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Henry Kissinger: the man behind the rise of a dictatorship

August 12, 2017 - 12:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini Heinz Alfred ‘Henry’ Kissinger obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. His interest was on Castelreagh and Metternich – two empire builders. He devoted his life to sublimate them. In an incendiary, studiedly defamatory book the late Christopher Hitchens described him as “a mediocre and opportunist academic [intent on] becoming…

Day to Day Politics: It’s Abbott versus Shorten, while Turnbull rests.

August 12, 2017 - 06:00 -- Admin

Saturday 12 August 2017 The Coalition’s predisposition for major cock-ups is now bordering on becoming legendary. The ABS $120 million survey is yet another example. There is no other way to describe this non-binding, non-compulsory way of ridiculing a minority of our citizens and denying them equality. The nonsense of this decision, or the argument…

Voting Yes

August 11, 2017 - 08:47 -- Admin

Friends of this blog know I’m not particularly enamoured of marriage as we know it. It’s an institution, as one wit noted, and who wants to live in an institution? Flippancy aside, my main objection to marriage is the entirely unwarranted privilege it is accorded in our society, a discriminatory privilege currently available only to…

Day to Day Politics: A “dangerous precedent”

August 11, 2017 - 06:00 -- Admin

Friday 11 August 2017 1 Former High Court Judge, and International Jurist, Justice Kirby has labeled the non-binding, non-compulsory postal plebiscite a sham and will not be participating. When a plebiscite was first suggested he said the decision sets ‘dangerous precedent‘. The plebiscite infers that in the future, questions that concern the liberties of minorities…

Scenario 3 in Indo Pacific Futures 2051: Reaching for Aquarius

August 10, 2017 - 14:00 -- Admin

Denis Bright continues discussion of three scenarios for the future of Australia’s international relations in 2051.   Scenario 3 offers the prospect of more substantial paradigm changes. Let’s explore the New Fifth Dimension (NFD) in global democratic politics. A lot of progressive activism will be required to change the status quo and to deter the…

Dismantling Tent City

August 10, 2017 - 13:29 -- Admin

It all began as a series of daring accretions starting last December. Now, Tent City in Sydney’s Martin Place has become something of an institution, albeit of the fleeting sort. But this gathering of the homeless, rather than being considered a social consequence of galloping house prices and general cost of living, has been uneven…