April 16, 2018 49
Western military attacks on Syria's chemical weapons sites serve little purpose, are entirely incoherent, and part of profoundly flawed interventionist urge that plays out as ritual that may as well be fake.
October 4, 2017 7
With Munich’s famous Oktoberfest coming to a climax this week, clam-handed castaway Richard Ogier has the city’s DIY denizens decidedly non-plussed.
May 8, 2017 18
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has won a convincing victory in round two of the French presidential elections, defeating National Front candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65% to 35%. The figure is somewhat better than was forecast throughout most of the lead-up to the final bout, with Macron leading Le Pen by 60%-40% in polls. […]
May 2, 2017 5
Could Marine Le Pen win the 2017 French election after all?
April 28, 2017 6
Could far-right darling Marine Le Pen possibly beat centrist Emmanuel Macron? Stranger things have happened.
April 27, 2017 17
Younger people have been confounding older people from society’s very dawn, and the recent first-round French presidential elections have proved no different.
April 21, 2017 12
Barring a miracle or collective polling error -- neither of which favour a secular mainstream party -- Benoit Hamon and the Parti Socialiste are toast.
January 20, 2017 3
The left parties effectively conceded defeat by fielding six candidates, writes freelance journalist in France Alan Austin.
November 21, 2016
Nicolas Sarkozy was the most Donald Trump-like candidate for France's Republican party, but voters were having none of it.
November 16, 2015 23
Everything will be tried, in an effort to avoid the obvious truth: withdrawing troops and bombing runs from Muslim lands would diminish the terror risk at home greatly.
June 30, 2015 9
The vast mass surveillance system established by the National Security Agency and its partners like Australia aren't about stopping terrorist attacks but about helping our companies make a buck. New documents from WikiLeaks show how.
April 22, 2015 4
France is locking up people because of what they say on the street. And other Western powers are saying nothing.
April 8, 2015 4
"Open primaries", as have been conducted across Europe for decades, might be the best way to restore faith in Australia's broken party system.
January 14, 2015 43
Both the Right and the Left have eschewed any attempt to sensibly comprehend and politically locate the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
January 9, 2015 17
The journalistic ethics around republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons are delicate, and Australian editors didn't take their responsibilities lightly.
January 9, 2015
Though satire has a rich history in Western culture, it does not win wars. And to believe that Charlie Hebdo was attacked simply for its irreverence is tragically myopic.
January 9, 2015 16
The fallout from yesterday's Charlie Hebdo will likely produce a wave of support for far-right parties. Here are some practical lessons in dealing with extremist political parties.
January 8, 2015 115
The violence against French journalists and cartoonists has shaken the world -- but the reaction is something Charlie Hebdo itself would've mocked.
November 27, 2014 4
French President Francois Hollande delivered a strongly worded speech on Australian-French defence co-operation. But there was a word or two missing in the English translation. Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher in the Pacific, reports.
November 19, 2014
Australia and France have been quietly negotiating a defence treaty that will affect New Caledonia and French Polynesia. But the people that live there seem to have been lost in the negotiations, writes Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher on Pacific affairs.