May 11th 2013

  Buy Issue 2899

Articles from this issue:

SPECIAL FEATURE: Academics' venom signals climate scare's end

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Both government and opposition facing moment of truth

EDITORIAL: Three constitutional amendment proposals before the PM

NEW ZEALAND: NZ parliament's same-sex 'marriage' vote analysed

UNITED STATES: The Boston Marathon bombing in perspective

MEDIA: Experts blamed 'right-wing terrorists' for Boston bombings

PRIMARY INDUSTRY: Fruit-canning industry laid waste by cheap imports

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Currency, manufacturing and trade policy

CLIMATE CHANGE: Why EU emissions trading scheme faces collapse

OPINION: Defence strategy must not ignore the lessons of history

HUMAN RIGHTS: China's grisly organ theft: their crime, our shame

LIFE ISSUES: Killed for being the wrong gender

CULTURE: Australia's intellectual left under scrutiny


CINEMA: Compelling story of a tormented superhero

BOOK REVIEW The economist who became a Christian

BOOK REVIEW Out of shadows and illusions into reality

Books promotion page

survey link



News Weekly, May 11, 2013

Syrian rebels


It is clear that the rebels in the civil war in Syria have made an enormous mistake. Suppose they eventually triumph: what will they have achieved? The deaths of 70,000 of their people, the injury of another 200,000 — nearly 300,000 Syrians. A million or two will have to be repatriated.

Many thousands of homes and businesses will have been destroyed, as also airports, roads, bridges, communication systems, and more.

The treasury will be empty. The rebels’ victorious government will lack an efficient public service, so will be unable to raise revenue or do much at all.

Had the Assad government been left in power, nothing like 70,000 citizens would have been killed. There would have been no destruction and, before long, dictatorial rule would have faded away under pressure from Syria’s neighbours and the international community.

Dr Frank Mobbs,
Gosford, NSW


Brainwashing babies


What is happening in the nation’s childcare centres? According to a recent report in the Geelong Advertiser, April 8, 2013), childcare staff are now required, under new guidelines, to teach toddlers about saving the environment.

What has this got to do with minding young children in formal care? Requiring staff to ensure that each child knows about saving the planet is ridiculous!

And to think the government is insisting that all toddlers, be they new-born babes or pre-schoolers, must be lifted up by staff so that they can turn off the lights, and then taken outside to help water the garden — honestly, it’s something out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. This is bureaucracy gone mad.

I’m sure most parents expect childcare staff to look after their children in a professional manner, and this does not include brainwashing vulnerable and impressionable toddlers.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic. 

Join email list

Join e-newsletter list

Your cart has 0 items

Subscribe to NewsWeekly

Research Papers

Trending articles

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Cardinal rebuts commission's 'Get Pell' campaign

COVER STORY Anti-discrimination law validates Safe Schools

U.S. AFFAIRS First Brexit, now Trump: it's the economy, stupid!

INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT Wikileaks reveals U.S, funding behind anti-coal campaign

COVER STORY QUT discrimination case exposes Human Rights Commission failings

FOREIGN AFFAIRS How the left whitewashed Fidel Castro

ANALYSIS What is possible to a Trump Whitehouse

News and views from around the world

19-year-old homeschooled pro-lifer wins Ontario election by landslide (Lianne Laurence)

Trump makes right choice for education secretary (National Review)

Transgender conformity (Katherine Kersten)

Sex education programs do not reduce teen pregnancy or STI rates (Philippa Taylor)

Photographer who captured Safe Schools founder harassing bystander shuts down business (Frank Chung)

Is the global middle class here to stay? (Samuel Rines)

Donald Trump could end America's new feudalism (Joel Kotkin)

It just got easier to find the perpetrators of Stalin's purges (David Filipov)

Castro's death eradicate bacillus of old-style Marxism (Gerald Warner)

Labor MP Terri Butler in QUT race case apology (Geoff Chambers)

© Copyright 2011
Last Modified:
December 2, 2016, 2:36 pm