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Fact checking Google on a revolution

Andrew L. Urban. Apart from the self contradiction in one sentence to the next, the unsourced statement on a Google page for the Hungarian Revolution, that the US requested but was refused freedom of passage through Austria is a total … Continue reading

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Public register would expose wrongfully convicted

As controversial as this view may be, I urge great caution in lobbying for the currently proposed national public – public! – register of convicted child sex offenders – whom I abhor as much as everyone. We should be deeply … Continue reading

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On mercy and cancel culture – by Nick Cave

Musician, song writer, performer and enigmatic Australian, Nick Cave’s compassionate, enlightened and moving words from the latest edition of his Red Hand Files blog deserve – nay, demand – sharing. This is an edited extract from his reply to the … Continue reading

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Dense is as dense does

Andrew L. Urban How dense do you have to be to misunderstand Johannes Leake’s cartoon of Joe Biden with Kamala Harris? (The Australian, August 14, 2020) And how uninformed, especially if you are in the media or politics? It was … Continue reading

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The Woke Brigade janitor has a million eyes

Andrew L. Urban The elderly woman in the ground floor flat was the janitor of the apartment block and an informant for the party, the only political party permitted to function: the Communist Party. Everyone in the block knew it, … Continue reading

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Yeonmi Park escaped hell on earth – millions have not

One Young World Ambassador Yeonmi Park’s emotional speech at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin has found renewed attention online. Yeonmi’s video, in which she details her harrowing escape from North Korea, was republished on the ‘Higher Perspective’ Facebook … Continue reading

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A pigment of their imagination

Andrew L. Urban “Burn the place down!” screams the angry young Aboriginal woman on the TV * screen (in a blue dress and in high heels, after a fake attempt at defecating on stage), in a frenzy of hatred for … Continue reading

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Brutal history or brutal present?

Andrew L. Urban As the Black Lives Matter mantra sweeps the world, there is a view held by some that that there is no doubt African-Americans are seriously dis­advantaged, and that this dis­advantage arises from the brutal history their forebears … Continue reading

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China desperate to keep out of Tiananmen Square

Andrew L. Urban China’s Communist Party fears a democracy movement arising from its own people far more than it fears any Western commentary. The more afraid of such a break out, the tougher its repressions, notably in Hong Kong, which … Continue reading

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Clinging to the science that isn’t there

Andrew L. Urban. So many alarmists, so few truths. They cling to the man-made climate warming mantra that ‘The Science” is unequivocal and settled, with some commentators and activists trying to contrast the global response to the coronavirus with the … Continue reading

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