Opinion

Madame de Tocqueville

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For good reason, there is a never-ending literature about Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, which Harvey Mansfield in the introduction to his own translation calls “the best book ever written on democracy… Michael Barone AEI But there has never been much written on Tocqueville’s wife, born Mary Mottley, a native of England. Now that gap… Madame de Tocqueville… Read More »

The case for holding politicians to the same disclosure standards as company directors

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Recent commentary on the rules governing politicians’ declaration of financial interests has highlighted the ease with which they are circumvented and the laxity with which they are enforced. Bede Harris The Conversation Senator Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed a A$1 million commercial property he owns in South Australia. He denies any… The case for… Read More »

The minimum age of criminal responsibility continues to divide opinion

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A proposal to let Philippine criminal courts try nine-year-olds has drawn sharp criticism. The Economist But in 35 American states, children of any age can be convicted and sentenced COMMON law has… The minimum age… Read More »

Think millennials are lazy? Think again

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Over-educated, under-employed and often living with the parents, life as a millennial is not an easy ride, writes Nicolle White. Nicolle White Independent Australia WHETHER it’s a rant in a blog from people that think Andrew Bolt deserves a Walkley Award, or through overhearing snippets of conversation between isles of the supermarket, it’s clear that many of the older generation… Think millennials are… Read More »

An immigration-reform plan for the age of Trump

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Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, hasn’t given up on immigration reform. Ramesh Ponnuru AEI He was in the Senate to watch comprehensive bills he favored fall apart in 2006, 2007, and 2013. He was one… An immigration-reform… Read More »

How the law allows governments to publish your private information

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Recent controversy over the government’s use of information provided to Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs demonstrates there are major holes in Australia’s privacy regime that we need to fix. Bruce Baer Arnold The Conversation Australians are accustomed to providing personal information to federal and state governments. We do it… How the law… Read More »

Israel’s rejection of peace grows bolder

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In 1993, Yasser Arafat agreed to a compromise that would set aside the full demands of the Palestinian people, and recognize Israel in exchange for Israel recognizing Palestine. Ray Hanania Arab News At the time of the agreement, and during a high-profile media flurry, Arafat shook hands with Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s prime minister at the time, to seal the deal. Little did anyone… Israel’s rejection of… Read More »

The hijab ruling is a ban on Muslim women

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Religious identity isn’t something you can take off in public. Iman Amrani The Guardian The European court of justice has turned the headscarf into a symbol of resistance This week’s decision… The hijab ruling… Read More »

War Must Not Become the New Normal

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With the proliferation of conflicts, weakening international institutions, and rising nationalism, the world faces daunting times ahead. Jean-Marie Guéhenno International Crisis Group A new coalition of states must come together to promote our collective interest in peace and security. The pessimists were… War Must Not… 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 »

You Say You Want a Revolution?

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To paraphrase the Beatles: Well, you know, you’d better free your mind instead; you may want a revolution but ought to settle for some evolution. Thomas Donnelly AEI It is an article of revealed religion among defense elites that “we live in a relentlessly changing and fiercely competitive world.” Those words were… You Say You… Read More »

Theresa May is dragging the UK under. This time Scotland must cut the rope

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Britain is politically dead from the neck down. George Monbiot The Guardian Leaving the union may be risky, but staying is worse There is the… Theresa May is… Read More »

Turks becoming the new ‘devil’ of Europe

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European xenophobia, which has emerged in every period against different groups, this time sees Turks and Muslims as its main enemies Selim Yaman Daily Sabah On Saturday night, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from going into the Turkish Consulate in the Netherlands’ city of Rotterdam, leading to a diplomatic crisis between the two… Turks becoming the… Read More »

Six must-read opinions on Syria’s sixth war anniversary

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On the day of the sixth anniversary of the civil war, here are the opinions that shed light on what happened in Syria. Al Jazeera Round Table Al Jazeera News “It’s the deeper societal and cultural work, not the Assad conundrum, that’s required to move Syria slowly, but surely, towards health.” “What is happening… Six must-read opinions… Read More »

Russia’s violation of a nuclear treaty is a direct threat to Europe’s security

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Russia has been systematically undermining the security arrangements that peacefully ended the Cold War. Senator Ben Cardin The Guardian This puts Europe in danger Russia is once… Russia’s violation of… Read More »

When politicians hate foreign babies, racism is reaching a fever pitch

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An Iowa state representative said ‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’. Francine Prose The Guardian That is a concentrated distillation of racism We live in… When politicians hate… Read More »