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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Israel omitted from school atlas to meet "local preferences"


I have pasted this map of Israel from wikipedia for anybody who might be confused


Stand for something or fall for everything: www.thetablet.co.uk/news/1579/0/publisher-harpercollins-omits-israel-from-school-atlas-to-meet-local-preferences-

Happy New Year!




The New Year brings a great moment in the history of Australian foreign policy. All sensible people, including most Israeli Arabs, will be relieved: http://www.debka.com/article/24319/
Meanwhile, the "revisionists" - to put it kindly - try to claim Jesus Christ was a "Palestinian": http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/16233#.VKOxrmSUex4 
Back in reality, the State of Israel goes from strength to diplomatic strength: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/189322#.VKOw3WSUex4 


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Erdogan's "Precious Loneliness"


Erdogan with the Emir of Qatar in happier days

Turkey's Erdogan has reportedly lost his last remaining regional ally, Qatar, if we don't count Hamas. The "genius" of the Islamist Erdogan has no limits: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4984/erdogan-egypt     

Monday, 29 December 2014

Memo to Australian Greens: Even Sunni tribes plead for help to fight the Islamic State

Here is the monumentally clueless Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, in parliament demanding to know what the hell Australia is doing in Iraq  


The Australian Greens, in my humble opinion, are beyond a joke: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/iraq-s-sunnis-may-seek-iran-help-against-isil-1.321578

Bill Shorten's Golden Year


Pity they're the same ideas as 2007-13


Australia's Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has run a blinder in 2014: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/12/bill-shortens-golden-year/

Israel and Kurdistan



Kurdistan and Israel are natural allies in the Long War: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4975/kurdistan-israel

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Commemorating the Roboski Massacre - December 28, 2011

34 Kurdish villagers were killed by Turkish jets on December 28, 2011


Here is the Wikipedia version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roboski_airstrike
And now a link to an account in the Hawar News agency: http://www.hawarnews.com/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3115:roboski-massacre-truths-and-lies&catid=1:news&Itemid=2

The Lone Wolf in France

Nothing odd happening here...move along


Is it possible to have terror without terrorists? Sara Miller Llana discusses:
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2014/1223/Terror-sans-terrorists-Lone-wolf-attacks-roil-France-video

The Interview: two contrasting reviews

Perhaps not in as many "theaters" as the makers first assumed 

Here are two reviews of The Interview. You might be able to gauge my opinion of the film when I say that this first review, by Dom Joly in The Independent newspaper, is perhaps the most obnoxious review I have read this year about any film: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/kim-jongun-farce-is-no-laughing-matter-9946478.html
Here is much more nuanced commentary by Roger Moore of Movie Nation: http://rogersmovienation.com/2014/12/26/movie-review-the-interview/   

Friday, 26 December 2014

Boy poses as suicide bomber to escape the Islamic State


Well, this was the plan for the Islamic State at any rate


A 14-year-old boy escaped the clutches of the Islamic State by an unusual means: www.smh.com.au/world/how-a-14yearold-syrian-boy-escaped-islamic-state-20141227-12e9lc.html

The state of the Islamic State

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul in July 2014


Mosul, provisional capital of the Islamic State, has - according to the following report - become one giant gaol. Who would have seen that coming? http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/islamic-state-s-vaunted-exercise-in-state-building-seen-as-crumbling-1.321194

A New Year's Countdown



Here is not a bad reason to look forward to 2015: http://basnews.com/en/news/2014/12/25/sinjar-to-be-completely-freed-by-new-year/

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

President Barzani's Christmas 2014 Offering




There are mass graves being discovered in villages and regions retaken by the Kurdish Defence Forces (Peshmerga, YPG/YPJ & HPG). Nevertheless, we should be pleased with KRG President Barzani's announcement on Christmas Eve: http://basnews.com/en/news/2014/12/24/barzani-to-christians-we-will-free-all-your-areas-from-is-militants/
Here was the state of play, according to SBS television, in September 2014: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/29/there-will-be-no-christians-iraq-ten-years

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Long War: What 'they' do not tell us

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu confers with India's Narindra Modi


Many twists and turns in the Long War - that is, the on-going civilisational war our PC ruling class refuses to acknowledge - are quite startling. They are not all bad, either: http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/New-Delhi-considering-changing-policy-of-automatic-support-for-Palestinians-at-UN-385398

