Is anyone surprised by the sectarian civil war in Iraq? Or that Sunni Islamist fundamentalists---Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offspring----are settling old scores with Nouri al-Maliki's heavy handed Shiite Government by capturing the cities of Mosul, Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul? This is the legacy of the American decision to invade and occupy Iraq in 2003.
Articles from Public Opinion
The Murdoch press aims to harden the conservative views of the people who read it. That's it's political task and the Coalition sees this as helping them in the adversarial game of Australian politics . The conservative rhetoric is that the Murdoch newspaper group is the most trusted news source --fair and balanced---not the ABC, which is dominated by a liberal-left ethos.
Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister, finally comes clean on global warming whilst visiting Canada. He is seeking a conservative alliance among "like-minded" countries, that actively aims to both block or dismantle global moves to introduce carbon pricing, and to undermine a push by US President Barack Obama to push the case for action through forums such as the G20.
The Coalition is still struggling to overcome the budget backlash by selling its budget with slogans ---repairing Labor's debt and deficit disaster---rather than arguing on behalf of its policies. Slogans won't work given the extent of the broken promises and the budget's inherent inequity.
The judgement is that Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget is harsh for lower and middle income earners and unfair as they bear the brunt of permanent spending cuts whilst the wealthy are subjected to a temporary lift in income tax. The young bear the brunt of some of the harshest cuts whilst the miners have their tax lifted.