Category Archives: International

Dieu merci: “Notre-Dame de Paris will be rebuilt identically”

Historian of the cathedral, Agnès Poirier, celebrates the triumph of a pure restorationist vision: After fifteen months of suspense during which designers from around the world have come up with the most audacious if not totally bizarre designs for Notre-Dame’s … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, International, Western Civilsation | 9 Comments


Foreign ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US express concern over ‘the erosion of rights in Hong Kong.’

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, International | 33 Comments


THERE has to be a via media between Victorian statism – really, an exemplar for the mindset of the modern West – and a polity whose regulations are so lax as to allow 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate to be … Continue reading

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“… expect the peace to intensify.”

Magnificent op-ed in The Times by Gerard Baker. ABC News beat the competition last weekend with this priceless piece of newspeak: “Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration … Continue reading

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Floods. Launceston 1929 and China 2020

Looking back on the time when torrential rain in the catchment area of two rivers that meet at Launceston caused chaos. Thousands of people had to be evacuated from low-lying parts of Launceston in the middle of the night with … Continue reading

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75 years after WWII, German states refuse to defend themselves

 Kraut panhandlers appeal to Endless War lobby                                                                                 German states appeal to U.S. Congress not to withdraw troops. BERLIN (Reuters) – The premiers of four German states have appealed to members of the U.S. Congress to block plans to withdraw U.S. … Continue reading

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Duda Wins But Swords Are Still Drawn For Civilisation

THE victory of Law and Justice Party incumbent Andrzej Duda in Poland’s presidential election on Sunday was the best news of the month and, politically, the best news of the year (so far). There is no country and no culture … Continue reading

Posted in History, International, Western Civilsation | 41 Comments

The “dead fish” of affirmative action come to the surface

When you put toxic pollutants into a stream you don’t see the dead fish at the spot, you see them downstream. That is the way all toxic social policies work. You may not realise the mistake until it is very … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, International, Rafe | 13 Comments

Cry for Argentina

Dan Mitchell on the tragic decline of Argentina. Nobody alive can recall when they were not in decline, but a century ago they were right up there. Buenos Aires is one of the great cities of the world and its … Continue reading

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The Fall of Atatürk

THE Islamic call to prayer has been recited at the Hagia Sophia for the first time since the early 1930s. It was broadcast on all of Turkey’s major news channels. President Erdogan has already enacted the court-approved transformation of the … Continue reading

Posted in History, International, War and peace | 91 Comments