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Australia Network goes all-out for Abbott’s visit, but can it survive? … Sinodinos gives ‘no promises’ … factcheck: Clive Palmer …

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A legal win, but the whales may not have been saved just yet

The United Nations has ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic must stop. But there’s more to this decision than meets the eye …

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Meet the US scientists who are legitimising Japanese whaling

Perhaps Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling is exactly that? Crikey reveals that US researchers are publishing papers based on the results, casting some doubt on Australia’s claim the science is a sham.

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Having a whale of a time at the ICJ, where diplomacy gets mean

Legal tempers are fraying as Australia takes on Japanese whaling in the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands. Priya de Langen, a freelance writer based in The Hague, sat in the courthouse for Crikey.

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As the ICJ meets, some history on Japanese whaling

Australia’s anti-whaling case against Japan in the International Court of Justice is entering its second week. Author and researcher John Newton takes a look at the history of Japanese whaling.

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Crikey Clarifier: Australia v Japan in a whale of a case

Hearings in Australia’s case against Japanese whaling at the International Court of Justice will begin next week. ANU law professor Donald R. Rothwell looks at our case and at what happens next.

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Don’t arrest me: Sea Shepherd boss plans Australian visit

Militant anti-whaling protester Paul Watson wants to come to Australia — but he could be arrested and extradited to Japan or Costa Rica if he does. Will Australian authorities respond to requests and strike?

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ABC | FEDERAL|

Why the WikiLeaks whale story is a fizzer

When it comes to the latest WikiLeaks embassy cables about Australia and whaling, there is nothing shocking or revelatory about them, suggests Tim Stephens.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Living in a whaling nation: Norway’s long, cold winter

Norway is known for perhaps only a few things: fjords, whaling, smoked salmon, and being one of the richest countries in the world. And of course the whole blonde blue-eyed thing, writes Paul Johannessen.

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Time | ENVIRONMENT|

Can we really save the whales by killing them?

The International Whaling Commission is proposing to allow commercial whaling in Japan if it adheres to strict quotas. Has it sold out, or is it worth sacrificing a few whales to kill off the black market?

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The Age | ENVIRONMENT|

Garrett: Save the whales

Peter Garrett hits out against the International Whaling Commission’s proposal [PDF] to allow Japan, Norway and Iceland to permit commercial whaling under quotas: “it would set whale conservation back by decades.”

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Why Minter Ellison?

You have to wonder why a major law firm was needed to do the kind of work that should be a bread-and-butter task for the public service itself. Plus, the wailing over whaling and Roskamgate.

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Gillard’s time to shine

Julia Gillard has taken the media spotlight as the PM takes a break. Apart from that, it’s been all about the whales in the first Media Monitors’ Top 20 list of 2010.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Bartlett: Do we as say, not as we’d do

Whilst holding a government to its promises has a lot going for it, urging the government to do something that you believe yourself is a bad idea just because you are the Opposition is a bit of a non-sequitur, writes Andrew Bartlett.

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Sea Shepherd Captain: Japan is re-enacting WWII

In an interview with the Observer, Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson defends his and fellow activists’ actions in the name of anti-whaling, claiming they are following a “martial code”, while the Japanese are simply “re-enacting the Second World War”.

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The Daily Telegraph | ENVIRONMENT|

Akerman: The government is fully beached, bro

Kevin Rudd has done nothing about Japan’s whaling for the last two years, and now this issue has once again risen from the deep, the Federal Government has been left floundering, says Piers Akerman.

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The Australian | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Japan cuts the crap on whaling

Japan has a new government, and unlike the previous administration, this one isn’t pulling any punches on the country’s love of whale meat, says Peter Alford.

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VIDEO: Ady Gil gets destroyed by Japanese whalers

A variety of videos from the Sea Shepherd’s Ady Gilcollision with the Japanese whaling ship. Did the Japanese whalers deliberately ram the boat?

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The Australian | ASIA-PACIFIC|

The Whale War: 2010-?

The crash between Sea Shepherd boat Ady Gil and a Japanese whaler may be the catalyst for finally ending Japan and Australia’s long time feud over the legality of whaling in Australian waters. Stop diplomacy and get ready for the Whale War, argues Natalie Klein.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

The Oz: Stop encouraging maritime terrorists

This isn’t some fun Pirates of the Great Southern Ocean film and the media and pollies should stop encouraging the Sea Shepherd’s hooliganism. It does more harm than good, says The Oz.

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National Times | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Turmoil on the high seas: how Australia can stop Japan

Australia still has several diplomatic and legal options it can take to try and halt Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling, and there’s historical evidence that it wouldn’t destroy our relationship with Japan, argues Donald Rothwell.

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Andrew Bartlett | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Bartlett: Tipping point for a whale of a war

The news of a Japanese whaling ship ramming and sinking an anti-whaling Sea Shepherds boat highlights the long, bitter history between Japan and Australia over whaling. Is this boiling point? asks Andrew Bartlett.

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National Times | ENVIRONMENT|

A whale of a double standard

Australians care passionately about the plight of the whales, but what about tuna, caged chooks and all the other animals suffering in the name of dinner? The Japanese have every right to ignore Australia’s moralising, says Tom Ormonde.

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National Times | ENVIRONMENT|

Whales are overrated

Whales, schmales, says Tom Arup: the time and energy spent on the issue of whaling is completely disproportionate to its importance. There are plenty of other fish in the sea.

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