Barack Obama’s sanctions solution is just as stoopid as all his other “solutions”. Economically isolating a powerful global player started World War II and the US has already filled its quota of starting wars.
It took a little coaxing but a typically carefully selected audience attending the ABC’s infamous Q&A program, convened last night to discuss AIDS, inadvertently unearthed a foolproof cure for the disease.
As the UN Security Council meets to thrash out a resolution damning one of its five permanent Members, Russia’s “action man”, Vladimir Putin is frozen in “inaction” between two awful options, with either likely to see him humiliated and banished to the Siberian salt mines.
Benjamin Netanyahu has taken extraordinary steps to limit Palestinian civilian deaths yet he knows Hamas cannot be defeated without them. Palestinians, who cheered each of the thousands of rockets that howled their way toward Israeli suburbs, are now asking if it was worth it. And Israel needs them to ask that question of Hamas.
Conspiracy theorists are having a field day: The Israelis shot down MH17 to deflect criticism from their invasion of Gaza. Putin shot it down to kill 100 ‘poofters’ on their way to Melbourne for an AIDS conference. Ukraine shot it down knowing Putin would be blamed. Ukraine shot it down because they thought it was Putin’s private plane... endless nonsense, and it will continue, but the truth is... well, the truth is exactly what it appears to be.
As reported earlier this week, “... air travel could be rendered all but impossible.” Sophisticated measures taken to ensure the safety of an aircraft prior to take-off will prove pointless if any one of thousands of sophisticated surface-to-air missiles can destroy it from the ground.
George Brandis said the retrogressive, undemocratic Section C of the Discrimination Act will be redefined (that’s polispeak for abolished) to allow for free speech regarding ethnic matters. Of course the ever-predictable Left went into a turbocharged spittle of “racism”.
Tony Abbott has just achieved better than he was hoping for. His refusal to guillotine the filibuster in the Senate debate on the Carbon Tax Repeal Bill, has forced Bill Shorten to declare in both Houses his platform for the 2016 election: “There will certainly be a Carbon Tax under the Government I lead”.
The CFMEU is finally in the spotlight as the Royal Commission tears apart its countless layers of corruption, thuggery, blackmail, bribes, death threats and blackballing.
In 1964 there was no national daily and we were very close to having a different national broadsheet. Very few knew that Fairfax was secretly planning to take the ‘Canberra Times’ national when Rupert Murdoch beat them to the punch.
It’s a credit to the jury system that Gerard Baden-Clay has been found guilty of his wife Allison's murder and no reasonable person could have found otherwise on the evidence.
There are somewhere between 360,000 and 500,000 practising Muslims in Australia. Some clerics claim a much higher figure but we can never know the exact figure because census questions of “faith” are optional and in line with our 18C restriction. The US-based Pew Research Centre has forecast an increase of 80% in the number of Australia’s Muslims by 2030.