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November 15, 2018
Firstly, 'extremist' and 'Islam' are two diametrically opposed concepts. To conflate these terms is an affront to the great world faith of Islam.
Law & Liberties - Kuranda Seyit - 6 comments
 
Disagreement, debate, disputation, and 'difference' was central to the life of the university.
Law & Liberties - Laurence Maher - 3 comments
 
Not surprisingly, Trump's allies within the European Union and Japan have criticised the decision to withdraw, fearing that it could lead to a new nuclear arms race.
International - Glen Anderson and Blake Pepper - 2 comments
 




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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The underlying assumption is that the Western faith in reason to liberate humanity has lost its underlying authority, and now we are free-floating down the rapids, possibly towards Niagara Falls.
Political Philosophy - Jason Beale - 7 comments
 
All we hear from Trump and his stooges in Congress are hollow and insincere expressions of sorrow and condolences to the families of the victims.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 7 comments
 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

'When their relationship with God was disturbed, their mutual relationship was also disturbed; everything that belongs together disintegrated...'
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 47 comments
 
Mr Malcolm Turnbull has long portrayed himself as a man of great dignitas and auctoritas capable of standing above the fray of Australian politics
Domestic Politics - Gregory Melleuish - 14 comments
 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Australia is one of a relatively small club of nations that makes voting compulsory. Other countries with compulsory voting are: Brazil, Argentina, Luxembourg, and Belgium.
Political Philosophy - Michelle Coxhead - 10 comments
 
These measures do raise a question: whether the term genocide has been all too readily pressed into usage, when intent to do so must be the only reasonable inference on the evidence.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 

Friday, November 9, 2018

He wrapped him tightly in an army issue groundsheet and buried him on his back as if resting peacefully in the field of battle.
Society - Brian Murphy - 24 comments
 
Gross domestic product (GDP), the measure of economic activity, for instance, will actually increase as the climate gets worse.
Environment - Keith Suter - 28 comments
 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The policy and technical issues should have been thoroughly examined and debated well before any formal adoption of the PIT measure.
Education - David Robertson - 2 comments
 
The problem of knowing what is right and what is wrong has been compounded by the double speak describing unethical conflicts of interest that are systematically imbedded in Australian institutions.
Law & Liberties - Shann Turnbull - 9 comments
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The report accepts costs need to be reduced and that will require a massive effort. It says more R&D, and, importantly, getting the market activated to generate experience with production processes.
Nation Building - Geoff Carmody - 19 comments
 
What are the holes in Dr Robyn Whitaker's arguments against Margaret Court and Court's support for heterosexual marriage over Whitaker's backing of modern Christian families that include gay couples?
Law & Liberties - Spencer Gear - 25 comments
 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Geo-engineering: acting in ignorance of the consequences.
Science & Technology - Tim Ball and Tom Harris - 24 comments
 
What's outrageous about this episode is that we here in the US, where freedom of speech and assembly are guaranteed by the constitution, are threatened by Turkish citizens who were given the privilege to live in our country.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments
 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Facebook, the all-gazing, accumulating system of personal profiles and information, poster child, in fact, of surveillance capitalism, is losing users.
Media - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
Unpacking Sam Harris’ belief that we don’t have control over our actions.
Political Philosophy - Louis O'Neill - 62 comments
 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Overwhelmingly, the comments are of the self-righteous, reactionary, Nature worshiping kind that belittles humanity and places the wisdom of the beast/Nature above humanity.
Political Philosophy - Barry York - 37 comments
 
This is not that bear market, this is a bull market correction. The reason we know this is not a bear market is that we have two tests.
Economics - Michael Knox - 3 comments
 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Without stabilisation of population, more efficient utilisation of resources and reduction of pollution most of the same impacts are still going to happen.
Environment - Eric Claus - 26 comments
 
The remarkable thing is just how dependent State Governments have become on property taxes – chiefly stamp duty on transfers.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Romer’s analysis begins with the insight that innovations are based on ideas and an intrinsic characteristic of ideas is that they are non-rivalrous.
Economics - Flavio Romano - 1 comment
 
