Frank Carrigan was an academic specialising in politics and history.
What a difference – Joe Stiglitz the economist and Jim Chalmers the treasurer!
In July an Economics Nobel Prize winner took the time to visit Canberra to meet the new Australian Treasurer, Jim Chalmers. Joseph Stiglitz was visiting Australia as a guest of the Australia Institute. Continue reading »
The killing of Afghanistan
The core reason for the crumbling of the US empire is a familiar refrain in imperial history. As US economic power declines and continually makes strategic mistakes its military capacity will be jeopardised, and its network of client states will start to challenge its capacity to ensure their security. Continue reading »
Frank Carrigan: Putin and the geopolitics of war in Ukraine
Every day, the Western media has been setting out its interpretation of the war in Ukraine. It is a narrative formulated in Washington. Countless times in organs based in countries that are part of the Washington consensus the line spelt out is the culprit responsible for the war is Putin. This approach is achieving blanket Continue reading »
The shadow of Barry Humphries and Morrison’s bid for the outer suburbs
For so long in the middle to latter half of the twentieth century the dwellers of the fringe suburbs of Australian cities were the forgotten people. These suburbs housed the people who clustered around outlying factories making the consumer goods that fed the long post-war boom. Continue reading »
Citizen Murdoch and Albanese
First came the puff piece in ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly’ and then the softball profile on ‘Sixty Minutes.’ One could sense Citizen Murdoch and his editors would be observing that Albanese was beginning to look a winner, and Morrison more clueless by the day. Continue reading »
The wars our media would rather we forget
What is the basis of the double standards exhibited by the media? The cone of silence about the plight of the wretched of the earth in forgotten war theatres is underpinned by a maze of strategic and financial considerations. Continue reading »
The ABC’S Fog of War on Ukraine
The ABC war correspondents had a rich canvas to paint their stories. Yet they got nowhere near the scent of truth. Continue reading »
Ukraine: The great game revisited
Just as the history of modern Afghanistan is inexplicable without an understanding of great power politics the same maxim applies to Ukraine. Continue reading »
AUKUS, another wrong turn for our foreign policy.
The notion of treating Washington and Beijing in the same manner while pursuing our sovereign interests has been cast to the wind. Continue reading »