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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 »

Ukraine: Russians, demanding attention, endangering Europe’s peace?

  • April 26th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

eastern europemapTension and anxiety once again revived over Ukraine, entering the weekend of 26-27.4.14.

Ukrainian forces were moving against armed groups identifying with Russia, remaining in occupation of state buildings in the Donetsk region South-east of Kiev; in defiance of the peace agreement signed a week before; encouraged by mixed and muddled signals from the Russian government. … Read More »

Ukraine: Fear of war

  • March 3rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Ukraine mapIn the course of one week the crisis in Ukraine worsened, with the overthrow of the President, and then, with the intervention of Russian troops, the fear of war. Lee Duffield writes. … Read More »

“Geneva not Jakarta” theme for Australian diplomacy this week …

  • January 21st, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

geneva jakartaThe Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has set out to drum up some business through the World Economic Forum at Davos (22-25.1.14) in Switzerland.

Meanwhile the government in Canberra struggles to keep ahead of adverse trends closer to home, in Indonesia and Timor Leste. … Read More »

Ending 2013: Mandela’s example taken note of worldwide …

  • December 20th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Nelson_Mandela-2008_(edit)RESIZEThe death of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, on 5.12.13, brought a thoughtful and respectful response worldwide, in keeping with the well-recognised character of the man.

The former anti-apartheid campaigner who served 27 of his 95 years as a political prisoner, provided moral leadership during the country’s transition from enforced racial segregation, and minority rule, to a system of democratic government. … Read More »

Easter: Changing Times

  • March 31st, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

winter-daffodils.jpgOPINION: Some extreme weather this Easter season is a reminder that climate itself looks to be changing.

TIMES OF HARMONY

The date of the “moving feast” of Easter has to do with the full moon and changing seasons. … Read More »

Finance Scandal Threat To French Government …

  • January 9th, 2013
  • Posted by 7thmin

cahuzac.jpgOPINION: New governments seem prone to blunders and scandals that carry off Ministers early, not least in France where the major parties drag around heavy baggage from corruption in past administrations.

This week the man under fire is Jérôme Cahuzac, Budget Minister in the government formed after elections last year (Presidential 6.5.12; parliamentary 17.6.12; see EUAustralia Online, “French Vote: Hollande party consolidates”, 15.6.12).

The Paris parquet, the administrative court, has started an inquiry into claims by the investigative news service, Mediapart, that he hid money in a Swiss bank account, and later in Singapore, before entering public office. … Read More »

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