Rupen Savoulian

Winston Churchill

No other British prime minister is as lionised to the point of deification as Winston Churchill. Rupen Savoulian looks behind the cult of personality.

The shock of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination should not blind us to the fact that he was an ultranationalist and militarist politician, who sought to whitewash imperial Japan’s war crimes, writes Rupen Savoulian.

Scientific disagreements happen all the time. But when 'scientists' deny human-induced global warming, elevating the contrarian view to convey the pretence of scientific disagreements among experts, it has to be called out, argues Rupen Savoulian.

Refugee

The outpouring of support for Ukrainian refugees contrasts with the brutality shown to those fleeing wars in Africa and the Middle East, writes Rupen Savoulian

The federal government has announced a new funding package to increase strategic and scientific activities in Antarctica. Rupen Savoulian argues that while the funding will benefit science, geopolitical considerations are behind it.

The US “war on terror” was portrayed as a just response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist atrocity, writes Rupen Savoulian. This rationale stands exposed as utterly hypocritical.

The latest Israeli elections produced an electoral stalemate, but also a victory for ultranationalist and far-right parties, reports Rupen Savoulian.

The Texas electricity grid breakdown, and the confluence of disastrous consequences, is a window into a climate-change future, writes Rupen Savoulian.

Donald Trump may leave office and return to the bowels of financial speculation. However, the political base that sustained and reinforced his presidency will remain a powerful political force, writes Rupen Savoulian.

Morocco has become the fourth Arab nation to normalise relations with the state of Israel. Previously clandestine, Morocco’s cooperation with the Israeli government stretches back decades, writes Rupen Savoulian.

A new study has calculated that more than 37 million people have been displaced or forced to flee their homes during the 19 years of the United States war on terror, writes Rupen Savoulian.

US President Donald Trump has done his utmost to encourage far-right militia groups by rationalising their actions and expressing a broad ideological continuity with the white nationalist philosophy that underscores them, writes Rupen Savoulian.

The cultivation of relations between the Emiratis (and the other Gulf nations) and Israel have been disguised as the promotion of Muslim-Jewish interfaith cooperation, writes Rupen Savoulian. But this cynical ploy cannot disguise the naked and brazen economic and geopolitical interests motivating both parties.

Rupen Savoulian writes that modern history is full of examples where, rather than erasing history, tearing down statues of racist conquistadors has been a necessary starting point for illuminating the darkest corners of imperial colonisation.

Israel and the Gulf states are pushing towards a normalisation of ties, entrenching cooperative measures that go back decades. By solidifying relations with the Gulf monarchies, writes Rupen Savoulian, Tel Aviv aims to isolate the Palestinians, score diplomatic and economic victories, and formalise an anti-Iranian alliance.

Oil corporations are environmentally destructive and have funded a tsunami of misinformation about climate change, actively undermining the public’s trust of science and state institutions, writes Rupen Savoulian. Their product is now technically worthless. So why should public money be used to rescue a harmful industry?  

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