BY PAUL NEWALL Vladimir Putin inserted himself into the Brexit discourse this week and the result was interesting : “The referendum happened” he said. “What can she do? She should fulfil the will of her nation, as expressed at the referendum. Or it isn’t a referendum.” Is wily Vlad being mischievous or does he have a higher purpose? Nigel Farage took a great deal of … Continue reading The Brexit Putin Remoaner Conspiracy
BY PAUL NEWALL We should watch on with some interest the events in Paris and Brussels where the mainstream media is informing us that a movement known as the Gilets jaunes are protesting a hike in fuel taxes as part of French president Emmanuel Macron’s green taxation programme resultant from the Paris Climate Accord. (Macron has just folded to their demands.) Looking beneath the surface there are … Continue reading Yellow Macron Folds
BY SAM HOOPER Some women fail to vote for progressive candidates because they happen to be conservatives. Accusing them of acting against their own self-interest — or at the behest of the “white supremacist patriarchy” — is offensive, condescending and presupposes that women should vote based on a more limited palette of issues than men. The US midterms brought some results which were fairly encouraging … Continue reading Anti Feminist Feminists?
BY ANASTASIA CHOO Venezuela’s downward economic spiral has led to widespread food shortages, hyperinflation and a mass exodus of migrants into Latin America. Although the situation is anatomically different from Syria, analysts claim the exodus from Venezuela rivals the number of Syrians in Germany. The intensifying economic and political crisis has now pushed hundreds of thousands to flee the country in search of food, security, … Continue reading Escaping Socialist Venezuela
BY SAM HOOPER The hand-in-glove partnership between the mainstream media and the progressive “Resistance” may pay dividends in the midterms – but if so, it will likely also be their undoing in 2020. Here is CNN’s Don Lemon calling white men the greatest terrorist risk to the United States live on air last week – moments after sanctimoniously calling for an end to divisiveness or demonising certain … Continue reading Shrill Bias & False Equivalencies
BY ANASTASIA CHOO A recent court case filed by a British worker (with dual Australian citizenship), Francis William Haden, against Leighton Contractors (Asia) for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination has ignited much debate and outrage from some quarters on Chinese social media. Haden claims he was referred to as “Gwei Lo” and excluded from projects and prevented from hiring fellow Australians to work on a … Continue reading Is calling a Westerner a 鬼佬 Gwei Lo offensive?
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN “No” has often been a problem for me. Especially when the gutless or apparatchiks are telling me. If the brick wall is made of sound bricks then no problem. I recall ignoring no when I was told I could not sit on one side of a boat from Mumbai to Elephanta – it was tilting horrifically as it filled up with local … Continue reading Say No Too
BY SAM HOOPER The good aspects of this populist insurgency in America and Britain need saving from horrified (and increasingly organised) antidemocratic elites – but also from cynical and incompetent populist leaders who are squandering our last best hope of democratic renewal. For all the furious words being written and opinions expressed of late, nothing much seems to be changing. Despite a political discourse which … Continue reading We’re Losing this War
BY SAM HOOPER This month I spent my first Fourth of July, my first Independence Day, as a permanent resident of the United States of America. After receiving my long-awaited US green card I finally came to call America my home when I landed in Los Angeles on 25th May, and since that time have been staying with my wife’s family in the Rio Grande … Continue reading My Independence Day