Hate grows

Poland is currently experiencing a resurgence of the far-right (recently highlighted here.) This latest news is bound to cause concern: Piotr Farfal has had a stellar career. The 28-year-old Pole is a lawyer. He is also a far-right political activist, a card-carrying right-wing extremist and former editor-in-chief of the Polish skinhead magazine Front, which openly…

Get some control

Amartya Sen, International Herald Tribune, June 26: Informed by the harrowing lessons of World War II, the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945. Exactly 61 years later, the UN review conference on small arms will open on Monday in New York. This will be the first major conference on…

Neighbourhood watch

East Timor’s Prime Minster, Mari Alkatiri, has resigned, but the story behind the country’s recent turmoil remains highly suspicious. One of Australia’s finest journalists, John Martinkus, has discovered the situation is far more complex than we have been led to believe: In a wide-ranging interview last week, East Timor’s embattled Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri accused…

We want war

The LA Times may claim that at least 50,000 Iraqis have been killed since the 2003 “liberation” – a grossly conservative figure, it seems – the Washington Post provides space for Richard Perle to demand US action on Iran: I know it is not too late for us, not too late to give substance to…

Failed

The Western “mission” to bring democracy and freedom to Afghanistan has failed (the actual plan was to deliver compliant warlordism to the long-suffering population). Jason Burke explains why.

The other revolution

Bolivia has good reason to distrust the US: President Evo Morales drew a sharp denial from the U.S. Embassy when he claimed in a speech that the United States is sending soldiers disguised as students and tourists to Bolivia. Morales said in a speech Tuesday that U.S. Ambassador David Greenlee had sought a meeting with…

The real agenda

The following letter appears in today’s Australian newspaper: Elisabeth Wynhausen’s piece (“Careful, they might hear you“, Inquirer, 10-11/6) is rife with inaccuracies, contradictions and non sequiturs. For example, she provides evidence that the policy positions of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council reflect the views of the majority of Australian Jewry. But then she expends…

Suck job

Charles Krauthammer loves Australia and explains why our “geographic and historical isolation has bred a wisdom about the structure of peace.” This “peace” has been ensured, he laughably argues, by joining every imperial adventure over the last century. An independent foreign policy is scorned, but servitude is praised. The friends we keep…