David Hicks – A Cartoon History

Thought it now an appropriate time to post some of my favourite political cartoons relating to the Hicks trial and the “confession”.

 

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Murdoch’s Trash Media fly in the face of public opinion.

The Murdoch media is covering the return of David Hicks as if they are employed by the Howard government. Ooops – they are – well sort of, they all work for Murdoch. Anyway… The Herald Sun is all upset that Hicks, ‘a confessed terrorist’ (which he never confessed to) traveled first class from Guantanamo Bay.

While 80% of “The Age” readers in an opinion poll today say David Hicks is no threat, the front page of the Herald Sun read:

Herald Sun Front Page

and the content of the articles in the paper, of which there were many, sounded like they were written personally by Phillip Rud-dick. The Editorial headline read: “A Dangerous Fool Returns“, whereas The Age’s editorial read “Hicks was no innocent abroad, but it’s right that he’s home“. The Age’s editorial even made sense! Actually, it is a very good read, take a look.

They (The Age) also featured an opinion piece by Tim McCormack, who, according to the footer of the article: is the Australian Red Cross professor of international humanitarian law at the Melbourne Law School. He attended the proceedings against David Hicks in Cuba in March as an adviser to the defence team on law-of-war issues.

It is ALSO a great read. Read it here: David Hicks’ trial was a political fix by two governments -much more accurate than the shit churned out by the Herald Sun.

Palmy compost dump named after John Cleese

Palmerston North, the town where I grew up in New Zealand has named a compost dump after John Cleese in retaliation for Cleese calling Palmerston North the “suicide capital of New Zealand”. I can tell you right now, that is not true. The suicide capital of New Zealand, at least when I was there, is Hamilton, because of its heat an humidity which drives people nuts. Anyway.. according to this news artcile in The Age: Kiwis dump on Cleese:

“Mt Cleese, Alt.45.2m a.s.l.”(above sea level) reads the sign posted on the rubbish tip at suburban Awapuni, which is being turned into a compost dump, the city’s “Evening Standard” reported.The sign notes that it was named by New Zealand comic Fred Dagg, the alter ego of John Clarke (yes he is a Kiwi, not an Aussie), who was born in Palmerston North, after Cleese dubbed it one of the world’s most boring cities when he toured New Zealand in November 2005.

At the time, Clarke suggested the local dump be renamed the “John Cleese Memorial Tip – All manner of crap happily recycled”.

Contractor Roy Harding, who erected the sign, told the paper: “It’s just to get back at him. Most people seem to be quite happy about it”.