The War in Gaza
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by Peter Holding
2M ago
Supporter’s of Israel’s right to exist, and it’s right to respond militarily, following Hamas’s October 7 attack, have often been too slow to conclude that Israel’s response has been disproportionate and breaches customary international humanitarian law. Part of the problem here is undoubtably the difficulty of describing what a proportionate response would have looked like […] The post The War in Gaza appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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God and Moses’s genocidal intent towards the Midianites
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by Peter Holding
4M ago
Moses is an important prophet in all three Abrahamic religions. He is perhaps the most important prophet in Judaism because he is revered for leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all recognise that Moses was a prophet and messenger form God. While the Koran does not give the detailed […] The post God and Moses’s genocidal intent towards the Midianites appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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The Battle for the Brunswick St Oval
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by Peter Holding
8M ago
Soon after I moved to a share house in Fitzroy in 1980, the year after having finished Uni, I went down to the Brunswick Street Oval and joined the local footy team- the Fitzroy Rovers. The oval was formerly home to the Fitzroy Football Club in the Victorian Football Association from 1884 to 1896, and […] The post The Battle for the Brunswick St Oval appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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El muchacho nuevo
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by Peter Holding
10M ago
“El muchacho nuevo” es la historia de un joven indígena del desierto (Aswan Reid). El muchacho es interrumpido por un policía también indígena cuando estaba aparentemente tratando de matar a un policía blanco en medio del desierto. Eso tal vez es una referencia alegórica al papel de los indígenas que fueron asimilados para ayudar los […] The post El muchacho nuevo appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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The New Boy
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by Peter Holding
10M ago
The New Boy ‘The New Boy’, is the story of a young desert Aboriginal boy (Aswan Reid). The boy is interrupted by an Aboriginal policeman while apparently attempting to murder a white policeman out in the middle of the desert. This is perhaps an allegorical reference to the role of those aboriginals who were co-opted […] The post The New Boy appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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Experimentos de pensamiento
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by Peter Holding
11M ago
Los filósofos han desarrollado experimentos de pensamiento para probar teorías y problemas filosóficos. Ética – juzgar lo correcto de lo incorrecto Probablemente el campo mayor de la filosofía en que los experimentos de pensamiento son populares es la ética – la cuestión del comportamiento correcto o incorrecto. Las dos perspectivas principales rivales en la ética […] The post Experimentos de pensamiento appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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China’s Belt and Road Initiative- Debt Trap Diplomacy?
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by Peter Holding
11M ago
A major criticism of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is that it designed as a debt trap for developing nations. The allegation is that, through the BRI, China makes loans for infrastructure projects which developing nations cannot afford to repay and that China then steps in to take over the asset. BRI has been […] The post China’s Belt and Road Initiative- Debt Trap Diplomacy? appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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BRICS
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by Peter Holding
11M ago
The Labor Party’s draft national platform 2023 makes no mention of BRICS. The platform does not need to mention everything and too much detail is frowned upon nowadays. But the emergence and likely expansion of BRICS is an important development. The BRICS is an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. These countries […] The post BRICS appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War tensions that led up to it
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by Peter Holding
1y ago
It’s a good time to revisit the Cuban Missile Crisis and some of the Cold War tensions that led up to it. There was no peace agreement after WWII that dealt with Germany and Austria. The Soviet Union, which had lost around 26 million people in the war, was shocked at Western proposals to re-arm […] The post Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War tensions that led up to it appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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Chips Ahoy! The US-China Trade War
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by Peter Holding
1y ago
For 40 years the West gave political support to the economic doctrine of comparative advantage- the idea that countries should specialise in the production of goods or services where they have a comparative advantage.  The unleashing of market forces based on comparative advantage deepened globalisation of the economy and free trade. The major beneficiary of […] The post Chips Ahoy! The US-China Trade War appeared first on Holding Pattern ..read more
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