2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

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The best selling book on Amazon is ‘1984’ – which was originally published in… John Broich Independent A historian from Case Western Reserve University considers how the novel resonates with today’s… A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on… 2017 isn’t ‘1984… Read More »

Trump’s Plan to Reduce UN Spending Is a Step in the Right Direction

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Liberal panic in an budget-conservative world. Brett D. Schaefer The National Interest Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering two executive orders to “drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations.” A draft titled… Trump’s Plan to… Read More »

Yes, politics can make us stupid. But there’s an important exception to that rule.


There may be an antidote to politically motivated reasoning. And it’s wonderfully simple. Brian Resnick Vox Dan Kahan is a professor of law and psychology at Yale whose research over the years has taught us something critically important about political debate today. It’s this: While we… Yes, politics can… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

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The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

Corporate corruption and government failure to act: who’s running this country?

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The controversial Perth freight link development shows that it’s business-as-usual in awarding government contracts to companies with a chequered past Carmen Lawrence The Guardian It’s clear Australians are increasingly wary of the power of big business; in the latest post-election survey by researchers at the Australian National University, 74% responded “yes” to the proposition that “big business has… Corporate corruption and… Read More »

Sorry Mr. Franklin, The Republic Is Dead

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President Trump’s flurry of activity since taking office has been breathtaking to behold. Moses Apostaticus The Daily Caller Like no president before him, Trump is using the power of the presidential pen to roll back the worst excesses of the Obama years and bring the focus of government back to what is in the interests of the American people. Trump’s unilateral use… Sorry Mr. Franklin… Read More »

No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

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It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a… By Greg Miller and Philip Rucker The Washington Post Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and… No ‘G’day, mate’… Read More »

Why the Quebec mosque shooting happened

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Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes have been on the rise in Quebec and Canada as a whole for years. Safiah Chowdhury Al Jazeera News “Hey hey, ho ho, we would rather have Trudeau,” chanted protesters in an American airport, gathered to challenge the executive order by the US President Donald Trump, effectively banning entry of Muslim refugees and residents… Why the Quebec… Read More »

One Nation candidate David Archibald slammed by Anthony Albanese over ‘offensive’ single mother comments

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Federal Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is calling for one of Pauline Hanson’s WA election candidates to be dumped for calling single mothers “lazy”. Joseph Dunstan ABC In a 2015 Quadrant article One Nation candidate David Archibald described single mothers as “too lazy to attract and hold a… One Nation candidate… Read More »

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in 56-to-43 vote

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Rex Tillerson won confirmation Wednesday to become secretary of state, placing a longtime oil company executive at the helm of what President Trump has promised will be an “America first” foreign… By Anne Gearan The Washington Post The final vote was 56 to 43, with four members of the Democratic caucus in favor of confirmation: Sens… Senate confirms Rex… Read More »

Why Putin needs Orbán

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - FEBRUARY 17:  Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban converse during a signing ceremony of several agreements between the two countries at Parliament on February 17, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Putin is in Budapest on a one-day visit, his first visit to an EU-member country since he attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasions in France in June, 2014.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Russia looks to Budapest and the new Trump reality to bring down sanctions wall. Lili Bayer Politico BUDAPEST — As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to make a rare trip to the European Union Thursday, his choice of destination — Hungary — reveals a shift in the Kremlin’s strategy in Europe following the… Why Putin needs… Read More »

Why, only now, are we finding out who the biggest donors in an election year were?

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The Australian Electoral Commission has released disclosures on political donations for the financial year 2015-16. Yee-Fui Ng The Conversation The Electoral Act requires donors, candidates, political parties and associated entities to give details to the commission about the political donations they received for each financial year. All donations above… Why, only now… Read More »

EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

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European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the… VoA His remarks came in a letter to 27 EU leaders before a summit Friday in… “Particularly the change in… EU Leader Identifies… Read More »

What has Turnbull agreed to do for Trump?

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Let’s hope it’s worth it. Mark Beeson The Conversation Malcolm Turnbull has sacrificed whatever remaining credibility he may still have had as a small-l liberal in a desperate effort to save his tawdry asylum-seeker deal with the US government. Those hoping for… What has Turnbull… Read More »

Explainer: what are executive orders? And what force do they have in US politics?

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US President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders and actions in his first week-and-a-half in office. Bryan Cranston The Conversation These have ranged from those starting the process to build a border wall with Mexico and withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. But the executive… Explainer: what are… Read More »

Why Russia is about to decriminalise wife-beating

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The Duma’s war on women It fits with traditional values, lawmakers say The Economist SHOULD it be a crime for a husband to hit his wife? In many countries this question no longer needs… But not in Russia, where the Duma (parliament) voted this week to decriminalise domestic violence against family members unless it is a… Why Russia is… Read More »