Rupert Murdoch expands his empire (again) … British PM Theresa May in Murdoch’s pocket … Aleppo and Mosul: tale of two cities … Australia drawn deeper into Middle East quicksand … Phillip Knightley’s take on war correspondents … Rupert Murdoch: local and global This week Rupert Murdoch secured full ownership of my local paper, The…

A farewell tribute to Cuba’s President Castro … ABC moralists prompt “no platforming” of dead painter Donald Friend …Trump V Clinton: war goes on … Women pollies break Euro-ceiling … Guest contributor Judith White writes: This Sunday, in Cuba’s easternmost city Santiago, Fidel Castro will be buried in the Santa Ifigenía cemetery. When I was there last…

Italy welcomes ascension of President-elect Donald Trump … Trump overshadows Italian referendum on December 4 … How the Italian Mafia funded Silvio Berlusconi … Casino billionaires to celebrate inauguration of “Silvio” Trump … plus Festival of Dangerous Ideas and Great Crashing Bores The Italian Connection Italy’s political and media class were the only ones in…

Liberal Party’s anti-Turnbull saboteurs recruit two Labor identities … Israeli defence strategist suggests “soft” approach to ISIS … Media on course of self-destruction … Great Crashing Bores continued … Tony Abbott’s poisonous campaign to destroy Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recruited two new allies – former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd and former Labor spin…

Washington bans future use of private jails … Global security firms lobby Australian politicians to step up prison privatisation … Canberra’s new double act: The Pauline Hanson & James Ashby Show … Festival of Dangerous Ideas featuring John Howard … Great Crashing Bores continued … US ban on privately-owned jails In Washington DC on August…

The Washington-Moscow peace plan for Syria was deliberately sabotaged … Military chiefs all over the world go “lone wolf” … Rupert Murdoch’s embedded journalism in conflict zone … Truth about Senator Stephen Conroy’s strange exit … Great Crashing Bores continued In Geneva on September 9, Washington and Moscow reached an accord on a Syrian ceasefire…