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Public maneuvering to dump Maliki is likely to backfire.
Thaksin makes a feint on the road to reconciliation
Mr Blair, as he demonstrated in an impressive speech to the trade union movement, has never been reluctant to confront his own party when he has deemed it necessary. And, besides, he was then confident that the tide of argument would be running strongly for him by the time that Parliament was recalled. And so it seemed until the Iraqis' sudden, but largely predictable, volte-face over weapons inspection. President George Bush, prompted and encouraged by Mr Blair, had dramatically engaged with the United Nations; there seemed every prospect of a sufficiently tough new resolution from the Security Council to sanction, at least implicitly, the use of force against Iraq; and even Egypt and Saudi Arabia, stridently opposed to war only a week or so earlier, seemed intent on joining the fast-rolling anti-Saddam bandwagon. It all looks different now. Having appeared to be in control of events, Mr Bush and Mr Blair are, at least temporarily, on the back foot.
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Departing from where studies of single flower artists leave off, Useless Beauty embraces the general topic of flowers in Australian art and shines new light on a slice of Australian art history that extends from to It is the first book of broad chronology to discuss Australian art through blossoms, which it does by addressing stories of major figures including Hans Heysen, Margaret Preston and Sidney Nolan, as well as specific objects such as surreal flowers, Aboriginal flowers and war flowers. Whether modern or conservative, the artists in this study shared an intellectual and emotional passion for flora. This was true for men as well as women, despite blossoms being a more traditionally feminine subject. Through spectacular reproductions of historical and contemporary artworks drawn from collections in Australia, the United States, Britain and New Zealand, Useless Beauty explores how flowers influenced the psyche, governed rituals, defined identity and brought a psychological dimension to the everyday. The peak years for flower-centricity in Australian art were between and when flowers were known as the apotheosis of useless beauty.
In football parlance, the trick is called a step-over: making others think we are doing one thing when we are actually doing another. Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra did just that in his recent Skype address to red-shirt supporters. Red-shirt protesters on motorcycles head towards Government House on May 8 to file a petition with the Senate to have five Constitution Court judges removed. Photo by Thiti Wannamontha. Previously, the de facto Pheu Thai Party leader had made it known he fully supported the reconciliation bill put forward by Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung. Under this bill, Thaksin and everyone else involved in recent political conflicts would be absolved of all crimes. This includes the military and political leaders.