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  • AUSTRALIA

    New Zealand's dim new world

    • Cecily McNeill
    • 09 November 2008
    8 Comments

    Kiwi voters opted at the weekend for political newcomer John Key, over the steady management style of longtime leader Helen Clark. They may look back on the Clark days with nostalgia when they discover the new administration is most concerned with pleasing blue-chip investors.

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    Amrozi execution gets Rudd's gloat

    • Michael Mullins
    • 03 November 2008
    28 Comments

    The execution of the Bali bombers is imminent, and Kevin Rudd has encouraged Australians to have the 'last gloat'. The Muslim world will interpret our gloating as Australia's endorsementof the Bush Doctrine in its dying days.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Aussie pollies are crumby speakers

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 30 October 2008
    9 Comments

    Where Obama waxed lyrical about kings and pioneers, Rudd rhymed clumsily about Iced Vo Vos and getting on with the job. Australians don't do magnificence, and our national 'shyness' is nowhere clearer than in our political rhetoric.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Guantanamo's hero of conscience

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 October 2008
    4 Comments

    It's likely the next US president will decide the fate of five Guantanamo Bay detainees. Their charges were dropped last week following an 'act of conscience' from prosecutor Lieut-Colonel Darrel Vandeveld, assisted by Jesuit peace activist John Dear.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Debates a sham, no argument

    • David Rosen
    • 08 October 2008
    2 Comments

    The great 1858 debates between Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas addressed slavery and the future of the union. Today's debates are a sham, excluding third-party candidates and inhibiting meaningful engagement over major issues.

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    Debate points to refreshed post-Bush America

    • Tony Kevin
    • 29 September 2008
    1 Comment

    Both candidates in Saturday's presidential debate came across honourably, with the right note of steel. Obama will have pleased younger Americans with his empathy with their concerns, McCain older voters for his reaffirmation of traditional values.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lipstick on America's politcal (dog) collar

    • Moira Rayner
    • 18 September 2008
    9 Comments

    There are lessons to be learned from Sarah Palin's quip that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull terrier is 'lipstick'. In Western politics, women are acceptable if they look 'youthful' and are attached to powerful men to whose authority they defer.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The provocative folly of Poland missile defence

    • Tony Kevin
    • 26 August 2008
    9 Comments

    The US Polish-Czech missile defence system will be both futile, and provocative to Russia - an irresponsible initiative typical of the outgoing Bush administration. This is dangerous baggage that Obama or McCain will now have to deal with.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Talking to the enemy

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 04 June 2008
    8 Comments

    Jimmy Carter's meeting with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Masha'al contradicted US policy of not negotiating with terrorists. Hamas carries a popular mandate to establish Palestine as a sovereign state. Peace is not going to reign in Palestine or Israel if Hamas is excluded from negotiations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd trip repairing Australia's damaged reputation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 11 April 2008
    7 Comments

    Kevin Rudd's China visit is proceeding brilliantly. But by announcing Australia's interest in a Security Council candidacy to the UN Secretary-General, he may have shown his hand before Australia is able to undo the damage the previous government did to our reputation in the UN.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Will John Howard stay the course in Iraq?

    • Jack Waterford
    • 12 September 2007

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  • AUSTRALIA

    To make call on Iraq war requires more than machismo

    • David Corlett
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Pacifist and radical Christian Ammon Hennessy said that courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness. The longer the war in Iraq continues, the more the decision to invade looks to have been made on the basis of this sort of courage.

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