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CAVAN HOGUE. Let those who are without sin cast the first stone.

The USA is a complex place with its vices, virtues and differences. Despite its noble ideals and democratic institutions, it has a long history of aggression and of overthrowing democracies in the pursuit of American commercial or strategic interests. It … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Why do we hate President Assad of Syria?

The US opposes Assad because he is not their son of a bitch and so supports a motley bag of groups with little in common who are probably no better than Assad. The elimination of ISIS is certainly desirable but … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Ukraine – a pox on both your houses?

A solution to the fighting in Ukraine will require agreement and cooperation by three parties without undue interference from outsiders. The three parties are the Russian Government, the Ukrainian Government and the Eastern Ukrainian rebels. The outsiders are NATO and … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Australia did say no to the US on Vietnam in 1954.

“Australia’s destiny was not so completely wrapped up with the United States as to support them in action which Australia regarded as wrong”.  (R.G.Casey)

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CAVAN HOGUE. Should we Jump with Trump on Russia?

Australia has followed the hardline advocates in the US in attributing evil actions now and in the future to Russia and Putin in particular. How accurate is this view? One of the few sensible things Trump is doing is advocating … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. New series: We can say ‘no’ to the Americans?

Of all American allies Australia is the most subservient. A problem is that we have harped on the loyal little ally theme to the Americans so much that they take us for granted but we have not always toed the … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Has the alliance got us into more trouble than it has got us out of? Quo vadis series.

Quo vadis – Australian foreign policy and ANZUS. Summary. Trump does give us an opportunity to do things we should have done long ago.

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CAVAN HOGUE. US election.

  It looks like a Trump victory with a Republican Congress, albeit one which contains Republicans who don’t like Trump. But it is far too early to speculate sensibly on what President Trump will actually do. There are more questions … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Handing over our Defence to a foreign country.

The Government has refused to allow a Chinese firm to invest in electricity because it is seen as a threat to our security but it has no difficulty in handing over our defence to a foreign country. Australian defence forces … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Australian Foreign Policy. (Repost from Policy Series)

Summary. Australian Foreign Policy is dominated by fear, defence issues, the American Alliance and the search for votes in marginal electorates. We talk about the importance of Asia but instinctively cleave to Europe and North America who are said to … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. NATO searches for role – with the help of Julie Bishop!

NATO was created to counter the Soviet Union but when the Soviet Union disappeared NATO  did not follow suit so new enemies were required. Afghanistan was promoted by the USA because it harboured terrorists who attacked the USA. When the … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Brexit and Russia.

There has been some speculation about how Brexit will affect Russia. Probably not a lot politically but we can only speculate about the economic effects. No doubt the European Community will spend the next few years contemplating its navel and … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Australia and its relationships with US and China.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the US Studies Centre at Sydney University has produced a study which showed that 8 out of 10 Australians were only mildly concerned about the fact that, as they saw it, China already dominated … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Saudi Arabia involvement in 9/11 attack!

The United States has long supported one of the most repressive regimes in the world. It invaded Iraq where women were able to do anything men could (which wasn’t much admittedly) but not Saudi Arabia where women are kept in … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Malcolm Turnbull, COAG and media confusion.

Turnbull knew what he was doing. The media has turned on Malcolm Turnbull who is accused of ignorance. Media views seem to change even more often than political promises.  However,surely the PM knew why he called the meeting with the … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. The Defence White Paper and the China threat.

​ In a paper distributed by the ANU East Asia Forum, Professor Hugh White has pointed out that the Defence White Paper makes two invalid assumptions: the post-Cold War US-led international order will be maintained and that it must be. … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Our Eurocentric media.

In January 2015, 12 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.  The Australian media went into overdrive and gave saturation coverage for some days.  In January 2016, 32 people were killed and 66 wounded in … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Mr Turnbull goes to Washington.

Despite one welcome outburst of independence by refusing a request for more troops on the ground in the Middle East and a generally less sycophantic approach than most of his predecessors,the Prime Minister’s visit to Washington had all the usual … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Shia vs Sunni in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia cleric who criticised its policies has exacerbated the split between Shia and Sunni Nations. Politics and religion have come together in a way that will be familiar to anyone who knows Northern Ireland. Sunni … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Turkey shoots down Russian aircraft.

Russia supports the (Shia) Assad regime backed by Iran and others while Turkey supports the Sunni backed bySaudi Arabia, the USA and others. The Turks claim the Shia are terrorists while Russia supports them as allies of the Shia, (i.e. … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. The Paris attacks.

The Paris attacks are yet another piece of savagery by young alienated Muslims but the question we need to ask is what is the real cause? Should we be searching the Koran or should we be looking at what motivates … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Russian airliner and ISIS.

The almost gleeful attacks by columnists and cartoonists on Vladimir Putin when the Russian plane went down were in very bad taste. The difference between this and MH17 is clear. MH17 was shot down by accident in Ukrainian territory probably … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. MH17

The Dutch led report doesn’t really tell us anything much we couldn’t already work out but it does highlight some valid points. That the missile was Russian is hardly news but the report does give us the make, However, while … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Russia in Syria and Australian implications.

What are Australia’s objectives in the Middle East imbroglio? The simple answer is that it is about the American Alliance. We see ourselves as part of a global alliance led by the USA and generally supported by European powers: countries … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Russian and Chinese naval exercises.

From August 20-28 Russia and China will conduct a large scale naval exercise in the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. Russia will send 20 ships and China seven plus11 aircraft. They will practice air defence and anti-submarine … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. When elephants fight, kangaroos can be trampled.

Current Affairs The growing tension in the South China Sea poses a number of problems for Australia. We want to ensure that our access through these important waterway and air routes are not impeded but we want to do so … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Australian Foreign Policy

Fairness, Opportunity and Security Policy series edited by Michael Keating and John Menadue Summary. Australian Foreign Policy is dominated by fear, defence issues, the American Alliance and the search for votes in marginal electorates. We talk about the importance of … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Australia will not be safer.

Australia’s upping the ante in Iraq is a recipe for disaster. It is hard to see anything positive coming out of it. Mr. Abbott said the request came from the Iraqi Government and the USA. As in the past, the … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Petroshenko visit.

President Petroshenko should be received courteously and his visit should be used to seek further trade with Ukraine. There is no reason to avoid cordial relations with Ukraine but our Government is going a lot further than that. Ukraine is … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Russia and the G20

Contrary to some media reports the G20 did not mention Russia in any of its documents and criticism came only from the West. Nothing happened which is likely to change Russian attitudes or actions. The Russia bashing by Australian politicians … Continue reading

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