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James Cumes

Dr James Cumes is author of The Human Mirror: The Narcissistic Imperative in Human Behaviour. His book America's Suicidal Statecraft was published in November 2006.

After soldiering in Papua and Dutch New Guinea in WW II and diplomatic posts in Paris, Geneva, London, Bonn and Berlin, he became Ambassador to the EU and several individual countries. High Commissioner to Nigeria, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and UNIDO, Governor on the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Australian representative at UN and other meetings around the world.

He is the initiator of Victory over Want, an organisation devoted to ending world poverty.

Author's website: James Cumes's home page

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The final countdown?
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Nothing without Labour
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Step back from the abyss
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The light's not shining
March 2011 Feature - 18/03/2011 - 10 comments
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Interest rates, the flow of funds and perhaps - by default - Armageddon
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Ben Chifley was right all along about the banks
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Capitalism at the tipping point
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A poisoned chalice
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The Ponzi mania: free markets, free trade, free ride?
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The RBA follows the financial gospel from on high
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The tipping point
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Speculative fever and casino economies
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Is Rudd another Scullin?
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The super-cycle of commodities and the Lucky Country
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Raising interest rates delivers a triple whammy
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A shifting of global power - the changing of the guard
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'When the World is Free …'
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Our narcissistic selves
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John Howard's bottom line
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The RBA's self-destructive policies
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No vision, no hope? Suicide as the despair of the disadvantaged
February 2004 Feature - 23/02/2004 - 2 comments
Australia should proceed with the 'Son of Star Wars' project quickly
International - 27/01/2004 - 1 comment
The Whitlam Papers show how poorly past mistakes have been understood
Domestic Politics - 21/01/2004
Christmas and Common Humanity
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The Chinese will have the USA to thank if they become a hyperpower
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