Tagged: Russia

Mainstream media-political alliance gets vindictive - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 24, 2018

Hala Jaber, highly Respected Middle East correspondent and author of  The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman’s Fight to Save Two Orphans.” Image Credit: Goodreads. Several things have come together in the last few months – centred around news about the war in Syria, chemical weapons, the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury and the … Read More

The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 20, 2018

Sandeep Gopalan, Deakin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Up to 400 Australian organisations may have been snared in a massive hacking incident detailed today. The attack, allegedly engineered by the Russian government, targeted millions of government and private sector machines globally via devices such as routers, … Read More

Blood oil: more than half of the oil traded across the world has been stolen - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 18, 2018

Leif Wenar, King’s College London This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Donald Trump tweeted something true recently. Responding to the protests in Iran, the US president stated that “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered.” Trump’s point is … Read More

Book review: How to Tame a Fox - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Apr 11, 2018

As an undergraduate studying biology, I knew I was in the right place when we got to animal behaviour experiments and the insights they gave about evolution and domestication. Pavlov’s drooling dogs, Skinner’s lever-tapping rats, Lorenz’s imprinted goslings … I lapped it up, drool and all. And no experiment has ever piqued my interest quite like an almost-forgotten study … Read More

Nerve agents: what are they and how do they work? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 12, 2018

Simon Cotton, University of Birmingham This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are in a critical condition in a hospital in Salisbury, UK, following exposure to an unknown nerve agent. Several locations in the city have been cordoned off and decontaminated … Read More

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 31, 2018

Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The United States and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over U.S. Read More

“The Second World Wars” with Victor Davis Hanson - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jan 08, 2018

These videos come from Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson at the Hoover Institution. Robinson interviews Victor Davis Hanson about Hanson’s new book, “The Second World Wars“. How were the Axis powers able to instigate the most lethal conflict in human history? Find out in this two part episode of Uncommon Knowledge … Read More

Being better informed – unexpected advice from The Guardian - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 03, 2016

This opinion piece by Piers Robinson in The Guardian surprised me – and then it pleased me – Russian news may be biased – but so is much western media. Surprised me because, of late, The Guardian has been shockingly one-sided. Particularly in its treatment of Russian politics, nationally and internationally. Unfortunately doesn’t include any self criticisms – that would have … Read More

MH17 tragedy – new investigation launched - Unsorted

Ken Perrott Jun 09, 2016

Two years after the shooting down of the Malaysian commercial airliner (flight MH17) over eastern Ukraine (Donbass), investigators seem no closer to identifying the culprits. This may seem surprising given the quick recovery of the black boxes and most of the airplane. But, on second thoughts, perhaps not surprising given the regional … Read More