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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 »

Does Greece Need More Official Debt Relief? If So, How Much?

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Creditor countries and international organizations continue to disagree whether Greece should receive additional official debt relief, and… Jeromin Zettelmeyer (PIIE), Eike Kreplin (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) and Ugo Panizza (Graduate Institute, Geneva) This paper first shows that these disagreements can be attributed to competing assumptions about Greece’s future capacity to repay, particularly about… It next evaluates the plausibility of… Does Greece Need… Read More »

Turkey Sees No Need for Cyprus to Approve Israel Gas Pipeline

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A Turkey-Israel gas pipeline deal could be built through Cyprus’ economic waters even without Cypriot consent, a Turkish official… David Wainer Bloomberg Cyprus can’t block a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey, and gas talks with Israel don’t hinge on attempts to reach a peace deal in Cyprus, the… A pipeline bringing gas from Israel’s… Turkey Sees No… 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 »

American energy use, in one diagram

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How much energy we use, what kind, and how much is wasted. David Roberts Vox Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at… Every year, LLNL produces a new energy flow chart showing the sources of US energy, what it’s used for, and… If you’ve never seen it… American energy use Read More »

US drops largest ever non-nuclear bomb on Isis affiliate in Afghanistan, military says

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GBU-43/B, known as the ‘mother of all bombs’, dropped for the first time, to target ‘tunnel complex’ used by Islamic State in… Spencer Ackerman in New York and Sune Engel Rasmussen in Kabul The Guardian The US has dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on Afghanistan, the US military said on… To target what the military described as a “tunnel complex” used by the Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate, the US for the… US drops largest… Read More »

Politicians with a ‘winning at all costs’ mentality are damaging Australia

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Australia is a representative democracy Citizens who are equal, with a shared responsibility for good government, elect people of different backgrounds and perspectives to… Tony Fitzgerald Brisbane Times Those elected are not obliged to tell the truth or act in the public interest or forbidden to act in their own interests or the interests of their… They can also enact unjust… Politicians with a… 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 »

Explainer: how wage growth contributes to the economy

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The Fair Work Commission is considering whether to increase Australia’s minimum wage. The Australian Council of Trade Unions is arguing for a A$45-a-week… Graham White  The Converstation Industry, arguing that currently business has limited ability to afford wages increases, wants the increase capped at 1.5% (closer to… While I suspect most people immediately focus on wages as a… Explainer: how wage… Read More »

The army that conquered the world

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The martial figures buried with the first Chinese emperor were discovered in 1974. Jonathan Glancey BBC News But the tomb they guard hasn’t even been opened, writes Jonathan Glancey. In March 1974… The army that… Read More »

Millions of discarded flip flops posing huge hazard to ocean life

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Watamu, Kenya (CNN) – The shores of Watamu on the Kenyan coast should be pristine. They’re not. Olivia Yasukawa and Thomas Page CNN Downstream from an ecological disaster brewing a continent away, these placid waters are bearing the brunt of a foot-born problem: your flip flops. The Japanese call… Millions of discarded… Read More »