Tag: Politics with Paul

02/08/10

Monday 19 July’s edition of The Washington Post saw the publication of the first of a three-part series looking at what investigative journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin refer to as “Top Secret America”. While the size of America’s intelligence industry has clearly ballooned following the 9/11 attacks, the results of this two-year investigation focus [...]

19/07/10

Having spent the past three weeks wandering around Japan, I have been bombarded by loudspeakers spouting what is interpretable only as incessant gibberish to the uni-lingual perspectives of most of us who rely on the English language. Thus, it took a while, and the aid of the few English language newspapers, to work out that [...]

12/07/10

Kevin Rudd was elected in 2007 on the back of a brilliant campaign where he out-maneuvered the long-serving incumbent John Howard to become Australia’s 26th Prime Minister. Having enjoyed spectacular success for the most part, and high levels of popular support—with voter satisfaction peaking at 67 per cent in September last year—Rudd’s downfall was swift. [...]

31/05/10

Blame for the 26 March attack on the South Korean navy ship Cheonan, which sunk with a loss of 48 lives, has finally been placed squarely with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). This follows investigations by the South Korean government, and three independent experts, which found indisputable evidence of a torpedo attack. This [...]

24/05/10

While I would like nothing more than to use this week’s column to critique the government’s 2010 Budget, unfortunately due to the fact you are reading this in the future, and I am writing well in the past in line with deadlines et cetera, I would like to instead share some thoughts arising out of [...]