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Vale dicere, Frans Timmerman.

Frans was a man of great intellect and seriousness, who deeply understood the practical requirements needed to achieve a just and rational society.

As a conservative manager of resources and ever pessimistic of the chances for success, he was all too modest of his own significant achievements.

All of those who knew him had nothing but the deepest respect for his steadfast and enduring commitment to human freedom and dignity.

Vale dicere, Frans Timmerman.

Tony Benn

It is with some sadness that Tony Benn has died. As a radical democratic socialist who renounced his own peerage, I am comfortable in describing myself as a "Bennite" insofar he was inspirational.

Julie Bishop, craven

Julie Bishop lives in the parallel reality where the politically correct thing to do is to cravenly follow the dictates of her masters.

Edward Snowden, on the other hand, disclosed the degree the degree of surveillance that supposedly liberal democracies carry out against their own citizens, which, at least in jurisdictions where there is some sense of privacy, are in all probability, illegal.

Australia, Norway, and Germany: Three Setbacks for Socialism

In three recent elections, centre-left parties have either been defeated (Australia, Norway) or have failed to achieve government (Germany). In two of these cases, it's a major setback because for Norway and Australia, the social acquisition of public resource wealth is being taken away.

Syrian Gas Attack

Those who raise the issue of WMDs in Iraq (or the incubator babies of the first Gulf War, or the second Tonkin Gulf incident) need to have another look at the images. This is primae facie evidence. There was never WMDs in Iraq. There were no incubator babies in Kuwait. But it should be abundantly clear, from the images and the medical reports, that civilians have been killed from poison gas attacks.

Socialist Landslide in Albania

The Socialist Party of Albania has won a landslide in parliamentary elections held on June 23rd. As the lead party of the broad Alliance for a European Albania, their share of the vote increased from 40.85% to 57.7% and their seats from 65 to 84. The previous right-wing government led by the Democratic Party and their Alliance for Employment, Prosperity, and Integration, saw their votes fall from 40.18% to 39.4% and their seats from 68 to 56.

Evading responsibility in Syria

c.f., http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4658190.html

For those who have researched this question carefully, they would know that the author's opinion is generally correct.

Governments have a responsibility to protect their citizens against mass atrocities, war crimes, genocide, etc. That is part of international law. Where governments cannot, or will not, satisfy this responsibility, the international community must protect the lives of human beings.

Hitler Hipster and Vodka

Dear authors of Hitler Hipster,

I refer to your cartoon broseph-stalin (http://hipsterhitler.com/comics/broseph-stalin/), which I believe was authored around October 2011, judging by the image file URL.

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