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View commentsView articleBiden’s ‘build back better world’ partnership must be big and bold
The so-called 'Pacific Step Up' though well intentioned has made no difference. It seems to have only prompted China to step up its own debt trap activity across the region.
By Jeffrey Wall - 21/6/2021
49 hours ago
View commentsView articleThe conviction and sentencing of Witness K
The surveillance of Timor-Leste's negotiators was an act of economic espionage and fraud.
By Binoy Kampmark - 21/6/2021
111 hours ago
View commentsView articleFree trade agreement
Few are aware of the work of Richard Cobden and John Bright in repealing the Corn Laws in the 1840s, and the exponential prosperity which flowed from their free trade policies.
By Peter Fenwick - 18/6/2021
143 hours ago
View commentsView articleMalaysia: forget about politics, what really has to be done
After the dust settles later this week, the new government, if there is to be one, must focus on governing, and solving the country's immediate issues.
By Murray Hunter - 18/6/2021
435 hours ago
View commentsView articleRecent attacks on the Christian foundations of Australia
One of the most peculiar characteristics of contemporary Australia is that opponents of religious expression often assume that Christian beliefs are irremediably divisive, bigoted, and irrational.
By Augusto Zimmermann - 17/6/2021
132 days ago
View commentsView articleA different defence policy
Australia is, in my book, just like Sweden, and it is two and half times bigger in terms of population, and very similar in terms of wealth per head of population.
By Don Aitkin - 17/6/2021
186 hours ago
View commentsView articleWhat happens if we lose religious freedom? Here’s what few people realise
Places such as Victoria have brought in laws that will effectively penalise Christian teaching around sexuality and gender.
By Akos Balogh - 16/6/2021
212 days ago
View commentsView articleVague alternatives and G7 summitry: the 'Build Back Better' world initiative
Never let contradiction get in the way of such a united front. Babbling about liberal democratic values matters little when it comes to crusty realpolitik.
By Binoy Kampmark - 16/6/2021
44 days ago
View commentsView articleBook review: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate rigorously critiques Bruce Pascoe's argument
For many Australians, Pascoe's book is a 'must-read', speaking truth to power. For such readers, Dark Emu seems a breakthrough text. Not so, in Sutton and Walshe's estimation. Nor mine.
By Christine Nicholls - 15/6/2021
292 days ago
View commentsView articleThe plight of Malaysia’s indigenous peoples
Although Malays tell the Chinese they were there first, the country’s true natives are marginalized.
By Murray Hunter - 15/6/2021
26 days ago
View commentsView articleProviding real leadership in the fight against PRC coercion
The Prime Minister was on message when he committed Australia to fighting economic and other coercion in our region. But the time has come to match the rhetoric with real and substantial action.
By Jeffrey Wall - 14/6/2021
37 days ago
View commentsView articleET, you bore me: unidentified aerial phenomena and the Pentagon
On June 25, the Pentagon's UAP Task Force will release a declassified report to Congress that will do little to shift ground or alter debate on the nature of such phenomena.
By Binoy Kampmark - 14/6/2021
47 days ago
View commentsView articleWhat sort of Australia do I want?
Actually, the Australia I live in is pretty good, if I compare it to other countries in which I've lived and/or worked.
By Don Aitkin - 11/6/2021
4113 hours ago
View commentsView articleIs a Malaysian national unity government possible?
The idea for a national unity government gained steam last month when activists and regular political commentators issued an open letter calling for such a government.
By Murray Hunter - 11/6/2021
128 days ago
View commentsView articleVictorian ‘windfall tax’ kicks entrepreneurs and home buyers
Other state governments should not copy this misguided tax, which will stymie development and push up house prices.
By Graham Young - 10/6/2021
710 days ago
View commentsView articleIs Christianity a cult?
The US is the most religious of all developed countries, with a widespread belief in the existence of god, yet it has created these crazy cults.
By Peter Bowden - 10/6/2021
378 hours ago
View commentsView articleOf plagues and rodents: Australia’s war against mice
Behind every pest outbreak on the Australian continent is a human hand operated by a muddled mind.
By Binoy Kampmark - 9/6/2021
411 days ago
View commentsView articleIn defence of universities … under fire from left and right
Universities are under fire from both sides of politics. And I don't like it. Not that I think that counts for anything.
By Joan Beckwith - 9/6/2021
1811 days ago
View commentsView articleChina’s stranglehold over PNG and South Pacific trade a crisis for Australia
Australia has, via the Pacific Step Up program, made very little difference. The simple truth is that China's domination of these key sectors has not slowed at all.
By Jeffrey Wall - 8/6/2021
512 days ago
View commentsView articleIsrael's dysfunctional government cannot survive
An amalgam of eight leaders trading insults and denigrating each other - whilst their parties have adopted policies that are totally irreconcilable on critical issues – is not the foundation for any stable Government.
By David Singer - 8/6/2021
2210 days ago
View commentsView articleThe phoney war on 'privilege'
It was only a matter of time before the quasi-religious contemporary ideology of identity politics began to collapse under the weight of its inherent authoritarianism, contradictions and absurdities.
