When I first heard the suggestion that the judiciary and greater Parliamentary oversight could 'save the day' and redress the reckless use of new capabilities by Britain's security service GCHQ, an image flashed into my mind of a 1903 painting by Australian impressionist Tom Roberts -
In canvases, painted around 2011, I took a re-designed NSA logo and inserted elements from the Knights Templar of the medieval ages into a screenprint onto the canvas. Around each were further printed iconic symbols of doctrine, war and rebellion that I used in the series, mixed in
This important CSPAN coverage of the domestic drone debate [in the US] is of vital importance to people everywhere because of the lack of legal precedent with these technologies. In the University of Surrey workshop I participated in I supported discussion which acknowledged this issue using 5 paintings which
A preventable loss. A tragic indictment of the consequences of defensive, frightened government. It is rare today, to find a young person who can do more than download and vomit back out someone else's ideas. So rare to discover minds capable of helping our society, our world, move to
I can't focus on anything tonight. I am full of sadness and anger at the role of 2DayFM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian and their employers for their role in the hoax call which led to the death of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha. Mostly I am disgusted by the
Featured Video Dec 2012 My featured video for December is from Al Jazeera English: ' China art bears brunt of leadership change (ALJAZEERA VIDEO)
"DeChina is set for one of its clandestine, once-every-decade leadership changes, and
Mark Levine states the case for punk band/performance artists - Pussy Riot - better than anyone. I really appreciate that he has put this arguement into this particular article on Al Jazeera.
I am contributing artwork to the workshop, “Hitting the Target?” - How New Capabilities Are Shaping Contemporary International Intervention in 12 July 2012 - 13 July 2012 at cii – the Centre for International Intervention, School of Politics, University of Surrey in the UK. There
The Berkman Buzz at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society provides timely reminders on digital issues. This week they let me know (and to my surprise) about a balanced and well-reasoned article about Anonymous , the hacker-activist movement that the US military cyber-war division
I am attaching links to 2 completely different ways of listening to the American domestic discussion on the use of UAVs (drones) in precision strikes (targeted killings). This is because they are a contrast which expresses the embattled conscience within the American psyche that is not highlighted in progressive commentary
I really cannot add anything to Mark Levine's Aljazeera coverage of the current trend of violence and murder in Iraq directed against young people who like and express the emo sub-culture and music. It is a strongly anti-gay campaign as Levine says in this article, orchestrated by criminal values -
The United State's Attorney General Eric Holder today made a speech to justify the legal framework around targeted killings, including of a US citizen overseas. The full text of his speech is to be found at Opinio Juris who will be publishing analysis quite soon
An extraordinary interview by an Australian abroad who is rarely discussed or featured in the Australian media and, I would venture to say, is rarely thought of by Australians. The Rolling Stone interview of Julian Assange is important, and can be read online
I want to post the release of the 22,000 word report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and analysis by highly regarded legal blog Opinio Juris about this report in its post , Chesney on Attacking Mourners and Rescuers with Drones,
Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." That's race relations in Australia today. I admire the simple, straightforward call by Dr Charlie Teo for Australia to address racism on Australia Day. As an Asian-Australian I deeply sympathise with Dr Teo's speech.
Within the last 72 hours, soldier's cheered the closing of the gates and the end of the Iraq War which has destroyed more than the lives of nearly 4,840 soldiers (4,500 American) plus a conservatively reported 100,000 Iraqi lives.
It destroyed our trust in our capacity to overcome our nature.
I want to post Richard Flanagan's very brave and eloquent extract from his closing address at the 2011 Melbourne Writers' Festival- ‘The Australian Disease: The Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-freedom’ . It's strange, ten years ago the reasoning behind this piece wouldn't be under such siege
I'm always grateful to Edge for bringing up things the mainstream media don't focus on. This is an important post from Edge.org, Code Is Law , introduced by influential German journalist and essayist Frank Schirrmacher [11.7.11]. It's a bit hard to
Without a doubt, al-Awlaki was not a man of peace. In a current Politico article on the latest targeted killing by US drones, all the questions that disturb me about drone warfare are asked, but regrettably not answered with respect to the lessons of
The contemporary trend for global conflict is the dehumanisation of warfare and, in particular, extrajurisdictional killings by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones). Recently The Washington Post reported on the Aspen Security Conference, where CBS News and 60 Minutes Correspondent
Whoever thought we would ever feel nostalgic about the Nuremburg Trials ? Well, times change don't they? They get foggy. Violent. When I heard about the shot that killed Bin Laden, this song came to mind from my teen years. I thought about what being human
In this surreal landscape, Department of Defence (DOD) Dragonfly robots both record and control Julian Assange, our 19th century marionette-Crusader, holding his shield of digital secrets as the world redefines war.
If the battle today is about moderates and extremists, does anyone of us dare to admit where we stand?
Quick Note: Some very disturbing new Australian legislation has passed in the state of New South Wales (NSW) that targets and holds artists responsible for the terrible crime of child pornography. This legislation doesn't regulate the
Completed painting "Angels and Pears" [pictured]
Acrylic paint, screenprint and gold leaf on canvas. Several layers of print here. The leaf is applied on the pears and crosses.
It's part of a contemplation on the role of Spirit in the peace process that came out of several sketches I
The April cover of Modern Painters came out with a cover on Art & War at the same time that US artist Steve Kurtz's case finally got thrown out of court. He was cleared of FBI suspicions of bio-terrorism for growing bacteria in petri dishes
EXHIBITION - Pittsburgh, PA, USA Sept 14- Oct 20, 2007. American Caricature: An Exhibit of Political Cartoons - A World View of the United States by 34 political cartoonists. Opening Sept 14 - Oct 20, 2007, Three Rivers
This is an interview I gave to promote the Sedition show with McKenzie Murray interviewing me.
RTRFM Radio in Perth have been very supportive, especially with Sedition and Other Bedtime Stories. They were really surprised that I was doing the only