Australia Nominates for Election to the UN Human Rights Council

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31 August 2017

On 28 October 2016 the General Assembly of the United Nations elected 14 members to the Human Rights Council of the UN. They included countries as diverse as Brazil, Croatia, Iraq, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Membership of the Council is allocated according to geographical distribution, with members serving three years and no right to re-election after two consecutive terms. Continue reading

Trump and Afghanistan: A Hidden Agenda

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31 August 2017                   

On Monday 21 August 2017 US President Trump made his long awaited statement on future US policy in Afghanistan. There was considerable speculation beforehand that as to whether Trump might announce a US withdrawal. The basis for that speculation appeared to be various statements that Trump had made both before and during his candidacy for the presidency. Continue reading

American Blueprints for War Pose an Existential Threat to Australia

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25 August 2017

The recent statement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the effect that on defence issues Australia and the United States were “joined at the hip” raises the serious question of how far Australia will actually go in support of the United States as it embarks on one foreign policy misadventure after another? A possible change of government in Australia after the next election will not make any appreciable difference. The Labor leadership is always quick to ensure minimum daylight between themselves and the Coalition whenever yet another pledge of fealty to the Americans is made.   Continue reading

Trump and Afghanistan: A Hidden Agenda

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25 August 2017

On Monday 21 August 2017 US President Trump made his long awaited statement on future US policy in Afghanistan. There was considerable speculation beforehand that as to whether Trump might announce a US withdrawal. The basis for that speculation appeared to be various statements that Trump had made both before and during his candidacy for the presidency. Continue reading

Australia Nominates for Election to the UN Human Rights Council

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21 August 2017

On 28 October 2016 the General Assembly of the United Nations elected 14 members to the Human Rights Council of the UN. They included countries as diverse as Brazil, Croatia, Iraq, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Membership of the Council is allocated according to geographical distribution, with members serving three years and no right to re-election after two consecutive terms. Continue reading

Australia and North Korea: Dangerous Illusions Place Australia at Risk

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21 August 2017

The war of words between North Korea and the United States reached new heights last week. US President trump pledged to meet any further threats by North Korea to the US “with fire and fury like the world has never seen”. North Korea’s response was a threat to vaporize Guam, a US colony and important military base in the Pacific. Continue reading