If it is ok to be white, we should be able to say so even if white supremacists say the same thing.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 16 comments
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The media are a battleground where reformers struggle for attention, but are defeated with great regularity by the wealth and power of the establishment.
Media - John Avery - 10 comments
 
NSW law considers a cat a “nuisance” only if makes a noise that unreasonably interferes with your peace, comfort or convenience, or repeatedly damages your property. And the burden of proof is on you.
Law & Liberties - Allen Greer - 12 comments
 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Lifting Australia’s ban on nuclear power can only be a good thing, providing new economic opportunities and an alternative pathway to clean and plentiful energy.
Nation Building - Tristan Prasser - 37 comments
 
The cold-blooded killing of the journalist Khashoggi, however gruesome, pales compared to the brutality and gross human rights violations Saudi Arabia is committing in Yemen.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 3 comments
 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Of course, the climate system is driven by the sun, but even if the solar forcing were constant, the climate would still vary.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 83 comments
 
The WSJ analyzed 50 companies, finding that they spent a combined $2 billion more than they generated in the second quarter.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 7 comments
 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

What he learned from the past was that the CCP would have to hold the society in an inflexible ideological vice.
International - Felix Imonti - 8 comments
 
Erdogan has put in the field two state organizations, Diyanet and the Turkish Development Agency (TIKA), as vehicles through which Turkey could enhance its Islamic influence in the Balkans.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 5 comments
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Many commentators have labelled this evidence of an increased return to an ultra-conservative entrenchment of racism and white superiority in Australia.
Political Philosophy - Rob Cover - 22 comments
 
Jordan has now signalled its preparedness to replace the PLO by publically supporting Trump in an article written in the Jordan Times by Walid Sadi.
International - David Singer - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

However, the call by Sheikh Taj Aldin Hilali, a Sydney based cleric, that independent Islamic schools should not allow homosexual teachers to work in their schools has opened up a can of worms.
Law & Liberties - Kuranda Seyit - 29 comments
 
The Rail Futures Institute's Melbourne Rail Plan is the sort of comprehensive metropolitan plan that the Government's failed to release, preferring instead to pull out ad-hoc projects just before the next election.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 5 comments
 

Monday, October 22, 2018

This is a world, of transaction, appearance and display, based on conceit and seduction, the toying by the super star artist with the necessarily gullible.
The Arts - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 
They created what is effectively an apartheid state in the West Bank by applying different laws, different roads to travel, and a different security apparatus, all designed to suppress the Palestinians.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 7 comments
 

Friday, October 19, 2018

A combination of real wage growth, targeted land release, and reforms to negative gearing and capital gains concessions would deflate median prices.
Economics - Blake Pepper and Glen Anderson - 14 comments
 
Three powers tussling over image and appearance; all engaged in a wrestle over how best to seem the least hypocritical.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 
■ The Fed tells us that the US growth this year will be higher at 3.1% but rates will still peak at 3.4% in 2020.
Economics - Michael Knox - 6 comments
 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I named my baby later to acknowledge the child that I was still grieving for. I began to imagine the life she could have had.
Law & Liberties - Madeleine Weidemann - 69 comments
 
President Trump's National Security Adviser - John Bolton - has exposed the fiction that there is a legally-constituted 'State of Palestine'.
International - David Singer - 33 comments
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Discrimination is a part of life. Indeed, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t discriminate in one way or another.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 6 comments
 
The unity of purpose between Israeli and diaspora Jewry is crumbling, the social and political divide among Israelis is dangerously widening, and the prospect of living in peace and security is becoming increasingly untenable.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 6 comments
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Current polling indicates the Liberal Party could be facing it's first electoral loss in the the seat in 60 years – and climate change inaction is the number one issue in the minds of voters.
Environment - Neneh Darwin - 50 comments
 
It is probable that half of all of all nurses hold conscientious objections to abortion. These nurses face very real potential discriminations under this legislation.
Health - Graeme Haycroft - 4 comments
 

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