Author: Tony Kevin

  • AUSTRALIA

    US-backed Georgia pokes the Russian bear

    • Tony Kevin
    • 19 August 2008
    7 Comments

    Provocation by the US and the Saakashvili government has realigned the balance of power between Russia and the West. The Georgia conflict is the most important event in East-West relations since the fall of Soviet Communism.

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    SIEV X, the boat that sank

    • Tony Kevin
    • 30 July 2008
    6 Comments

    Coming closer, one sees these are paintings of drowning people, headsor bodies suspended in metallic seawater. There are 353 images, mostly children and women, for it was mostly children and women who boarded the boat.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The truth about coal climate 'solutions'

    • Tony Kevin
    • 26 June 2008
    6 Comments

    Prepare for a lot of powerfully funded special interest lobbying against the Garnaut Report when it is issued next week, particularly from the coal industry. Those inconvenienced by change will always shout louder than the majority who stand to benefit from it.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why public servants leak

    • Tony Kevin
    • 05 June 2008
    3 Comments

    All is not well between the Prime Minister and the Public Service, as evidenced by the leak of Cabinet documents related to Fuelwatch. Such a leak may have been avoided had Rudd removed notoriously Howard-compliant departmental heads upon taking office.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd 'quiet diplomacy' could help stem Burmese cyclone crisis

    • Tony Kevin
    • 14 May 2008
    3 Comments

    The Burmese Government continues to hinder efforts by foreign aid agencies to assist the thousands of people at risk following Cyclone Nargis. Diplomatic intervention is required to stem further humanitarian crises in the region.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd trip repairing Australia's damaged reputation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 11 April 2008
    7 Comments

    Kevin Rudd's China visit is proceeding brilliantly. But by announcing Australia's interest in a Security Council candidacy to the UN Secretary-General, he may have shown his hand before Australia is able to undo the damage the previous government did to our reputation in the UN.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Purging Howard's national insecurity

    • Tony Kevin
    • 04 April 2008
    1 Comment

    The most profound shock to Australian foreign policy was not 9/11 but our change of government in 1996. Under Rudd Labor, Australia's international agenda is once again becoming less about national security and more about being a good international citizen.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Howard mandarins capturing Labor ministers

    • Tony Kevin
    • 22 January 2008
    2 Comments

    Last week, Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans paid a little-publicised visit to Jakarta for talks with ministerial counterparts on border control and people smuggling. The circumstances suggest Evans could be out of his depth, and at risk of policy capture by his department.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A key role for Australia in Burma's democratisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 09 January 2008
    2 Comments

    China's role in Burma is pivotal. Under a Rudd Government, Australia would have the expertise and standing to persuade China that its interests lie in persuading Burma's generals to soften their opposition to democracy. From 18 October 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Quick shift required in foreign policy

    • Tony Kevin
    • 13 December 2007
    8 Comments

    Both the Bali Kyoto meeting and the Iran war risk scenario require immediate foreign policy attention. The new Rudd administration cannot afford to let itself be positioned in a similar public frame as its predecessor.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Polish election result mandates further modernisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 31 October 2007

    In the early 1990s, a young politician Donald Tusk seemed so Westernised that his chances of ever becoming Polish prime minister were nearly non-existent. Now his moment has arrived.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A key role for Australia in Burma's democratisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 17 October 2007

    – China's role in Burma is pivotal. Under a Rudd Government, Australia would have the expertise and standing to persuade China that its interests lie in persuading Burma's generals to soften their opposition to democracy.

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