Newspaper & Online Articles


Radical Islam and the West: the moral panic behind the threat’, The Conversation, 16 June, 2015

'Eight factors that shape how Muslims see the West', Crikey, 14 January, 2015.

'Remember WMD? Just labelling something "terrorism" isn't enough', Crikey, 19 August, 2014.

'Australia's moral duty to slap down US aggression', Crikey, 27 March, 2014.

'Obama's credibility on the line as US weighs up a Syria response', The Conversation, 28 August, 2013.

'Obama announces peace talks with Taliban', The Conversation, 19 June, 2013.

'When power seduces, transparency is discarded', The Drum Unleashed, 17 June, 2013.

'You have been indoctrinated (oh yes you have)', The Conversation, 2 May, 2012.

'Gadaffi arrest warrant tests credibility of International Criminal Court', The Conversation, 28 June, 2011.

'Israel has no 'right to exist' - and neither does any other state', The Conversation, 5 June, 2011.

'Eqypt's revolution: 100 days on', ZNet, 8 May, 2011 and The Drum Unleashed, 10 May, 2011.

'As bombs fall, the US is losing the battle for influence', The Drum Unleashed, 25 March, 2011.

'Why has Washington encouraged Islamic fundamentalism?', The Drum Unleashed, 9 March, 2011.

'The psychology of media statists', The Drum Unleashed, 14 December, 2010.

Shifting reasons for being at war’, The Age, 22 October, 2010.

'Bring the boys back home', The Drum Unleashed, 19 October, 2010.

Gillard's fawning over Obama a bad start on diplomatic front’, The Age, 30 June, 2010.

(with Kristian Lewis), 'Protecting US prestige the only reason to stay in Afghanistan', The Age, 8 January, 2010.

'Bring on the money police', The Age, 2 April, 2009.

'Capitalism in crisis', The Age, 8 October, 2008.

'Military force will not win the Afghan war', The Age, 18 January, 2008.

'Bush fades, his errors live on', The Sunday Age, 2 September, 2007.

'No reason to assume she'll be right mate', The Age, 27 August, 2007.

'The Government's rhetoric on Iraq has long defied reality', The Age, 23 February, 2007.

'Ten questions for the PM about Iraq', The Age, 15 December, 2006.

'Ending the colonial daze', The Age, 25 October, 2006.

'Blowback and the blame game', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 20 October, 2006.

'Does Israel's "right to exist" actually exist?', Crikey, 11 October, 2006.

'In search of one enemy for the West', The Age, 13 September, 2006.

'Turning our backs on people in need', The Age, 30 June, 2006.

'Answering to Jakarta', The Age, 15 June, 2006.

'Avoiding the real West Papua', The Age, 15 May, 2006.

'Remaking the mistakes of East Timor', The Age, 15 March, 2006.

'Revealing the bloody history of East Timor and our past in it', The Age, 23 January, 2006.

'Ariel Sharon's eulogists ignore the blood on his hands', The Australian, 11 January, 2006.

'The end of the Fourth Estate?', Web Diary, 3 December, 2005.

'Iraq: the imperial solution', The Age, 1 December, 2005.

'Terrorism is not a question of us and them', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 15 July, 2005.

'Australia and Indonesia, partners in mistrust', The Age, 3 June, 2005.

'Refusing to learn from history',, 11 May, 2005.

'Morgenthau's lament', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 18 March, 2005.

'Beware the euphoria about Iraq's election', The Age, 7 February, 2005.

'How Iran is being backed into a corner', The Age, 30 November, 2004.

'The continuing deception on Iraq', The Age, 29 October, 2004.

'What exactly are we witnessing?', The Age, 11 September, 2004.

'The alliance is meant to serve us', The Age, 15 June, 2004.

'The Myth of the Reluctant Occupier', The Age, 24 May, 2004.

'The Trouble With the Alliance', The Age, 3 May, 2004.

'The bad guys we once thought good', The Age, 27 December, 2003.

'Hoping for amnesia',, 17 December, 2003.

'A year on, the question remains: why?', The Age, 11 October, 2003.

'America's dream of world hegemony is becoming a nightmare', The Age, 17 September, 2003.

'Reality of Iraq escapes coalition', The Canberra Times, 8 September, 2003.

'UN bombing far from indiscriminate', The Age, 22 August, 2003.

'We roused a tiger', Herald Sun, 18 July, 2003.

'WMD spin shows what leaders will do to take people to war', The Age, 15 July, 2003.

'The perils of alliance', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 11 July, 2003.

'Why is Aceh different from Kosovo?', The Age, 24 May, 2003.

'Power without wisdom', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 11 April, 2003.

'The humanitarian arguments for this war are spurious', The Age, 21 March, 2003.

'The Battle For Truth', The Age (Education Age), 19 February, 2003.

'All power to the UN when it pleases the allies', The Australian, 30 January, 2003.

'Only a nuclear fist deters US war addicts', The Australian Financial Review, 14 January, 2003.

'Counterspin: Pro-war mythology',, 14 January, 2003.

'As always, the world's changed forever', The Weekend Australian Financial Review, 4-5 January, 2003.

'Understanding the revolt against the West', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 22 November, 2002.

'Don't pick deadly partners in fight against terror', The Australian, 4 November, 2002.

'In times of terror, only the state will do', The Australian Financial Review, 31 October, 2002.

'Bali comment', The Age, 22 October, 2002.

'The revolt against the West reaches home', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 18 October, 2002.

'Public amnesia and hypocrisy needed to justify war on Iraq', The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October, 2002.

'On the unauthorised use of force', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 4 October, 2002.

'Spin conceals crucial question on Iraq', The Australian Financial Review, 26 September, 2002.

