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Reality Check on the Vaccine Narrative

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Australian National University. On October 23, an online poll on Covid controls and vaccines was published on news.com.au with some intriguing results. Conducted over one day, the survey attracted more than 42,000 votes for every question and more… Continue Reading →

Factcheck This: Bombshell Vaccine Revelations In the European Parliament Rock Australia

By John Stapleton: Extract from the upcoming book Australia Breaks Apart For anyone who has followed the Covid narrative and the rampant corruption involved, this is the biggest story on Earth.  The revelations out of the European Parliament that Pfizer… Continue Reading →

Agree with Us or Hold your Tongue

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Australian National University. Every crisis, they say, is an opportunity. Governments, health bureaucrats and drug regulators all over the world have exploited the Covid-19 crisis to grab power and gain control over our lives. Predictably, rather… Continue Reading →

The Vaccine Narrative Is as Leaky as the Vaccines

By Ramesh Thakur: Australian National University. Let’s start with two simple questions. If regulators had the information available to them of the leakage between Covid-19 vaccine efficacy rates in controlled trials and their effectiveness in the real world, would they… Continue Reading →

Scott Morrison: The Very Ugly Face of Australia’s Covid Madness

John Stapleton. Extract from Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. In recent days Scott Morrison, as he has done since Covid lurched onto the Australian scene, has been spinning the pandemic story hard in an attempt to rescue his political career. In early… Continue Reading →

New Zealand: Mugged by Covid Reality

By Ramesh Thakur: Brownstone Institute. In the first year of the pandemic, a team from Otago University in New Zealand (my former university) published an interesting study that provided some explanation for the strong public support for lockdown measures. This… Continue Reading →

“If We Get Covid, So Be It”: Australia’s Hypocrisy

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Brownstone Institute. Australia just elevated Covid hypocrisy to a whole new level. On Sunday August 7, after a series of round-robin matches in two groups followed by knockout matches in the semi-finals, Australia and India met… Continue Reading →

Governments Were Given Credible Warnings about Lockdown Harms but Didn’t Listen

By Ramesh Thakur: Brownstone Institute. As countries emerge from the Dystopia of lockdown restrictions, there’s growing awareness of the phenomenon of excess deaths, for example in the  UK and Australia. On July 8, The Daily Mail (UK) reported that collateral damage of lockdowns is killing 1,000… Continue Reading →

A World Health Organisation Pandemic Preparedness Treaty: After the last Debacle!!!!!

With Professor Ramesh Thakur. Former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Ramesh Thakur has warned in The Spectator Australia of the coming massive expansion of the international pandemic bureaucracy and the powers of the WHO to press countries towards authoritarian public health measures. Professor Thakur… Continue Reading →

Success? Or a Criminally Irresponsible Failure by Australian authorities?

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Spectator Australia. I recently received a communication from my GP’s surgery: ‘Influenza is spiking early. Our GPs report that those with 2022 flu have a rapid onset of illness with high fevers, dry cough, body aches,… Continue Reading →

Is this what ‘success’ looks like? What the Australian Government Doesn’t want the Public to Know

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Spectator Australia. As someone who has been looking at Covid-related data since the outbreak of the pandemic and a resident of the ACT until the end of last year, my curiosity got the better of… Continue Reading →

Indian Supreme Court Rules Vaccine Mandates Unlawful as Courts Around the World Push Back Against Pandemic State Overreach

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Australian National University. It’s been over two years since waves of ever tightening restrictions, including wholesale house arrests, began to be placed on healthy citizens who had committed no crime. One by one, the world’s democracies… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Unmitigated Covid Fiasco

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Daily Sceptic. What does the Australian experience teach us about the efficacy of Covid vaccines? Why, for instance, have infections and ICU admissions been hugely higher after vaccination campaigns really got under way? Australia hit… Continue Reading →

A Year of Living With Discredited Mathematical Models: Best of the Archives.

By Professor Ramesh Thakur and David Redman After a year’s experience of COVID-19 worldwide, the continuing hold of discredited mathematical models regarding lockdowns remain. As well, it is increasingly evident that medical specialists put in charge of public policy ignored… Continue Reading →

Panic Merchants, Be Gone… Covid is just Another Virus

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Weekend Australian. From the very start of the pandemic, a small but critical minority of us has argued that irrespective of the paths taken to get there, the end state will be living with Covid-19… Continue Reading →

Israel Confounds the Promise of Vaccines as the way out of Covid

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Spectator Australia. Israel was meant to have been the showpiece of vaccination success in escaping from the threat of coronavirus. Instead, it has turned into an embarrassing example of the limitations and ineffectualness of Covid… Continue Reading →

Coronavirus has Become Endemic, Making Australia’s Policy Settings Obsolete. The Best of 2021.

