April, 2018

Did the missile attack on Syria really happen?

, Apr 16, 2018

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.

On the paradox of American power, and Trump’s next move

, Apr 10, 2018

Syria and the state of the US' economy represent two key challenges for Trump in the short term. If only the president had any power to address such things ...

Crikey Worm: Turnbull loses 28th consecutive Newspoll

, Mar 05, 2018


Good morning, early birds. Latest Newspoll confirms, whatever Turnbull's selling, the public isn't buying it. Plus, Australia prepares for (trade) war over Donald Trump's surprise metal tariffs. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: China to dominate Turnbull’s US trip

, Feb 21, 2018

Good morning, early birds. China's international expansion program will be high on the agenda when Malcolm Turnbull meets with US officials. Plus, Australia is rocked by two sports doping scandals. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: Trump scores a major win

, Dec 21, 2017

Good morning, early birds. In the US, Republicans have squeezed major corporate tax cuts through Congress. Plus, NRL star Jarryd Hayne denies a rape allegation. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: US splits with UNESCO, claiming ‘anti-Israel bias’

, Oct 13, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The US has announced it's leaving the UN's heritage agency, and Australians' private health insurance system is getting a facelift. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

South Korea seems to be the only country reacting sensibly to Pyongyang

, Oct 02, 2017

The South Korean government demonstrates a flexibility and skill in dealing with all sides in the current difficult situation, writes former Australian ambassador to China Dennis Argall.

Who said it, Donald Trump or North Korea?

, Aug 16, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull has made a point of agreeing with Donald Trump on the subject of North Korea. But with the despotic regime matching Trump's rhetoric for reckless bombast, can you tell which is which?

Miranda Devine selfishly exploits Justine Damond tragedy for her own ends

, Jul 20, 2017

For Miranda Devine, there is apparently no time to waste on sentimentalities such as acknowledging that Justine Damond is tragically dead; there are political points to score, after all!

How to assuage North Korea and avoid total war

, Apr 24, 2017

Yes, tensions are escalating with North Korea. But that does not mean the future is set.