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JOHN TULLOH. Six days of war and 50 years of conflict.

For Palestinians, Nakbar Day means the day of catastrophe. It is commemorated on May 15, the day after the anniversary of Israel’s independence in 1948. It remembers the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were evicted from their homes and land … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. My first foreign news assignment 50 years ago – the Six Day War.

This article was first published in Foreign Correspondents’ Association Australia and South Pacific website.  Next week, John Tulloh will be writing on the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. It was mid-afternoon Sydney time on a winter’s Monday 50 … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Trump’s first 100 days – so what?

   The media have been besides themselves in anticipation of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House this weekend. It’s as if this is some magic marker by which to judge his next 1359 days in the Oval … Continue reading

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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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JOHN TULLOH. The NBN – Another Inconvenient Truth

‘The nbn network is Australia’s exciting new landline phone and internet network. It’s designed to give you access to fast, reliable phone and internet services, no matter where you live’. NBN Connect Kit.  

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JOHN TULLOH. What will Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop say to Benjamin Netanyahu?

     It would be intriguing to know the position Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop intend to adopt in talks when the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visits Australia this week. It comes a week after Netanyahu had startling discussions with … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. The simplistic naivete of Donald Trump

 We certainly live in far more interesting, if not astonishing, news times now that a Manhattan real estate developer occupies the White House. We wake up each day wondering what was the latest personal whim Donald Trump chose to exercise … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Erdogan aims for the long haul as an Ottoman-style ruler.

     Not long ago, when events in Turkey were as unsettled as they are now, its military leaders would have stepped in, toppled the government and taken draconian control to restore order. But President Recip Tayyip Erdogan seems safe for … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH: Fidel’s ghost teases Washington.

John Tulloh argues that for Trump to renege on Obama’s changes, would be fraught with legal problems, specially for those businesses which have already invested tens of millions in infrastructure in anticipation of Cuba becoming more accessible. 

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JOHN TULLOH. U.S. finally starts to ease its Cold War punishment of Cuba

  It is astonishing that an impoverished speck on the rump of the most powerful country in the world has managed to intimidate it for more than half a century. Cuba, only 144 kms off the coast of Florida, has … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. White Man’s Media – A weekly column. This week: The US elections.

  In this blog I propose to run a regular Wednesday column White Man’s Media focusing on the derivative nature of our media and its failure to reflect our own region .. I have in mind pieces of 100 -400 … Continue reading

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ALLAN PATIENCE. Australia’s American Leadership Distraction

Back in the 1960s, in his book The Lucky Country (a title he meant as irony), Donald Horne noted that Australia was a lucky country despite being run by second-rate people. Considering today’s leaders across Australia, we would have to … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Wow! The Americanization of Australia.

  Growing up in Adelaide in the 50s, I recall a newcomer who was regarded almost as an alien. He was an American no less with, what’s more, a real American drawl. As far as I remember, he was a … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH: Vladimir Putin reaches back to the past to define his and Russia’s future.

  Tsar Vladimir Putin plots his place in Russian history. It would appear that Vladimir Putin’s current modus operandi is aimed at defining his legacy. Ideally, he would like to be remembered as Vladimir the Great, the most illustrious Russian … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. The uncertain future for Turkey and Erdogan.

  My friend! Leave not my homeland to the hands of villainous men! Render your chest as armour and your body as bulwark! Halt this disgraceful assault! For soon shall come the joyous days of divine promise; Who knows? Perhaps … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Malaysia – the wolf of Kuala Lumpur.

  There was much mirth in Malaysia the other day when the US Justice Department filed civil lawsuits alleging a $3.5bn embezzlement of a Kuala Lumpur fund and diplomatically referred to one of the alleged villains as ‘Malaysia Official 1’. … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Shrugging off the effects of the Iraq invasion.

      ‘His decision to invade Iraq is easily the worst foreign policy decision ever made by an American president’. Professor Jean Edward Smith, eminent US presidential biographer, on George W. Bush. The other day the Sydney Morning Herald had a … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Olympics and oil – a tale of two South American countries.

  Back in 2009, the International Olympic Committee made a bold decision. It decided the 2016 Games would be held for the first time in South America, a continent not noted for its political, economic or social stability. Rio de … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. The Defence Department prepares for war.

  The release of the Chilcot report revives a memory from late 2002 or early 2003. Washington, London and Canberra were abuzz with talk of military action against the Iraqi regime of President Saddam Hussein. President George W. Bush accused … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. 60 Minutes – the failure to think it right through. Amazing!

One of the best pieces of advice I received in 40 years of involvement in foreign television news was ‘Think it right through’. I was arguing with a colleague on a telex machine about a certain story. I was keen … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. The odd couple – the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and their uneasy relationship.

As enduring international couples go, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia must rank among the oddest. They have been kind of firm friends since 1933 when oil was discovered in the kingdom. Yet their societies are so different as President Obama … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Erdogan leads Turkey back to the Ottoman era.

     It is the time of the year when we have our annual bout of sentimental reflection on the heroics of the Anzac forces at Gallipoli a century ago. One of the Turkish military commanders whose resistance wore down the … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Springtime – the season of alarm and disharmony in Europe.

   United in diversity. EU’s motto.   If ever there were a line in a report to alarm European leaders, it might have been one buried in a 204-page document on the EU economy last November. It predicted that up … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Middle East: The Arab Spring becomes the Arab Winter.

‘Arabs have rarely lived in bleaker times’. The Economist.  An impoverished Arab would have been been flabbergasted at the consequences of his single, desperate protest five years ago. It precipitated the ousting of his country’s ruler and two other Arab … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. In praise of those who bring you the evening news.

Updated version of what appeared in Australian Cinematographer.   In the world of television news, if there is one group which can rightfully claim a grievance for lack of recognition, it is the cameramen* who bring you what it is … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. The Cost of the star-spangled arms banner.

Repost from 05/10/2015 O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, we’re so … Continue reading

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Turkey and Daesh

In this blog on 6 December 2015 ‘Turkey’s new neighbour – Daesh (Islamic State)‘  John Tulloh referred to an article by David Graeber in The Guardian on how Turkey is obstructing Kurdish forces that are the most effective opponents of … Continue reading

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John Tulloh. Turkey’s new neighbour – DAESH (Islamic State)

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey must feel like a chess grand master playing several games simultaneously. He has far more neighbours and different cultures to contend with than most leaders: eight in all. They are a mixed bag across more … Continue reading

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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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