Opinion

Trump’s tariff tactics could make no-deal Brexit work for Ireland

Security exemption in WTO rules could enable tariff-free cross-Border trade David Singh Grewal, Richard Tuck The Irish Times It is widely agreed, on both sides of the Irish Sea, that a no-deal Brexit would be bad for Ireland. The UK’s Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, has even claimed that “no deal” would mean a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, which in turn could end the Common Travel Area agreement between Ireland and… But, surprisingly, when World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules ... Read More »

The case for a new corruption watchdog is strong, but questions remain

Ask some in the federal public service, and watchers in academia, and they’ll tell you the case for a new, overarching national anti-corruption watchdog is weak. Editorial The Canberra Times Their arguments can be sweeping and carelessly naive. Countries with less perceived corruption than Australia don’t have a national integrity commission, so nor should we. Never mind the fact many are smaller nations, and all carry different political systems, histories, spreads of wealth, economic bases and bureaucratic architecture. And forget ... Read More »

The anti-Brexiters can get by without a leader. But not without a plan

As the chances of securing a people’s vote increase, the campaign needs to address the discontents of those who voted to leave the first time Andrew Rawnsley The Guardian If there were another Brexit referendum, who should lead the campaign to stay within the European Union? Pop this question to a prominent politician on the Remain side and you sometimes get the response, usually after a faux modest pause, that maybe the best face of the cause would be the person ... Read More »

Male, female or neither: the sky will not fall in

If you believe the outrage and panic over Tasmania’s move to make it optional to state your sex on your birth certificate, this is a communist conspiracy to transform Australia into a genderless utopia powered by wind and… Dale Sheridan Brisbane Times But please, spare me the outrage and panic. We are talking about basic human rights for the trans and gender-diverse community. As a transgender woman, I quietly rejoiced this week at the Tasmanian Parliament passing a bill in ... Read More »

We need to talk about violence – to men and boys

At least 62 women have been killed this year from violence, according to the Counting Dead Women project run by the feminist organisation Destroy The Joint. Michael Salter Brisbane Times Eight more women have been murdered at this point in 2018 compared with  2017. The people charged with their deaths include their husbands, partners, ex-partners, sons, relatives, acquaintances and strangers. Sometimes their own children and grandchildren were killed with them. These murders are the tip of the iceberg of men’s ... Read More »

Why I’m sick of Turkey

Washington continues to claim Ankara as ‘strategic partner.’ Let’s stop pretending it is. Steven A. Cook Politico I am already sick of Turkey. I suspect that many Americans feel this way, about the bird and the country. Yet a small group of Washington foreign policy hands — at the State Department, at the Pentagon and in congressional offices — continue to make the case for Turkey as a “strategically important” partner to the… On paper, the country looks good: It ... Read More »

81% of whistleblower cases end in negative repercussions, research says

New findings from Griffith University and Governance Institute have shown alarming levels of deleterious impacts of whistleblowing upon those who speak out, which the researchers say should… Jerome Doraisamy Lawyers Weekly While professional organisations support having whistleblowing policies in place, the reality is that whistleblowers are often not well treated, according to Governance Institute. The Whistling While They Work 2: Improving Managerial Responses to Whistleblowing in Public and Private Organisations has found that found 42 per cent of whistleblowers are ... Read More »

Men and women experience happiness differently – here’s why

One researcher explores why men and women experience happiness differently. Lowri Dowthwaite, University of Central Lancashire SBS Who’s happier, men or women? Research shows it’s a complicated question and that asking whether males or females are happier isn’t really that helpful, because essentially, happiness is different for women and men. Women’s happiness has been declining for the past 30 years, according to recent statistics. And research shows that women are twice as likely to experience depression compared with men. Gender ... Read More »

Study sheds light on scourge of “fake” news in Africa

Concerns about “fake news” have dominated discussions about the relationship between the media and politics in the developed world in recent years. Authors: The Conversation The extraordinary amount of attention paid in scholarship and in public debates to questions around truth, veracity and deception can be connected to the role of “fake news” in the 2016 US presidential election, and… The term “fake news” itself is controversial because it’s poorly defined. The panic created by the spread of misinformation in general has led to introspection by journalists ... Read More »

Britain has the chance to bring a brutal colonial occupation to an end

The treatment of West Papua has been scandalously neglected by our politicians. Now they have a chance to atone George Monbiot The Guardian Every colonial enterprise pretends to be inspired by something other than theft. The General Act of the Berlin Conference in 1885, under which the European powers carved Africa into formal colonial possessions, claimed that their purpose was “furthering the… Similar rhetoric has attended all such seizures. To save native people from their enslavement to the Devil, or the Arabs, ... Read More »

Dr Azeem Ibrahim: Where the far-right goes wrong about Pakistani paedophile gangs

Ethnicity does not seem to play a significant role in rates of child sex abuse despite recent high-profile cases involving men of Pakistani origins; instead, what is unusual about their behaviour is the… Dr Azeem Ibrahim The Scotsman Shocking grooming scandals involving Pakistani men have created another tense moment in the history of race relations in the UK, And there really is a deep problem here – it is not just about the… Soon after the news of that case, ... Read More »

Italy’s beggar’s nationalism

The populist government’s reckless budget relies on other countries being ready to bail it out. Alberto Mingardi Politico MILAN — One of the bestselling books in Italy right now is a novel based on the life of Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator who invented fascism.   “M” by Antonio Scurati aims to be the first in a trilogy. Though several historical inaccuracies have been spotted, the novel captures well the spirit of the troubled times in which Mussolini came to power. ... Read More »

Cities Should Stop Playing the Amazon HQ2 Bidding Game

There is no economic benefit to huge tax incentives to lure new companies, so why do cities keep offering them? Bryce Covert The New York Times It’s official: Amazon has anointed New York and Northern Virginia as locations for a major expansion, involving at least 25,000 employees and an investment of $5 billion. The announcement is the culmination of an intense bidding war among 238 cities for Amazon’s promise of $50 billion in investment and 50,000 high-paying technology jobs. To land that deal, cities ... Read More »

Factbox: Greece’s territorial waters and Turkey

Following his resignation from the post of foreign minister, Nikos Kotzias said that Greece was ready to extend its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles. Angelos M. Syrigos * ekathimerini This came as surprise to Greece’s political parties and drew a strong reaction from Turkey, which claimed that any extension of Greece’s territorial waters in the Aegean would be considered a casus belli. Here I would like to examine some of the most important questions related ... Read More »

His face was that familiar, his presence in so many lives that real

“Let’s go get coffee at Pellegrini’s” is about as Melbourne a thing to say as “Meet you under the clocks at Flinders Street” – maybe more so if you had fallen under the cultural sway of the Italian immigrants who helped make Melbourne’s urban fabric more urban-seeming in the… Matt Holden The Age There was a time not so long ago when there weren’t that many places to go for a coffee in the CBD, especially outside the nine-to-five. But ... Read More »

Out for a good time? Yes. Dressed to be raped? No

Susan McKay: How women choose to dress can never be taken as an invitation for assault Susan McKay The Irish Times In October 1978 five thousand women came from all over Ireland to take part in a protest march through the centre of Dublin organised by the new Dublin Rape Crisis group. Anne Connolly led the chant: “Yes means yes and… Forty years later, last week, in the closing stages of a rape trial in Cork, a barrister for the ... Read More »