Andrew L. Urban

Parable of the apple and the hand grenade

19 November 2023 11:34 am

It came to pass one day, an apple and a hand grenade came face to face. I am an apple,…

Wong & Macron (et al) ignorant of Hamas mindset

15 November 2023 4:30 am

Calling for Israeli restraint and/or a ceasefire, Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong has joined French President Emanuel Macron in demonstrating…

Human shields to useful corpses?

9 November 2023 4:30 am

‘I read the news today…oh boy,’ John Lennon’s lyrics begin (A Day in the Life). The news said: ‘The Ministry…

The high cost of shoehorning Biden into the Presidency

4 November 2023 10:09 am

Shoehorning? I’m sure you know what I mean. It is this: I do not believe that Biden’s basement-delivered campaign in…

It’s the mens rea, stupid!

31 October 2023 1:08 am

The young female journalist-cum-activist from the ABC (suffering early onset bias) was asking Amir Maimon, the Israeli Ambassador to Australia,…

It is still called genocide

24 October 2023 2:57 pm

Trick question 1: What is the main difference between the Nazis and Hamas terrorists? Answer: Gas chambers. Trick question 2: What is…

A bomb wrapped as a gift: no thanks

19 October 2023 2:24 pm

It would have detonated multiple times over a few years, as the Voice package, if accepted by Australians, shed its…

Albanese‘s betrayal: power by inheritance

13 October 2023 2:30 am

Flying (in a plane) over the vast Australian continent on my return from ‘bitsy’ Europe this week, I felt I…

Francis of Rome

6 October 2023 5:00 am

Dear God, Forgive your earthly mouthpiece, Francis of Rome, for he knows not what he is talking about when he…

Welcome to a country of crony capitalism

19 September 2023 4:00 am

There’s a new welcome uttered around the Albanese government offices: ‘We acknowledge the fawning directors present and emerging of the…

A kiss is just a kiss … not!

13 September 2023 6:00 am

Luis Rubiales has resigned as president of the Spanish Football Federation following criticism for kissing Spain forward Jenni Hermoso at…

‘No’ will let them know

11 September 2023 5:00 am

Then what? As the October 14 Voice referendum grows closer, speculation is rampant about the socio-political consequences of the result.…

What is mis-dis in climate change debate?

5 September 2023 12:35 pm

Speaking in Suva in July 2022, Anthony Albanese declared a climate emergency in the Pacific. This came after joining regional…

Maui fires v Ukraine invasion?

4 September 2023 6:00 am

They’ve got the wrong comparison when they (voters, politicians, and commentators) complain that while the Biden administration is handing Ukraine…

Voice ruptures the bond

26 August 2023 7:38 am

No, no, no! It’s not the lack of detail nor the promise of its permanence in the Constitution, nor that…

Ruining the world to ‘save the planet’

27 July 2023 4:30 am

The late morning sun danced off the Mediterranean as I took a chair facing Al Gore on the rooftop terrace…

Presumption of evil not innocence

17 July 2023 5:00 am

How can it be that a man of impeccable character in his late 70s is convicted of 28 nasty sexual…

Should Australia and Ukraine should join NATO?

12 July 2023 4:00 am

The UN is powerless to prevent war

ICAC got it wrong on Gladys

5 July 2023 4:30 am

The transcript exposes woeful ignorance of political practice

The governing orthodoxy or the truth?

30 June 2023 5:30 am

No, look, seriously, what do you say to a Labor government that plans to fine companies billions of dollars for…

Partying like it’s 1901

23 June 2023 1:55 pm

When the bill to authorise a referendum on the Voice to Parliament was passed in the Senate on June 19,…

Terrorist rehab?

10 May 2023 6:00 am

Two movies screening in early May (in Sydney), along with a Guantanamo Bay court hearing for the case of Southeast…

Welcome to custodianship?

3 May 2023 5:00 am

Perhaps the most inappropriate time I heard a welcome to country acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land was…

The Voice would rhyme

21 April 2023 5:00 am

There’s a pub somewhere in the Aussie outback which displays a worn and fraying sign: ‘Free beer tomorrow.’ The larrikin…

What does reconciliation look like?

2 April 2023 4:00 am

Reconciliation. The word is used almost automatically, especially in the context of the arguments about the Voice referendum. It sounds…