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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…

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…

Climate change will hurt globalisation

The world has been feeling the impact of climate change. Australia’s east coast is recovering from last weekend’s wild winds, waves and flooding, caused by a weather pattern known as an east coast low. Climate change didn’t exactly cause the storms but no-one can say it didn’t have an influence. For example, what is the impact of…

Why Hillary Clinton should be worried

Donald Trump is closing in on Hillary Clinton. According to the RealClearPolitics poll, Trump has narrowed Clinton’s lead to a single percentage point. Clinton’s lead has shrunk to 3 points in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/clinton-s-lead-over-trump-shrinks-3-points-new-nbc-n577726 and Trump is up by two points in the ABC News/Washington Post poll http://www.langerresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/1177a1ClintonTrump.pdf And the latest poll…

Australia goes the full Stasi: AFP raids on the NBN

(picture: David Rowe AFR) The Turnbull government has turned Australia into a police state with the National Broadband Network raiding the office of former Labor Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy. The raids were in relation to leaked documents given to The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, the ABC and Delimiter detailing cost…

Israel and Saudi Arabia: strange bedfellows?

One of the most fascinating developments in the Middle East is the growing connection between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Strange bedfellows but it makes sense. As reported here, a number of nations, including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Egypt, are interested in restarting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations based on the Arab Peace Initiative that was endorsed in…