May 22nd 2004


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COVER STORY: An election winning Budget?

EDITORIAL: Child care funding and the Budget

AGRICULTURE: Sugar package, Clayton's package

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Ethanol for strategic energy self-reliance

STRAWS IN THE WIND: More history wars / Betrayal / Guilt by association / ALP founding

COMMENT: Tougher law enforcement needed to stop drug wars

FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: Economist describes CIE report as laughable

Nature says no to same sex marriage (letter)

Vietnam human rights (letter)

Western media hypocrisy (letter)

No choice for mothers (letter)

Marriage unaffordable (letter)

Taiwan and the WHO (letter)

US economic integration defended (letter)

ECONOMY: Manufacturing decline causes foreign debt crisis

Europe's uncertain future

REPORT: More of the same at UN women's conference

COMMENT: Same-sex marriage: there are no limits

BOOKS: EMPIRE: How Britain Made The Modern World, by Niall Ferguson

BOOKS: Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars: The Covert Life of a Soviet Spy, by G. Edward White

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Western media hypocrisy (letter)


by Jerome Gonzalez

News Weekly, May 22, 2004
Sir,

One cannot help but wonder what the Western media's "shock and awe" over the recent disclosure of the appalling abuse of Iraqi prisoners is all about. After all, absolutely disgusting pornography seems to be fine and acceptable to most, if not all, Western governments.

One has only to go to any newsagent or video/DVD store to get much more explicit depictions of gross pornography if one wants to. This is all in the name of liberalism, choice and "freedom".

Countries that have the sense and common decency to ban such stuff (such as Singapore and several other countries not lucky enough to be "Western") are ridiculed and disparaged as "wowsers" by the Western media.

The USA is the world's biggest exporter of sexual pornography: its disgusting products are spread all over the world like a cancer. (This is not to say that other countries are innocent - many are even more notorious, though not on such a scale). So why the "shock and awe"? It is only to be expected.

Let's get real! Those young US soldiers have grown up in a society that sees nothing wrong with what they did, in spite of Mr Bush and other officials saying it is "un-American".

As I said, it is not just the USA I'm talking about: it is most of the so-called "liberal" West. We need to return to our former values - not just Christian, but common decent values. Singapore is not Christian; nor are Islamic countries.

Jerome Gonzalez
Perth, WA




























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