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A pawn in AUKUS

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While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

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Coopers Shoot wedding venue proposed 

Another local holiday accommodation operator is looking to cash in on the lucrative rural wedding market, this time in Coopers Shoot. 

Man assaulted – Tweed Heads South

Police have commenced an investigation following an assault at a Tweed Heads shopping centre yesterday afternoon.

Getting the word out on wildlife

The Young and Wild project by young women and run by Byron Youth Service (BYS) has produced wildlife stickers and murals, all to raise awareness of the plight of our native animals.


I have lived in Byron Shire most of my life and my family, my children and I highly value...

Residents face being cut from Mullum’s water 

Dozens of Mullumbimby residents located close to the town’s local water source at Lavertys Gap Weir in Wilsons Creek are uniting against a recommendation by Byron Shire Council staff to disconnect the town’s local water supply.

Playing with fire

Their excitement is infectious. Young schoolboys in uniform cluster around Rebecca Barnes’ stall as she passes the finger limes...

Xi’s defensive ‘ring of steel’ comment, aimed at his domestic audience, clearly suggests that the US is being characterised as a clear and present threat to China’s national security.

This propaganda portrays the US provoking an unnecessary conflict by using ‘protection of Taiwanese independence’ as a reason to invade China, given that Taiwan is seen, by China, as part of ‘One China’.

In response Xi says he must defend his country’s integrity and protect his people.

Hence China’s massive military build-up and Xi’s interest in what can be learned from Putin’s ‘just war’ with a Ukraine dominated by the US.

So this is all ostensibly about flashpoints for the clash of civilisations, of western democracy clashing with autocracies run by a dictator, gradually building up to a catastrophic war.

In fact, it is about global economic power and spheres of influence and Australia is merely a pawn in the superpower game. The real war is being fought in the hollowed out, disillusioned, US middle class,while China, in stark contrast, experiences prosperity and relative stability in a massively growing middle class.

Empires come and go but most often the unmistakable seeds of decline and decay are sewn domestically.

Peter Kelly, Byron Bay

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