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Will the G20 address inequality in Brisbane?

Of the 60-plus official meetings that have taken place under Australia’s 2014 G20 presidency, a grand total of one has managed to produce a final communiqué or meeting report that mentions the word ‘inequality’....

The need for a cost/benefit analysis in public security

Last week Canberra was alive with security and Parliament House was surrounded by guards with assault-rifles. Anyone who has gone into Parliament in past years knows it already has extremely tight security, but now...

Israeli Brass Urge MoD To Stick With V-22 Deal

Top military officers here are urging Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon not to back out of a Pentagon package of Bell Boeing V-22 tilt-rotors offered at a cut-rate price and under conditions set to expire...

Australia as US satrap

The former diplomatic mandarins of Oz think Australia is so committed to the US alliance it has mislaid its primary focus on Asia. A leading light of the ex-mandarins, John McCarthy, says Asia sees...

Russians Said Becoming ‘Mankurts’ in Their Own Land

Staunton, November 2 – In his classic novel, “A Day Longer than an Age,” the Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov offered the powerful image of “mankurts,” people deprived of their identities and thus transformed into...

UK Pushes Through Programs Ahead of Polls

Britain’s Defence Ministry is pushing forward key programs it wants to get under contract before the procurement process gets entangled in an upcoming general election, a new strategic defense and security review and likely...

The Good War?

The Good War? What Went Wrong in Afghanistan — and How to Make It Right November 2014 By Peter Tomsen In the concluding pages of his fascinating memoir, War Comes to Garmser, Carter Malkasian,...

Superstition in place of loyalty?

The common thread binding the various political slogans in North Korea is absolute loyalty to the Supreme Leader, which must be expressed as a personal conviction. By romanticizing the single man into the greater...

Fake Monitors “Observe” Fake Elections in the Donbass

Vienna, November 1, 2014 – The “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR), which are officially considered terrorist organisations by the Ukrainian authorities, will hold “parliamentary elections” on Sunday, November 2, on...

DoD, Industry Huddle As Civil Firms Gain

The big issues of the day facing the Pentagon and its defense industrial base go far deeper than developing the next generation fighter or aircraft carrier, top industry analysts warn. …read more

Rawalpindi is the real villain

Rawalpindi is the real villain By Mayuri Mukherjee October 30, 2014 Peace in Afghanistan is a difficult project but it’s possible if Pakistan cooperates. Unfortunately, it is still plotting ways to ensure all of...

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