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Revisiting Love Serenade Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Australian life can seem defiantly absorbed, the defiance induced by insularity and isolation. The characters that inhabit the continent are mere specks of life before the enormity that is its nature, one bound, at any point in time, to swallow them up. Those in the city are thereby invested with..

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New outlook in Nepal’s relations with India and China Monday, May 7th, 2018

The past month has seen significant activities in Nepal’s diplomatic sphere, starting from Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s state visit to India as well as Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s visit to China. To cap it off, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to arrive in Nepal on..

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Post-Brexit Israel – OpEd Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The UK will be leaving the European Union at precisely 11 pm on March 29, 2019 . There will be significant consequences for Israel. Israel’s current relationship with the EU, of which Britain has been an important member for the past forty years, might best be described as “creative tension”..

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Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are not to be trusted, and the intelligence services should start getting busy in expanding their operations against the next Doomsday threat. This became..

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Sugar Demons, Sweet Lobbies and Taxes Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

It came across on the ABC’s Four Corners as something of a junkie’s confession: I am an addict, and I know. The conservative MP for the Australian federal seat of Dawson, George Christensen, was not mincing words so much as spouting them in crude confessional form. Regulating the sugar industry..

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Without a US Ambassador: Australia Awaits Monday, April 30th, 2018

It was cheered and embraced with enthusiasm bordering on self-praise: Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. of the Pacific Fleet would be making his way to Canberra to assume the post of US Ambassador. Washington had supposedly appointed a big fish to monitor even smaller creatures in the Pacific. But..

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RECENT BONHOMIE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA MAY LAST Saturday, April 28th, 2018

The two meetings on Friday 27th April,2018 ; one between North Korean leader Kim Jong- un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the other meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping caught the world by surprise, leaving everyone wonder whether the..

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What Mass Killers Tend to Have in Common Friday, April 27th, 2018

It may almost seem too obvious to mention, but I don’t think that’s why we so seldom mention it. I don’t mean being male, or being mentally disturbed, or having been cruel to women, or living in places like the United States where it’s easy to acquire weapons of war. These and many other..

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Plunder Down Under: The Rot in Australia’s Financial Services Thursday, April 26th, 2018

It has all the elements of a crudely crafted if effective tale: banks and other financial services, founded, proud of their standing in society; financial service providers, with such pride, effectively charging the earth for providing elementary services; then, such entities, with self-assumed..

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The Decline and Fall of the State Department

The distinction between employing diplomats whose opinions are allowed to matter only when they agree with the Pentagon and not employing them at all is not as sharp a distinction as people may imagine. As with the distinction between drones that fire on unknown people when some poor schmuck is..

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Enoch Powell: Blood Speeches and Anniversaries Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

“What struck me re-reading it, and thinking back to how I felt at the time, was how in a way the ghost of Enoch Powell still stalks British politics.” -Lord Hain, BBC, April 15, 2018 Speeches are often at the mercy of their interpreters and biographers. They can incite and encourage just as..

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Yes, Economic Laws Still Apply To The Minimum Wage – OpEd Monday, April 23rd, 2018

What is it with economic illiteracy and writing in the media? One explanation is obvious: media need to sell newspapers (or get “clicks”), so it makes sense to exploit people’s confirmation bias. In other words, tell people what they want to hear. And, as we know, economics is that science..

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Oli in India: Changing Perceptions Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Perception is an essential component of foreign policy. How a country’s government and people perceive the other has a substantial influence in forming its relations with them. Assessing Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s visit to India unfolds certain prevailing perceptions in both India and Nepal. In..

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Senator Tim Kaine’s Brief Run-In With the Law

Today, April 20, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the U of Virginia that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal. Kaine gave a long speech on the legality of war without ever mentioning..

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A CALCULATED MOVE TO WEAKEN JUDICIARY AND DESTABILISE INDIA Friday, April 20th, 2018

The move of some opposition political parties in India to impeach the Chief Justice of India is one of the worst incidents happening in India in the last several decades. No member of parliament has been irresponsible enough to vote for impeaching the Chief Justice of India in the past and none has..

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The Day DC Was Bombed Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Imagine some foreign nation sent 100 missiles into Washington D.C. You can imagine this because Hollywood has trained you to imagine it. Imagine that for weeks or months prior to this attack, the foreign nation’s government and public debated whether to do it. You can imagine this because you..

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Corbyn v Corker: UK wants representation, US royalty Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Five years ago, the British Parliament said no to an attack on Syria that its prime minister wanted to join the U.S. president in launching. That action, combined with public pressure, was instrumental in getting the U.S. Congress to make clear that it would say no as well, were it absolutely..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..