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Ukraine: What soldiers think?

  • September 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

UkraineFaced with an overseas crisis like the conflict in Ukraine, governments, notably inexperienced ones that might hope to settle every dogfight and desert war, think about a military solution.

The armed forces will comply, but  may not be given a clear or realistic task.

This post carries a letter held to be the view of a seasoned soldier, talking among colleagues and friends. … Read More »

NEWS MEDIA: Window on a war

  • September 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Broonseinde cover RESIZEA document bought for one pound this year at an English market tells of an aspect of the war on the Western front 80 years ago.

From Lee Duffield, somewhere in France

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Scots Wha Hae?!

  • September 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

scots flagReality has dogged the inspirational campaign for Scottish independence in the form of persistent negative opinion polls; the latest, a week out from the independence referendum gives the ‘no’ vote a 52-48% winning margin. … Read More »

Feeling the heat over Ukraine

  • September 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine tanksThe last days of Summer saw little easing of the heat of conflict in Eastern Ukraine. … Read More »

Europe’s Summer of Memories

  • September 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

belgium-open-fields-reduced2 Anzacs Western FrontThis not very golden Summer – occasionally cold, with rain belts across Northern Europe at least—was a season of memory, of wars past.

The anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy, 6.6.44, and the associated battles, has seen several commemorations over the decades, though with each milestone it becomes more significant as the number of eyewitnesses diminishes.

Going back further, the forbidding days of late Summer 1914 had to be recalled, leading up to the fateful day, 28.7.14, the commencement of a series of declarations of hostilities that started the First World War. … Read More »

Vanuatu : Freedom, Custom and Change …

  • August 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

2014 EU PICS SURFHandling the claims of the outside world – matching custom and change – is a way of life for the Ni-Vanuatu, the people of the Pacific Islands republic of Vanuatu. … Read More »

Security: Watching over the G20

  • May 28th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Brisbane wikipediaSorting through problems of a troubled world in eyeball-to-eyeball contact among heads of government – at the G20 —  always holds out the hope of getting some solutions though real communication.

It also means risk and high organisation; why squads of armed police this month have been deployed for exercises  — with air support, in water, and rehearsing street movements —  close to the bottom of the world, for the G20 summit in November.

Lee Duffield writes:

 

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