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Mother Of All Bombs: What is it and why is the US now using it to fight Islamic State?

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On Friday, the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) became the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped on a battlefield after the US unexpectedly unleashed one on a network of Islamic State targets in Afghanistan. By Steven Viney, staff ABC Observers were almost instantly stunned as… US President Donald Trump was… Mother Of All… Read More »

‘China Matters’

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Book Extract In China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia (LaTrobe University Press), its authors Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson look at the… By Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson By Daily Review The two expert China-watchers take a concise look at modern China, its tensions and contradictions, and pose questions about how it might use its power and influence in a… A major aim of… ‘China Matters… Read More »

An atheist at Greek Easter

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The paradox. I do not believe in god, yet I can never escape him on Πάσχα, Pascha, Pesach or Easter. By Fotis Kapetopoulos Daily Review The bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt last week on Palm Sunday is one more sectarian atrocity in the Middle… However, the considered silence from much of the Left as Christians burn in the Middle East angers… An atheist at… Read More »

Meet Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s army of abstainers

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If the choice is Macron or Le Pen, many leftist supporters would rather not vote at all. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico LILLE — Three weeks ago, left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was an entertaining sideshow in France’s presidential race — fun to watch on TV thanks to his cutthroat speaking style but ultimately no… Nobody is laughing now… Meet Jean-Luc… Read More »

Judge who anonymously trolled people in the comments section of a news sit loses his job

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A CROWN Court judge who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. He says he will appeal the decision. Staff writer, News Corp Australia Network A JUDGE who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. Worse still, Jason Dunn-Shaw was found to have posted abuse on stories about cases in which he was directly involved. Judge who anonymously… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Politics podcast: Gareth Evans on Australian self-reliance

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In a speech to the National Press Club on Thursday, former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans lambasted US President Donald… Michelle Grattan  The Conversation Evans described Trump as “manifestly the most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped… Evans, who is chancellor of the Australian National University, was… Politics podcast: Gareth… Read More »

How the Soviet Union Thought Itself to Death

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Glasnost, meant to save the USSR, wound up being its death blow. Anthony D’Agostino The National Interest ALONGSIDE THE balance of power is a balance of ideas, and even a hegemony of… Britain first rose among the European states as a champion of the Reformation and then as a voice of the… Germany emerged as a candidate for world… How the Soviet… Read More »

Is this the beginning of the end for neoliberalism?

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Letters Your editorial on the French elections (11 April), with its encouraging mention of the rise of the higher tax and spend candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, failed to… The Guardian Prior to the 2012 election, polls showed that over 80% of French across the political spectrum thought that free trade had a… So it’s not just immigration that is… Is this the… Read More »

Russian tycoon Usmanov sues Navalny for libel

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One of Russia’s richest men, Alisher Usmanov, is suing opposition leader Alexei Navalny over a video alleging that one of Mr Usmanov’s property deals amounted to a… BBC Mr Usmanov, a steel and telecoms tycoon and part-owner of Arsenal football club, accuses Mr Navalny of… Mr Navalny’s YouTube video went viral – millions have watched… Russian tycoon Usmanov… Read More »

Income gap between Melbourne’s richest and poorest suburbs is widening

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The divide between Melbourne’s richest and poorest suburbs is… Adam Morton Craig Butt The Age New data shows average incomes are growing much faster in the wealthy inner-east and south than in less advantaged outer… A Fairfax Media analysis of Australian Taxation Office figures found people in Melbourne’s wealthiest suburb, Toorak, on… Income gap between… Read More »

Why do you need a digital identity?

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In the 21st century it’s not the GDP that determines a country’s success, but the laws and policies driving its… ABC Estonia is a digital pioneer offering e-identity and e-citizenships as well as a whole range of the digitalised government, education and public… Toomas Ilves, the former president of Estonia, explains why the country went all digital and how you can do it… Why do you… Read More »

Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut

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Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to thrive while saving the… George Monbiot The Guardian So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear… Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the… Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to… Finally, ... Read More »

White House gaffe on Hitler and chemical weapons draws ire

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has apologised after declaring that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World… BBC “I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference about the Holocaust and there is no comparison,” he… “For that I apologise. It was a mistake to do… Critics pointed out gas was used to kill Jews and others in the… White House gaffe… Read More »

A Woman’s Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy’s ‘Slavery’

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SAN GIORGIO IONICO, Italy — Her husband can still recall how Paola Clemente used to set two alarms to make sure she woke in the… GAIA PIANIGIANI The New York Times There, she would pick and sort table grapes up to 12 hours, taking home as little as 27 euros a day, about $29, after middlemen… Her death of a heart attack at 49 in the fields has set off nearly two… A Woman’s Death… Read More »

The Dangerous Academic is an Extinct Species

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If these ever existed at all, they are now deader than dodos… YASMIN NAIR Current Affairs It was curiosity, not stupidity that killed the Dodo. For too long, we have held to the unfair myth that the flightless Mauritian bird became extinct because it was too dumb to understand that it was being… But as Stefan Pociask… The Dangerous Academic… Read More »