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Julia Gillard's Tall Story



Anne Summers & Julia Gillard

Ever blameless, forever beset by sexism and now, courtesy of the TURC report, unlikely to stand in the dock, the Moaner from Altona chronicles her years in the Lodge, a book that - surprise! surprise! - has been swallowed in a gulp by Anne Summers. To read my article, "Julia Gillard's Tall Story", click link: http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/12/julia-gillards-tall-story/

Another Kurdish military victory against the Islamic State




Some great news in the war against the Islamic State. The Kurdistan Defence Forces (Peshmerga, YPG/YPJ and HPG) have broken the siege of Mt Sinjar: ww.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/iraqis-leave-mt-sinjar-as-is-siege-broken/story-fn3dxix6-1227162858848

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Anti-Abbott Journalist Finds Reason to Blame Abbott for the Martin Place Terrorist Attack



Sigh. Mark Kenny, chief political correspondent for the rabidly anti-Abbott newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, has found a reason to attack PM Abbott over the handling of the Martin Place terrorist attack: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/martin-place-siege-acknowledge-errors-to-prepare-for-the-future-20141218-129j5s.html
While we're at it, comedian-campaigner Russell Brand has come up trumps as well: https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/25801659/brand-targets-abbott-in-crazed-siege-rant/

Monday, 15 December 2014

Roger Franklin: Quadrant Online's Editor



Quadrant Online is one place right now to understand the significance of the Sydney siege. Roger Franklin is the editor of Quadrant Online and here is his response: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/12/one-irritation-many/

Two die in Sydney because of Islamic State 'lone wolf'

Tori Johnson died fighting IS-associated terrorism in Sydney, Australia 


Here is a link to the latest on the terrorist attack in Sydney: http://www.news.com.au/national/martin-place-cafe-siege-police-storm-cafe-and-kill-gunman-sheik-man-haron-monis/story-fncynjr2-1227157498633

Sunday, 14 December 2014

ISIS in Australia: Salisbury Review, Winter 2014


Click here for the latest updates: http://www.news.com.au/

I wrote the following article about ISIS in Australia almost a month ago. It has just been published in the Winter 2014 edition of Salisbury Review. Tragically, today's jihadist attack in Martin Place, Sydney, makes it that more relevant. Click here to read the piece: http://www.salisburyreview.com/sydney.pdf





Giving Abbott a Break




In his Herald Sun op-ed this morning, Andrew Bolt argues that Tony Abbott should be given a break by conservatives: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/hes-flawed-but-needs-a-break/story-fni0ffxg-1227155788437 Bolt makes a number of excellent points, including the fact that people who identify themselves as conservatives (or libertarians or libertarian-conservatives or right-wing or Centre-Right or whatever) are not tribal in the way leftists are. We think for ourselves and do not rely on an ideology to decode the world for us. It is right and proper that conservatives should critique Abbott. Nevertheless, there are what we might call "purists" who flay the Abbott government at every turn because it does not perfectly match their expectations.

Bolt gives the example of the Coalition handing over $200 million to the UN Green Climate Fund. Many of us do not believe that, after 18 years and three months of no rise in the global temperature, Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) can any longer be called, well, catastrophic. Bolt reminds us, nevertheless, that the ideologically-driven Labor government (2007-2013) spent $10 billion buying off the Greens. My own small contribution to the subject can be found here: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/11/tony-abbott-right-person-right-time/ 

Finally, it is a perfectly reasonable argument to make that one should not have to vote for Abbott only because the alternative is so bad. But the Abbott government - to take one area as an example - has not been merely less bad on the matter of irregular maritime arrivals but absolutely brilliant. The article at the following link goes, I think, some way to corroborating that: http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/07-08/boat-people-brought-rudd-gillard/

There are those who argue that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's Operation Sovereign Borders is the exception rather than the rule amongst the government's initiatives, and yet that would be unfair. The trade deals with South Korea, Japan and, yes, China are worthy of mention. And so is the re-alignment with India. Australia's foreign policy prowess under Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop is unprecedented. That most Sydney Morning Herald readers and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aficionados are unaware of this is hardly the fault of Abbott.

