keywords: Wmd

  • INTERNATIONAL

    Russian spy games: a Novichok fact check

    • Justin Glyn
    • 19 March 2018
    15 Comments

    It's like the plot of a John Le Carre novel: A former double agent found unconscious on a park bench; allegations Mother Russia poisoned him with a secret nerve agent; diplomatic repercussions. Before assuming life imitates art, it would be well to check our facts, not least because stumbling into war with a nuclear power is a silly thing to do.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love and violence in Thomas Hardy’s England

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 July 2015
    4 Comments

    English literary journalist Lucasta Miller noted that Hardy's title, Far From the Madding Crowd, with 'madding' taken to mean 'frenzied', is an ironic nod to idyllic perceptions of rural life; Hardy 'disrupts the idyll'. At the heart of the story is Bathsheba, a proud and independent young shepherd who becomes the new proprietor of her late uncle's farm. Her story unfolds against stunning rural landscapes that provide a sublime stage for violence both physical and emotional.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Aussie dollar falls to fast money folly

    • David James
    • 03 July 2013
    4 Comments

    A currency's value is supposed to represent the state of the country's underlying economy. Yet very little changed about the Australian economy during a week in which the value of the dollar was substantially altered. It is a small instance of how rapidly change occurs in currency markets, sometimes to devastating effect, and another reason why the capital markets are ruling rather than serving.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Moving on from Tent Embassy tussle

    • Brian Matthews
    • 03 February 2012
    25 Comments

    I don't think for one minute that Abbott, in saying it was time to 'move on' from the Tent Embassy, meant it should be ripped down. The ensuing riot occurred because 'moving on' is an imponderable phrase, a synonym for sticking one's head in the sand. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Time to fix leaky nuclear treaty

    • Justin Glyn
    • 23 November 2011
    5 Comments

    Given the leakiness of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, it is scarcely surprising that Australia is not concerned about the possibility of breaching it in selling uranium to India. If the world is serious about developing real safeguards against nuclear proliferation, the treaty needs to be replaced, not ignored.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No apologies for Howard's unjust war

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 20 December 2010
    7 Comments

    With no hint of regret or apology, John Howard has defended his decision to join the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He gives no consideration to the just war criteria. This is not surprising, as on all these principles the case for a just war fails.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hello Israel, might we talk about your nukes?

    • Nicholas Taylor
    • 04 June 2010
    8 Comments

    The negotiation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone is the only non-proliferation initiative to have been accepted by all Middle East states, including Israel. Why has it taken 30 years? Because Egypt, Israel and Iran have competing reasons for promoting the idea.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Middle East nuclear abolition dreaming

    • Bill Williams
    • 30 October 2006
    6 Comments

    Western nations are tightening the noose around Iran’s neck for its nuclear recalcitrance. Meanwhile, Israel lashes out at guerrilla forces embedded in civilian populations in Lebanon, electing not to use its unacknowledged nuclear weaponry, on this occasion.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Seoul-centring Korea

    • Gavan McCormack
    • 04 July 2006

    Encouraging the North–South relationship offers the best hope for North Korea and the world

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Blair whiching

    • Brian Matthews
    • 19 June 2006

    Tony Blair was in trouble. Grey-faced, uncharacteristically faltering, he could only reiterate under siege in the press, on television and in parliament that the Weapons of Mass Destruction which had convinced him to take Britain to war really did exist and would be found.

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  • RELIGION

    The war of the willing

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 13 June 2006

    Western intelligence agencies fell down  badly over Iraq. So did our consciences, argues Bruce Duncan.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The inconvenient truth

    • Jack Waterford
    • 05 June 2006

    By any standards it seems a fine kettle of fish. Most of the intelligence gathered by two of the best-equipped nations on earth seems to have been false.

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