Sunday, October 7, 2007

'Burma: 'I resist in my Mind only''

Scream (Skrik, 1893) is a seminal series of expressionist paintings by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch

I heard excellent programme today at 1 pm on ABC Radio National, 'Burma: 'I resist in my Mind only'' and decided to link it here:

It is when you look at the extremes of fear endured by the Burmese people that you realise how dangerous it is for governments to use fear on their citizenry in order to maximise their control.

I am sure there are people in Australia trying to work out just how far they can go. This is not some kind of conspiracy theory.

I have a copy of Carmen Lawrence's book 'Fear and politics'.

I also attended the Fulbright Conference in 2004.

They were trying to work out how much they could ‘push’ the fear of terrorism in Australia without having us 'turn off' - which is exactly what has happened.

But this fear is viral and has infected the lives of our children. Radio National has run a few programmes on this, possibly on 'Life Matters'.

We now have our Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Kevin Andrews, pushing a fear of Sudanese/African refugees. I find this particularly disturbing. He needs to explain why he has detained seven Burmese asylum seekers on the remote island of Nauru for several years and why he is seeking a resettlement country for these people other than Australia.

See also 'Fear and Identity – are these the tools of modern politics?'

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