Category Archives: international

Win-win turns into lose-lose

Well, that certainly didn’t turn out how I predicted. Israel boarded the flotilla, as expected, though (unusually and critically) did so in international waters. I suspect that detail is going to be important. Violence ensued, with conflicting stories about who … Continue reading

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Levantine blood feud, part MMXXXIV

As I type this, a motley group of  ships are sailing from Cyprus towards the Gaza Strip in an effort to deliver 10,000 tonnes of supplies, in direct opposition to Israel’s blockade of the territory. The blockade has been in … Continue reading

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Just say no… to the war on drugs

What would you do with $1 trillion? Don’t answer too quickly, lean back and think about it for a while. Physically, using the highest-value banknote I know of (the €500 bill that will be excluded in Britain due to its … Continue reading

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Those who would give up essential liberty…

Two opinion columns in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, one by Ross Cameron on Vladimir Putin and one by Paul Sheehan on terrorism trials, shared a common theme of minimising the importance of human rights. Ross Cameron, a conservative Christian former … Continue reading

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More good news for Cuba

Obama has delivered on a campaign promise to ease some sanctions on Cuba. Now Americans with family in Cuba can send any sum of money, and travel at any time and frequency, for any reason, to Cuba. This is positive, … Continue reading

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