Ivan the Terrible

Quality hitmen, these Russians. I mean, we can all presumably accept that in amongst the rough and tumble of high stakes geopolitics, any given nation and its intelligence services will have (or can concoct) a reason to bump off a...

Of Course Germany Can Spend A Military Budget – Ever Heard Of Maintenance?

There are times that I - or you - look at a political debate and end up asking ourselves "What in buggery are these people talking about?" No, not the usual sort of wibble when some grandmother starts to...

Who The Heck Told The Perth Traffic Wardens To Issue Tickets On Anzac Day?

Yes, yes, OK, we know, traffic tickets are to make sure that parking space is efficiently used. We get it. But then there are those other values and issues and Anzac Day is one of them. For those who don't...

Has Syria Done Anything Illegal If They’ve Used Chemical Weapons?

Not that we've particularly observed the rule of law in Syria in recent years but still, it's an important question. We all generally think that the use of chemical weapons is illegal - this isn't necessarily so. It depends...

Mockingbirds

The house! The restaurant! The luggage! The car! The front door! Finding a nerve agent is hard. And that's ok – I don't know anything about this stuff, so maybe it's really difficult to do. But if that's the case, presumably the people that are experts,...

China’s Scramble For African Cobalt Has Nothing To Do With Nuclear Weapons

It's entirely true that there's a scramble going on for the very rich cobalt deposits of certain parts of Africa. It's also true that there are people with nuclear weapons, also people who would like to have them. It's...

Beatles Fought For Islamic State – So Unfair They Lose UK Citizenship, Eh?

That at least is the complaint being made, that the remaining pair of the "Beatles" who fought for Islamic State think it is unfair that they lost their UK citizenship as a result. The men were allegedly among four British...
When icy roads fill with abandoned vehicles, gridlock ensues...

The Problem with Defence “Efficiency”

A recurring refrain around the UK defence budget is the need for efficiency, and the endless quest for "savings" to be found from cutting anything not being fully used around the clock. The problem with this argument, though, is...

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Berkshire Hathaway Buys Back Stock As Warren Buffett Can’t Find Anything...

If we were to believe the likes of Robert Reich and Elizabeth Warren then Warren Buffett's recent actions at Berkshire Hathaway would be tolling...