So long and thanks for all the fish
By Cat Herding Cabal on August 27, 2013
Dedicated thread for discussion of Syria and related Arab Spring/Middle East geopolitics in light of the recent massacre of civilians using chemical weapons and the international responses.
By Robert Merkel on January 10, 2012
The reaction to Barack Obama’s announcement of the Defence Strategic Guidance document is as good an opportunity as any to open a thread to discuss defence-related matters. The document puts a little bit more meat on the bones on some […]
By Robert Merkel on January 3, 2012
The world continues to inch towards the eradication of two more diseases. The number of Guinea worm cases continues to decline. According to the latest WHO bulletin, in January through September 2011, there were 1,008 cases of dracunculasis reported, compared […]
By Robert Merkel on November 16, 2011
It seems like this is foreign policy week – or, perhaps we’ll call it “fall into line with the USA” week.
By Robert Merkel on October 27, 2011
When Tony Abbott promises to cut bureaucracy, I rather doubt ASIO is at the top of his list of places to look for savings. It should be, given that its budget has grown from 60-odd million dollars in 2001 to […]
By tigtog on October 21, 2011
“For Libya’s interim government, the National Transitional Council (NTC), the aftermath of the bloody nine-month conflict may prove as difficult and treacherous as the conflict itself.”
By Robert Merkel on September 7, 2011
…is the Australian Defence Force, according to some figuring by Brian Toohey in the Fin Review today.
By Mark Bahnisch on August 26, 2011
As the Revolution in Libya appears set to succeed, a number of notions have become instant common wisdom, the most prominent of which is that “we” somehow have a responsibility to ensure that Libya does not become another Iraq.
By Robert Merkel on August 8, 2011
New Zealand born, Australian raised Nancy Wake, awarded just about every decoration under the sun for her work with the French resistance in the Second World War, has died of a chest infection. Her wartime exploits were widely recounted, for […]
By Mark Bahnisch on August 7, 2011
Political and military power lags behind economic power, but the bill falls due. This could be the way the hegemon ends, not with a bang but with a Tea Party.
By Robert Merkel on July 12, 2011
The Guardian reports that the CIA set up a fake vaccination drive in Abbottabad, Pakistan to obtain DNA samples from individuals in the bin Laden compound. The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama […]