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Australia is Learning the Hard Way the Price of its Adherence to US Foreign Policy

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In his recent article, a Canadian analyst Patrick Armstrong took a detailed look at current United States policy toward its European allies. Although he does not mention Australia once in his article, much of what Mr Armstrong has to say about United States policy toward its European “allies” is of direct relevance to Australia…

Navalny Sacrificed as Part of a Wider Geopolitical Battle

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Few stories in recent years more clearly illustrate the sorry decline in western media standards than the coverage currently being given to the illness of Russian dissident politician Alexei Navalny. Mr Navalny is at most a minor irritant to the ruling Russian politicians. At the last election he polled less than 2% of the popular vote. In most western countries such a poll rating…

Australia Confronts a Changing Economic World

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The nature of Australia’s trading relationship with the rest of the world has changed dramatically in the 75 years since the end of World War II. In 1945–46 the total value of Australia’s exports of goods and services was $19 billion. It remained relatively low for the next 25 years, passing $50 billion only in 1969-70. It took a further 15 years to double, passing…

UN Security Council Vote on Iran Sanctions Heralds a New Phase in International Relations

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The isolation of the United States from the rest of the world community becomes increasingly obvious by the day. The most recent example was the vote in the United Nations Security Council against a United States motion to extend the sanctions on Iran for its alleged nuclear weapons program. Of the 15 members…

US Attempts to Disrupt Iran Nuclear Deal Firmly Rebuffed

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On 14 August 2020 the United Nations Security Council voted overwhelmingly to reject a United States attempt to extend the UN sanctions upon Iran that were imposed as part of the nuclear deal negotiated between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Iran in 2015. The United States, which had been one…

Nord Stream 2: Is European Self-Interest Finally Surpassing US Influence

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The United States has always regarded itself as the “exceptional “nation. That view may in many circumstances be relatively benign. It becomes less so when it is used as a justification for treating other countries as being less significant in the overall order of things. It is even less justifiable when that exceptionalism…

What We Are Told and Not Told About the South China Sea

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If war breaks out between China and the United States, there is a high probability that the precipitating factor will be the South China Sea. The United States is currently running another of its so-called “freedom of navigation” exercises in the region, employing no less than two aircraft carriers, together with their supporting armada of warships…

US Rhetoric Reflects a Long Past Era

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The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a recent rapid trip to London and Copenhagen followed by the making of a speech in California, all in the same week. His speech in California was billed as “a major policy speech.” To have observed his actions and utterances in this rapid cross-world travel was to hear what could only be described as a throwback…

World is Changing, but United States Policy Retains its Dangerously Unchanged Nature

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Media commentary in recent weeks has focused on the alleged plan of United States president Donald Trump to vacate US troops from Afghanistan. Those troops, together with representatives of other countries including the United Kingdom and Australia, have been in Afghanistan since that country was first invaded in October 2001…

Hong Kong is Symptomatic of Wider Issues

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On the 7th of July 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jin Ping held one of their regular telephone conversations. The fact of the call, let alone its content, received scant coverage in the western mainstream media. This was unfortunate because what the two men had to say conveyed major geopolitical decisions…

Australian Defence Policy Locked in Counter-Productive Mythology

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One of the great geopolitical fallacies common throughout much of the western world is the belief that circumstances as they are now are as they have always been and how they will continue to remain. Any student of history (and they are a dwindling band because of modern curriculum emphasis on relevance knows…

The MH17 Trial Makes a Mockery of the Western Legal System

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On 17 July 2014 a Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was in transit from the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. On board were 196 Dutch citizens, 38 Australian citizens or residents, and a smattering of other nationalities apart from a predominantly Malaysian crew. While transiting Ukraine the plane was shot down…


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