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Schapelle Corby: drug courier or political prisoner?
At the time of her arrest there was a great deal of diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia. The Australian government was pressuring Indonesia to arrest Abu Bakar Bashir, who was believed at the time to be behind the 2002 Bali bombing. Indonesia was not compliant, and many Indonesians felt that Australia was interfering in their affairs once again as they had during the East Timor crisis a few years earlier. After Schapelle's arrest the diplomatic row escalated and there were fears that brooding resentment on both sides could lead to violence.
Something had to be done.
Schapelle said from the beginning the drugs were not hers, and for six months the Australian people and even high level government representatives were right behind her, but then a funny thing happened. Suddenly the major news networks began running stories filled with innuendo and journalistic spin, hinting that Schapelle might be guilty after all. The first of these damaging stories was released one week before her final court hearing in Bali, and carried the unsubstantiated rumour that Australian hydroponic dope was commonly sold in Bali under the name "Aussie Gold". In between her conviction and final appeal scurrilous rumours about Schapelle and her family were circulated in every newspaper and TV channel in the country, including the tax-payer funded ABC. None of these rumours has ever been proven, and indeed the High Court found that Channel Seven had defamed the character of Schapelles' sister Mercedes.
Since her final appeal was rejected Schapelle's mental state has deteriorated. She is now in a state where she needs constant medical care. Her government and the Australian people have turned their backs.
What will you do?
Tonight we welcome Schapelle Corby's uncle Shun Hatton back to the show for the latest news on the case. If you would like to help Schapelle please visit www.freeschapelle.com.au.
NOTE: At the beginning of the show we announced an interview with futurist Jacques Fresco which did not take place. TNRA apologises for any inconvenience caused.
- Schapelle's case discussed on Channel 7 Morning Show
- The truth about "Aussie Gold"
- The Schapelle Corby Media Project
- TNRA: The Schapelle Corby files
- TNRA: Mass media deception and Schapelle Corby
- Australian Censorship History
- Pasolini's 1975 film "Salo" (based on a novel by the Marquis de Sade), is legal in Australia, for now
It runs on water!
Ashtweth runs two websites which we commend to our listeners:
What is "Free Energy"?
This is a highly controversial term, even amongst those who believe it is possible to extract large and useful amounts of energy by unconventional means. The word Free could imply there is no cost and is somehow magical. That is not correct, perhaps cheap is a better term; and the well-documented science behind many of them certainly is not magic. These devices will of course cost money, and there will be significant limitations to their efficiency and effectiveness; especially until they are developed further.
Free also pertains to the fact that they are all pollution free, using no external chemical fuels and often requiring much less electricity to operate than they output (or least being much more efficient than traditional means). But perhaps the most accurate use of the word Free would relate to the change in society that these inventions would bring: Freedom from the electrical grid and filling stations Freedom from an economy built on scarcity. And freedom from the need to pollute our planet to maintain a high level of civilization.
For an introduction to the core ideas behind the various technologies discussed in the show I recommend the documentary It runs on water which was aired on British television in 1995.
In the second half of tonight's show we examine the explosive implications of statements made recently by the U.S. Vice President Jo Biden to the effect that Israel has a "sovereign right" to attack Iran. These statements were made in an interview with George Stephanopoulos aired on ABC television (U.S) on 5 July.
- Biden Suggests U.S. Not Standing in Israel’s Way on Iran
- Biden: U.S. Won't Stand in Way of Israel on Iran Nukes
- This Week' Transcript: EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Joe Biden
George Stephanopoulos' interview with V.P. Joe Biden in Iraq - Jul 05, 2009
Review - "The International"
In the final segment of the show I review the film "The International", with a short clip and some commentary.
Film trivia: An explosive shootout scene takes place inside New York's famous Guggenheim Museum, in which the museum appears to take severe damage. To film the scene, the film's production team used the Guggenheim's original blueprints to build a full-size replica of its interior in an old abandoned locomotive warehouse. Construction of the replica took 4 months.