The real struggle ahead for the Coalition government, in my humble opinion, is a cultural one. Abbott's commitment to the importance of Villers-Bretonneux, not to mention the whole Team Australia concept and the National Curriculum, are important pointers to the future. The Long War (2001-) is a civilisation struggle that runs along the fault lines of the world and the fault lines in our own country. The Australian Greens' insistence that Islamic State psychotics are not terrorists and Labor's refusal to countenance Australian military assistance for the heroic women and men of Rojava (northern Syria) tells us much of what we need to know about modern-day leftism. The soft totalitarianism of the left is with us every day in every way, as this one example illustrates: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/12/professor-stanley-liars/

Finally, the Abbott government's solidarity with the State of Israel in its struggle against Islamic apocalyptic millennialism contrasts starkly with the attitudes now ascendent in the Australian Labor Party, let alone the Australian Greens. Yes, the Abbott government might have sold the May 2014 Budget better, but some proportion, please.              


  

 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Islamic State Psycho Killer


Australian Greens were outraged Islamic State fighters were called "terrorists":  
ww.foxnews.com/world/2014/12/12/would-kill-isis-captive-held-by-kurds-admits-taking-70-lives/

Link to Rajova Breaking News


Here is the link to an important site for finding out the latest on the ground in the on-going civilisational war against the Islamic State: https://www.facebook.com/rojavabreaking

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Israel achieves breakthrough with neighbours

The Islamists are turning the world upside down but not in the way they envisaged

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu has, reportedly, achieved an unprecedented breakthrough with his Arab neighbours: http://www.debka.com/article/24285/Netanyahu%E2%80%99s-epic-understandings-with-Egyptian-Saudi-and-UAE-rulers-%E2%80%93-a-potential-campaign-weapon 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

A State of Apocalyptic Psychosis


Above is a screen shot of the Palestinian Media Watch site. This is the link: http://www.palwatch.org/ 

Here is something I have written about the "two-state solution" for Quadrant Onlinehttp://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/12/state-apocalyptic-psychosis/

Saturday, 6 December 2014

A 'consultant on conflict resolution' could not be more wrong if he tried

Courtesy of the Hawar News Agency

Here is an assessment of the Syrian Civil War made by Dr Christof Lehman, a consultant on conflict resolution, back in August 8, 2013. I am not one for ad hominem attacks and so, in a personal sense, I wish Christof the very best. Nevertheless, it is worth reading his 2013 missive if only to marvel at how this fellow could get absolutely everything wrong. It is like a miracle in reverse:
http://nsnbc.me/2013/08/08/euus-al-qaeda-massacres-on-kurds-for-oil-and-secession/

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Avert your eyes: No global warming for at least eighteen years and two months - and maybe much, much longer than that.

I do not believe in Santa but this photoshopped image is real  

Just quietly, if I were of a Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) bent and read what was at the other end of the following link I might very well lose my anti-bourgeois bohemian 'religion' and even have a nervous breakdown. So, if you believe in CAGW, and a latter-day faith in CAGW props up your worldview, please do not click on this link. Again, I warn you, comrade, do not click on the following link. The truth can be a terrible thing: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/12/03/onward-marches-the-great-pause/ 

CNN reports on the devastation inside Kobani

A scene from the brief report

Here is Nick Paton Walsh's CNN report on the latest inside Kobani: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/03/world/meast/syria-kobani-fighters/




If Iraq is to be anything it will be a confederation


Here is a fascinating insight into the mentality of the leaders of the Anbar tribes who are currently losing out against the millenialist psychotics known as the Islamic State (IS). Eventually they will be a part of a complicated alliance that destroys the IS, the ultimate result being an Iraqi state but not a unitary Iraqi state: http://www.aawsat.net/2014/12/article55339148

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

All perpetrated under Rudd & Gillard administrations


The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has - finally - investigated some of the horror that resulted from the Australian Labor Party's partially open-door policy (2007-13): http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-02/navy-personnel-open-up-about-border-protection/5933260  
As I wrote in the July 2014 edition of Quadrant: "There are, to repeat, only two moral options available on the subject of the people-smuggling industry and the deaths of innocent people on the high seas. You can be an anti-bourgeois bohemian internationalist and demand our border control regime be minimized to such an extent that there no longer remains grounds for the middleman, the people-smuggler, to ply his trade. Conversely, you can adopt a comprehensive border protection program: offshore processing facilities; towing-back procedures; a degree of secrecy to foil the calculations of people-smugglers; and, not least, a strong determination to carry out the policy." The ALP, tragically, chose a third way and much suffering ensued. See the whole article:

Israel & the Media

Arab youth engage in a little sieg heiling at a university in East Jerusalem (Matti Friedman) 

Here is an important (if not new) article by Matti Friedman in Tablet magazine: http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/183033/israel-insider-guide