Opinion

China’s creating, not stealing, US jobs; See the EB-5 visa

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President Trump’s recent travel ban executive order and the xenophobic rhetoric that peppered his campaign show that anti-immigrant sentiment is running high in America. Carly O’Connell Asia Times Trump and his followers believe that immigrants and China are stealing American jobs. Well, I want to… China’s creating, not… Read More »

Women in public life are now being openly bullied. How has this become normal?

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Diane Abbott isn’t the only female MP enduring more sexist and racist abuse than usual – and it seems to be completely accepted Suzanne Moore The Guardian Those of us in the UK are thankful that we don’t live in the land of the pussy grabber-in-chief, but in the land of his handmaiden. Theresa May, she… Women in public… Read More »

Sound and fury: Macbeth, Prince Malcolm, and our unfolding political tragedy

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Macbeth’s lament about sound and fury is relevant to Malcolm Turnbull – the Scottish king utters it when he realises his demise is near Kristina Keneally The Guardian It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. – Macbeth Act 5 Oh, how many times has this… Sound and fury… Read More »

We can stop the boats and also act decently, fairly and transparently

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The only way forward in dealing with Manus Island and Nauru is for bipartisan commitment to keep the boats stopped while settling refugees in… Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, Robert Manne and John Menadue The Guardian Proven refugees who are still Australia’s responsibility have been languishing in camps on Nauru and Manus Island for well over three… The Refugee Council of Australia and… We can stop… Read More »

Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what it is: Anti-Muslim

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As anti-Muslim tendencies in the Western world continue to worsen, calling the situation Islamophobia no longer suffices as it fails to emphasize or define the alarming severity of the situation correctly Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah In her book “On the Muslim Question,” Professor Anne Norton says that the Jewish question shaped the 19th century and that now the Muslim question has replaced it in our century. The book most… Calling ‘Islamophobia’ what… Read More »

US must understand that Greek default could lead to global crisis

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One has to hope that the new administration is not complacent about the latest episode in Greece’s ongoing economic crisis. Desmond Lachman AEI Unlike earlier episodes, there is every reason to think that this episode will not easily be resolved. There is also… US must understand… Read More »

Cyprus: an island divided

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Cyprus, the disputed island in Eastern Medit­erranean, has been inhabited since 9000 BC, and in its troubled recent history — as well as in its beauty — it has much in common with… Irfan Husain Dawn Both have been partitioned, with religion and nationalism featuring in the dispute. The baggage of history weighs heavily for both, and two bigger players call the… Cyprus has been populated since 9,000 BC, and… Cyprus: an island… Read More »

Why can’t Muslims talk about the Muslim ban on US TV?

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US cable news media’s coverage of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ featured predominantly white men instead of Muslims. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News In his landmark work, Orientalism, Edward Said theorised that Muslims are fundamentally subjects of study and scrutiny for Western outsiders, systematically excluded from the enterprise of contributing and commenting on… Why can’t Muslims… Read More »

When a doctor’s right to choose trumps a woman’s right to choose

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In Italy, conscientious objectors make it difficult to have an abortion. Giulia Paravicini Politico On the books, abortion in Italy is legal. In practice, it is out of reach for many women. An unprecedented wave… When a doctor’s… Read More »

Pregnancy’s complex truth remains taboo as glamour replaces confinement

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There is a certain image of pregnancy visible in the advertisements around us that depicts soon-to-be mothers as clean, pastel-coloured and happy. Olivia Humphreys ABC It all seems very far from what I imagine, which is a bit more along the lines of the famous scene from Aliens with John Hurt, where an alien comes ripping out of his stomach. I’ve always thought… Pregnancy’s complex truth… Read More »

Can the EU Stop Yet Another Greek Debt Crisis?

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Greek and EU leaders have to balance political reality and economic necessity. Scott B. MacDonald The National Interest At a European Union finance ministers’ meeting scheduled for February 20, Greece needs its creditors to release a €10.3 billion tranche from its 2015 bailout agreement. This is necessary… Can the EU… Read More »

Think Asia Will Dominate the 21st Century? Think Again.

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Michael R. Auslin deconstructs the tensions lurking below the region’s prosperous surface. Dov S. Zakheim The National Interest MICHAEL R. Auslin opens his book with a preface entitled “The Asia that Nobody Sees.” He might better… Think Asia Will… Read More »

Why big data may be having a big effect on how our politics plays out

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The first week of parliament for the new year was a noisy one. Louise Crabtree The Conversation Cory Bernardi’s decision to leave the Liberal Party has created a flurry of speculation about whether this is the “splitting” of the political right or an indication of the end of business-as-usual politics. There is much of… Why big data… Read More »

Why NATO needs a European pillar

OBERVIECHTACH, GERMANY - JANUARY 19:  Soldiers of armored infantry battalion Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, attend a ceremony to mark their pending deployment to Lithuania on January 19, 2017 in Oberviechtach, Germany. A total of 450 soldiers from the unit as well as armored equipment that includes Marder light tanks will begin deploying at the end of January as part of the NATO mission "Enhanced Forward Presence" to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the three Baltic states.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

If Europe tries to protect the alliance only by ‘buying’ American commitment through increased defense spending, it will fail. Jean-Marie Guehenno Politico Europeans have every reason to worry about U.S. President Donald Trump. He has declared… Why NATO needs… Read More »

How to Lose a Country: Henry David Thoreau, the Politics of Nature and the Citizenship of Fear

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Jedediah Purdy is Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University. Jedediah Purdy ABC His most recent book is After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. “I have lived for… How to Lose… Read More »

The sultanate of women: exploring female roles in perpetrating and preventing violent extremism

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This paper examines the appeal of Islamic State (IS) to Western women and explores how women can be employed in countering violent extremism (CVE) structures to prevent further involvement. Sofia Patel Australian Policy Online It aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis for academics, policymakers and practitioners working in CVE program and policy design and implementation in order to bridge the gap between community development work and… The sultanate of… Read More »