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The Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 and Civic Dissent in Nepal Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

The recently concluded Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 held in Kathmandu not only raised eyebrows among Nepalis, but also invited varied concerns and opinions from the international community. The reason was simple: how can a country with a Hindu majority population invite an organization known for..

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The Rape Case That Shook Nepal Thursday, December 6th, 2018

In the last week of November 2018, Nepal’s government launched a social security scheme targeting formal private sector workers. To celebrate the new program, which aims to ensure the financial security of workers after their retirement, the government pasted posters of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma..

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In Contempt of Parliament: The Legal Advice of Brexit Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

It is attrition, suffocation and contortion. While Theresa May’s Brexit program, weak, compromising and cobbled as it is, endures that bit longer, her opponents from within and without government have been essentially undercutting her on various fronts. Foppish and solutions-free Boris Johnson..

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Lying About Age: The Legal Efforts of Emile Ratelband Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Oscar Wilde famously warned that one should never trust a woman who revealed her true age; anyone so inclined to do so was bound to tell you anything. He also, in his characteristic stab at modern manners, suggested that no woman should be quite on the money about her age for another reason: “It..

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George H.W. Bush: Cold War Ends and New World Orders Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The death of certain political figures, notably those of a vast imperium, is bound to provoke less criticism or critical insight than soul searching pursuits. With the US in the mauling clutches of Donald J. Trump, the nightmare that was supposedly never to happen, nostalgia prevails in..

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Journey into Obsolescence: The Adani Carmichael Project

The Carmichael mine being pursued in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland is a dinosaur before its creation. On paper, it is hefty – to be some five times the size of Sydney harbour, the largest in Australia and one of the largest on the planet. Six open cut and five underground mines covering..

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Mutual Decline: The Failings of Student Evaluations Friday, November 30th, 2018

That time of the year. Student evaluations are being gathered by the data crunchers. Participation rates are being noted. Attitudes and responses are mapped. The vulnerable, insecure instructor, fearing an execution squad via email, looks apprehensively at comments in the attached folder that will,..

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Eyes Without The Prize: Stripping Aung San Suu Kyi’s Awards Thursday, November 29th, 2018

It is impossible to see peace prize or freedom awards as anything other than fragments of an industry. In time, ideals become marketable and matters of commodity. Those who go against this market rationale face the fires of moral outrage. The business of promoting peace in the wrapping of human..

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Steve Bannon at Oxford Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Steve Bannon. The Oxford Union. A university that has been the breeding, sculpting and minting ground for British prime ministers for centuries and the Establishment. Here, Bannon, strategist of the Trump campaign in 2016, was in full swing, spearing his enemies and mocking the elite with an..

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Fanciful Notions: European Armies, Trump and NATO Monday, November 26th, 2018

The idea of a standing European army, one dedicated to the specific needs of Europe as opposed to being an annex of another power is far from new. In gestation alongside notions of European federalism and its defence have come the idea of a force filled with respective nation states that might have..

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In Defense of the Human Individual Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earth’s fossil record – see ‘Will humans be extinct by..