Opinion

United States to Australia: Get Lost

Let’s imagine for a moment Rex Tillerson, the newly installed secretary of state, awakening to this tweet from President Trump about an important American… Roger Cohen The New York Times “Do you believe it? The Obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from… Why? United States to… Read More »

Israeli-Palestinian solidarity overcomes politics

With cement walls and electric fences making a comeback, with the word “Muslims” becoming synonymous with terrorists, with racism enjoying a revival, the recommendation of the Talmud-era sage Hillel the Elder takes on new meaning: “In a place where there are no humans, one must strive to be human” (Pirkei Avit 2:5). Akiva Eldar Al Monitor It is harder, still, to be a decent human being — in Yiddish, a “mensch” — in a fraught relationship between occupiers and the occupied. Despite the abundance ... Read More »

Hugh Mackay: the state of the nation starts in your street

I wonder what Gandhi would have made of Australia in 2017 – a place that many people who live here regard as the best country in the world. Hugh Mackay The Conversation It’s true that we have a robust parliamentary democracy, even if we’re replacing prime ministers at an unsustainable rate. Paramedics no longer… Hugh Mackay: the state… Read More »

Study suggests polling is still best predictor of election outcomes

UH-led research found use of polling data effective even in developing countries University of Houston Eurek Alert Donald Trump’s surprising election as president of the United States was viewed by some people as evidence that electoral polling no longer works, but researchers report they have developed models using global polling data that… Study suggests polling… Read More »

Science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not

Whether you believe in climate change or not, the laws of physics will continue to work and ice will continue to melt. Mark McCaughrean Al Jazeera News On October 31 last year, a large crack opened in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica and a huge iceberg, 5,000 square kilometres in size, will likely soon calve into the Southern Ocean. Although visible at… Science doesn’t care… Read More »

America, land of the (not-so) free, home of the (very) brave

In 2011, I made the decision to cut short my brief stint working in America and return to Australia. Freya Petersen ABC The catalyst was the birth of my first son, and my desire that he experience the same safe, sedate and relatively remote Australian childhood I enjoyed. The decision to… America, land of the… Read More »

The secret to living a meaningful life

Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality. Christian Jarrett BBC News Brian Little, one of the world’s leading experts on personality psychology, is renowned as a public speaker. If you watch his… The secret to… Read More »

Why this pardon for Britain’s gay men is so inadequate

Lives were destroyed by unjust laws enforced by the state. The effects of this injustice are still felt today Owen Jones The Guardian A pardon for Britain’s persecuted gay men represents an important nod to justice, but it somehow sticks in the craw. How can it… Why this pardon… Read More »

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

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 »