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|The David McBride case: whistleblowing, Afghanistan and Australian war crimes|
In 2017, the material gathered by McBride became the trove of documents and revelations called The Afghan Files.
By Binoy Kampmark - 4/12/2020
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|Biden's opportunity to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
It is expected that Biden will support a two-state solution given his past position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, albeit a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians no longer believe that such an outcome remains viable.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 4/12/2020
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|Anglicans, Christmas, and the birth of God?|
He pointed out that early Anglicans such as Latimer, Ridley and Cranmer were burnt at the stake with the consent of most of the rest of the bishops in Mary's church.
By Spencer Gear - 3/12/2020
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|Inter-regional diplomacy is alive|
APEC's official aim is to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific area by creating greater prosperity for the people of the region.
By Ioan Voicu - 3/12/2020
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|Unintended consequences of China’s wine tariffs|
There is no denying China continues to be the most valuable market for Australian wine and further, that wine sales to China are critical for wineries in Australia which wish to ensure that their global strategy is working.
By Greg Bondar - 2/12/2020
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|Afghanistan - open letter|
We wish to record our disappointment and distress on how the allegations of atrocities in Afghanistan have been addressed by the Prime Minister, and in particular the Chief of the Defence Forces.
By Vietnam Veterans - 2/12/2020
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|Australia-China relationship chills|
Policymakers persist in US-centric orientation to their detriment
By Murray Hunter - 1/12/2020
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|The art of helpful communication|
So much of what I read is biased in this way or that, and I find I have to wade through the exaggeration to get to the point.
By Don Aitkin - 1/12/2020
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In the absence of a genuine global governance system (like the UN is supposed to be) global leadership falls by default to the world’s biggest economic and military power.
By Peter McMahon - 30/11/2020
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|Electoral fraud revealed in Michigan|
The same pattern of election fraud and voter fraud writ large occurred in all the swing states with only minor variations in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Wisconsin.
By David Singer - 30/11/2020
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|Skewed responsibility: Australian war crimes in Afghanistan|
A 'warrior culture' also comes in for some withering treatment, which is slightly odd given the kill and capture tasks these men have been given with mind numbing regularity.
By Binoy Kampmark - 27/11/2020
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|COVID-19 shouldn't kill cash!|
Cash hasn’t been very useful during the Covid-19 season. Under the shadow of lockdowns, many stores and restaurants have become delivery-only services. Cashless payments have become not just convenient but indispensable.
By Mal Fletcher - 27/11/2020
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|China's rivers of sand|
With twenty percent of the world’s population China has only seven percent of the fresh water. It, though, controls the fresh water needed by three billion people in Asia and will not share it.
By Felix Imonti - 26/11/2020
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|Seeing deeper and farther |
Rod Dreher wrote his latest book to relay to us the warnings of others about a looming soft totalitarianism in the West.
By Ralph Bowles - 26/11/2020
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|Might Taiwan be the next Franz Ferdinand moment?|
Amid escalating US-China rivalry, Taiwan is considered the most likely trigger for a hot war. Should it occur, Australia would be caught on the horns of a dilemma.
By Alan Dupont - 25/11/2020
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|The danger to our democracy is the Republican Party|
While I cheer Biden's victory in the presidential election, I lament the state of the union Trump is leaving behind.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 25/11/2020
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|Sweden eschewed lockdowns. It’s (still) too early to be certain it was wrong.|
We have been told that Sweden has become a cautionary tale and does not qualify as a model that Australia ought to pay attention to, nevermind follow.
By Andreas Ortmann - 24/11/2020
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|Humanity's response to escalating global cruelty|
Rees makes clear from the outset, current cruelty is worldwide, deliberate and escalating.
By Ken Macnab - 24/11/2020
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|The sine wave in politics|
First there were kings and nobles and knights and peasants. While the kings had the power, and were supported by the knights, there was nothing much the peasants could do.
By Don Aitkin - 23/11/2020
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|Covid offices and the religion of remote work|
Masks can prove liberating. The hidden face affords security. Obnoxious authority breathes better, hiding in comfort.
By Binoy Kampmark - 23/11/2020
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|Mail-in ballots have corrupted the electoral process|
The last thing America needed to see were legal actions by teams representing the Republicans challenging the election results on November 3, 2020.
