Leadership

In Donald Trump’s fantasy world, hints of reality are dawning

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From the travel ban to healthcare to Nato funding, the president is realising that there are limits to the power of his… Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian The great philosopher-novelist Umberto Eco once declared that we will always come up against “the hard core of Being” and the “lines of resistance” that tell us when we are talking rubbish, or… In Donald Trump’s…  Read More »

Paul Keating: Only a reckless government would raid super for housing

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Countries get one chance in history of putting into place a savings retirement scheme on the scale of the Australian superannuation… Paul Keating The Sydney Morning Herald The right conditions had to be there: a government which saw the need, a policy-induced surge of productivity to pay for it and an… The system is the envy of the developed… Paul Keating: Only… Read More »

Le Pen’s Dutch bummer

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3 takeaways for the French far-right leader from Europe’s first major election of… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — At a rally with European allies in January, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen predicted the Continent would “rise up” in 2017 as the Anglo-Saxon world had done last year by voting for Brexit and… So far, the populist uprising hasn’t gone to… Le Pen’s Dutch… Read More »

Can Trump Refrain from Repeating His Predecessor’s Mistakes in Syria?

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The crisis in Syria isn’t a Republican or Democrat problem; it is a moral failing that places America on the wrong side of… Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest The spark that started it all was an errant… Six years ago, on March 6, 2011, Syrian state security forces arrested fifteen young boys for spray painting anti-regime graffiti on a… Can Trump Refrain… Read More »

Sturgeon issues ‘come to Scotland’ invitation to rest of UK

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Nicola Sturgeon has issued an open invitation to UK residents “appalled” at the behaviour of the Westminster Government to move to Scotland and be part of an “outward-looking, compassionate… The Scotsman A stand-off is growing between the First Minister and… The SNP leader used her… Sturgeon issues ‘come… Read More »

So far, Trump has been mercifully incompetent

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“The world is laughing at us. They’re laughing at the stupidity of our… — Donald Trump, October 2016 Stupid is as stupid… Dana Milbank The Washington Post During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump remarked often on the stupidity of our… He was under the impression that the rest of the planet was indulging in some sort of global guffaw at our… So far, Trump… Read More »

A former FBI agent shares 10 tough skills you need to be a strong leader

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To survive growing up on a remote cattle ranch in the middle of Wyoming, I needed to be scrappy, gritty, and… LaRae Quy, SmartBrief Business Insider If I wasn’t keeping an eye out for rattle snakes, I was avoiding horned bulls from charging my horse as I tried to cut them from a… I learned many important life lessons on that ranch… A former FBI… Read More »

Das Knowhow Kapital

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JOHANNESBURG – It has been a quarter-century since apartheid ended, and 23 since the African National Congress took power in South… Ricardo Hausmann Project Syndicate But, as President Jacob Zuma reported in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country’s whites remain in… “White households earn at least five times more than black… Das Knowhow… Read More »

While Michael Flynn Lobbied for Turkey, His Firm Told Congress to Extradite Turkish Dissident

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Months before he registered as a foreign agent, his company brought in House staffers to preview encrypted technology—then pushed them to send Turkey a wanted man living in the… Kimberly Dozier Lachlan Markay The Daily Beast The congressional staffers thought they were going to see a whiz-bang encrypted communications technology when they traveled to… While Michael Flynn… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

Dutch election: PM Rutte sees off anti-EU Wilders challenge

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, exit polls… BBC Early results confirmed the exit polls, with his centre-right VVD Party on course for 31 out of 150… Three parties are projected to win 19 seats each: Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV), the Christian Democrats and the… Dutch election: PM… Read More »

Will Angela Merkel Save the West? Don’t Count on It

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CAMBRIDGE, England — The crisis of Western liberalism just seems to get deeper: first Brexit, then the election of Donald… Chris Bickerton The New York Times Last December, a far-right figure came within a whisker of entering the imperial palace in Vienna, and Italy’s young technocratic prime… Far-right parties now lead the polls in forthcoming elections in the… Will Angela Merkel… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

Making Athens Great Again

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How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN The Atlantic Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal. What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to… Making Athens Great… Read More »

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye leaves Blue House

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Seoul: Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the presidential Blue House bound for her private home and facing possible prosecution and jail, two days after a court dismissed her over a… Brisbane Times AAP Park left the compound on Sunday in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after… Ousted South Korean… Read More »

‘It was a mistake’: Pauline Hanson admits preference error after One Nation vote collapses

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One Nation is set for a disastrous result at the West Australian election, prompting Pauline Hanson to say it was a mistake for the party to enter into a preference deal with the… Matthew Knott The Age With 67 per cent of the vote counted on Saturday night, One Nation was polling just 4.7 per cent of the vote in the WA lower house – far lower than… A Newspoll at the… ‘It was a… Read More »