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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

From the Lucky Country to Israel - Spring 2017 Salisbury Review




Here is my latest piece for the Salisbury Review: 

This past December I was fortunate to be a delegate at the Australia-Israel-UK Leadership Dialogue. The journey from the Lucky Country to Israel, while not as lengthy as the flight to London, reminded me of the endurance test of the latter. You can imagine my delight to hear Qantas’ recent announcement that from March 2018 they will have a non-stop flight from Perth to London. At 17.5 hours, it is still a long one in anybody’s terms, but it will mark an historical milestone: a new era of uninterrupted travel between the United Kingdom and Australia.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Bret Easton Ellis on Childish Meltdowns


Brett Easton Ellis makes some great points about Hollywood's Power-Elite without really coming to grips with the New Totalitarian ideology driving these folk. But it is still insightful: http://www.thewrap.com/bret-easton-ellis-streisand-dunham-streep-trump-neuroses/

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Some kind of 'violent extremist' attack in London

We are the world, we are the children...

Lefties, can we begin a intelligent conversation about the psychosis of latter-day violent, apocalyptic millennialism (aka Radical Islamic Terrorism), please? https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3151786/london-terror-attack-parliament-car-pedestrians-westminster/

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The New Totalitarians Attack Coopers Beer

Quite possibly the best beers in the world

Roger Franklin writes about the left-fascists who will not allow us to enjoy even a beer in peace: http://quadrant.org.au/christianity-bad-islam-bonza/

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Conservatism with a revolutionary heart

Courtesy of The Spectator Australia
Here is a link to my piece on revolutionary conservatism in The Spectator Australia: https://spectator.com.au/2017/02/conservatism-with-a-revolutionary-heart/  

Friday, 10 February 2017

President Trump & Prime Minister Turnbull


Here's a sharp piece by Andrew Lowy who, as an Australian living in the United States, has a unique perspective of the telephone kerfuffle between DC and Canberra: https://spectator.com.au/2017/02/hanging-on-the-telephone/    

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Cate Blanchett has one of the most incisive political minds around



Being an actor is no small thing. At the same time, learning lines and impersonating people or interpreting characters does not automatically mean you are a political thinker. It is possible to be an actor and an intelligent political thinker, but that would require something more than sweeping statements backed up by no argument at all. So, no, I was only joking, Cate - your performance on the Jimmy Fallon Show was crude and lacked any sentient points. The tragedy for lefty lovelies is that nobody pushes them to rise above empty gestures. Sad. And, seriously, if you don't believe me, read this and see if she makes a single point about Donald Trump that a six-year-old couldn't make: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/26/cate-blanchett-on-donald-trumps-presidency-its-absurd-and-ridiculous         

Monday, 23 January 2017

Great news! Erdogan is disturbed by Trump's remarks!


Nobody is sure what President Trump remarks exactly have disturbed President Erdogan, but the fact that the Tribune of Anatolia is disturbed at all can only be good news: http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/ca0f7428-1d94-42ea-95a3-9ac9fd979bcc/Remarks-by-Trump-disturbing--Erdogan

Friday, 20 January 2017

A Fourth Detente?



First there was Eisenhower/Khrushchev, then Nixon/Brezhnev, followed by Reagan/Gorbachev. Each time a Republican president tried - not always successfully - to bring about an understanding with Moscow. We are now in the Trump/Putin era. Here is a good piece in the Nation on the chances of a Fourth Detente: https://www.thenation.com/article/the-fight-over-a-trump-putin-detente-begins/

January 20, 2017: President Trump's Inauguration

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Do it, President Trump!


Let's hope that Donald Trump, at least in this case, takes the advice of the Pentagon: http://aranews.net/2017/01/pentagon-wants-trump-to-arm-syrian-kurds-increase-boots-on-the-ground-report/

Barack Obama, after eight years, could still not make up his mind: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/world/middleeast/obama-isis-syria-kurds.html

Meanwhile, the Ottomanites go further into territory that they lost during the First World War: w.syriahr.com/en/?p=59336 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Playing the anti-Russia card


The US intelligence agencies have "high confidence" or "moderate confidence" and increasingly we have "no confidence": http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/01/09/russia-trump-election-flawed-intelligence/  

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Erdogan sets Turkey for self-destruction

The Roboski Memorial has been destroyed

I have said it before, and I shall say it again, President Erdogan is burning down the house to get his hands on the property deed: http://ekurd.net/turkey-destroys-roboski-memorial-2017-01-09

Here's some background on the Roboski Massacre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roboski_airstrike    

Thursday, 5 January 2017

'Moderate' Hanan Ashrawi rejects John Kerry's speech

Which part of Hanan Ashrawi's rejection do you reject, John Kerry?
Hear from Palestine Media Watch what even the 'moderates' in the Palestinian leadership think about would-be peacemaker John Kerry's speech:https://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=19760.
    

Monday, 2 January 2017

Tony Abbott's Jerusalem Diary

Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott at the 2016 Australia-Israel-UK Dialogue in Jerusalem (Photograph Daryl McCann)
 Here is Tony Abbott's account of the 2016 Australia-Israel-UK Dialogue: http://spectator.com.au/2016/12/jerusalem-diary/


Enlightened patriotism in Hungary and Poland

1956 & 2017
We are in the midst of a global - perhaps that is the wrong word! - phenomenon: https://www.ft.com/content/417e4558-4525-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral