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Norm failure

I have previously posted elsewhere about how similar the failures in indigenous policy and development (particularly foreign aid) policy have been. Remarkably similar, indeed. They also show some distinct similarities to the more unfortunate effects of welfare provision. (By ‘welfare provision’ I do not mean the aged pension or health or education services; I am talking […]

Some words in favour of monarchy

I rather like monarchy.  I like the pomp and ceremony. I like the sense of continuity. (The Papacy, the Japanese monarchy, the English monarchy and the Danish monarchy are the oldest political institutions on the planet; the English coronation ceremony has elements that date back to Anglo-Saxon times.) I like monarchy’s capacity to separate the […]

Harry’s Game

Prince Harry shot at Taliban insurgents during his time as an Army helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, he says. The prince, whose four-month deployment to the country has just ended, spoke about his role as an Apache co-pilot gunner, and whether he had killed. “Yeah, so lots of people have. The squadron’s been out here. Everyone’s […]

Return to Sender

Prince Harry has been deployed to Afghanistan for four months, the Ministry of Defence says. The prince, an Apache helicopter pilot, arrived on Thursday night at the main British base, Camp Bastion in Helmand. The 27-year-old, who is third in line to the throne, will take part in combat missions against the Taliban. It is […]

Bowling for Najeeban

A US soldier in Afghanistan has shot dead 15 civilians and wounded others after entering their homes in Kandahar province, Afghan and Nato sources say. He reportedly left his base early in the morning to attack village homes. Nine children are among the dead. The White House voiced “deep concern” and Nato-led forces in Afghanistan […]

Sorcery for the Goose

The former spiritual mentor to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly accused his protégé of being “under a spell” as a constitutional crisis engulfs the country. The president has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to obey orders handed down by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, less than two years after the pair formed […]

Royal Wedding Special

UPDATE: But sometimes, it’s just nice when the fuss is all over…

Australian Offence Force

ANY attack on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for claiming “sometimes s— happens” in Afghanistan is unjustified because Australia’s top commander in the region immediately agrees by claiming “it certainly does”. That’s the view of the Australia Defence Association, whose members include serving and retired soldiers, after viewing controversial footage aired by the Seven Network tonight. […]