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|Saudi Arabia doesn't hold the solution alone to this oil crisis|
Nasr's move to stabilize the market is praiseworthy but should be seen as an attempt to quell fears of traders and financial analysts, especially just before the OPEC+ meeting in Vienna next week.
By Cyril Widdershoven - 24/7/2019
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|Pay pollie a cracker?|
The critics are right – the reason for entering politics ought to be service to the country rather than a lucrative professional career.
By David Leyonhjelm - 24/7/2019
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|The shameful neglect of Australia's legacy of space facilities|
While Australia played its part in 1969, we need reminding of how Australia (especially the ACT) squandered its heritage from NASA.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 23/7/2019
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|AFP raids: the risk in taking public trust for granted|
Most Australians currently working, or who have worked in our country's broader intelligence community, have a marked degree of sympathy for the AFP.
By Warren Reed - 23/7/2019
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|Lunar narratives: landing on the moon, politics and the Cold War|
Combating the Soviet Union, and communism more broadly, was simply one aspect of an aggrandised fist fight, to be fought on the ground, the seas, and in space.
By Binoy Kampmark - 22/7/2019
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|Progressive surrogacy bill is regressive for women and children|
If the bill is passed, the option of 'buying a womb' to address perceived reproductive injustices will be added to existing family formation options for men, that already allow them to adopt and foster.
By Charles Smith - 22/7/2019
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|Donald Trump, the Democrat Squad and failed impeachment|
The show delighted commentators dazzled by the fireworks. It was seen as historic, because it was the first time in over a century a President had received such a vote of disapproval.
By Binoy Kampmark - 19/7/2019
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|Face App: recipe for ID theft|
All of this, say the terms and conditions, applies in perpetuity. This should make even the most cloud-friendly AI advocate wary.
By Mal Fletcher - 19/7/2019
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|Spying on Julian Assange: UC Global, CNN and Russian couriers|
Between December 2017 and March 2018, dozens of meetings between Assange, his legal representatives, and visitors, were recorded in daily confidential reports written by an assigned security team.
By Binoy Kampmark - 18/7/2019
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|David Brooks strives for the second mountain|
Rejecting the religious pride by which some think they’re morally superior, the Canadian-born American also observes there is 'nothing worse than people who are so spiritualised they don’t love the world.'
By Mark Christensen - 18/7/2019
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|Religious freedom proposal is a dud|
Any reform should not use the language of discrimination but actually put Australia in line with its international human rights obligations to protect religious freedom.
By Augusto Zimmermann - 17/7/2019
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|Rural debt and viability |
Monetarism has broken the bank for rural industries.
By Ben Rees - 17/7/2019
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|What’s happening to our live-and-let-live culture?|
Free speech is being closed down in the name of preventing 'hate speech'; bonds of trust in commercial life are broken; and religion is now divisive that new law is needed to protect religious freedom.
By Peter Kurti - 16/7/2019
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|The eclipsing of Moon Jae-In|
Two years into Moon's single five-year term, his voter approval has declined from 80 to less than 50 percent. His economic policies have achieved little and his diplomatic efforts to restore warmer relations with the North are only a facade.
By Felix Imonti - 16/7/2019
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|How to gut a democracy: misusing Australia's overseas spy service|
In 2013, Witness K's Canberra home was raided as well as the office of Mr. Collaery. Both were charged with revealing state secrets and Witness K had his passport seized.
By Warren Reed - 15/7/2019
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|Australia needs to rethink its position on Iran|
The conflict between Donald Trump and Iran is a long drawn out affair, initiated by the United States, and has lasted almost ¾ of a century.
By Peter Bowden - 15/7/2019
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|Australia has sound reasons to support the US against authoritarian China |
US grievances are justified given China’s intellectual property theft, industrial subsidies, forced technology transfer and digital rules with regard to e-commerce.
By Chris Lewis - 12/7/2019
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|The Special Branch and the Malaysian Deep State|
If Malaysia aspires to be a democracy then the Special Branch is out of control.
By Murray Hunter - 12/7/2019
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|Nuclear war between super funds|
Even at 30% penetration, the high estimate for nuclear (US$192 / megawatt-hour (MWh)) is far higher than the high estimates for coal ($144), solar PV ($88), onshore wind ($84), and gas ($75).
By Jim Green - 11/7/2019
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|Has the ABC’s Four Corners passed its use-by date?|
Promoting favoured causes by ignoring inconvenient truths and/or alternative views is not true investigative journalism.
By Mark Poynter - 11/7/2019
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|Going Nuclear in the Antipodes: Australia’s megadeath complex|
The nuclear call doing the rounds in Canberra is a bit of old man's bravado, and a glowering approach to the non-proliferation thrust of the current international regime.
By Binoy Kampmark - 10/7/2019
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|Albania's self-consuming corruption undermining path to EU accession|
Political corruption, organized crime, and inequality, coupled with domestic tensions caused by the major political parties in Albania, gave further credence to the EU's decision to postpone accession negotiations.
