An announcement by Home Secretary Priti Patel that she will put to Parliament that the political wing of Hamas be proscribed a terrorist group has sparked outrage among Palestinians, and received great public support from Israelis. Hamas is a Palestinian political party that currently governs the besieged Gaza Strip. Its …Read More »
Speaking on Thursday, the director of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, reiterated the case for new, strict countermeasures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. “We are currently heading toward a serious emergency,” Wieler stated, adding “we are going to have a really terrible Christmas if we don’t take countermeasures …Read More »
For an organisation that hijacked Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ as its supranational anthem, there seems to be a surprisingly hearty appetite for turning the European Union into something far beyond its original scope as a club for political elites and a mutually beneficial trade alliance. And no one typifies that …Read More »
Fear is a powerful emotion that can cloud thinking, impair judgement and cause some people to regress to a state in which they passively do as they are told and seek protection from anyone who promises security or a ready-made solution for their angst. Fear and propaganda astutely sown in …Read More »
Facebook whistleblower giving Zuckerberg a good kicking is all good fun but ignores what is really at stake: freedom of speech
It’s not been a great week for Facebook. What began in the UK with a glowing piece on Dr. Priscilla Chan, aka Mrs. Mark Zuckerberg, with a shoot on the cover of a Sunday newspaper supplement, was followed by a kicking from a former-employee-turned-whistleblower in front of a key parliamentary …Read More »
So, the word ‘spooky’ is racist now? Actually, what’s really frightening is this policing of language!
The National Theatre of Scotland has decided that the use of the word ‘spooky’ has ‘racist’ and ‘oppressive’ connotations. Since it is unlikely that anyone has used ‘spooky’ as a “racial slur,” it is evident that potentially any term can become a target of the language police. Philip Roth, the …Read More »
Are an ex-NSA chief’s calls for a ‘global cyberattack radar’ really a way for Washington to be able to start wars via false flag?
Keith Alexander, who served as Director of the National Security Agency from 2005 to 2014, has called on the US and its ‘Five Eyes’ allies to construct a global unified cyber-defense ‘radar’ to protect critical infrastructure from foreign hackers. Speaking at an Australian Strategic Policy Institute webinar alongside Abigail Bradshaw, …Read More »
So China’s peaked and is now in decline? The West is engaging in wishful thinking if it really believes Beijing’s rise is over
On Saturday, Xi Jinping made a speech celebrating the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, an upheaval which brought an end to the Chinese Imperial system and established ‘The First Republic of China’. Although this state was not the start of the current People’s Republic, the legacy nonetheless remains important …Read More »
Should Beach Boy Boris Johnson really be on holiday as Britain staggers towards a winter of discontent?
Now I would never begrudge anyone a nice holiday, especially after the past 18 months, but should the PM really be sunning himself in Marbella on the Costa del Sol when the country could be on the brink of another ‘winter of discontent’? There can be no doubt that the …Read More »
‘On-brand, really’: Zuckerberg wants Congress to crush any possible competition to Facebook, Snowden says
The CEO of Facebook posted a lengthy reaction to this week’s outage of company services and the congressional testimony of Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager who accused the company of various sins, including putting profit before the safety of children. Much of the essay was a rejection of …Read More »