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Easter 2019: Hostility and loss in a season of hope

  • April 23rd, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Easter has brought a cruel trial for Christians world-wide with the coordinated bomb attacks on churches and major hotels in Sri Lanka.

That outrage and the devastation by fire of Notre Dame at Paris the week before will be remembered for the season this time.

In Christian belief Easter marks the anniversary of the crucifixion and later resurrection in Jerusalem of Jesus Christ. … Read More »

Christchurch attack: shaky minds, guns and the internet

  • March 19th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The shooting outrage in New Zealand on Friday put a focus on anti-immigration, anti-Moslem ethno-nationalist movements in many Western countries – but it’s a question whether it will break their support.

Lee Duffield joins in the drive to find explanations for a surge of barbarism this century reaching even into the peaceful streets of Christchurch. … Read More »

Gaoling of Cardinal George Pell – millions looking for a better way

  • March 13th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Cardinal George Pell has been sentenced to six years gaol with a non-parole period of three years and eight months on his conviction for a paedophilic attack on two children.

Lee Duffield provides a wrap on the case and notes that in the fall-out there are fresh calls for reforms to try and end such abuses. … Read More »

After Pell Fell: Churchman in gaol, millions looking for a better way

  • March 12th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Cardinal George Pell waits in gaol ahead of an appeal against his conviction for a paedophilic attack on two children.

Lee Duffield provides a wrap on the case and notes that in the fall-out there are fresh calls for reforms to try and end such abuses. … Read More »

Dr Maximilian Brandle OAM: champion of a multi-cultural Australia

  • March 10th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

A standard bearer for multiculturalism and civilised values Dr Maximilian Brandle died from a heart condition at the end of February in Brisbane, Australia.

A Swiss-born linguist who migrated to Australia to teach languages, he was described this week by the Swiss Consulate General as “respected throughout his life at both ends of the Earth”. He was “forward-looking with a great capacity to reflect on the human condition”. … Read More »

United States: Looking for a coalition against Trump

  • February 20th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Most electors rejected Donald Trump, by 2.8 million votes, before losing to him through the electoral college system – and there’s now a push to mobilise that majority against him.

Lee Duffield says Trump’s surprise 2016 victory stirred up a new left-wing movement alongside or within the opposition Democratic Party, amongst other things thinking of the Presidential election next year.

He profiles the newly-arrived politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  (picture), and takes a comparative look at a sometimes very similar, and also different American figure, Michelle Obama. … Read More »

Dealing in Billions: Tough trade talks with European negotiators who broke the Brits over “Brexit”

  • February 14th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Things have come to a push-and-shove stage in talks between Europe and Australia over trade – with the EU’s head man in agriculture taking a tough position in Australia this week.

Lee Duffield caught up with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (equivalent to a federal minister), Phil Hogan (picture), and members of his negotiating team on the Gold Coast.

He says European Union officials who got the British in a tight corner over their secession from Europe – committing them to pay Brussels €39-billion (A$62.09) – aren’t backward putting their own interests forward. … Read More »

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