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Assange 1000 days

Julian Assange: A Thousand Days In Belmarsh

Julian Assange has now been in the maximum-security facilities of Belmarsh prison for over 1,000 days.  On the occasion of his 1,000th day of imprisonment, campaigners, supporters and kindred spirits gathered to show their support, indignation and solidarity at this political detention most foul. Alison Mason of the Julian Assange […]

Sir Tony Blair

Sir Tony Blair: Bloody Knight Of The Realm

Awards and honours bestowed by States or private committees, republican or monarchical, are bound to be corrupted by considerations of hypocrisy, racketeering and general, chummy disposition. From the Nobel Peace Prize to the range of eccentric and esoteric orders bestowed each year in Britain by Her Majesty, diddling and manipulating […]

Macron and MBS

Macron’s revenge for AUKUS betrayal

What distinguishes great powers like France is their sense of history and their profound understanding of the temporality of historical experience — or, how their past, present, and future are thought to be connected in their international diplomacy. That is why the AUKUS pact between the US, UK and Australia […]

Human Augmentation

Britain Aiming To Create Golem Soldiers

Fairly recently, the UK Ministry of Defence, together with the German Federal Ministry of Defence, published a curious document. Entitled “Human Augmentation – The Dawn of a New Paradigm”, it focuses on the possibilities of technologically enhancing human abilities to increase soldiers’ combat functions, and it is not the first […]

Boris Johnson in Parliament

Britain’s Two Job Politicians

The role of the parliamentarian, historically, is one of service.  The desire to hold two jobs, or more, suggests that such service is severely qualified.  In the quotient of democracy and representation, the MP who is ready to tend to the affairs of others is unlikely to focus on the […]

Keating China

Ning-Nong Diplomacy, China And Paul Keating

Former Australian prime ministers tend to be less conspicuous in public life than their counterparts in other countries.  Occasionally, they make an appearance at political functions and events to remind us that they are still alive, their estate still breathing, their lawyers still working.  For the most part, the pronouncements […]

Johnson at COP26

COP26: Greening Finance?

COP26 is an entertaining show, designed to divert the public’s attention from what is going on. The IPCC, the COP’s committee of climate experts, does not predict the apocalypse to deaf governments, but provides them with a discourse to justify their political ambitions. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, who are resolutely hostile to the financial projects of the COPs, have refused to attend, while the big bankers are talking about 100 billion dollars of investment.