The model Lee engineered needs innovation

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I failed to impress Lee Kuan Yew when we met for the first time a decade ago. It was in December 2004 in Bangkok and he was giving a speech arguing that rumors of America’s decline were premature. William Pesek * – Bloomberg – The Japan Times  “America,” he declared, was “the most dynamic economy in the world” and would be ... Read More »

Just slip out the back, Jack

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We’re wired to get over romantic break ups SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS – A Saint Louis University research review article suggests people are hardwired to fall out of love and move onto new romantic relationships. “Our review of the literature suggests we have a mechanism in our brains designed by natural selection to pull us through a very tumultuous ... Read More »

Andrew Marr: British politics is broken – the centre cannot hold

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“None of the above” is a great war cry – but our apathy and rejection of the mainstream parties are likely to lead to chaos and instability. NewStatesman – BY ANDREW MARR A change is coming. The leading politicians I’ve been talking to recently, while breaking Sunday-breakfast bread, keep saying the same thing: the polling doldrums are temporary. Soon, somebody will ... Read More »

Nick Xenophon’s plea to Indonesia on Bali nine clemency

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Nick Xenophon has written an open letter in Bahasa Indonesia to our northern neighbours calling for clemency for the Bali nine duo. The Age - Nick Xenophon Permohonanku kepada Rakyat Indonesia Tetangga kami yang baik, Bangsa Indonesia, Anda tidak mengenal saya, namun di antara umat manusia yang berpihak pada kemauan baik, kita tidak mengenal istilah “orang asing”, kita hanyalah teman-teman yang ... Read More »

Disruptive Protest And Freedom Of Speech: A User’s Guide

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When does preventing a speech become an assault on freedom of speech? Dr Nick Riemer weighs in on the complexities of ‘No Platform’ protest. New Matilda - By Nick Riemer * When are protesters justified in disrupting a public event? Can they legitimately do so in the name of freedom of speech? What aspects of the context change the rights and ... Read More »

Peace, the Grand Delusion of the Jews

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At a time of turmoil, a crossroads for a people in search of justice Tablet – By Chloe Valdary * “Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow.”  —Abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass On one sunny August afternoon in Boston in 2014, I made my way through the Boston Common public park and watched from a distance as people began ... Read More »

New York Times Editorial Board Slams Netanyahu For Using Racism To Win Israeli Election

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Shortly after it became apparent that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party had survived a close election and would retain power over the nation’s government,the New York Times released a scathing editorial criticizing Netanyahu for going ugly and utilizing racism and anti-Palestine sentiment to energize far-right Israeli voters. In particular, the NYT editorial board took offense to ... Read More »

Germany and Greece should look to Goethe to resolve their standoff

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Two hundred years ago Germany’s great poet and statesman performed a U-turn that some would like to see Angela Merkel copy The Guardian – Paul Mason * On a quiet street in central Athens stands the bronze, modernist facade of the Goethe Institut, which has been teaching German and spreading enlightenment about German culture since 1952. Last week, the Greek government threatened ... Read More »

Speaking Greek In March, In Olbia

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Kαι τώρα πώς εξέπεσαν, πώς έγιναν, να ζουν και να ομιλούν βαρβαρικά, βγαλμένοι -ω συμφορά!- απ’ τον ελληνισμό.»  Cavafy. Dean Kalimniou If Cavafy’s poem «Ποσειδωνιάται»  is anything to go by, the phenomenon of diasporan Greeks feeling concerned about losing their mother tongue in their adopted countries is neither a product of the post-colonial, globalised capitalist world or a product of ... Read More »

Without connection to country, Australia is a shallow nation. That’s what Abbott doesn’t understand

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The best way to unite all Australians is to encourage the ancient Indigenous connection to the land, not destroy it or label it a “lifestyle choice” The Guardian - Chris Sarra Many official functions throughout Australia are opened with an acknowledgement to the traditional custodians of the land. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to observe some people rolling their eyes at ... Read More »