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SA outage and the politics of renewables – and survival

It pretty much sums up the state of politics in Australia. Thousands are still without power and there are now flood warnings across Australia. Instead of coming up with practical solutions like battery storage and micro-girids to store electricity in the next blackout, Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals have turned a natural disaster which has turned…

Brexit: a tale of historical divorces

The issues of sovereignty, a costly self-appointed bureaucracy on the Continent and a break with the European status quo. Sounds familiar in the lead up to Brexit? Think again. These were the headlines in the early 16th century when Henry VIII led the last campaign to leave Europe. That was in 1534. Only the target…

Why Syria is important for you

The war in Syria could transform the world. It is important in two ways. First, it can reshape the Arab world. More importantly, it has implications for the world order and western society. It’s a war that has drawn the US, Russian, Iranian, Turkish, and French forces. That’s along with the Islamic State (IS), al-Qaida, and secular…

Why Australia’s unemployment is worse than it looks

So the big news for the week was Australia’s unemployment slipping down to 5.6 per cent, the lowest rate in three years. The Coalition has been bragging about it with Christopher Pyne telling Parliament that the Government had create over 200,000 jobs over the last 12 months (actually the figure is closer to 190,000 but why let facts…

US double standards on Russia

When it comes to Russia, the US is playing a double game. Take for example the focus lately on Donald Trump’s extraordinary support for Russian president Vladimir Putin. As reported by Politico, Trump inflamed the situation on Thursday by criticizing US foreign policy during an interview broadcast on RT America, a television network owned by the…

The age of post-truth politics

We are now seeing the collapse of truth in politics. The system is being ripped apart by the outrageous lies of Brexit on one side of the Atlantic and the rise of Donald Trump on the other. As Jonathan Freedland writes in The Guardian, we are now in the era of post-truth politics where an unhesitating…

Why the Australian economy is stuffed

During the week, we had the Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison trash talking the Australian economy, warning that Australia risked falling into a recession. It’s not a good look. He also talked about “the taxed and the taxed-nots”. Not exactly an original phrase. He borrowed it from Fox News nut case Dennis Kneale. Morrison borrowed Kneale’s line that a…

Turnbull’s Northern Territory whitewash

Australia has a deep tradition of racism towards its First People and the Turnbull government’s calling of the Royal Commission into the abuse of youths in the Northern Territory corrections system following explosive revelations aired on the ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday night only confirms that. What would a Royal Commission achieve per se? It’s been…

Does Trump plan to throw the election

Donald Trump’s candidacy for President of the United States has been an example of kamikaze politics. Who in their right mind would run for President of the United States and alienate the Hispanics, the one group the Republicans need to get on board in order to win? According to the Washington Post Donald Trump is now doing…