Edward Gough Whitlam, Labor Prime Minister of Australia 1972-1975 died earlier today, aged 98. Sean Barry shares his thoughts on the passing of a Australian political legend and his thanks for what Gough gave his country, sentiments shared by a vast majority of Australians, regardless of background.
Extinction is not just a matter of life and death, it is the hinge between existence and non-being. Today, the rising threat of mass extinction poses an unprecedented challenge for security, and to the ontology and ethics that attend it.
by Christopher Murphy* Brisbane, September 7, 2014 (Alochonaa): Today marks the 50th anniversary of what is known as most iconic political advertisement of all time, that it’s influence is clearly evident today. 1964 was the year that the negative political advertisement was born, initiating the clever use of […]
In this article, Brett Elmer argues that an escalation in Xinjiang and Uyghur-related violence since the October 31, 2013, car bomb attack in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, may finally have prompted Chinese President Xi Jinping to take steps towards rectifying the genuine Uyghur grievances that exist in the volatile region.
Dr Simon Leitch analyses the current Iraqi crisis. As Iraq today is rocked by attacks from ISIS a blame game has started to undermine Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Maliki, so the argument goes, needs to do more for Sunnis or the country needs to be divided up along sectarian lines. Such a dichotomy is not helpful, as Maliki’s new democracy cannot be easily divided nor can Maliki give the Sunnis minority an equal say in the running of a Shia-dominated state.
Peter Ramage presents part 2 of ‘New Zealand A Social Laboratory of the World’. In part 2 of this series, Peter Ramage argues that although NZ was crowned the most socially progressive country earlier this year, there is an astonishing lack of executive checks and balances in place. The author explores how NZ civil rights and liberties are protected in a very unique and ‘Kiwi’ way, which for many commentators seems puzzling.