Welcome to ‘The Yabba’: Review of Wake in Fright

October 4, 2012 by

Welcome to “The Yabba”- short for Bundanyabba, a mining town in the Australian Outback. “Where nobody cares where you came from or what you’ve done” as John Grant’s new drinking buddy in the local Outback bar explains to him. “I’m a doctor. I’m also an alcoholic. But nobody cares about that. You won’t either…as long as you join the guys in the bar in rapid serial beer drinking- opening the throat and pouring the stuff down, quickly and sequentially.” A fair recipe for alcoholism. And no effete pommie behavior, either.

Mitt Romney Comes out Swinging

October 4, 2012 by

Verdicts on the first presidential debate of 2012 overwhelmingly favour Governor Mitt Romney. Romney articulated his message with a sense of clarity about the political ideas and principles he represents. In contrast, President Barack Obama conveyed his arguments with the deftness of a policy wonk, the clarity of his own vision overshadowed by dense policy explanations. The debate was always Obama’s to lose, with a senior Romney advisor noting that voters expected Obama to prevail in the debates by a margin of 25 points.

Jihadists on the March in West Africa

October 4, 2012 by

While the world’s attention has been focused on Iran, Syria, and the evolving results of ‘democracy’ in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, groups like Boko Haram, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other splinter terrorist organizations have made substantial progress in either heavily influencing or controlling significant swathes of territory in some countries in West Africa.

Somalia’s Conundrum: How to Fix a Broken Nation?

October 4, 2012 by

For quite some time, the narrative heralding Somali politics has been one wielded by a few leaders arguably driven by the tendency of prioritizing personal interests over public interests. Now that narrative seems to be in its death throes. Or so jubilant Somalis would like to tell us, citing substantive new developments that have recently unfolded in the country. Somali lawmakers have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to lead Somalia, to what is hoped, a better future.