Liberation), an underground network of activists providing illegal abortions in the years before the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. This collective is the subject of The Janes, a new HBO documentary directed by Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin.
Around the US, tens of thousands have hit the streets slamming the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established abortion as a right. In Manhattan, a large crowd of young, multiracial activists marched, chanting “Fuck the Supreme Court!”
Anthony Albanese started his victory speech on election night with a commitment that his government would implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full, beginning with a referendum to create an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in its first term.
When a new government is being formed, the appointment of senior bureaucrats to the public service often tells you as much about how the country will be run, and in whose interests, as does the allocation of ministries to politicians.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US, where he will face 18 espionage charges brought against him by the Department of Justice. The charges carry a combined penalty of up to 175 years in prison. It is another cut in the long, torturous crucifixion of the Wikileaks founder, who dared to embarrass and expose the war crimes of the US empire and its allies.