Category Archives: International

Sentimentality is no basis for foreign policy

It was tragic when the plane was shot from the sky over the Ukraine, but it was, as everyone understood, unintended. A war zone is a danger zone, even undeclared wars. But it did worry me that more was being … Continue reading

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It’s taken the Americans long enough to work out what is going on.

The AFR is reporting: The Obama administration is pressuring the Abbott government to back away from plans to target American technology multinationals with higher taxes in next month’s federal budget. The US Treasury’s top international tax official, Robert Stack, is … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, International, Taxation | 35 Comments

UK election poster

Communist Party policy in the UK is bipartisan policy in Australia.

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – April 19, 1943

Today marks the 72 anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This must be one of the world’s most famous photographs – very poignant. The little boy survived the war as did the soldier who was later executed for war crimes. … Continue reading

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An Eloi Manifesto

This is from Tim Blair and I cannot tell if this is a parody or something taken directly from a Green election pamphlet somewhere. Reads straight out of the 1930s so I opt for parody but who can be sure? … Continue reading

Posted in International, Politics | 39 Comments

It’s Iran, not Chicago, so they don’t get it

Obama keeps up with the nudge, nudge, wink, wink but these ayatollahs just don’t get it. Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses WH of ‘Lying,’ Being ‘Deceptive,’ and Having ‘Devilish’ Intentions. If only they would play along, pretend that everything is just like … Continue reading

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Google Australia pays as much tax as Fairfax

In our Senate submission to the Corporate Tax Avoidance inquiry Chris Berg and I included some information about Fairfax Media’s tax affairs. According to its annual financial statements, in the year ending 29 June 2014, Fairfax Media earned a net … Continue reading

Posted in International, Taxation | 41 Comments

What exactly is Dick Cheney getting at here?

You know that thing about if it walks like a duck. This is Dick Cheney discussing Obama: If you had somebody as president who wanted to take America down, who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world and … Continue reading

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Is he malevolent or just stupid?

I have my own answer to this. What I cannot work out is why anyone has a different one. From Daniel Pipes on The Obama Doctrine: Is this a random series of errors by an incompetent leadership or does some … Continue reading

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All quiet on the Iranian front

There are other news stories, of course, but the virtually instant disappearance of the negotiations between Obama (not America) and Iran as worth even a mention is astonishing. The majority of the American media, who are as inane as they … Continue reading

Posted in History, International | 31 Comments