Tag Archives: Russia

JOHN TULLOH. Turkey – Erdogan’s day of judgment.

   Turkey’s voters face a momentous choice: whether they want their president to have the dictatorial power of a potential tyrant or one whose authority remains curbed by parliamentary government. 

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RAMESH THAKUR. Decoding the Trump strikes on Syria

The use of chemical weapons in Syria and the US air strikes in punishment are part of the continuing descent into lawlessness by various actors with unforeseeable consequences in an already inflamed region. 

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JOHN MENADUE. Alexey Navalny has roused a democratic Russia. Turnbull and Bishop are too busy sleeping to care.

In Australia we conjure Russia through the basest of filters: take your pick of Pauline Hanson expressing her admiration for Russia’s autocrat Vladimir Putin, or of the sometime boxer-sometime- Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s vows to ‘shirtfront’ said autocrat.  

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TONY KEVIN. Update on Trump impeachment possibilities, and reaction in Moscow

The US liberal media onslaught on Donald Trump’s claimed absolute unsuitability for the US presidency continues. In every possibly way, Trump is being dissected forensically and brutally.   

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JAMES O’NEILL. Ukraine, Crimea and the push for war.

Instead of recognizing the historical and geopolitical realities, including that Ukraine is now a failed state ruled by neo-fascists, Western governments continue to parrot the tired cliché that the Russians are to blame.  Upon such fatal ignorance are wars often … Continue reading

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TONY KEVIN. The Global Strategic Landscape – present realities, and prospects under Trump. Quo vadis series.

  Quo vadis – Australian foreign policy and ANZUS. Summary. Australia should call on all the nuclear weapon states – in particular, the two major arsenal-holders US and Russia – to return to the prudent protocols and courtesies of classical great … Continue reading

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TONY KEVIN. Trumpageddon? Not quite …. not yet.

  Trump’s victory speech said all the right things. No talk now of putting Hillary in jail. On the contrary: gracious tribute for her hard-fought campaign. And promises to heal wounds, to be a president for all Americans. And new … Continue reading

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TONY KEVIN. Is Hillary the Russia-hater a safer American choice?

  The final days of the US presidential campaign – a disgraceful saga at best – have been marked by a frantic race to the bottom by both sides. On the Trump side: an anonymous but skilfully made video is … Continue reading

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RAMESH THAKUR. The slide to war with Russia.

‘God created war so Americans could learn geography’ (1) On 3 October, taking another step on the road to a new cold war, Russia suspended the 16-year bilateral plutonium disposition agreement with the US. Are the two countries sleepwalking into … Continue reading

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. The election of Hillary Clinton promises a more dangerous world.

In a long and often exasperating presidential campaign, Americans and the world have been subjected to Donald Trump’s odious and often incoherent rhetoric, and from both sides much vitriol and endless accusations of deceit, crookedness and sexual misconduct. In this … Continue reading

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TONY KEVIN. Clinton-Putin-Trump: foreign policy dimensions of the final debate.

  There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton trumped her contender on domestic economic and social policy issues, migration, and proper respect for women. She has neutralised the personal emails and Clinton Foundation questions. Barring the unforeseeable, she will cruise … Continue reading

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MICHAEL McKINLEY. The unmooring of our national defence from our national interest. Part 3 of 4.

Australia is currently courting offence rather than, as governments so often assert, defence – a transformation which might only charitably be attributed to absent mindedness if the alternative, stealth, is excluded. It is, moreover, a change wrought, in the first … Continue reading

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TONY KEVIN. ‘Putin meets Turnbull’: an interesting encounter at Hangzhou.

  Chris Ullmann’s ABC News report on main outcomes for Australia of the Hangzhou G20 Summit led with an account of an impromptu ‘encounter’ between Malcolm Turnbull and Vladimir Putin. Maybe they bumped into one another in the hotel lift … Continue reading

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John Menadue. NATO, Ukraine and Russia.

In the Washington Post on 10th September, Katrina vanden Heuvel said ‘There would not have been such a concerted Russian nationalist response to the crisis had the West not sowed the seeds of suspicion and mistrust over the past 18 … Continue reading

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Walter Hamilton. When Local Becomes Global

Why is Vladimir Putin calling down upon himself the ire of the world by failing to help secure the crash site of MH-17 for international investigators? The answer, I think, is pretty obvious. He does not want to demonstrate how … Continue reading

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Cavan Hogue. Russia, Ukraine and Crimea.

Western rhetoric about the situation in Ukraine shows little understanding of the realities of Russia and Ukraine. If Western countries want a new cold war they are going the right way about it. It is a complex problem which cannot … Continue reading

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