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June 19, 2019
The second Convention of Peking, signed on June 9, 1898 was never recognised either by the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek nor Mao Zedong's victorious communists.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
We can learn lessons from cities like Paris, but we must be alert to the dangers in importing solutions that might work well elsewhere but aren't well matched to local circumstances.
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 3 comments
Two weeks ago, a 29-year-old Roma woman was physically attacked in the middle of the day in Kosovo, after a false accusation.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 3 comments

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The consequence of turning formerly estuarine lakes into man-made fresh water lakes is that annually 900GL of precious fresh water evaporates from the lakes, instead of sea water.
Environment - Max Rheese - 12 comments
Reform must tackle the 'state of mind' that engulfs Malaysian public universities to make them relevant to contemporary society and regionally competitive.
Education - Murray Hunter - 4 comments

Monday, June 17, 2019

Despite the dam’s present low water level, media is being swamped with contentious arguments about Sydney Water’s proposal to raise the height of Warragamba’s wall by a further fourteen metres.
Nation Building - Ian Nance - 11 comments
The issue of Assange’s failing health is critical
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments
US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has set a cat among the pigeons with his claim that, 'Under certain circumstances I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank'.
International - David Singer - 5 comments

Friday, June 14, 2019

As the major parties and commentators seek explanations for the latest federal election results, they should re-visit the lessons of the 2004 federal election.
Domestic Politics - Rick Brown - 8 comments
The $45 billion from the Telstra sale is now increasingly surpassed by the NBN's costs of $51 billion and counting (ABC 2018).
Economics - Flavio Romano - 3 comments
If the 20th Century was the age of the victory of democracy and freedom over tyranny, the 21st century is showing up to be the era where our rights are slowly being taken away.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 11 comments

Thursday, June 13, 2019

In our country, and others like them, at election times, and indeed pretty well all the time, poverty is seen as being somehow wrong in principle, and my political party or yours will end it, or at least reduce it.
Economics - Don Aitkin - 47 comments
Those who claim to know the truth are the very sort who are happy to fill the morgues, ban the theatres and destroy musical instruments.
Media - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Since when did the Australian people vote to share government with the Holy See? This undermines the separation of church and state.
International - Meg Wallace - 16 comments
The daughter of the deputy prime minister disassociated herself from the government, quitting all her government and party posts because she believes the government is on the wrong track.
International - Murray Hunter - 5 comments

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What empowers people and nurtures a shared sense of purpose and belonging is individuals, business and community leaders working together, in good faith, on solutions that reflect local conditions.
Political Philosophy - Mark Christensen - 5 comments
Denmark's 2019 election victors: a party of the left combines left-wing economic policies with a right-wing immigration stance
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
All nations ought to take measures to prevent future genocide. We must remain vigilant and do whatever it takes to prevent mass killings.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments

Monday, June 10, 2019

Almost one-third of the players in the State of Origin on last Wednesday night refused to sing the national anthem because of a quibble over one word.
Political Philosophy - Graham Young - 33 comments
China through Confucius Institutes located at several Australian Universities already yields some influence within university campuses.
International - Murray Hunter - 4 comments
Targeting Page would give the FBI access to all his emails - past and present, sent and received
Law & Liberties - David Singer - 3 comments

Friday, June 7, 2019

When the archaic official secrets provisions of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) were repealed in June 29 2018 those dealing with publishing such material felt slight relief.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 36 comments
I agree that it would be absurd to equate Johnson with Churchill at this or any other stage, which of course is precisely what Sheridan is doing.
International - Arthur Dent - 6 comments

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Plastic in all its various forms has transformed our world.
Environment - Ken Calvert - 15 comments
Falling forward property revenues will see infrastructure spending curtailed (even though we continue to have an infrastructure deficit) or we will go into more debt to keep the tap.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 4 comments

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Obviously it would cost money and it’s likely the Commonwealth would have to assist the state government, which is seriously indebted.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 1 comment
Anti-LGBTI prejudice has found euphemisms to hide behind like 'religious freedom', 'freedom of speech', 'freedom of conscience' and 'parental rights'.
Law & Liberties - Rodney Croome - 12 comments
As a traditional 'small government' Republican Eisenhower worried about how a new expensive industrial complex had been created to exploit the new military era.
International - Keith Suter - 7 comments

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Of course, factional power doesn't go away overnight and it was no surprise when the inaugural contenders in the first party-wide ballot for the Labor leadership were factional heavy-weights from the Right and Left.
Domestic Politics - Tim O'Hare - 6 comments
We are genetically wired to follow our leaders.
Domestic Politics - Peter Bowden - 8 comments
These poll results are a better reflection of likely votes at a general election than the EU election results and are, as expected, less catastrophic for the two previous 'mainstream' parties
International - Arthur Dent - 3 comments

