"People injected with costant fear are easily controlled.
Paranoia makes them willing to followers."
"Times of Terror"
By Uli Schmetzer
The botched Sydney Siege this month has taught us no matter how many anti-terrorist laws we make, how much more power we invest in gun-toting special
police in the end the real terror we face is the incompetence of our officials and government agencies that are often blinded or ignorant to the obvious. Two young people are dead in Sydney for these reasons. Four others are injured and one of the
most laid-back nations in the world will have to drop its ingrained belief ‘we are the lucky country.’
Like many megalomaniacs Man Haron Monis has been coveting the limelight all his life,
a search for recognition that he was someone the world should look up to. Religion gave him that
pedestal. It also gave him a mantle of respectability that influenced others in their dealings with him.
TORTURE: Will Anyone Pay?
Noosa, Australia, December 13, 2014 –
The real shock of the U.S. Senate report on the
government-sanctioned torture of terrorist suspects is not in the details of the brutal
methods practiced but in the damning conclusion the CIA mislead the public and the
Obama administration by claiming torture provided vital information which saved
lives. Torture did not, the 6000 page report insists.
Worse, the victims were systematically water-boarded, beaten, deprived of sleep and
humiliated before they were even asked to ‘cooperate.’ Many became mentally and physically comatose and unable to talk (or confess) provoking the question:
‘Was this use of torture a barbaric act of revenge for 9/11 rather then an effort to
The Lama's Lover and other stories
In this collection of ten short stories we meet a
range of extraordinary individuals. Each carries
their own cross in societies marred by
religious, political and social injustices. The
protagonists are often a composite of people the
author met during his career travelling the world
as a foreign correspondent.