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Forgetting Jamal Khashoggi: Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia and Brute Realism

November 22, 2018 - 10:43 -- Admin

“I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.” Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Twitter, Nov 20, 2018. Accused of being mendacious, incapable of holding to a foundation of facts and indifferent to the world of evidence, President Donald J. Trump…

From APEC to G20 in Argentina: Time for Our Representatives to Act More Independently

November 21, 2018 - 19:01 -- Admin

By Denis Bright As President Trump crisscrosses the United States on the merry-go-round of ceremonial and media events, the Administration’s policy insiders are likely to be preparing for the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires from 30 November to 1 December 2018. Now is the time for the federal LNP to insist on a more independent…

Soil

November 21, 2018 - 15:49 -- Admin

Earth, dirt, soil and all that it contains for a healthy environment to live and plant, feed and prosper. There was a time when all peoples had a healthy respect for that piece of land that they lived upon. A sacred respect, a worshipped thing of unknown quantity with a reliable certainty that the Earth…

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Unnecessary Fussing: China, the United States and APEC

November 20, 2018 - 19:33 -- Admin

The parents on the global stage of power are bickering and now, such entertainingly distracting forums as APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) are left without a unifying message.  This should hardly matter, but the absence of a final communiqué of agreement is being treated in some circles as the preliminary perturbations to conflict between Beijing…

The APEC Aftermath: Learning from the Statecraft of Prime Minister O’Neil

November 20, 2018 - 14:30 -- Admin

By Denis Bright Tensions were always anticipated at the APEC in Port Moresby. Commuting from Cairns in Airforce 2, Mike Pence sought to high-jack the long tradition of consensus-building at APEC Summits embracing countries from a diversity of developmental and strategic perspectives. PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neil was not bowled over by the megaphone diplomacy…

How do you argue with that?

November 20, 2018 - 12:17 -- Admin

In order to progress sensible policy direction in this country, it is necessary to listen to different ideas, consider other people’s opinions, look at the evidence, weigh up the pros and cons, accept criticism and be open to amendments that address genuine concerns – that sort of stuff. Too often we retreat to our safe…

The corrupt cat of capitalism

November 20, 2018 - 11:46 -- Admin

It’s out of the bag …. the corrupt cat of capitalism … this corporate Tom has caught its last mouse. With the Banking Royal Commission drawing to a close, there is speculation whether there will be charges laid against certain heads of banking for fraudulent activities. Now there is a speculation! But now, thanks to…

Progressive reform in a populist era

November 19, 2018 - 19:20 -- Admin

By Stephen Fitzgerald Having a progressive agenda with greater equality leads to higher economic growth and that higher economic growth then generates more tax revenue and that more tax revenue gives you a source of funding for more progressive reforms that can make a more inclusive society. These advances in our understanding of economics really…

Charges Under Seal: US Prosecutors Get Busy With Julian Assange

November 19, 2018 - 19:04 -- Admin

Those with a stake in the hustling racket of empire have little time for the contrariness that comes with exposing classified information. Those who do are submitted to a strict liability regime of assessment and punishment: you had the information (lawfully obtained or otherwise) but you released it for public deliberation. Ignorance remains a desensitising…

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