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Central banks driving Donald Trump and Brexit

The populist anger expressed in the Brexit vote and the underlying support in the US for the dark vision of Donald Trump can be sheeted home to the central banks around the world. Following the global financial crisis in 2008, central banks in the US, Europe and Japan slashed interest rates close to zero. Some…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Why the Brexit movement is like Trump’s coalition

So does the Brexit vote tell us that Donald Trump will be the next president? Writing in Ha’aretz,Chemi Shalev says the Brexit vote which defied opinion polls, bookmakers and politicians has made the election of Trump a distinct possibility. “Like the recent elections in Israel, the shock British results showed that experts and analysts suffer from…

Apple says no to Republicans

Apple says it won’t offer any support for the Republican convention in Cleveland in July citing Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric about women, immigrants and minorities. Politico reports that Apple has told the Republicans it won’t provide cash or technological support for the 2016 Republican convention. It also comes after Trump singled out Apple for particular criticism…

Time to call the killer of British MP Jo Cox what he is: a terrorist

And so a 52 year old white male Thomas Mair has been charged with the brutal murder of 41 year old Labour MP Jo Cox. . He should have been charged with terrorism related offences. Police found neo-Nazi paraphernalia in Mair’s home. According to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, Mair was a dedicated supporter of the National Alliance, the once…