James ONeill

American Missile Strikes in Syria Raise Fresh...

545243434In the early hours of Friday morning Australian time the United States fired 59 Tomahawk missiles from two of its warships in the Eastern Mediterranean. The target was the Shayrat Air Base in North Eastern Syria. The purported…

Verdict First, Evidence Later: How the Austr...

634324234234“Let the jury consider their verdict”, the King said, for about the twentieth time that day. “No, no,” said the Queen. Sentence first – verdict afterward…

The London Attack: What We Fail to Acknowledg...

856345234234The attack in Central London by a lone individual and the political response it invoked, highlights the hypocrisy that dominates western political thought in general, and none more so than in Australia. Last week a single…

A Tale of Two Cities: Aleppo and Mosul

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The double standards of the western media are clearly demonstrated in the different treatment accorded the liberation of Aleppo by Syrian and Russian forces and the ongoing battle for the liberation of Mosul by ‘coalition’…

More Delusional Thinking in Australian Foreig...

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The Australian government’s selective view of history and capacity for self-delusion in its foreign policy was on full display when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered the Fullerton Lecture to the International Institute of…

Australian Foreign Policy and Israel: an Endu...

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The recent visit to Australia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the forthcoming foreign policy White Paper should provide an opportunity for Australia to re-examine its support for the State…

Iran and the New Multipolar World

16887During the last Presidential campaign, the Republican nominee Donald Trump made a variety of statements that suggested a changing focus in US foreign policy. He promised, inter alia, no more attempts at regime change, an effective…

Ukraine, Crimea and the Push for War

11There are currently three major flash points in the world, where a false step could rapidly lead to escalation and a major war from which human civilization would be the main loser. Those flashpoints are the Middle East, the South…

Flynn’s Resignation Raises Fresh Dangers

3423123123Late on Monday 13 February 2017 General Michael Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, resigned. The ostensible reason for the resignation was that he had “lied” to Vice President…

One Belt One Road a New Geopolitical Paradigm

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The ascension of Donald Trump to the US Presidency has introduced an additional element of uncertainty to the conduct of world affairs. Judging from Mr Trump’s rhetoric, and some of his initial executive orders, such as withdrawing…

Syria and the US: More Truths Emerge

8634434On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called ‘coalition’, led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom…

Dangerous Delusions in Australian Foreign Pol...

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A report in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has raised several issues affecting Australia’s defence and foreign policies, in particular as those policies relate to China, our largest trading partner by a significant margin…


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