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Understanding Islamic State, death cults and empty slogans

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian In Australia, politicians of all stripes are conducting a national conversation about the origins, rise and ways to challenge the fundamentalist militia Islamic State (IS).

Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

Reuters photo   By Rupen Savoulian A few months back, I wrote of a constant refrain in my life – being told to go back to where I come from. I elaborated the reasons why this particular slogan keeps recurring, why it is totally unnecessary, counterproductive and irritating, and why it should stop. This phrase […]

Why the American college kids on spring break chanted ‘Build that Wall’

Ben Brewer/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian In March 2017, there were several reports that a group of American college kids, vacationing in Cancun, Mexico for their spring break, chanted the Trumpist slogan ‘Build that Wall’.

The Saudi war on Yemen enters its third year

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian This month marks two full years since the start of the Saudi-led, US-supported war on Yemen. As this war completes two years, involving a blockade of Yemen and the consequent collapse of the nation’s economy, the prospect of famine is now appearing very real.

The D-Day commemoration is not a symbol of endless US militarism

AFP photo   By Rupen Savoulian Every year, on June 6, commemorative activities and memorials are held for the anniversary of the Normandy landings, popularised by the slogan D-Day.

One Nation – the UKIP-ization of Australian politics

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian One Nation, the anti-immigrant ultra-right wing political party, has made a huge comeback into Australian politics in the wake of the July 2 2016 federal election. This requires a number of observations to explain its rise, the underlying factors for its reemergence into national prominence, and its impact on […]

Sport and political issues have always mixed

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian In an article for The Conversation, Daryl Adair, a professor of Sport Management at the University of Technology, Sydney, makes a pertinent observation regarding the interaction between sport and politics:

Trump’s demand to ban Muslim immigration was extreme, but not outside the mainstream

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian There are many analyses of the incoming Trump administration, examining the reasons for his electoral victory, the racism and Islamophobia that he deployed to win votes, his populist appeals to the American working class, the emboldened position of the alternative right, and the ultra-rightist nature of his incoming cabinet. […]

The Grinch at Christmas; reflections from a Red Diaper Baby

Brendan Smialowski/AFP   By Rupen Savoulian The following series of articles, prompted by reflections around the Christmas-holiday season, will contain a mixture of the personal and political.

Dutton’s remarks, and being told to go back to where I come from – a constant refrain my whole life

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian Australia’s current Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, made a number of ignorant and bigoted comments in recent weeks regarding the presence of Lebanese Muslims in Australia.

New Zealand – the small nation that is mightily important

By Rupen Savoulian Australia – it is high time to stop treating New Zealand as a second-rate cousin.

Cecil Rhodes must fall, but Mahatma Gandhi must stand – two statues and two controversies

Rodger Bosch/AFP   By Rupen Savoulian In October of this year, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was removed from the grounds of the University of Ghana, only a few months after it had been erected there as a presentation from the visiting Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee.

United States and Britain enable the catastrophe that has engulfed Yemen today

Mohammed Huwais/AFP   By Rupen Savoulian Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia, along with its Gulf State allies, has pursued a relentless bombing campaign and siege of the nation of Yemen, in order to influence the political order in that country.

Colin Kaepernick sat down to make all of us consider what we stand for

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP   By Rupen Savoulian The quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand for the American national anthem prior to the commencement of an NFL game. Why should this small act of defiance generate so much controversy and debate?

Laos and the long shadow of an American criminal war

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama visited the small nation of Laos in early September 2016. He is the first sitting American president to set food in that country. He did so after attending the G20 summit in China, a meeting of the largest economies and central bank officials, the purpose […]

The Long Tan commemoration: A manufactured controversy

By Rupen Savoulian In August 2016, Australian government officials and the corporate media denounced a decision by the Vietnamese authorities to downgrade the scale of the fiftieth anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Long Tan.

