James ONeill

The London Attack: What We Fail to Acknowledge


The 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


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 Foreign Policy


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 Enduring Disgrace


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


During 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


There 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


Late 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


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


On 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 Policy


A report in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMHDahJTkfw 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…

Is There a Radically Different Future For Australia


In 2013 President Xi Jinping announced that China would be embarking upon what has become the world’s largest infrastructure building program. Known in China as the One Belt, One Road, but more popularly referred to as the New…

Afghanistan: What has Fifteen Years of Occupation Achieved


It is now more than 15 years since the United States, with the willing complicity and assistance of Australia, invaded Afghanistan. The ostensible reason for the invasion was that the Taliban government was harbouring Osama bin Laden…

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