July 7, 2019

UK: The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War, announced in June 2009, released its report three years ago today. 

On the night of the invasion of the Iraqi capital news channels had blocked out airtime and pointed night-vision cameras at the Baghdad skyline in order t...

May 10, 2019

My ration pack has arrived! Rations are provided for participants to eatduring Refugee Week in June. They are the same rations provided to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The refugees are fleeing a proxy war between Western military powers - like Australia, France and the U...

April 8, 2019

On the sixth anniversary of Thatcher's death, a frank obituary would mark her as one of the biggest arms dealers of her time

March 4, 2019

We have always had trans people; whether by that name or social role. They have been a source of awe, fascination or fear. Held apart, lauded and sometimes hated. Whether the 'third gender' or the shaman: invested with powers, their insights sometimes sought but freque...

March 4, 2019

The coverage since this days-old conviction doesn’t give us much insight into Cardinal Pell, but it does give us a good look at how ‘mateship’ and corruption in Australia works.

As soon as the matter became public the flak machine went into overdrive, casting doubt on t...

December 23, 2018

If Eurozone members are not able to create a system of wealth transfers it is a safe bet that the future has in store another episode of deflation for Ireland, if not several.

October 25, 2018

In the crucible of a new English nationalism, it is poignant to hear the Irish language spoken in the chamber of the House of Commons after more than a century.

A row over teaching of the language is the salient issue preventing the formation of government in Northern I...

October 1, 2018

I often walked around Paris by myself as my mother who sometimes travelled with me, emerged slowly from her self-imposed isolation, such was the culture shock.

We stayed near La Tour Montparnasse which the French hate and with good cause. Guy de Maupassant's aphori...

September 8, 2018

Like Frost's The Road Not Taken, John Greenleaf Whittier instead contemplates the road most taken. 

His poem Maud Muller is most famous for containing the lines "of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these; it might have been," but reading it it i...

April 23, 2018

Many in Australia and around the world have lauded the Canadian academic Jordan B. Peterson, whose refusal to use chosen pronouns has provoked a wider debate about freedom of speech.  As a psychologist and public figure, he lends respectability to a painful debate abou...

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