Obama’s Africa policy: An expanding military footprint to grab resources

Carl De Souza/AFP   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama, the first African American to occupy the White House, has used his part-African background to leverage influence in the continent of his ancestors.

The Russian scientist, indigenous people and the Australian connection

By Rupen Savoulian Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay (1846-1888) was a Russian anthropologist, biologist and explorer who lived and worked in Sydney, NSW for a total of nine years, establishing himself as a respected member of the NSW scientific community.

Australians should be interested in Antarctica

By Rupen Savoulian The title above comes from an engaging article published in The Conversation online magazine earlier in July 2016. Entitled ‘Why Australians should care about the South Pole’, the essay is a summary of a book on that subject by Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane from the University of Tasmania.

Iran Air Flight 655 – Lest We Forget

By Rupen Savoulian The title above comes from an article in the Washington Post published in 2013, referring to the shooting down of civilian Iranian Air Flight 655 back in 1988. The Iranian airliner was on a routine flight from Tehran to Dubai, when it was shot down by two surface-to-air missiles launched from the […]

Israel, Uganda and Netanyahu’s Entebbe visit

Reuters photo   By Rupen Savoulian In early July 2016, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a multination tour of East African countries, starting with Uganda. He made a significant stopover in Entebbe, Uganda.

Reflections on Anzac Day: Respect the dead, heal the wounded, end all imperialist wars

By Rupen Savoulian April 25, 2015 marked exactly one hundred years of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (Anzac) offensive against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish empire at Gallipoli. There were many moving, and emotional commemorative activities on the day, as Australians like myself remembered those who fell in what was an ultimately […]

Obama in Vietnam – a view from Australia

EPA photo   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama made a well-publicised visit to two Asian countries in May 2016 – Japan and Vietnam. Specifically, he toured Hanoi, addressed the Vietnamese national congress and its ruling Communist Party, and then went on a historic tour of Japan.

US Dept of Justice admits growing problem of terrorism – from the ultra-right

EPA photo   By Rupen Savoulian The Washington Post published an article in mid-October 2015, stating that the American government’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is finally redressing the growing terrorism problem inside the United States – no, not the much-hyped and exaggerated threat from the Islamist camp, but the real and growing menace of ultra-right […]

The Pocket Hercules lifted himself to world glory, but left his community behind

By Rupen Savoulian Naim Suleymanoglu, born in Bulgaria of Turkish descent, is a world champion weightlifter. Born Naim Suleimanov in 1967, his talent for weightlifting was recognised at an early age. Sent to a special school for budding weightlifters, his coach called him a child prodigy, and the wonder kid was set for a remarkable […]

Muhammad Ali – the athlete-activist whose example lives on

By Rupen Savoulian Tributes to the late great boxer Muhammad Ali have been overflowing since the announcement of his passing earlier this month.

Sadiq Khan becomes Mayor of London, but Britain faces deep-seated problems

By Rupen Savoulian Sadiq Khan’s election as London Mayor is a rejection of the politics of fear and Islamophobia, but let us not endorse his policies.

Hamas is fighting the legitimate struggle for Palestinian self-determination

SAID KHATIB – AFP By Rupen Savoulian   We today reproduce an important article from September 2014 which can be read in line with the events of today The Islamic Resistance Movement – ‘Hamas‘ the abbreviation from the Arabic – has constituted the democratically elected government of the Palestinian territories since January 2006. It swept to […]

The Flint Michigan water crisis – corporate criminality and environmental pollution

By Rupen Savoulian The emerging details of the terrible water crisis afflicting the residents of Flint, Michigan state, indicate not only the enormously adverse impacts of this case of environmental pollution, it also reveals criminal extent to which the state-corporate authorities have tried to cover up and downplay the detrimental effects of the contaminated water […]

Armenia: the small country that looms large in chess

By Rupen Savoulian Chess is not the top sports news item in English-speaking countries, but it is a huge deal in Armenia.