Category Archives: Terror

Unpacking the sub-prime train wreck

On this analysis two major factors in the train wreck were the regulations that pushed lenders to water down prudent criteria for lending and the flight of speculators from the housing market when prices ceased to rise. A nuance in … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Economics and public policy, regulation, Terror | 36 Comments

Bombs or Bananas?

It seemed like a reasonable enough idea. Responding to fears of a terrorist attack by ‘dirty bomb‘ or nuclear weapon, US Customs and Border Protection installed hundreds of radiation portal monitors at seaports, land border ports of entry and crossings … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - international, Terror | 4 Comments

Pearson . . . . again.

Hopefully Troppodillians will forgive me for tackling another Pearson piece only two weeks after my last effort. I’ll try not to make a habit of it, I promise. With your indulgence, then, let’s proceed. Is it relativism to hold our … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Politics - international, Terror | 23 Comments

Et tu, Noel?

A sense of gloom settled in as I ploughed through The Weekend Australian yesterday. It felt like February 2003 again, only worse. Then, an optimist could at least excuse the thumping of the drums of war as the triumph of … Continue reading

Posted in Journalism, Law, Politics - international, Politics - national, Print media, Terror | 12 Comments

Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

This brief article by Zbigniew Brzezinski in the Washington Post provides a useful contrast to Albrechtsen’s opinion piece. Here are the opening few lines to give you the flavour: The “war on terror” has created a culture of fear in … Continue reading

Posted in Society, Terror, Uncategorised | 4 Comments

Why Not Let Them Hate Us, as long as They Fear Us?

Much as I hesitate to introduce yet another post with a plug for LNL, the interview with Chas Freeman last night obliges me to take the risk. Now retired, he was, as well as holding many other distinguished positions, US … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - international, Society, Terror | 56 Comments

In praise of progress generally, and blogging specifically

Last week, Eygptian blogger Wael Abbas (NB he writes in Arabic!) was credited by French newspaper Le Figaro with striking a major blow against oppression, thanks to three of the ubiquitous incidents of material progress a mobile phone with integrated … Continue reading

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