Finding the Source of Australian National Strength in the China Context

December 02, 2021

Two starkly different viewpoints published in The Australian over Canberra’s posture toward China show the contrasting approaches to strategic uncertainty and perception of threat from Beijing. The first article was posited by Hugh White on November 21 and the second was put forward by Peter...

What Is the Ruckus Over AUKUS?

September 27, 2021

Earlier this month, the US, UK and Australia announced an unprecedented agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to the Australian Navy. The move provoked outrage from France, which had been negotiating the sale of conventionally-powered submarines to the Australians. French ire led to...

The Raucous Sound of AUKUS

September 20, 2021

The European Union received a serious shock last week that confirmed the seismic shock it received a month ago when US President Joe Biden made good on his decision to unilaterally abandon the 20-year NATO military campaign in Afghanistan. France had a more specific reason to complain. As AP...

The Australian Radical Right

The Complex Role of Racism Within the Radical Right

March 04, 2021

Several political parties and governments around the world have centered their commitment to countering the radical right on tackling hate and racism. The most recent example was the announcement by the German cabinet in late 2020 to spend €1 billion ($1.2 billion) for a four-year program on...

Is Realism in Foreign Policy Realistic?

October 26, 2020

The year 2020 has understandably been a time of deep confusion in the world of diplomacy, marked by the parallel phenomena of a Donald Trump presidency that may come to an end in January 2021 and the ongoing global curse of COVID-19. Those factors and other more local ones — such as yet another...

Australia’s Treatment of Aboriginal People is Its Dirty Secret

April 09, 2016

There is a criminal silence around Australia’s treatment of its indigenous people. I had a call from Rosalie Kunnoth-Monks the other day. Rosalie is an elder of the Arrernte-Alyawarra people who lives in Utopia—a vast and remote region in the "red heart" of Australia. The nearest town is...

The Rape of East Timor

February 25, 2016

East Timor won its independence in 1999 with the blood and courage of its people. But the tiny democracy was then bullied by Australia, says John Pilger. Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was...

The Muslim Woman Who Fights Like a Man

February 17, 2016

An Australian boxer talks to Maria Khwaja Bazi about being a Muslim woman and someone from an ethnic background. Bianca “Bam Bam” Elmir is dressed in a sky blue shirt, squished on a Skype screen on an early morning in Melbourne. Although she is half a world away, her energy is evident even...

The Death Penalty is “Cruel and Unnecessary”

May 04, 2015

When it comes to the complex disputes surrounding capital punishment, it is important to avoid moral fallacies. It is a messy situation. After months of haggling, eight inmates sentenced to death over drug trafficking were executed by a firing squad in Indonesia on April 28. As two of the...

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