Quick Quips: First Month

31/01/2019

It may just be something that happens as you get older, but even at 20 the time seems to fly by with little regard for what one would like to do with said time. Already we are at the end of January, with the scene set for 2019. Yes, it looks like it’s going to just be another regular year.

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US Invasion of Venezuela Possible

31/01/2019

Every POTUS of the last 100 years or more has been involved in some form of imperialist project across the globe, from Latin America to the Middle East. From the presidential standard, Trump is failing on the war front – even Obama started a couple of wars and toppled a few governments. A number of occasions – North Korea, Iran, even Russia regarding the strife in Ukraine – have lent themselves to the prospect of a new invasion or proxy war, but as the situation in Venezuela escalates it might just give the Trump administration the US seal of approval.

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Australia Recognises Guaido

28/01/2019

A small update to my piece yesterday about foreign leaders declaring who they recognise as the head of state in another country. Australia, tragically but predictably, has followed in step with the US in backing the long anticipated coup in Venezuela.

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We Cannot Declare Foreign Leaders

27/01/2019

Since Juan Guaido has placed himself in a position to begin a coup in Venezuela, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has desperately tried to urge leaders around the world to side with the US in their backing of the change. As in my last piece on Venezuela, it does not matter what you think of the country or its current leadership, the idea that foreign groups and leaders can simply declare who they will recognise as head of state sets a dangerous precedent. Worst of all, it has absolutely no bearing on the wellbeing and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.

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Venezuela Kicks off Coup, US Backs It

26/01/2019

It was something I predicted since February last year, but I won’t pretend to have any expertise on the subject – anyone with even a vague knowledge of Latin American history would have been able to speculate quite rightly the heightening possibility of a coup in Venezuela. And it should also come as no surprise that the US government intends on backing it, most likely with Brazil and Columbia in tow.

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Quick Quips: Bus to Where? The Front Fell Off

23/01/2019

Bill Shorten is trying to one up Scott Morrison after the Prime Minister failed to stay with his bus through Queensland a while back. After Pauline’s battler bus, Scott Morrison’s shadow bus, and Bill’s publicity bus, who is steering the country away from that cliff over there?

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“Liberals vs Conservatives”

20/01/2019

Let’s start off with a quote by the late Eric Hobsbawm.

“It is to be noted that political conflicts provided an alternative to social conflicts: they tended to replace the vertical confrontation of the lower class against its ruler with the horizontal confrontation of Liberal communities against Conservative communities, and the occupation of the landlord’s lands with that of the murdered or expelled neighbours of a different political allegiance.”

This (i.e. the last segment of the paragraph) is specifically referring to peasant movements in Columbia, written in 1969 about the previous few decades (I am currently reading Viva La Revolución, a compilation of some of his writings about Latin America). But the premise remains important.

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Trump’s Wall Promise Officially Broken

12/01/2019

So as the US nears its most historic (longest) government shutdown, it is probably worth noting that Trump’s approach to the issue of the wall has changed. It is still one of the only campaign promises he made that he is somewhat dedicated to, but now even his support base must realise how unfeasible the wall really is and how dangerous this shutdown will be for ordinary Americans.

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Quick Quips: What a Week

08/01/2019

Because it’s fun and allows me to comment on things that might be of interest but do not warrant their own post, the ‘quick quips’ is something I intend to become a weekly thing (I know the “New Year” one came out a couple days before the 1st, but we can overlook that). I realise some of the ‘quips’ are not exactly ‘quick’, but compared to the usual post size they are. So hopefully every Tuesday a post like this will go up, a compilation of things that happened throughout the previous week.

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A Woman? Dancing? The Insolence!

04/01/2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn in as the youngest US Congresswoman today (3rd January in the US), and in a rather bizarre tweet, a scandalous video of her, God forbid, dancing was posted on Twitter. The caption called her out as a “know-it-all commie” who was now being outed as the “clueless nitwit she is”. Unsurprisingly, the tweets have in fact gone viral for the opposite reason, with the media reporting widespread support and adoration for the video, which commenters said was a take on the Breakfast Club, that she was a part of at university. How controversial.

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