Tag Archives: Islamic State

John Tulloh. Europe: The political impact of a dead Syrian.

Ahmed al Mohammad may have a greater impact on Europe than his evil terrorist deeds did in Paris last week. It appears he was a Syrian asylum-seeker who, according to Greek records, passed through Greece last month and made his … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Turkey at a dangerous crossroad.

Spare a thought for Turkey as it goes to the polls on November 1. It straddles Europe and Asia, but it is not sure if it is part of either. Nor is it part of the Middle East, yet it … Continue reading

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Richard Butler. Russia and Syria: The continuation of politics by other means.

In their addresses to the UN General assembly, last week, Presidents Obama and Putin focused on the civil war in Syria. Both emphasized the need for the war, now in its 5th year, to be brought to an end. They … Continue reading

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“U.S. should bear blame for European refugee, humanitarian crisis”

Disastrous intervention by the US has been the cause of many major refugee flows including the current flows out of the Middle East. The people’s Daily published an interesting article on this subject on 7 September.  The article refers to … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Return to the Syrian battlefield.

     ‘Foreign (military) adventures have long appealed to insecure leaders’, wrote the veteran British journalist, Sir Simon Jenkins, in the right-wing Spectator magazine. ‘Those who’ve had no experience of war seem to crave it’. He was referring to British Prime … Continue reading

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Dennis Altman. Two years in – even supporters despair of Abbott’s feeble government.

The Abbott government marks its two-year anniversary of winning office today, September 7. I was tempted to begin by claiming that Tony Abbott has established himself as one of Australia’s more successful prime ministers, but I struggled to find a … Continue reading

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Stuart Harris. Who are we backing in Syria?

It would be a serious mistake for Australia to respond positively to the US request, that we presumably invited, to join in airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Such action would probably be against international law, and in any … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Iraq: where to now?

Threats from the self-styled Islamic State to kill Australians randomly on the street or wherever by any means possible have shocked us all. The threats were not just against Australians, nor only against westerners, but against other Muslims, even Sunnis … Continue reading

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Will we ever learn?

In an article in the Washington Post – see link below – Katrina vanden Heuvel says ‘Our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan should have made one thing clear: we have neither the patience, the resources nor the willingness to wreak … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Canberra’s fork in the road – the humanitarian way or the warpath?

What interesting, fraught and changing times we live in. This month marks the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two. Britain and France with little ado told Germany to get out of Poland or else. Three days later … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The Iraq disaster – reaping what we have sown.

The seeds of the disaster in Iraq were sown long ago. We are now reaping a very bitter harvest. A major contributor to the upsurge in violence, terrorism and extremism in Iraq is the sense of outrage that many young … Continue reading

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