Articles by: Richard Tanter

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Yemen, by Richard Tanter

Australian mercenaries and the shifting sands of Australia–Middle East alliances

Informit: Yemen

Australian mercenaries and the shifting sands of Australia - Middle East alliances. It seems unimaginable that Australia could be involved in the war in Yemen, arguably the world's worst contemporary humanitarian catastrophe, with more than 10,000 dead, one million cases of cholera, and 11 million in acute need of assistance and protection. Or that Canberra could be building towards a military alliance with a Gulf-state dictatorship with deep involvement in that war - the United…

Landscapes of Secret Power, by Richard Tanter

Pine Gap and Menwith Hill

Informit: Landscapes of secret power

Pine Gap and Menwith Hill are the two largest US intelligence stations on foreign soil, the jewels in the crown of the Five Eyes coalition of the United States and Britain (First Parties), and Australia, Canada and New Zealand (Second Parties). Despite this collaboration since 1947 and the more recently deployed fig-leaf term 'joint facilities', this transnational intelligence community is a US-auspiced, -constructed and -directed global hierarchy, closely integrated into US military operations worldwide, and…

Trump: Nuclear Future?, by Richard Tanter

Richard Tanter

11 Feb 2017

Strategically and morally there are only two acceptable positions on nuclear weapons: a commitment to deep arms control and disarmament, or work for the prohibition of nuclear weapons as a prerequisite for their abolition. Trump will oppose both, and in doing so he will increase global support for each.

Informit: Trump chaos to our North?: Where do we stand at the end of US hegemony in Asia?

Through a chaotic m lange of intent, incompetence and cultural prejudice, the new Trump administration will overturn the post-war system of US hegemony in Asia. Of course, that hegemonic regime has been creaking for decades, most obviously in the case of the rise of China, and in light of China's clear determination to have a say in making the rules of the global order. Whatever else Trump does or does not do, his incumbency will…

Our Poisoned Heart, by Richard Tanter

The transformation of Pine Gap

Informit: Our poisoned heart

The transformation of Pine Gap <br /><br /> Australia has two hearts, two potent symbolic centres. One is Uluru, a place of profound significance to Indigenous Australians, and of significant, if borrowed, meaning to many others, offering a promise of reconciliation, of an opening to the future. The other, Pine Gap, redolent with the symbolism of imperial power and threat, is the poisoned heart of the land, pumping toxins into the political landscape, binding us…

Informit: Ready to die for TEPCO?

The series of major nuclear accidents at the Fukushima Number One Nuclear Power Plant that began with the earthquake and tsunami on the afternoon of 11 March this year is, at the time of writing twelve weeks later, unending and uncontrolled. In mid-May the owner and operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), finally admitted that the nuclear fuel cores of three of the six reactors at Fukushima No. 1 had indeed melted…

Informit: Joint operations

Australia's further integration into US global space-based intelligenceUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates swung through Canberra and Melbourne in early November for the annual AUSMIN talks, holding meetings with their counterparts Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith and, on this occasion, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Informit: Afghanistan

Informit: Memo to Kevin Rudd: Why are we in Afghanistan?