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Terrorism in Christchurch – some thoughts

A peaceful, tranquil place to sit and contemplate in the Hagley Park/Botanical Gardens area of Christchurch. It is obscene that this terrorist act occurred only a short distance away from here. Like most New Zealanders I am badly shocked by … Continue reading

Fake news, human suffering and the fight against terrorism

Our news media convinces me more and more each day that we really do live in a “post-truth” world, or at least in parallel universes where “truths” differ widely. OK, perhaps the problem is this “new” phenomenon of “Fake News.” But … Continue reading

Victory Day celebration of defeat of terrorism in Palmyra

Victory over terrorism in Syria is still a long way off. But the liberation of Palmyra was an important and symbolic step towards that. This concert on Thursday, in the historic amphitheatre of the ancient city of Palmyra, was dedicated to the … Continue reading

The US speaks in two tongues on terrorism

I wonder how democratically minded people reacted to news of the defeat of the Nazis at Stalingrad during World War II. Or to the liberation of inmates from German concentration camps in Poland by Russian forces towards the end of the … Continue reading

Can world leaders learn from the Paris terror attacks?

This photo of Presidents Obama and Putin in serious and intense discussion  at the current G20 meeting symbolises what could be a positive change in international politics. Perhaps the Friday 13th acts of terror in Paris precipitated this particular meeting … Continue reading

The victims of terror

Appropriately, some of the most effective protests against the most recent act of terrorism has come from cartoonists. Let’s hope the pencil, and brush, are mightier than the weapons of terror.

Terrorism and the West’s obsession with oil

I think most people are pleased the authorities captured the suspects for the Boston Marathon bombing – and got one of them alive. There are a lot of issues raised by the Boston events over the last week, and I … Continue reading

Seven Minutes of Terror

Although recent US probes to Mars have been very successful there have certainly been a lot of failures in both US and Russian attempts in the past. However, we all have our fingers crossed for the Curiosity probe which will … Continue reading

Breivik’s terrorism and science

OK, the connection between the Norwegian terrorism and science may not be immediately obvious. And I don’t refer here to the chemistry of his bomb manufacture (which he relates at length in his compendium). No, I refer to his attitude … Continue reading

Terror in Norway

The bombing and mass murder in Oslo and Utøya, Norway, are both a shock and a surpise. How could the terrorist be so inhuman? And why Norway, usually considered one of the most sensible countries in the world? Maybe we … Continue reading