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Watching the Republicans: The Arizona Primary Debate

Published 23.02.2012
It’s painful.  It’s horrendous.  It’s grotesque.  It’s another Republican presidential debate.  Gazing at the behaviour of the candidates at the last Republican primary debate in Arizona, and the shop of horrors is bursting.  Newt Gingrich tried...

Traveler in Transit:  Bangkok and the Miracle Hotel

Published 16.02.2012
Transitory states are often uncomfortable.  One is neither truly dead or truly living.  The tourist in transit can only ever hope that time will kill more quickly than he will kill it.  Airports offer a sterile state, and the regular traveler...

Piracy and Prosecution: Ringing in Kim Dotcom

Published 26.01.2012
Like money for jam, journalists have found their demon figure, their publicity machine, in the form of anti-copyright maestro Kim Dotcom.  He is a figure of capacious girth with a string of white collar crimes that would make some blush and...

The Postmodern Theatre: Russia, the Elections and Putin

Published 15.12.2011
The protest pedigree of the Putin-generation Russian is a small one. With a police state mentality well and truly in position, taking to the streets is bound to land the individual a period of true, heartfelt police inhospitality. It remains to...

Johnny Depp, Jesus and Blasphemy

Published 06.12.2011
I can't remember where I was last night Think I was hanging naked off a church spire Babybird, Jesus Stag Night Club, 2011 In that rather well minted British comedy Blackadder, an altered version of the Scrooge legend is offered. Baldrick,...

The Dangerous Intervention? Libya and the Coalition Attacks

Published 22.03.2011
The Dangerous Intervention? Libya and the Coalition Attacks In Albert Camus's notebooks, one finds a confession that strikes a chord. One is always caught in the vice of doing something and the helplessness of doing nothing at all. In between,...

Going Radioactive: The Japanese Nuclear Dilemma

Published 16.03.2011
The debate on nuclear energy afflicts us all. The damage to the four reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is sending ripples of concern through Japan and the rest of the global community. The panic buttons amongst energy pundits and...

The Libyan Connection: Drama at the London School of Economics

Published 07.03.2011
Sir Howard Davies, former director of the London School of Economics, is in the soup. He has been rather less than diligent on the issue of receiving tainted funds, accused over his carelessness in accepting a £1.5 million donation from the...

The Impossible Project: Sidney Nolan and Australian Drought

Published 07.03.2011
The grotesque is always hard to capture, be it in terms of natural disaster or human-made catastrophe. When it comes to the Australian drought, it is nigh impossible. Human and animal figures elude proper examination. The carcasses of dead life...

Infernal Queues and Border Patrol: Queuing at Melbourne Airport

Published 17.02.2011
Perhaps no obsession is a healthy one, and on arriving in Melbourne airport, we find one in steady operation. While the English are able to queue with a single person, the Australian version is somewhat different. Queues are regarded with a...

Reagan at 100: Embalmed and Ready for Action

Published 07.02.2011
It has been a hundred years since America's 40th President Ronald Reagan, the 'triumph of the embalmer's art', as Gore Vidal noted, was born. So, on examining the art close at hand, what can we make of this political creation on its centennial?...

Thinking outside the Cow: Taco Bell and Absent Beef

Published 01.02.2011
The fast food revolution was very much a revolution of appearance. In the mass production stakes, the natural product disappeared, becoming some vague resemblance of what it was meant to be. Beef? What beef? Substitutes and culinary shortcuts...

Battling over Twain: Political Correctness and the ‘N’ Word

Published 10.01.2011
Part of the treasure trove of language is its facility to insult. It's power lies precisely in its ability to stir, provoke and enrage. Sometimes, a word may be placed in context for a specific reason - to remind one of suffering, to jolt the...

To Leave or Not to Leave? That is the Gbagbo Question

Published 10.01.2011
There have been Popes and anti-Popes in European political disputes. States have sometimes run parallel governments. The spectacle, while absurd, is far from unusual. Power does not merely corrupt - it divides and mocks those who seek it. The...

Farewell Arnie: The Governator Leaves Office

Published 04.01.2011
If life is a theatre, Californian politics has provided one of its greatest stages. In cinematic terms, the state has seen the likes of Ronald Reagan and, most recently, Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2003, Hollywood's muscle bound creature, termed a...