Posts in ‘International Politics’

The Downer two-step

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The chance that Alexander Downer was playing a lone hand in his comments on Indonesia is about as close to zero as possible. Australian commentary and political leadership had got to the stage where the goal of foreign policy was not to offend anyone and not much else. Abbott  needed that to change. Downer’s comments […]

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Carr’s first test

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Barack Obama has been telling the Iranians that “Yes we can” and that the US will take military action against them. I’m not sure whether the “we” includes “us” as in Australian, but I hope it doesn’t. While there were arguable reasons for going into Iraq and Afghanistan, there aren’t any with Iran. At least […]

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Will Yingluck be the first Female Prime Minister of Thailand?

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

by Nattavud Pimpa   Ms.Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, has brought various interesting dimensions to the contemporary Thai politics. Apart from being the potential first female Prime Minister (PM) of Thailand (and 16th female PM in the World), Yingluck focuses on her political policies, not the segregation between the yellow-shirt and […]

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Posted by Nattavud at 11:33 am | Comments (2) |

An answer to Alistair

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Dear Alistair, I thank you for your comments to my letter, G’day Australia.You are obviously also passionate, as am I, on this issue. While I do not wish to end up in a personal slanging match with you, you have also raised some very relevant points that I may or may not agree with, but […]

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A corporation in Congress? just a logical step

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

From the Institute for Public Accuracy, a new twist on lobbying. I quote their message, it is a logical next step for those who have seen the doco The Corporation: “Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today […]

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Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Gardening is not a hobby for those seeking ROIs, or rent, or even a full larder. ‘Wouldn’t want to live off what I grow’ is my grateful mantra. Grateful because real farmers grow my food, and a real supermarket puts the cornucopia at my fingertips. Almonds? Any day of the week. Ditto the fruit, veg, […]

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West Bank Story

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Last night we saw Canberra Philharmonic’s production of West Side Story. Maybe the music and the singing weren’t quite Broadway, or even Sydney quality. A young woman behind me was chatting about all the shows she saw while living in London, clearly some passionate performers present. But the heart was there in the production and […]

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Spirit of Change

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

It’s hard to overestimate the effect of Barack Obama’s win. The photo below was taken on the premises of Jensen Bowers, which is where On Line Opinion subleases its office space, and its context speaks volumes about the reach of Obama. (Sorry about the quality, but my mobile doesn’t have a flash). Jensen Bowers (nice […]

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Pura Vida! A second life in the second world

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Life is not a simulation game! It is possible to find oneself in a different place, with a whole new set of challenges and adventures. There is no quick éscape´button, I´m here for a while, so I might as well settle in. I´m learning the rules of this new game, even as I learn the […]

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Travails in the US – Palin an inspired choice

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

We went to visit Pearl Harbour yesterday. Can you imagine doing a guided tour of the War Memorial in Canberra and being instructed to stay silent because this is a solemn place? When you visit the memorial to the Arizona which was the pride of the fleet destroyed at Pearl Harbour, that is exactly what […]

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