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A Korean community organisation has erected a memorial statue to "comfort women", but a group of Japanese families says it incites anti-Japanese sentiment.
Relations between Japan and China, never very good, are at a low point. And Australia is picking sides.
A century on from Gallipoli, Australia remains mired in pointless imperial ventures in the Middle East and "Lest We Forget" was never more ironic.
American Sniper's alleged anti-war complexities are nothing more than self-pity from a nation that's lost all meaning.
Australia's Secret War, which won the PM's literary award for history, is a badly written, badly researched work of fiction, opines Mike Carlton, former ABC war correspondent and naval historian.
At least the women who protested against Anzac Day in the 1970s and '80s had a real cause. Lest we forget what the remembrance of a bloody failure has become today.
Russia's increasing aggression in the Ukraine is a result of its deep-seated fear of outside aggression. Without a pliant Ukraine, Russia may take more drastic measures.