'Why there won't be war against Iraq', The Canberra Times, 23 August, 2002.

'Why build on old mistakes?', The Australian, 14 August, 2002.

'Downer giddy with war spin', The Australian, 22 July, 2002.

'Giving US hypocrisy a strategic lift', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 28 June, 2002. A shorter version also published as 'The Chemistry of War', Arena Magazine, No.59, June-July, 2002.

'Bush plan no basis for peace', The Canberra Times, 26 June, 2002.

'The Chemicals of War', Perspective: ABC Radio National, 19 June 2002.

'Tainted Jakarta lobby left stranded by history', The Australian, 20 May, 2002.

'Likud resolution takes relations from bad to worse', The Canberra Times, 16 May, 2002.

'An offer too easy to refuse', The Australian, 10 May, 2002.

'Palestinian nationalism won't die with Arafat', The Australian, 2 April, 2002.

'When push comes to shove, the protection racket rules', The Australian, 8 March, 2002.

'Arab-Israeli hypocrisy remarkable', The Canberra Times, 25 February, 2002.

'Megawati's stunt may haunt Howard', The Australian Financial Review, 13 February, 2002.

'Indefensible breach of privacy', The Australian, 13 February, 2002.

'Risks in targeting Indonesia', The Australian, 28 January, 2002.

'Where Left is Right and Right is Wrong', The Australian, 22 January, 2002.

'Seven steps to better regional relations', The Age, 3 January, 2002.

'Secure the future with a Palestinian state', The Australian, 5 December, 2001.

'Mad, bad and very dangerous to know', The Australian, 22 October, 2001.

'Asking why is not to excuse the terrorists' actions', The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October, 2001. Also published in The Age, 6 October, 2001.

'What matters is why', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 21 September, 2001.

(with Damien Kingsbury) 'Indonesia in America's regional policy', The Jakarta Post, 1 August, 2001. Also published as 'Jumping into the game', Al-Ahram Weekly, 9-15 August 2001, Issue 546.

'Costello's U-turn on globalisation', The Age, 31 July, 2001.

'Enslaved by market forces', The Australian Financial Review, 16 July, 2001.

'Same blind eyes turned on Timor', The Australian Financial Review, 14 May, 2001.

'This is a job for Danger Man...', The Age, 3 May, 2001.

(with Damien Kingsbury) 'Indonesia: what next?', The Age, 5 April, 2001. Also published as 'Likely scenarios in RI's future', The Jakarta Post, 3 April, 2001.

'Not guilty on Timor? Explain this then', The Age, 12 March, 2001. Also published as 'So you think there's nothing to answer for, eh, Gareth?', The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 March, 2001.

'World ignores Africa's Timor', The Age, 2 March, 2001.

'Meliora sequamur (Let's keep striving for better)', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 2 February, 2001.

'The realists fight back', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 12 January, 2001.

'The Indonesia myth', The Age, 12 January, 2001. Also published as 'Time for us to stop appeasing Jakarta', The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 January, 2001.

'How to Make Asia Love Australia', The Age, 5 January, 2001.

''Stability' is our Asian apologists' deluded mantra', The Age, 11 December, 2000.

'Israel's plan for Palestine, a la Pretoria', The Age, 18 October, 2000. Also published as 'Why Arafat can no longer read from the thief's script', The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 October, 2000.

'Betrayal of a looted people', The Australian, 12 October, 2000.

'Canberra's criminal complicity', The Australian, 14 September, 2000.

'All for the free market, except when it comes to ideas', The Age, 11 September, 2000.

'Indonesia's killing fields are Soeharto's worst legacy', The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 August, 2000.

'A short history of self-defence', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 21 July, 2000.

'There's no need to panic about Indonesia', The Age, 29 June, 2000.

(with Dan Flitton) 'Some thoughts from Hamburger University', The Age, 22 May, 2000.

'What will the mums and dads do now?', The Age, 24 April, 2000.

'Keating: sins of omission and commission', The Australian Financial Review, 3 April, 2000.

'Apologists are revising history to absolve Jakarta', The Age, 15 March, 2000.

'Exposing the Limits of Thinkable Thought', The Australian Financial Review (Review Section), 18 February, 2000. Also published as 'The Limits of Thinkable Thought', The Galt Global Review (Vancouver), Issue 7, August 2000.

'Will Wahid tackle Timor's terrorists?', The Age, 2 February 2000.

'Case of unrequited love', The Age, 28 December, 1999.

'Jakarta's in no sorry state', The Age, 16 November, 1999.

'Who says a united Indonesia is best?', The Age, 18 October, 1999.

'Howard puts Labor policy to shame over Indonesia', The Australian Financial Review, 5 October, 1999.

(with Damien Kingsbury), 'Stop Appeasing the Jakarta lobby', The Australian Financial Review, 15 September, 1999. Also published as 'Australia, Indonesia starting again', The Jakarta Post, 15 September, 1999.

'East Timor: history of betrayal', Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo), 9-15 September, 1999, Issue 446.

'In-your-face globalisation yields 'democratic deficit'', The Australian Financial Review, 12 August, 1999

'The globalised world according to Marx', The Age, 12 July, 1999.

'How we can help Indonesia help itself', The Age, 10 May, 1999.

(with Allan Patience) 'Indonesian Reality Ignored', The Canberra Times, 14 April, 1999.

'The Jakarta Lobby: Mea Culpa?', The Age, 4 March, 1999.

'The Wages of Working Are Not Age Old', The Australian Financial Review, 12 January, 1999.

'Marx's Early Perspective of Globalisation', The Australian Financial Review, 12 August, 1998.

'Time to Correct the East Timor Mistake', The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June, 1998.