The Woes of Climate Change States Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

As Australia’s tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced..

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Latin America’s Second World War Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Mary Jo McConahay’s The Tango War is an engaging, extensive, well-researched, well-written account of a topic that still manages to offend me. World War II is sacred history in the United States, the ultimate clash of pure good and evil, the fundamental origin myth of the military industrial..

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Leave Syria the Hell Alone

Last weekend I was on Iranian TV being asked about the meeting in Tehran at which the presidents of Iran and Russia had refused to agree with the President of Turkey to stop bombing people in Syria. I said Iran and Russia were wrong. I also said that nobody involved, least of all the United..

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How Do Weapons Makers Sleep at Night? Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

A new report by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies “focuses on the five largest U.S. arms manufacturers — Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics — and their dealings with three repressive nations: Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt.” This may prove to be a very..

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Nepal’s Communist Government Tightens Its Grip on Civil Society Monday, September 10th, 2018

The 2015 constitution of Nepal ignited hope in ordinary Nepalis that a new era had finally dawned on the nation. That hope, however, didn’t last long after the rise of Communist Party of Nepal (CNP). Starting last month, not only is Nepal’s civil space shrinking, but the pillars of democracy,..

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Why I’m Going to Ireland to Try to Fix the United States Friday, September 7th, 2018

The United States spends about five times what China does on its military. And it spends more just on its military bases in other people’s countries than any country other than itself or China spends on its entire military. The United States keeps troops in almost every country on earth,..

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Can the Popularity of Impeachment Matter? Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

According to an ABC News-Washington Post poll, 49% of a sampling of the U.S. public wants impeachment begun (they don’t specify when, but presumably any moment now) against Trump, while 43% do not. There are almost certainly millions of additional Democrats who would move into the pro-impeachment..

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Fraser Anning and the Smugness of Australian “Values”

Be wary of the self-satisfied and morally soothed. The complacent have a habit of giving the game away, glorifying themselves in satisfied satiation. Australia’s parliament seemed to be very self-congratulatory in their condemnation of the newly arrived Senator of the Katter Australia Party,..

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With supreme confidence and characteristic courage of conviction, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized high value currency in India in the year 2016. His move surprised the economists , tax and financial experts all over the world and some of them described this step as audacious move....

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Virginia’s Fifth District: Hold Your Nose and Stay Home Friday, August 31st, 2018

Democratic candidates for Congress Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez all say Americans should have higher living standards, closer to those in other wealthy countries, including guaranteed Medicare for All, better schools, etc. Leslie Cockburn, the Democratic nominee here in..

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Number of activists are now steadily increasing all over the world who claim themselves to be environmentalists, freedom fighters , religious propagandists etc. They call themselves as activists and some of them use the term activist as a shield to cover their activities, which may be questionable..

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Prime Ministerial Chaos: Turnbull’s Last Days Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

No one is in charge in Australia. Monday’s leadership challenge by Home Affairs minister, the potato-headed former police officer Peter Dutton, was cutting enough to leave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a wounded animal. The 48 to 35 margin of victory demonstrated the sheer degree of..

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Readying Knives: The Mortality of Australian Prime Ministers Monday, August 20th, 2018

The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease. Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster system, but a profound contempt for the democratic sensibility on the part of party representatives, hacks and the industry that supports them. Prime Ministers are merely the..

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“I Survived Because . . .” Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

“I survived because I was walking to a building that was behind a small hill that faced downtown. I was standing in such a way that the building was to my right and the stone garden was to my left. It was my daughter’s wedding day and I was pushing the wedding dresses in a wheelbarrow to the..

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Yemeni Children Matter

We’ve been given a rare opportunity. While the United States military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have U.S. television viewers seen images of the victims, in particular images of them alive just moments..

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Canada vs. the Rule of Law Monday, August 13th, 2018

I’m aware that Canada, unlike its southern neighbor in which I live, has just recently, ever so slightly, stood up to certain of the horrors of the Saudi government. I’m aware of the role Canada has played, albeit imperfectly, as refuge for people fleeing U.S. slavery and U.S. wars and general..

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Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document,..

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The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights Thursday, September 20th, 2018

It’s fitting that the same society that produced George Orwell with his warnings of a totalitarian dystopia stacked with all-prying monitors, surveillance and paranoia..