By David Singer - 20/11/2020
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|A significant test for multilateral diplomacy|
As a forum for multilateralism, ASEM is expected to become a real driving force for the future, consolidating its role as a dynamic facilitator in key areas of interregional cooperation.
By Ioan Voicu - 20/11/2020
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|A dedicated obsession: Washington's continuing Iran sanctions regime|
One dogma that is likely to persist in US foreign policy during a Biden presidency will be the sanctions regime adopted towards Iran.
By Binoy Kampmark - 19/11/2020
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|Annual Indigenous Higher Education Update|
Higher education has been quite a success story for Indigenous people, particularly for urban women.
By Joe Lane - 19/11/2020
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|COVID-19: notes on Trump 52-'platitudes matter'|
After predicting a landslide against Trump and getting a 10% increase in his vote as well as a reduction in the Demcrat majority in the House, the mainstream media has now officially given up on Trump voters.
By Arthur Dent - 18/11/2020
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|The future of economic policy|
The art of economics consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.
By Peter Fenwick - 18/11/2020
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|We’ll need to pay a higher defence premium under Biden|
In return for being one of the US's most reliable allies, Australia expects and hopes, that in the event of any serious threat to our borders, the US will come to our aid.
By Graham Young - 17/11/2020
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|Is culture enough? Christianity and art|
We can trace the museumisation of church art to the process of secularisation aided by the interest in comparative religion.
By Peter Sellick - 17/11/2020
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|The effects on deficit – Trump vs Biden|
Trump cuts tax, Biden lifts tax: both add deficit stimulus.
By Michael Knox - 16/11/2020
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|Has Boris Johnson lost his ‘brain’?|
The most talented strategist in British politics has been expelled from Number 10 Downing Street.
By Keith Suter - 16/11/2020
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|Petitions, probes and Rupert Murdoch|
Australia has given the world two influential and disruptive exports in the field of media.
By Binoy Kampmark - 13/11/2020
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|Winnowing fan of the woke|
Who would have thought the New York Times would ever come out against the secular state?
By Edie Wyatt - 13/11/2020
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|Australia’s migration advice industry in disarray|
Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has fragmented the profession into two distinct categories, leaving many free from scrutiny and not subject to governance or the profession’s code of conduct.
By Murray Hunter - 12/11/2020
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|Why do scientists disagree about climate change?|
What we would do for industries like smelting, for air travel and for back-up for hospitals and other critical users of electricity I don't know.
By Don Aitkin - 12/11/2020
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|‘Bushfires’ Royal Commission – a predictable disappointment|
Unfortunately, the RC was not designed to seriously act on the major issues that could more substantially reduce the bushfire threat, such as land management and fire-fighting practices.
By Mark Poynter - 11/11/2020
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|Climate change/polster failings are now secondary to the universal postal ballots in US 2020 election|
The 2020 US election may have damaged the global reputation of democracy more than anyone could have imagined.
By Charles Essery - 11/11/2020
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|Biden's victory: a eunuch presidency beckons|
A Joe Biden presidency promises to be a return, not a progression. But a glance at the US electoral map suggests no easy pathway to political amnesia.
By Binoy Kampmark - 10/11/2020
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|What to do about the worst type of government: local|
From the infamous Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall notoriety of New York City in the late 19th century, to the present, council maladministration, if not outright corruption, has too often been co-driver with council governance.
By Philip Lillingston - 10/11/2020
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|Democrats need to galvanise the working class to ensure future victories|
As a Biden-Harris victory becomes apparent in the United States Presidential race it's well to consider the various stratum of voters and how they have determined the result.
By Tristan Ewins - 9/11/2020
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|Normalization alone is not a path for Israeli-Palestinian peace|
The normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan is another step forward toward the establishment of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 9/11/2020
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|Climate change, models, recent long-term temperature data and energy policy: is Covid-19 affecting our leading minds?|
Having an opinion about climate change, let alone declaring it, is now the centre of personal, political and international disputes.
By Charles Essery - 6/11/2020
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|The people's treaty|
In 90 days the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force in internation law.
By Daryl Le Cornu - 6/11/2020
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|The US Republic, Trump and the authoritarian fear-mongering club|
It's an oxymoron with a long history: American democracy. In referring to the United States, it does not exist.
By Binoy Kampmark - 5/11/2020
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|I want my American dream back|
Never has it occurred though to the multitude of Americans that one man, in four short years would nearly shatter everything that America stood for.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 5/11/2020
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