By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 10/7/2019
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|Dressed for the Fourth of July: the US Imperium comes out|
The word 'empire' never really caught on, sealed fast from the cognitive capacities of the US academic and policy establishment.
By Binoy Kampmark - 9/7/2019
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|European Court of Human Rights legitimises unique speech privilege demanded by Islam|
It seems the preferred way to foster “religious peace” is to pander to the hotheads.
By Laurence Maher - 9/7/2019
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|On sympathy, empathy and action|
The two words are now used almost interchangeably, which is a pity, and both are used much more frequently than they were fifty years ago.
By Don Aitkin - 8/7/2019
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|Malaysia’s Islamic schools face festering problems|
The fact that they are largely unregulated is allowing problems to fester, including unsafe conditions, exposure to extremist teachings and especially child sexual abuse by ustazes, or teachers.
By Murray Hunter - 8/7/2019
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|Time for new thinking on smoking|
To add some perspective, a 25-pack of Marlboro now costs an eye-watering $34.95. That's $12,757 per year for a pack-a-day smoker.
By David Leyonhjelm - 5/7/2019
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|Trump should champion legal migration from West Bank and Gaza|
Gaza's civilian population has paid a heavy price for the indiscriminate targeting of Israeli population centres with thousands of missiles and incendiary balloons.
By David Singer - 5/7/2019
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|Was Trump’s visit to the Korean DMZ to meet Kim Jung Un a whim or carefully thought out?|
It hasn't escaped the attention of the North Koreans that the Trump Administration needs a deal for the election.
By Murray Hunter - 4/7/2019
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|Jordan Peterson gets it wrong on inequality|
Peterson argues that ‘the Equity Doctrine …. has gone too far’.
By Tristan Ewins - 4/7/2019
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|Ascertaining motives in the Persian Gulf|
The recent downing by Iran of a US drone in the Persian Gulf, together with bomb attacks on tankers nearby, has once again put the world on the brink of war.
By Max Atkinson - 3/7/2019
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|The paradoxical nature of freedom of speech and hate speech|
How can we guard against harmful or hateful speech when freedom of speech is highly cherished in democratic societies?
By Rivka Witenberg - 2/7/2019
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|Untested migrants risk American lives|
Migrants to the US are released throughout the country without undergoing basic medical examinations and tests for infectious diseases.
By Patrick Basham - 2/7/2019
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|Was Izzy Folau moral?|
Both sides can claim ( and fully believe) that they are virtuous, that they in the right, and the opposing viewpoint is in the wrong.
By Peter Bowden - 1/7/2019
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|The oil crisis Saudi Arabia can't solve |
Saudi Arabia's CEO Amin Nasr's message to the press that oil flows to the market are guaranteed, should be taken with a pinch of salt.
By Cyril Widdershoven - 1/7/2019
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|How the message gets embedded|
Scientists like Lindzen, Happer, Curry, Kininmonth and Paltridge in our country, and many others around the world, cannot be dismissed as ignorant, so the orthodoxy simply takes no notice of them.
By Don Aitkin - 28/6/2019
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|Childish diplomacy: Donald Trump’s new play against Iran|
Trump sticks to another traditional theme of US foreign policy, praising the people a policy punishes even as it seeks to distance them from the leadership.
By Binoy Kampmark - 28/6/2019
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|Where’s the Prime Minister on the free speech crisis?|
The agnostic Latham defends freedom of religion and freedom of speech for Christians, but the Christian PM cowardly refuses to make a comment.
By Augusto Zimmermann - 27/6/2019
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|Thinking about things|
ndeed, if we look at the best proxy for long-term climate-change - the Central England Temperature record - we see that the end of the 20th century is very far from unusual with several periods of similar scale change.
By Don Aitkin - 26/6/2019
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|Violent voyeurism: surveillance, spyware and human rights|
Mass market surveillance, much of it manufactured in the private sector, the ubiquity of spyware, and the ease with which such material can be acquired, has eclipsed such quibbles.
By Binoy Kampmark - 26/6/2019
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|Lack of Funds amounts to Systemic Elder Abuse – but neither Party is talking about it|
With 'institutionalization' you get up when you're told to; you eat when you're told to; you go to bed when you're told to.
By Tristan Ewins - 25/6/2019
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|Malaysia’s deep Islamic state |
A once-tolerant Malay society has been subsumed into a theocracy.
By Murray Hunter - 25/6/2019
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|Is it time to consider replacing asset recycling with asset creation?|
The central question nevertheless remains: how to increase the quantum of public funds available for investment in new infrastructure?
By Flavio Romano - 24/6/2019
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|Welcome to the Glasshouse, where even Tim Minchin is afraid|
If you've said or done anything on the scale of remotely off-taste to glaringly stupid, you'll be raked over the coals for it. Even if it was when you were young and silly.
By Sonia Bowditch - 24/6/2019
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