Stephen Loosley

Here comes the judge

22 April 2023 9:00 am

US Court battles are going to get fiercer

A cinematic offer we could not refuse

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Francis Ford Coppola’s superb film The Godfather changed American cinema and, by extension, American culture. The film had it all:…

Got a gun in my hand

26 February 2022 9:00 am

The final scene in the brilliant television series The Sopranos is set in a diner where Tony’s family is gathered…

Don’t forget the motor city

20 November 2021 9:00 am

No Sudden Move, Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Streaming on Amazon Prime

Hooray for Hollywood

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Real cities have something else, some individual bony structure under the muck. Los Angeles has Hollywood – and hates it.…

Killing Comrade Hampton

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Fred Hampton, the young chairman of the Illinois Black Panthers, makes a brief appearance in The Trial of the Chicago…

Here come the judge

21 November 2020 9:00 am

1968 was a year of recurring turbulence for the United States, all of it witnessed in American living rooms, courtesy…

Battle honours

5 September 2020 9:00 am

In the cabinet war rooms in Whitehall in London, there is a chart which registers Atlantic convoys en route from…

Base politics

17 July 2020 11:00 pm

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York moved to the lectern. It was the Cow Palace in San Francisco in…

Glittering lights and dark nights

18 April 2020 9:00 am

A serial thriller-writer stalks the streets of LA

Des Moines diary

29 February 2020 9:00 am

As is obvious from recent events, we live in times where it is not enough to disagree with someone and…

White House gossip

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

When the brilliant American biographer, Robert A. Caro, first approached the task of writing a biography of the 36th President…

Pearl Harbor

2 November 2019 9:00 am

The Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii is a place of reverence in which 34,000 American battle-dead are interred. Battlefield remains are…

Unforgotten person

18 May 2019 9:00 am

A newly-elected Australian Prime Minister was pleased to receive a letter of congratulations from Australia’s longest serving PM, Sir Robert…

Kiwi notes

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Socialist Ardernative New Zealand politics has thrown up some wonderful invective over the years. A favourite of mine originated…

The Fighting Kangaroo

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Jim Eames, an established and respected aviation writer, whose previous credits include The Flying Kangaroo, a history of Qantas, has…

Hawaiian notes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Under Hawaiian eyes The Pearl Harbour memorial to the 1,177 American sailors and marines (1,102 still entombed) who lost their…

Ruck ‘n roll

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As every Speccie reader certainly will be aware and no doubt heartily applaud, the game of rugby league was born…

Telling it on the mountain

12 September 2015 9:00 am

As we stood on the threshold of the dacha outside Vladivostok, the Australian delegation paused. We had been monitoring Boris…

Australian Diary

23 May 2015 9:00 am

At the end of the week of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s second Federal Budget, I recalled the caustic observation about the…

War and jealousy

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Le Hamel was the site of an extraordinary triumph of allied arms early on the morning of July 4, 1918.…

Californian diary

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The American Republic has always been characterized by great political families. From earliest days, from the Adams and the Harrisons…

Shock jock

29 November 2014 9:00 am

A senior Minister in the NSW government of John Fahey once told me that there was a vacant metaphorical chair…

Lazarus is back

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley, still quips that John Winston Howard is his nemesis. This does not…

Hero and villain

29 March 2014 9:00 am

There is a story told of Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister speaking with his Treasurer, Bill Hayden. It is late…