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Is Donald Trump mad? (Revisited)

October 14, 2019 - 14:00 -- Admin

By Ad astra   Around two years ago, The Political Sword published Is Donald Trump mad? In November of last year, it published Is Donald Trump crumbling? It could be argued that Trump’s recent behaviour warrants another such article. But why bother? We’ve said it all before, as have columnists the world over. Trump’s recent behaviour has been characterized…

Send a peace-keeping team where it’s needed most, ScoMo

October 13, 2019 - 20:50 -- Admin

“Em şîv in hûn jî paşîv in,” or, “if we are dinner you are supper,”  Armenians warn Kurds before Turkish massacres – a recurrent motif in Kurdish oral history.   As Donald Trump abruptly withdraws US air support and a trip-wire of US troops from North-East Syria, in the vast Kurdish-controlled triangle, locals call Rojava or…

The Dud strikes again

October 13, 2019 - 07:42 -- Admin

Peter Dutton has used his preferred diplomatic channel, 2GB, to mightily piss off our biggest trading partner by saying that the policies of the Communist Party of China are “inconsistent with those of Australia.” Further wading into the mire, he proclaimed that “Australia is not going to allow university students to be unduly influenced by…

University Woes: The Managerial Class Gets Uppity

October 12, 2019 - 18:57 -- Admin

The university, in a global sense, is passing into a managerial oblivion. There are a few valiant holdouts, but they have the luxury of history, time, and learning. Cambridge and Oxford, for instance, still boast traditional academics, soaking erudition, and education as something more than a classroom brawl of the mind. They can barricade themselves…

The Évian Conference

October 12, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini   The Évian Conference In 1930, with the Great Depression severely affecting Australia’s workforce, the Scullin Government (1929 – 1932) tightened up entry requirements for ‘aliens’, demanding that only those immigrants who had £500 landing money, or who were dependent relatives of aliens already living in Australia, would be permitted to enter…

The Bill that Australia despised

October 12, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

Who had the better election campaign? It is said that hindsight is a wonderful thing. An extended period of time after an event gives one a better reflection of its context, rather than the usual instantaneous rushed response. So, it is in that vein that I look back on the last Australian election campaign, Saturday 18…

The Tancredi Dilemma

October 11, 2019 - 15:57 -- Admin

Tancredi is a character in the Lampedusa novel (The Leopard) about the unification of Italy and the ending of aristocratic governance in Southern Italy … and it was this character who uttered that most famous of lines; “For things to remain the same, everything must change.” Of course, he was referring to the aristocratic rulers…

Oh Oh Houston ! We Have a problem

October 10, 2019 - 18:44 -- Admin

  The Liberal Party, to a man, have embraced the need for legislation to provide protections for religions and religious beliefs. I say ‘to a man’ because the Sheila’s have been a bit precious about coming onboard. As Christian Porter noted, “that’s women for you” and Peter Dutton seconded that and reminded women that the…