Don’t be blasé, Trump really could go to war with Iran

There is a temptation in Australia to think US President Donald Trump is just rattling sabres with Iran. In the best-case scenario, that may be true. But in the worst-case scenario we are heading to war – and it is not an unpredicted war. Back in June 2017, I predicted Mr Trump would not bomb North Korea, …

While Europe bickers, China takes charge.

This week in London one would be excused for thinking that the only thing happening of any political interest was Brexit – the UK’s process of leaving the world’s largest free trade block. But larger issues are taking place that at first seem disconnected, yet which in reality show China’s isn’t ‘growing’, but arguably ‘grown’. …

Terrorists like the Christchurch gunman feed off everyday hate – it’s up to us to fight it at its source

The recent attack in New Zealand reminds us that terror can strike anywhere. One of the critical objectives of terrorists is to inspire fear, copy-cat attacks and perhaps even to provoke retaliation so that their “inter-cultural war” may continue. In situations like these, it’s usually said we can “only hope” that security services successfully stop additional attacks. …