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Balance of power games played out by media reports promoting fear and distrust

November 16, 2018 - 12:35 -- Admin

By Denis Bright Having increased its majority in the US Senate at the Mid-term elections on 6 November 2018, the Trump Administration can claim a partial mandate to excuse the Democratic Blue Wave in the US House of Representatives. For Australia, this is a dangerous time in our foreign policy as the mainstream media cheers…

The Jerusalem Tangle: ScoMo’s Recognition Policy Stumbles

November 16, 2018 - 11:02 -- Admin

Jerusalem, deemed a holy city, and seen as trade item, bargaining chip and bartering tool over the centuries. Sought by the major faiths, despoiled at stages by various empires, revived and chalice of poison in international law. Australia’s Scott Morrison, charmless in his ignorance, has come to realise the problems of relocating the Australian embassy…

LNP Senator Becomes A Woman OR “Make Us A Cup Of Tea, Love”!

November 15, 2018 - 18:52 -- Admin

“I am going to declare my gender today, to be a woman, and then you’ll no longer be able to attack me.” Barry O’Sullivan, LNP Senator for Queensland. Strangely, I’ve never realised that being a woman somehow protected one from attack. I guess that’s why Kelly O’Dwyer was reluctant to agree that domestic violence was…

The Disgruntled Former Prime Minister

November 15, 2018 - 17:16 -- Admin

The disgruntled former prime minister is a rather large, and growing club, on the Australian scene. The country has become known for its killing seasons, those occasions when spear wielding apparatchiks within respective political parties feel the need to execute (politically speaking) their leaders in hurried fashion. Those leaders, in turn, seek revenge and catharsis.…

Is Donald Trump crumbling?

November 15, 2018 - 17:14 -- Admin

By Ad astra As you witness the increasingly bizarre behaviour of Donald Trump, the President of the United States, the mightiest nation on earth, do you wonder about his mental state? Do you speculate about his stability, his judgement, his reasoning? Recent events, piled on each other, beg the question; ”Is Donald Trump crumbling”? Mental deterioration…

“Write again, Blue Eyes.”

November 14, 2018 - 17:18 -- Admin

“Tickets please … Tickets please”… The porter made his way from seat to seat checking and clicking the tickets of the passengers of the 12.30 pm train to the southern suburbs … it passed through the flats onto the hills stations to finish at Marino Rocks. Annette clicked open her purse to extract the return…

Reasons not to

November 13, 2018 - 16:33 -- Admin

Oh for a government who didn’t spend all their time finding reasons not to: Bring sick children on Nauru to Australia to get medical help Resettle refugees in New Zealand (or prior to that, Malaysia) or…let’s make this easy and cheap and only fair….here Reduce emissions Invest in renewable energy Protect water security, the water…

Convenient Demonologies: Stopping Migrant Caravans

November 13, 2018 - 14:46 -- Admin

President Donald J. Trump has been engaged with berating human caravans, a spectacle that might have been odd in another era. At first instance, it all seems fundamentally anachronistic, a sort of history in reverse. It was, after all, the caravan packed with invasive pioneers that gave the United States its distinct frontier identity, moving…

Hell hath no fury: The makings of a Turnbull return

November 12, 2018 - 18:23 -- Admin

By Dr Strobe Driver Normally I restrict my opinions to international relations issues with a particular emphasis on war and conflict however, the arrival of Malcolm Turnbull on the ABC’s Q&A programme made me want to offer a possibility of Malcolm being the ‘comeback kid,’ a term that was originally applied to Bill Clinton. So I suppose…

Remembering the Peace Makers: What the Armistice Commemorations Forgot

November 12, 2018 - 16:14 -- Admin

Those in the war industry and the business of commemorating the dead have little time for peace, even as they supposedly celebrate it. For them, peace is the enemy as much as armed opposing combatants, if not more so. Dr Brendan Nelson of the Australian War Memorial is every bit the propagandist in this regard,…