Archive for July 2016

How Trump can win

Politico reports that Nielsen ratings data shows that an extraordinary 32.2 million people watched Donald Trump accept the Republican nomination on Thursday night across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Fox Business Network, CNBC and NBC Universo. In a speech that polarised America, Trump proclaimed himself as the “law and order candidate” who could save America.…

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Is China following Bismarck?

There are historical parallels with China saying it will declare an air zone over the South China Sea after the international tribunal in The Hague rejected China’s argument that it enjoys historic rights over most of the South China Sea and saying that China had violated international law by causing “irreparable harm”. More particularly those parallels with…

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Turkish coup fallout

Turkey’s leaders said they have largely quelled an attempted military coup, With army officers claiming to have seized power, clashes persisted in major cities as tanks blockaded roads. Soldiers have been fighting with police. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech from Instanbul’s international airport, blamed the coup attempt on a small group in the Turkish army ‘ “This is…

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The ethics of the Dallas Police Department robot

The black US Army reservist who shot dead five officers during a Dallas ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest was shot by a police robot. Dallas police chief David O Brown told reporters that a hostage negotiator was able to talk with the suspect for hours before police determined they had no choice but to move in and use a…

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Election wild cards to watch

For those watching the election tonight, here are some issues to monitor. 1. Will Tony Windsor beat Barnaby Joyce in New England? We don’t know. The seat looks safe for the Nationals but Windsor held it for 12 years. There’s no official margin. Watch this space.Election wild cards to watch 2. Will Kelly O’Dwyer hang…

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