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Two passing thoughts

1. Small joys of blogging: right now someone in Kathmandu is reading Friday Australian poem #11: “Because” by James McAuley. Everyone should…

2. On tonight’s Compass I found myself most drawn to Inga Clendinnen, historian and atheist, and least to Jim Wallace.

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November 18, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Old friend

I introduce my old friend The Mufti of Watsons Bay thus on Who’s Who:

The Mufti was my neighbour in 1988-9 and has become a good friend who has helped me in many ways. Even he would admit to eccentricity. In some ways a total Tory, he shares my desire to see the back of John Howard. It is amazing who the Mufti knows: he’s even had afternoon tea with the Queen. He was an Anglican priest but reverted to Islam a couple of years ago. Not a terrorist.

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October 4, 2007 at 10:34 pm

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Pip Wilson: The Trouble with Muslim Bashers

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October 3, 2007 at 12:57 pm

The march of folly and the guns of war

Yes, I have appropriated and adapted two of Barbara Tuchman’s famous 20th century histories to create that title, because they are so sadly apt in the current world climate. First, let me get a disclaimer (or several) out of the way: I am opposed to suicide bombing especially when it targets innocent people going about their everyday lives — I call that murder, and a particularly vile kind of murder at that. Second, I do not for one moment believe that there is a war against Islam. That is a paranoid religious interpretation put with often unhelpful consequences on conflicts and tensions that arise for much more mundane reasons. Angry Muslims should have a bit more faith in God’s ability to look after himself. No-one is in the slightest bit interested in Muslim countries or Muslim minorities in other countries unless they happen to be sitting on or near a very large oil reserve. I will come back to that in a moment. Third, the state of Israel is the most destabilising factor in the Middle East, and I say that as, in general, a supporter of Israel. But it should never have been allowed to settle Gaza and the West Bank. Fourth, much of the talk of democracy in the Middle East is open to criticism on the grounds of hypocrisy, as democratic choices that go the “wrong” way are vigorously rejected: Gaza (in vile dehumanising Newspeak — resist this worst abuse of human language with every fibre of your being — now an “enemy entity” like a microbe or a cancer cell or It Came From Outer Space) and Iran are two cases in point. Finally, I am not a great admirer of the current Iranian regime.

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September 20, 2007 at 9:15 am

Life’s little egg on face moments…

Remember Dr Haneef?

Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef has won the right to return to Australia after a Federal Court judge today ruled Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews had been wrong to boot him out of the country…

…at a Federal Court appeal hearing on August 8 lawyers fighting to have Dr Haneef’s visa reinstated disputed Mr Andrew’s use of the word “association” and questioned whether any relationship with an alleged criminal, even an innocent one, would be enough to cancel somebody’s visa.

Justice Jeffrey Spender handed down his decision in the Federal Court in Brisbane today.

He told the court the minister had used the wrong test in cancelling Dr Haneef’s visa.

He said the minister should have cancelled it on the grounds Dr Haneef was a person of interest to UK authorities and that he had been charged with an offence.

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August 21, 2007 at 2:37 pm

At last: a right-wing blog that doesn’t make me want to curl up and die…

Most right-wing blogs I read are simply execrable, cheer-leading, in the main, for the pooling of bigotry and stereotypes, and for some of the more lamentably self-satisfied trends in society, a word many of them would reject. This is especially true of US right-wing blogs, but Australia has its share, some of them sadly only too popular — or should that be populist?

So with great pleasure I introduce (courtesy of WordPress and its what’s hot links) a European blog of considerable merit, which is not to say I endorse absolutely everything on it. It is, however, a blog to be savoured. Click to visit.



It isn’t just their good taste in templates either. 😉 Here are two entries that I have enjoyed so far:

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August 15, 2007 at 8:46 am