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Spectator. A major study from the National Bureau of Economic Research in June, based on all-causes mortality data from 44 countries and all US states, concluded that earlier and longer lockdowns do not reduce deaths and if anything, lockdowns… Continue Reading →

The Left and Right Should Unite to Fight Lockdowns. The Best of 2021.

By Professor Ramesh Thakur Unable to prosecute their case on data and logic, zero-Covid zealots have descended to discredit-by-labelling. One Australian columnist berated ‘commentators who often have more opinions than brains’. No, he wasn’t looking into a mirror but referring… Continue Reading →

Questioning Covid: We Need Answers

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Spectator Australia. Featuring the Art Work of David Downes from his COVID 19 Series of Paintings. In lighting the way out of the nightmare of serial lockdowns, new New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has said… Continue Reading →

Are You Sure About That Vaccine?

By ANU Professor Ramesh Thakur with Spectator Australia Figures don’t lie, my critics insist. Very well, let’s look at some figures. I make three arguments here. First, vaccines are not necessary to tame even the highly infections Delta variant of the… Continue Reading →

The Intellectual Clout Behind The Anti-Lockdown Movement

With Professor Ramesh Thakur In the lockdown insanity which has gripped the Australian political class one of the country’s most distinguished academics, Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Australian National University, has stood out for his bold, erudite and highly intelligent… Continue Reading →

When Coronavirus Facts Contradict the Narrative, Change the Facts

By Professor Ramesh Thakur Norwegian health authorities believe coronavirus has become just ‘one of several respiratory diseases with seasonal variation’. Accordingly, all remaining restrictions were lifted on Saturday 25 September, making Norway the latest country to end pandemic curbs. At… Continue Reading →

Ramesh Thakur and The Spectator

In the COVID insanity which has gripped the Australian political class and destroyed so much of the country, one of the nation’s most distinguished academics, Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Australian National University, has stood out for his bold, erudite… Continue Reading →

The War On Corona is as Misguided as the Iraq War

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Australian National University. Illustrated with paintings by Franz Marc. As Western forces beat a hasty retreat from Afghanistan, all exit and no strategy, it’s worth highlighting uncomfortable parallels between the coronavirus policies using military metaphors and… Continue Reading →

India’s Coronavirus Emergency Tells A Story Poorly Understood

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Pearls and Irritations The blanket and punitive travel ban for Australians returning from India is neither justified, nor does it make much sense in the efforts to curb the spreading of the virus. The Indian Coronavirus… Continue Reading →

Afghanistan: Where Imperial Hubris Goes To Die

By Ramesh Thakur: Australian Strategic Policy Institute. In 2009, as I gazed at the gaping hillside holes in Bamiyan where once two imposing Buddha statues had stood as silent sentinels for more than 1,500 years, two emotions were dominant. The… Continue Reading →

Myanmar Pleads For The World To Honour The Responsibility To Protect

By Professor Ramesh Thakur This is not an article I had expected, intended or wanted to write. I have politely declined requests to write on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in relation to the current crisis in Myanmar and the climbing civilian… Continue Reading →

The Biggest Mistake in History: Debating the Great Lockdown: The Best Of 2020.

By Professor Ramesh Thakur Early assumptions of extraordinary SARS-CoV-2 infectiousness and lethality have proven fallacious. Some are already calling the coronavirus lockdown “the Greatest Mistake in History.” The seductive numerical precision of the Imperial College London (ICL) March 16 model, with grim forecasts of… Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Wrong: The World Experts Australia Ignored. The Best of 2020.

The Great Barrington Declaration Some of the world’s most distinguished doctors and public health scientists have called on governments to stop the lockdowns which have had such a devastating impact on Australia. A public statement, known as The Great Barrington… Continue Reading →

Australian Medical Association’s Reputation Destroyed in Covid Chaos: The Best Of 2020.

Do No harm. So goes the most basic maxim of medical practice. Yet many hundreds of Australian practitioners have done exactly that, with senior health bureaucrats standing side by side with the nation’s grandstanding politicians as they impose draconian, counterproductive… Continue Reading →

Deadly Lockdowns: The Argument Is Lost: The Best Of 2020

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 8 October, I delivered a lecture on ‘Covid-19: A Data Driven Reality Check’ via Zoom to the World Bank-affiliated Global Development Learning Network. The webinar attracted 55 participants from five African and Asian countries, many… Continue Reading →

India’s COVID-19 Experience

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 15 September, India had over 5.1 million COVID-19 infections, behind only the United States; and 83,000 deaths, behind the United States and Brazil. The country recorded a mortality rate of 60 deaths per million, compared to… Continue Reading →

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