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April 14, 2021

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SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

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Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Empanadas and community spirit in wake of cancelled Bluesfest

With a collective sigh of disbelief and disappointment we processed the news that Bluesfest was cancelled

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

Byron and Ballina secure funds from Coastal and Estuary Grants

A coastal hazard assessment study and a coastal management program will be funded as the NSW Government announces over $100,000 for Byron and Ballina Shire Councils under the 2020-21 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

John Scrivener, Main Arm

Roslyn Goodchild’s letter accused me of wanting to ‘annihilate the state of Israel’. The accusation is offensive and untrue. The editor’s decision to facilitate this sort of defamatory attack is regrettable.

It’s clear from what I’ve written that I’m concerned about the plight of the innocent victims of Israeli war crimes and human rights abuses, concerns that are shared by the international community, as evidenced by numerous UN Security Council resolutions.

It’s the policies and actions of the Israeli government and its military forces that make problems for Israel, not the voices that condemn those actions and policies.

I have nothing against the people of Israel, who are obviously also innocent victims of the violence and tension that afflict their region.

Indeed, I’d like to see an equitable solution that respects the rights and dignity of all the people in that region, irrespective of their race, religion, or nationality. But that won’t happen until the institutions ultimately responsible for the conflict, namely the governments of Israel and the US, stop defying international law and allow truth and justice to prevail.

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  1. Roslyn Goodchild is wrong! John Scrivener and I criticise Israel but have never wished for its destruction. We criticise the US, Australia and many other countries but to claim that that is synonymous with wanting their destruction is ludicrous and offensive. She is also wrong in claiming that Gaza is self governing. Israel controls all land, sea and air preventing essential goods like medical supplies and water purification units from entering. Those grossly injured by Israeli sharpshooters, using bone shattering ammunition, are prevented from seeking vital medical treatment outside and end up as amputees. Borrowing from Nazi war strategy, Israeli dieticians have calculated the exact amount of nutrition allowed into Gaza to maintain hunger but to just enable survival. It’s true that Hamas is a brutal ruler but then it conforms to characteristics shared by severely oppressed resistance like the French maquisards in WW II. Israel fostered the birth of Hamas by deliberately censoring left wing, radical literature which was readily available in the West Bank. They wanted Hamas to be illiberal and as fundamentally Islamic as possible so that it could be more easily demonised.


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