Better Late? (My Little Syria Rant)

Recent days have seen a widespread outpouring of concern for refugees fleeing the broken country that was once Syria.  I suppose this is positive, in some way, that now there is a focus on the plight of nearly 12 million displaced individuals.  There is now broader awareness of the fact that over 220,000 people have died in the conflict, and that almost one and a half million people have been injured [See: http://syriasurvey.aa.com.tr/%5D. And, of course, we are now preparing to aim more bombers in the general direction of the Daesh ‘death cult’ that has infiltrated Syria from Iraq.  There’s … Continue reading Better Late? (My Little Syria Rant)

On Shark Culls – And Not Learning From (Fictional) History

Shark culling – what a miserable and pathetic reflection on humanity; that fear-response to a few geo-similar incidents in the wilds of the ocean that usually ends in a bloody massacre of too many various magnificent creatures and a sick celebration of man’s dominance over his dominion… We all remember that movie, right?  You know, the shark one.  Yeah, that’s it. Yeah, well, we appear to not have learnt anything from the salient lessons offered up in that movie. Another recent spate of shark attacks in a popular beach-side area of Australia has the issue of ‘management’ being thrashed around … Continue reading On Shark Culls – And Not Learning From (Fictional) History

Free West Papua

Australia’s closest geographical neighbour is the world’s second-largest island, New Guinea.  The eastern half of this island is the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and the western half is West Papua, now consisting of two Indonesian provinces. In 1975, Papua New Guinea was declared independent after decades of overlapping German, British, and Australian administration, and the post-war union of the Papua and New Guinea territories in 1949. In the same year, The Dutch attempted to leave behind an independent West Papuan nation when departing the region after 149 years of colonial rule.  Indonesia, however, claimed rights of sovereignty over West … Continue reading Free West Papua