Category: International Affairs

Socialism at work: people never learn

Posted by – 3 February, 2015

It is like some people are unaware that a certain side lost the Cold War.

Venezuela’s ‘socialist paradise’ turns into a nightmare: medical shortages claim lives as oil price collapses…..In a shopping centre in the Sabana Grande district last week, women queued outside a pharmacy for nearly two hours to buy two four-roll packs of toilet paper. In what has become the ultimate indignity for the Venezuelan public – and a huge embarrassment for the regime – shortages of toilet paper mean it is now strictly rationed….real inflation now running at nearly 100 per cent, according to Robert Bottome of the VenEconomia think-tank…McDonald’s has no potato fries to serve because the company’s supplier cannot find the money to import real potatoes, so instead it serves a cardboard tasting substitute made from yucca….In a branch of the Farmatodo pharmacy, one entire wall is stocked just with toothpaste and mouthwash and another with bottles of Pepsi, following a government directive ordering stores to fill the shelves with anything to give the appearance of plenty. Curiously, for all the toothpaste on display, there are no toothbrushes….“There are 600 to 700 people on the cardiac waiting list,” said a doctor, who detailed shortages of everything from gauzes to sample tubes. “If they don’t receive the surgeries they need, more of them will die.”

…and then there is Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Bill Shorten’s Australia.

Response to Israel

Posted by – 5 August, 2014

From Tony Abbott:

Tony Abbott this morning supported Israel’s right to self-defence and repeated calls for an immediate ceasefire “because plainly too many people are dying”.

“We support Israel’s right to exist, we support Israel’s right to self-defence, we support the Palestinians’ right to a state of their own, but that’s got to go hand-in-hand with the recognition of Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders,” the Prime Minister told Melbourne radio 3AW.

From Stephen Harper:

According to Harper, Hamas initiated and continued the conflict seeking the destruction of Israel. The Prime Minister said Israel was justified in its actions saying if a terrorist organisation tried to target Canadians a similar response will from Canada also.

 

What is Hamas trying to achieve?

Posted by – 24 July, 2014

Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel without direct provocation and ignored the Egyptian sponsored cease fire (Israel abided by it for at least a day, while the rockets rained down). What exactly is Hamas trying to achieve?

The most rational explanation I can find for Hamas’s renewal of hostilities is that it’s trying to shore up its support in Gaza. The Syrian civil war and the Egyptian coup have deprived the paramilitaries of, respectively, their chief sponsor and their most immediate sympathiser. Isolated and bankrupt, unable even to pay the salaries of their 40,000 government employees, Hamas leaders seem to have decided to stake everything on a military campaign. Possibly, like Galtieri’s junta in 1982, they feel they have little to lose. At best, a new ceasefire might result in concessions, such as prisoner releases or – the big prize – a reopening of Gaza’s borders. At worst, the conflict should rally people to their regime.

I think if there is one thing that has become clear over the 70 year conflict it is: who ever leads the Palestinian people does not care for the welfare of the Palestinian people.

Hamas does not build air raid shelters, fires rockets at Israel from highly vulnerable civilian locations and has no intention of ever making peace with Israel. Despite Israel vacating the Gaza strip in 2005 and offering to share Jerusalem as a co-capital with the Palestinians, amongst a range of concessions the Israelis have been willing to make. Is that really consistent with a leadership that cares about its own people.

Our very own axis of evil

Posted by – 11 June, 2014

Abbott is standing up to the USA, so why is the left-wing media so opposed to it?

Ottawa (AFP) – Canada and Australia’s conservative prime ministers said Monday economic concerns trump climate action, with Ottawa’s Stephen Harper insisting any nation claiming otherwise is lying.

Both leaders have faced increased criticism over their climate policies after US President Barack Obama last week unveiled the first major regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States.

The Abbott no apology tour

Posted by – 10 June, 2014

I can’t help get the impression that Abbott’s talk in Canada was directed as much to Obama, who Abbott visits next, as it was to Canada. Abbott said:

Australia should always do what we can to protect our citizens, to help our friends and to advance our values.

This Australian government will never be embarrassed or apologetic about doing what is necessary to keep our country strong and our friends safe.

Abbott delivers where Ruddllard couldn’t

Posted by – 7 April, 2014

Will we change our flag?

Posted by – 1 April, 2014

In the unlikely event that Scotland votes to leave the UK, will we change the Australian Flag?

The Crimean ‘referendum’

Posted by – 23 March, 2014

Probably the most informed assessment I have seen on the Crimean crisis

Having said that, over throwing a democratically elected President – as the Ukrainian para-military mob did – wasn’t the smartest move. It was illegal and decidedly anti-democratic.

Our sanctions on Russia are a joke

Posted by – 19 March, 2014

Australia has joined the EU and the USA in sanctioning 11 Russians for the invasion of the Crimea. If that is the best Australia can come up with then Putin will essentially have free reign over Eastern Europe. There is no one that will stop him.


We are starting to get a taste of a post-USA world.

Daniel Hannan in Australia

Posted by – 5 March, 2014

The following links on Daniel Hannan in Australia on his new book :

The ABC (13 minute mark). 2GB.