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November 25, 2020
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.
International - Alan Dupont - 5 comments
While I cheer Biden's victory in the presidential election, I lament the state of the union Trump is leaving behind.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 6 comments

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Australian bushfires on Turkey’s answer to Al Jazeera

Ambit Gambit Last night I was interviewed by TRT – Turkey’s answer to Al Jazeera – on a panel moderated by Adnan Azwaz on the Australian fires. My fellow panellists were Professor Mark Howden and Tony Kevin. Azwaz did a good job, and his courteous approach to moderation could teach Tony Jones a thing or two, although he […]

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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.
Health - Andreas Ortmann - 5 comments
Rees makes clear from the outset, current cruelty is worldwide, deliberate and escalating.
Law & Liberties - Ken Macnab - 4 comments

Monday, November 23, 2020

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.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 5 comments
Masks can prove liberating. The hidden face affords security. Obnoxious authority breathes better, hiding in comfort.
Society - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments

Friday, November 20, 2020

The last thing America needed to see were legal actions by teams representing the Republicans challenging the election results on November 3, 2020.
International - David Singer - 49 comments
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.
International - Ioan Voicu - 5 comments

Thursday, November 19, 2020

One dogma that is likely to persist in US foreign policy during a Biden presidency will be the sanctions regime adopted towards Iran.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
Higher education has been quite a success story for Indigenous people, particularly for urban women.
Indigenous Affairs - Joe Lane - 7 comments

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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.
International - Arthur Dent - 10 comments
The art of economics consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.
Economics - Peter Fenwick - 3 comments

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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.
International - Graham Young - 37 comments
We can trace the museumisation of church art to the process of secularisation aided by the interest in comparative religion.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 3 comments

Monday, November 16, 2020

Trump cuts tax, Biden lifts tax: both add deficit stimulus.
International - Michael Knox - 3 comments
The most talented strategist in British politics has been expelled from Number 10 Downing Street.
International - Keith Suter - 7 comments

Friday, November 13, 2020

Australia has given the world two influential and disruptive exports in the field of media.
Media - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
Who would have thought the New York Times would ever come out against the secular state?
Political Philosophy - Edie Wyatt - 5 comments

Thursday, November 12, 2020

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.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 8 comments
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.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 81 comments

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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.
Environment - Mark Poynter - 13 comments
The 2020 US election may have damaged the global reputation of democracy more than anyone could have imagined.
International - Charles Essery - 12 comments

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 22 comments
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.
Political Philosophy - Philip Lillingston - 8 comments

Monday, November 9, 2020

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.
International - Tristan Ewins - 9 comments
The normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan is another step forward toward the establishment of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 15 comments

Friday, November 6, 2020

Having an opinion about climate change, let alone declaring it, is now the centre of personal, political and international disputes.
Science & Technology - Charles Essery - 49 comments
In 90 days the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force in internation law.
International - Daryl Le Cornu - 28 comments

Thursday, November 5, 2020

It's an oxymoron with a long history: American democracy. In referring to the United States, it does not exist.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 11 comments
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.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 25 comments

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

A friend runs bets for a small group of us who are interested in world politics. In 2016, I was a newbie-maverick by forecasting Brexit, the UK Election and worst of all (in friends eyes) the Trump win.
International - Charles Essery - 17 comments
Presented with two parties offering no clear vision of the future, voters opted for certainty by voting for incumbents and voting for border closures.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 10 comments

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

This month, the US Department of Justice summoned up the courage to use Section 2 of the Sherman Act in filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
Strangely enough for a work that centres on the secret, esoteric and arcane, 'The Secret Teachings' is largely concerned with the methodical application of rational logic.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter McMahon - 6 comments

Monday, November 2, 2020

The Armenia and Azerbaijan war is a superb example of the UN's problems. This war is a territorial dispute over the Armenia-backed breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, located inside Azerbaijan.
International - Peter Bowden - 4 comments
Bidengate raises questions concerning alleged corruption by the Biden family including his son Hunter Biden and Joe Biden's claim that he had no knowledge of his son's business activities.
International - David Singer - 3 comments

Friday, October 30, 2020

Across the Tasman, the New Zealand Customs Service is increasingly concerned at the record volume of illegal cigarettes entering the country through Malaysian criminal syndicates.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 20 comments
I keep seeing suggestions that now we know how to deal with Covid-19 (do we?) it's time to deal with the biggest threat of all, climate change.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 50 comments

Thursday, October 29, 2020

The challenges facing the Rohingya people have unfortunately continued following their arrival in Bangladesh.
International - Beenish Ashraf - 12 comments
Is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation too focused on the interests of a relatively small group of people in the inner cities of Sydney and Melbourne?
Media - Peter West - 45 comments

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

This case, involving a former ASIS officer involved in a bugging operation in Timor Leste in 2004, and the related prosecution of his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, has come to a sorry pass.
Law & Liberties - Warren Reed - 5 comments
So, how much of COVID-19 can we take before it loses its ‘fear’ impact? In other words, have we reached, or reaching, a COVID-19 immunity worldview due to pandemic fatigue and pandemic anger?
Religion & Spirituality - Greg Bondar - 13 comments

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Annastacia Palaszczuk has support for her COVID stance, but is still struggling to do better than last election. Much worse and Queensland will have a minority government.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 38 comments
Holgate had erred in blending the cultures of the corporate sector and those of the public. It was sufficient to put some government members into a more than irritable mood.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 12 comments

Monday, October 26, 2020

Throughout much of the world there have been protests, in the name of freedom, against some of the steps taken by governments to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Political Philosophy - John Wright - 34 comments
Turkey's President Erdogan is becoming ever more dangerous as he continues to ravage his own country and destabilize scores of states in the Middle East, the Balkans, and North Africa, while cozying up to the West's foremost adversaries.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments


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