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June 18, 2024
With Ukraine looking desperately bloodied at the hands of their Russian counterparts, the horizon of the conflict had seemingly shrunk of late. Fatigue and desperation has set in.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 
The recent diplomatic efforts led by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and backed by the UN aim to secure a ceasefire and facilitate a hostage release and exchange deal in Gaza.
International - Vince Hooper - 1 comment
 




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Monday, June 17, 2024

The role of the Council for the Order of Australia is devolving into full-blown support for those nominees who support left-of-centre narratives.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 6 comments
 
Netanyahu must decide who will govern Gaza ‘The Day After’, following the end of hostilities, and what role, if any, Hamas will play.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 5 comments
 

Friday, June 14, 2024

So while the Teslas pile up unwanted at Port Melbourne and sales of EVs are declining globally, they represent just the tip of the iceberg on which the Western world seems destined to founder.
Science & Technology - John Mikkelsen - 6 comments
 
President Biden and the United Nations continue to call on the Hamas Government in Gaza to accept a ceasefire – whilst Hamas's tactics are to prolong the Israel-Gaza war.
International - David Singer - 11 comments
 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

That said, any union of faux liberal types such as von der Leyen with those of the hard right of Europe is unlikely to be a fragrant one.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
On the horror end, news organisations could use AI to write news stories, and sack hundreds of journalists.
Science & Technology - Graham Young - 4 comments
 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Although Israel’s retaliation is deemed disproportionate to the number of Israelis slaughtered by Hamas, Israel’s onslaught on Gaza should not be sinisterly classified as an act of genocide.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 32 comments
 
Master the art of superficial profundity and prosper in the knowledge that, in the end, it's better to be superficially profound than profoundly superficial.
Education - Steven Schwartz
 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The extra 'summer surplus' battery capacity must be 48.8 – 97.6 times the 'summer surplus' daily solar generation, assuming batteries last for 5 – 10 years.
Environment - Geoff Carmody - 15 comments
 
This dynamic environment ensures that no single party can take its position for granted, fostering accountability and responsiveness to the electorate's needs.
International - Vince Hooper
 

Monday, June 10, 2024

Queensland Liberal National Party's zero opposition to the Queensland Labor Party's Government 2024-5 Budget shows it is not fit for opposition, let alone government.
Domestic Politics - Scott Prasser - 4 comments
 
Lock them up. The whole bally lot. The pollsters, the pundits, the parasitic hacks clinging to the life raft of politics in the hope of earning their crust.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Few have exerted as much influence on the tone, and outcome of elections, as Nigel Farage. Fewer have done so while failing to win office.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
President Biden has misleadingly claimed that Israel has offered a roadmap leading to an enduring ceasefire in Gaza that brings all the hostages home, ensures Israel's security, creates a better
International - David Singer - 6 comments
 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Global economic stability remains fragile, with concerns over inflation, supply chain disruptions, the meteoric rise of AI and the uneven pace of recovery across regions.
Economics - Vince Hooper
 
This was an event rarely seen – politicians have stumbled onto a sensible energy policy. Burying CO2 would achieve nothing useful – just more futile green waste.
Environment - Viv Forbes - 9 comments
 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Netanyahu remains elusive about the endgame in Gaza but time is closing in on him. He has a solemn obligation to tell his fellow citizens what will be the fate of Gaza.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 17 comments
 
We believe inflation will remain harder to beat than the RBA suggests. RBA rate cuts will have to wait for some time to come.
Economics - Michael Knox
 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

That large-scale democratic movement provided the Chinese Communist Party with an excellent opportunity to peacefully transition from a revolutionary party to a ruling party.
International - Chin Jin
 
The Spectator, Britain's consistently conservative magazine, was certain about the implications of premature electioneering. 'Calling an early election is an admission of defeat'.
International - Binoy Kampmark
 

Monday, June 3, 2024

One of the most intriguing aspects is re-deciphering the essence of engagement between the US and China against the backdrop of China's recent major military drills around Taiwan.
International - Mamtimin Ala - 3 comments
 
As well as meeting their own environmental, social and governance (ESG) ambitions, companies know that they are unlikely to win public tenders or private contracts unless they are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
Health - Ivor Campbell
 

Friday, May 31, 2024

In the transition to so-called 'clean energy', vast areas of land are being devastated and sterilised, destroying natural habitat and good farmland, covered with devices that will be junk within one or two decades.
Environment - Gabriel Moens and John McRobert - 38 comments
 
Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – the two successor states to the Mandate - currently exercise sovereignty in 95% of former Palestine – with sovereignty still being unresolved in the remaining 5% of Palestine located west of the Jordan River.
International - David Singer
 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Australians are particularly susceptible to online scams, despite having a full swathe of internet safety regulators.
Law & Liberties - Graham Young - 6 comments
 
In 2018 Macron visited the territory promising that it would be a vital part of 'a broader strategy' in the region, not least to keep pace with China.
International - Binoy Kampmark
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

It turned out that the bureaucrats who administer the WWCC – from the Office of Children’s Guardian - set themselves up as another judge and jury.
Law & Liberties - Bettina Arndt - 7 comments
 
In his book Free Will Sam Harris confidently declares 'we know that determinism, in every sense relevant to human behavior, is true'.
Political Philosophy - Peter Bowden - 21 comments
 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Port of Chabahar, situated in southeastern Iran, holds immense strategic importance for India, Iran, and Afghanistan, acting as a linchpin in their economic and geopolitical aspirations.
International - Vince Hooper - 1 comment
 
Allowing for renewables intermittency, solar generation capacity must be at least 20 times nuclear power plant capacity over 80 years.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 4 comments
 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Yet, just a year ago, when the ICC issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and another Russian official for alleged international crimes in the Ukraine war, US officials were full of praise for the court.
International - Andrea Furger - 4 comments
 
Can't we just be honest with ourselves and have a straightforward discussion about Australia's needs, given the shrinking and ageing population?
Nation Building - Guy Hallowes - 12 comments
 

Friday, May 24, 2024

It is ironic how Prime Minister Netanyahu, who vehemently opposed the establishment of a Palestinian state, made it all but irreversible because of his misguided policies and extreme ideological bent.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 9 comments
 
After many years of applauding runaway population growth, Premier Miles recently called for a slowdown in immigration numbers under the Labor Albanese Government.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 7 comments
 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

When law intrudes into the violence of war and conflict, the participants and instigators are rarely satisfied. The matter becomes even more testy when international tribunals feature.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 
Luca, 2, was born in Australia but isn't a citizen, and the government says the potential cost of his treatment is too much for taxpayers to bear.
Law & Liberties - John Mikkelsen - 7 comments
 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

More than 30 years ago, Susan Strange, a key figure in developing international political economy as a scholarly discipline, asked a fundamental question: who holds power in the global system?
Law & Liberties - Mamtimin Ala - 5 comments
 
A new, large-scale, water-cooled nuclear reactor has just come on line in Georgia, USA. It took years longer to build than initially planned.
Environment - Geoff Carmody - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Guterres's long-awaited condemnation of the 7 October atrocities requires him to adopt the following policies to replace failed policies pursued by him since 7 October.
International - David Singer
 
The remarkable journey of the COVID-19 virus has made a lot of people think long and hard about whether they can trust scientists, as a whole, to do the right thing. As well it should have.
Science & Technology - Twilight Patriot - 4 comments
 

Monday, May 20, 2024

How high a body count does one need before the intention to kill is evinced?
International - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
 
His job in a budget-in-reply speech is to hold the government to account, not to govern himself. The time for detailed plans is much closer to the next election.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 21 comments
 

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