By Laurence Maher - 7/6/2021
3410 days ago
View commentsView articleA rare chance to chart a new course toward peace
There has never been an Israeli government representing the entire political spectrum from the extreme left to the extreme right.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 7/6/2021
1114 days ago
View commentsView articleNew York Times and Washington Post redraw middle-east boundaries
The New York Times and the Washington Post have once again engaged in Israel bashing - spewing out fake maps and phony history about Israel.
By David Singer - 4/6/2021
3711 days ago
View commentsView articleGovernments should spend taxpayer’s money on Aboriginal development where it is most needed
There seems to be an absence of belief or intention on partnering with Aboriginal people to develop employment and training opportunities in communities in the Territory.
By Roger Steele and Don Fuller - 4/6/2021
1612 days ago
View commentsView articleWhy Porter can’t claim victory after dropping ABC defamation case
The case was always going to be difficult to prove because it rested primarily on whether a casual reader would know 'beyond any doubt' that the unnamed cabinet minister was actually Porter.
By Augusto Zimmermann - 3/6/2021
2812 days ago
View commentsView articlePalestine from a Jewish Australian perspective
Like many Jews around the world, I've spent much of the last few weeks scanning social media, looking for news and messaging friends to check if they are safe.
By Jordana Silverstein - 3/6/2021
1417 days ago
View commentsView articleDisputes over diversity equity and inclusion depend on how you define fairness
Let's start with a premise that everyone would agree with: Racial inequality persists across many dimensions.
By Eric Silver and John Iceland - 2/6/2021
1318 days ago
View commentsView articleLaying the bear trap: Orbán visits No 10 Downing Street
For Hungary's Viktor Orbán, migration has been an opportunity to make valuable enemies and court new friends.
By Binoy Kampmark - 2/6/2021
1112 days ago
View commentsView articleChina’s strategic goals in the Pacific are emerging and Australia must be concerned, or alarmed!
If a country that signed up to a loan cannot repay, then China takes over the facility. That has already happened with a major port in Sri Lanka which the government defaulted on.
By Jeffrey Wall - 1/6/2021
520 days ago
View commentsView articleA looming referendum
Today's essay is about the proposed amendment to our Constitution to acknowledge the fact that indigenous Australians were here first.
By Don Aitkin - 1/6/2021
2514 days ago
View commentsView articleAcademics get Andrew Peacock wrong
Of course, for left of centre academia just being a so called ‘moderate’ like Peacock means everything, yet such praise misunderstands the complex nature of the Liberal Party.
By Scott Prasser - 31/5/2021
721 days ago
View commentsView articleAt long last- recognition of the genocide in German Southwest Africa
The Herero found no water or food as the German troops systematically poisoned all water holes and closed all escape routes.
By Peter Curson - 31/5/2021
319 days ago
View commentsView articleFree speech dying in Malaysia
An unpopular government seeks to suppress unpopular opinion.
By Murray Hunter - 28/5/2021
922 days ago
View commentsView articleHow it all went wrong: the global response to COVID-19
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise.
By Binoy Kampmark - 28/5/2021
622 days ago
View commentsView articleBBC Bashir survey feeds trust deficit
If public trust is a currency, the BBC will be dipping into its savings for some time to come.
By Mal Fletcher - 27/5/2021
425 days ago
View commentsView articleOur response to China's influence in PNG continues to fall well short
PNG Water, a state owned entity, committed to a Port Moresby water project that will cost K450 million – or more than three times Australia's generous grant announced almost at the same time.
By Jeffrey Wall - 27/5/2021
1022 days ago
View commentsView articleRiddle, mystery and enigma: Russia explained
Condensing a thousand-year history of any country into an informative and insightful book of less than 250 pages is not an easy task.
By Rex Drabik - 26/5/2021
422 days ago
View commentsView articleLiz Cheney, Dick Cheney and the rule of law
Cheney has felt her party to be the hostage of a ghoulish monster who refuses to be slayed. And she fears her party has fallen out of love with the rule of law.
By Binoy Kampmark - 26/5/2021
425 days ago
View commentsView articleThe influence of Queensland in the Menzies government 1949-1966
When the Menzies Government was elected in 1949 two of the top four positions in the cabinet were held by Queenslanders.
By Jeffrey Wall - 25/5/2021
226 days ago
View commentsView articleThere will be no peace without a process of reconciliation
No one should have the illusion that once a ceasefire is established, Israel and the Palestinians can negotiate a peace agreement.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 25/5/2021
1526 days ago
View commentsView articleThe hot response culture (why reason and compassion should prevail)
Your smartphone has seven million times the memory and 100,000 times the processing power of the guidance computer onboard Apollo 11. Have you wondered what we're collectively doing with all that power?
By Mal Fletcher - 24/5/2021
626 days ago
View commentsView article Al Jazeera and AP cover up destruction of Hamas media mouthpiece
Al Jazeera and Associated Press (AP) reports on Israel's demolition of the 14 storey building in which their respective offices were located illustrates media anti-Israel bias.
By David Singer - 24/5/2021
7615 days ago
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