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Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists made this significant and serious move last week. However, there’s so much going on at the moment I didn’t find time to write about it. Then, the first thing I saw on CNN today was: Breaking News: Trump Administration Puts Iran on  Notice. General Michael Flynn, the US national security advisor said, “As of today, we’re officially putting Iran... read more

The Israeli Settlements

This morning I started writing a post about how Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been outraging me lately. The tipping point came with his call for the pardon of an Israeli soldier who killed an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist. The military’s moral example in convicting the soldier of manslaughter was ruined by the reaction of their prime minister. However, the post got very... read more

The North Korea Problem and Why We Need China

Last Thursday United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon announced a new set of sanctions against North Korea. The 15-member UN Security Council unanimously recommended the sanctions, which the United States drafted. They are an attempt to starve the Kim regime of foreign cash to try and slow down their nuclear programme. The resolution mainly focuses on North Korean coal exports, which is their biggest... read more

It’s 15 Years Since 9/11 – Why Did Bin-Laden Attack?

The fifteenth anniversary of Al Qaeda’s attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the attempted attack that resulted in a plane crash in Pennsylvania has just passed. Almost 3,000 people were murdered that day by Islamist terrorists. We all know that the attackers were fundamentalist Muslims who were followers of Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden himself, originally... read more

Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki: The International Reputation of President Obama and the USA

There’s a whine we’ve been hearing from Republicans with ever-increasing frequency since the start of Obama’s presidency: that the United States is less respected than it was in the Bush era, and especially that his leadership is seen as both weak and of poor quality. They especially like to contrast Obama with Vladimir Putin, to the detriment of Obama, and insist the reputation of the... read more

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