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Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under Monday, September 17th, 2018

There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles. The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of..

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Fraser Anning and the Smugness of Australian “Values” Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Be wary of the self-satisfied and morally soothed. The complacent have a habit of giving the game away, glorifying themselves in satisfied satiation. Australia’s parliament seemed to be very self-congratulatory in their condemnation of the newly arrived Senator of the Katter Australia Party,..

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Battling Contamination: Erin Brockovich Down Under Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

The Australian press have been in a state of drooling ecstasy. Part of it is because Australia can be relevant, however negative it might be, to their monster cousin, defender and protector known as the United States. This time, its cultural - in the legal sense. Erin Brockovich has found herself..

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Banning Chelsea Manning: The Dubious Tests of Character Friday, August 31st, 2018

National security advocates have been crotchety ever since the release of Chelsea Manning for a sentence they hoped would go the full, crushing 35 years. Her sins were intimately tied up with making WikiLeaks the publisher of fame, less than fortune: the disclosure of 750,000 classified diplomatic..

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Hijacked Democracy: Normalised Instability in Australia Friday, August 24th, 2018

You can sense Australian politicians – or at least a good number of them – fuming at being cobbled together with the counterparts of other states deemed less worthy of the tag of “stable”. Take, for instance, entertaining Italy, tenaciously temporary about its leaders. “We said,”..

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Prime Ministerial Chaos: Turnbull’s Last Days Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

No one is in charge in Australia. Monday’s leadership challenge by Home Affairs minister, the potato-headed former police officer Peter Dutton, was cutting enough to leave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a wounded animal. The 48 to 35 margin of victory demonstrated the sheer degree of..

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Readying Knives: The Mortality of Australian Prime Ministers Monday, August 20th, 2018

The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease. Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster system, but a profound contempt for the democratic sensibility on the part of party representatives, hacks and the industry that supports them. Prime Ministers are merely the..

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Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document,..

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The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia Monday, August 6th, 2018

Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property. Importantly, they return in the aftermath. Existence..

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Infant Armour: Jacinda Ardern, Baby Madness and Myth Sunday, June 24th, 2018

The Jacinda Ardern phenomenon, clumsily dubbed Jacindamania, shows no signs of abating. Journalists have long given up bothering about policy analysis regarding New Zealand’s prime minister, instead focusing on pregnancy and the newly arrived infant. The duration of the prime minister’s tenure..

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Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan Monday, June 11th, 2018

“Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’."-Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018 They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as..

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States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus Friday, May 25th, 2018

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed, the victims treated as mere marionettes in a play of putrid public policy and indifferent public officials. Barriers have been set; barbed wire has been put in..

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Australia’s China Syndrome Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Syndromes can make for cringe worthy, nervous laughter. To see the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, struggle with reconciling China the bully of influence with China the resource hungry friend supplied the press with one such spectacle on Tuesday morning. Larded with suffocating..

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The Commercial Heavens: The New Australian Space Agency Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom that has yet to transpire. Much fantasy and speculation dominate the creation of Australia’s Space Agency, an organisation that remains inchoate despite being launched on..

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Revisiting Love Serenade Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Australian life can seem defiantly absorbed, the defiance induced by insularity and isolation. The characters that inhabit the continent are mere specks of life before the enormity that is its nature, one bound, at any point in time, to swallow them up. Those in the city are thereby invested with..

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Khinumaya desperate to know the status of her missing husband Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Kashiram Sharma, NEPALGANJ: Nineteen years have gone by since Khinumaya Pathak of Banke has been desperately waiting to know the status of her missing husband. Dhakaram..