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How the downing of a Russian warplane will change the Syrian conflict

It was almost inevitable that, in a geographically small, complex and multi-layered conflict, that once the aircraft from different nations starting flying combat missions in close proximity there would be problems. The question now is, with two Turkish F-16 aircraft having shot down a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 in the Turkey-Syria border region, where will this […]

Paris attacks: What Islamic State is trying to achieve

Last Friday night’s horrific attacks in Paris have, yet again, pushed the panic buttons of much the Western media and the political leaders of Western countries. If Islamist extremists can strike at will at the heart of Paris then, it seems, none of us are safe. And, of course, we all sympathise deeply with the […]

Radicalisation & the ‘Consolation of Racism’: The Return of Mein Kampf?

Radicalisation has become a major topic of debate in contemporary Australia. While this has mostly been focused on radical Islamist groups, there has been an increasing amount of attention given to the rise of neo-Nazi groups, far-right movements and white supremacists. As has been illustrated by the rise of both extreme right-wing and openly neo-Nazi groups […]

Myanmar’s elections: generally free but constitutionally unfair

The Australian delegation to Myanmar’s general elections is pleased to announce that, despite extensive minor irregularities and some pre-election intimidation and political violence, the electoral process has proceeded in a generally free manner and its results are a legitimate expression of the will of its people. Votes were cast across most parts of the country […]

Myanmar’s critical but uneven elections

This Sunday, Myanmar (otherwise known as Burma) will go to the polls in what will be its most critical political test for a generation. The last time Myanmar went to the polls, in 1990, the overwhelming vote in favor of the pro-reform National League for Democracy (NLD) was ignored by the military regime, which then […]

Were the Nazis Pagan?

The topic of the Nazis and religion is a hotly contested one, partly because the history of the early Nazi Party remains an ‘unfinished’ or incomplete history. It is certainly clear that the broader topic of Nazism remains a ‘contemporary’ history, given that politicians and other public figures continue to use Hitler and the Nazis as a […]

Hitler’s Language of Extermination: A Comment on Netanyahu’s Statement

A recent statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has raised a furore in the media. Speaking recently to the Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated: ‘[A]ttacks on the Jewish community in 1920, 1921, 1929, were instigated by a call of the mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husayni, who was later sought for war […]

How we can honour the ‘Balibo Five’ 40 years on

On 16 October 40 years ago, a team of Indonesian soldiers murdered five Australian-based journalists in the village of Balibo in what is now Timor-Leste. Those journalists were Greg Shackleton, Malcolm Rennie, Brian Peters, Gary Cunningham and Tony Stewart. About seven weeks later, Indonesian soldiers murdered Australian journalist Roger East, along with hundreds of others, […]

Time running out to avoid Western Sahara war

The world has many almost forgotten trouble spots, places where conflict has not been resolved but appears to have been contained. In one such place, Western Sahara and Morocco, that may be about to change with potentially wider implications. The western-most corner of Algeria, near the border with Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania, is a […]

Syrian air strikes: Russia demonstrates its strategic superiority

When it comes to international politics, the United States might still be the world’s greatest power, but Russia’s intervention in Syria has proven yet again that it is more accomplished at strategic manoeuvring. Russian war planes are now bombing anti-Assad regime targets in Syria. But unlike the US, they are doing so at Syria’s official […]