Monday, June 3, 2019

Australia’s government spending is high and a huge public debt overhang creates uncertainty for the private sector. The new government’s reform program should include reduced public spending, tax reform and industrial relations reform.
Economics - Tony Makin - 5 comments
The politician is a creature of deception and dissimulation, and avoiding the compromising wet by keeping to high and dry moral ground may be a difficult thing.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 5 comments

Friday, May 31, 2019

It's impossible to relive the past, but a better future can be forged. Australia is best served by two major parties whose 'inclusion' doesn't feel like exclusion for a vast swathe of voters.
Domestic Politics - Kurt Mahlburg - 11 comments
Why should we care about Julian Assage? His sad situation shows our future freedoms are threatened in a world becoming less transparent, more totalitarian.
Law & Liberties - Murray Hunter - 28 comments
Waging another war in the Mideast, this time against Iran, would have not only disastrous consequences for the US but will also engulf our allies.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 2 comments

Thursday, May 30, 2019

It is a valuable source of information and communication, but the internet is also patrolled by rival gangs who seek to intimidate each other under cover of anonymity.
April Feature - Betsy Fysh - 9 comments
The Labor Party campaigned on the cause célèbres of any number of inner urban hipster coffee shops, bistros or university campuses.
Domestic Politics - Ross Elliott - 9 comments
These allegations could result in the uncovering of a scandal for the Democrats far worse than the Watergate break-in.
International - David Singer - 4 comments

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

While it’s virtually impossible to be certain even about the exact details of the past, it is completely impossible to be certain about the future.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 10 comments
Homosexuality spreads the closer one gets to the holy of holies
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 11 comments

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Did the constant reference to 'True Believers' and 'Faith' by the major Leaders show that both parties have gone back to their roots with their slogan efforts this year?
Domestic Politics - Greg Bondar - 8 comments
Shapiro surveys Western civilisation with two questions in mind: what underpins its incredible achievements and why, after so much toil and suffering, are we now so keen to blow it?
Religion & Spirituality - Mark Christensen - 5 comments

Monday, May 27, 2019

In Australia, our political system promotes all the wrong childhood, competitive behaviours like tactical play, groupthink, manipulating, and even backstabbing over our more mature adult behaviours.
Domestic Politics - Tony Holmwood - 10 comments
The standout feature of this angle is that Chelsea Manning, the key source for WikiLeaks as former intelligence analyst for the US Army, is less important than Assange.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 10 comments

Friday, May 24, 2019

Twenty years ago, Trade Union legend Bill Ludwig introduced me to Bill Shorten, telling me that here was a young guy who was going places.
Domestic Politics - Everald Compton - 13 comments
In my opinion judicial activism is not that much different to a (limited) bloodless coup d'état, except that there is no penalty potentially applying to offending judges.
Law & Liberties - Brendan O'Reilly - 52 comments
The massive emigration of nearly 100,000 people that occurred in 2013 alone is so alarming demanding that the Kosovo's government tackle the problem head-on with the support of the US and the EU.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The scenario technique identifies three possible futures to aid critical thinking about climate change. Will basic social and political values survive?
Environment - Peter McMahon - 15 comments
In Queensland, the ALP was devastated electorally because voters put jobs above climate change.
Domestic Politics - Bernie Masters - 17 comments

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The pollsters got it wrong, the bookies got it wrong, the punters got it wrong the ABC and most of the mainstream media got it wrong and obviously Bill Shorten got it very wrong.
Domestic Politics - John Mikkelsen - 11 comments
Acting in breach of its own Charter has reduced the UN to an organization held hostage by the 134 anti-Israel nations.
International - David Singer - 7 comments

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Throughout the Howard years, federal Labor found itself constantly incapable of recovering the 'aspirational' blue collar voters who had found comfort in the arms of the conservative Coalition government.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
The utopian renewable future promised by Labor and the Greens is based on more fiction than fact, underpinned by faux moralism and will come with an undetermined price tag for little environmental benefit.
Environment - Tristan Prasser - 32 comments
The sleeper cells I'm thinking of were not highlighted in the mass media coverage. They weren't mentioned in what I heard and read after the voting.
Domestic Politics - Spencer Gear - 10 comments

Monday, May 20, 2019

Death is rarely a matter of good timing but it can be part of a good career move or the perfect conclusion to his political party's attempt to reclaim office.
Domestic Politics - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
Open-records litigation ... and superb investigative journalism .... have unearthed three critical State Department documents
International - David Singer - 1 comment
A single thread runs through the narrative as the various plots unfold; the intentional basis of human action.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 12 comments


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