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A look at Europe’s future

Take a look at this map. It shows areas in Europe with strong nationalist tendencies. Some have active separatist movements, others are demanding increased autonomy but not independence In many of these regions, secessionist movements may be favored by a minority of the population. In all these regions, there is some degree of national consciousness…

Can Trump make America great again?

“Make America great again” may be a catchy slogan but after Trump takes the oath of office today, they’ll become more than words. The reality is it’s going to be a lot harder and messier. And it might take more years to achieve than the four that Trump now has. First, there is the debate…

Trump parallels with Iraq

Anyone trying to make sense of the markets now should go back to 2003 when the US invaded Iraq. The markets expected a decisive victory. During the days and weeks when American troops advanced on Baghdad, the market climbed. As they entered Baghdad and marched on the center of the city, the market traded higher…

Trump the sexual predator

The big story for the day is the 2005 video that’s emerged of Trump making obscene comments about women, telling TV host Billy Bush “you can do anything” to them “when you’re a star”. The video, obtained by the Washington Post has the businessman bragging about trying to have sex with a married woman as well as…

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…