Halim Rane, an Associate Professor of Griffith University argues that the problem of Muslim radicalisation is exaggerated and overrepresented in political, media and public discourses.
Simon Leitch argues that given the propensity for NATO or American-led airpower to make an appearance in Middle Eastern civil wars, Russian intervention in Syria could have been expected at some point. Yet, amazingly, Western politicians, media and the military leadership appear to have been surprised by the brazenness of Russian moves and have taken to the whole thing rather poorly.
In an irreverent, self-reflective piece about Australian politics, Sean Barry, who recently won the prize for best student referred Paper in Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2015 held in Canberra discusses how the work of a journalist Laura Tingle led him to find connections between her, Amanda Vanstone , Australian politicians and The Simpsons.
Professor Adil Khan of University of Queensland argues: “as the year 2015 winds down we can take stock of the successes and failures of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Whether these goals have succeeded or failed in certain places, one thing is clear – the wellbeing of society, or lack thereof, is not reflected in GDP growth figures or employment outcomes. We need to put more effort into the development of society and community rather than simply building bigger neoliberal economies.” This is an excellent critic of UN’s new agenda for development –Sustainable Development Goals.
According to Dr. Ali Riaz of the Illinois State University, rather than fanning the flames of hatred against Muslims and immigrants, Republican presidential candidates should educate themselves on the strong contribution they make to America.
Dealing with Daesh requires either a concerted attempt at containment or a direct attack on the military and civic control infrastructure of the group. Morally speaking, the problem with either of these strategies is that they will result in considerable suffering for the people under Daesh’s control.
Dr. Moazzem Hossain, who jointly convened a session on ‘Asia on the Frontlines: Projected Implications, Vulnerability and Adaptation’ during the recently held International Scientific Conference in Paris titled ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’, reflects on the conference outcomes and implications. The four-day conference was the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21).