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Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia Friday, October 19th, 2018

“The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households. When the question shall arise, it will be determined… by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.” -Sir Alfred Stephen, NSW..

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DNA in Trumpland: Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Dance Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made a fundamental error in chasing the coattails of DNA provenance as a response to the jibes of US President Donald J. Trump. She had been derided by the president as an ordinary “Pocahontas”, and promised at a July 5 rally in Montana a million dollars “to..

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Deaths spark calls in Nepal for better warning systems

By Binaj Gurubacharya, KATHMANDU: The bodies of five South Korean climbers killed in a fierce storm last week on a mountain in Nepal were set to head home Tuesday amid calls to improve weather warning systems on Nepal’s mountains. Mountaineers and officials gathered at Tribhuvan University..

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The Tyranny of Fashion: Shredding Banksy Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The modern art world is filled with pranks and pranksters, the clowns who have decided that play counts for art. Brattish artists foist a range of projects and conceptual themes upon art galleries who, foolishly, see emperors decked in the finest wear. They refuse to consider that the wear is..

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Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Andrew Jackson Monday, October 15th, 2018

They are three players, all problematic in their own way. They are the creatures of inconvenient chaos. Donald Trump was born into the role, a misfit of misrule who found his baffling way to the White House on a grievance. Wall Street, with its various agglomerations of vice and ambition constitute..

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Humanitarian Bombs Sunday, October 14th, 2018

One should not sell bombs to a government that abuses human rights, which means murders a man without using one of the bombs. If Saudi Arabia had murdered a man using a bomb, it would be fine to sell Saudi Arabia more bombs. But Saudi Arabia murdered with a non-bomb weapon, and so shouldn’t..

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IPCC Report : Demise of the ‘Here-Us-Now’ Civilisation Friday, October 12th, 2018

The major new report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in Korea on October 8 (2018), is nearly 800 pages long and includes more than 6,000 scientific references. However, it can be summarized in just few sentences with absolutely horrific..

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IS JOURNALISM FACING CRISIS OF CREDIBILITY IN INDIA? Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

A journalist in Tamil Nadu in India who is the editor of a Tamil journal has written a few articles damaging the reputation of Tamil Nadu Governor , associating him with a discredited lady college professor who is now in jail. When the Governor’s office sent a complaint to the police about the..

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Orson Welles, Broadcasts and Fake News Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Orson Welles’ spectral return to the screen, ingeniously in posthumous mode, should have come as a comfort to the magicians skilled in the arts of trickery. Beyond the grave, he seems to be exerting a continuing influence, with his film, The Other Side of the Wind making its debut after 48 torrid..

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Pakistan-US Relations: Resettlement Or Re-Stalemate – OpEd Monday, October 8th, 2018

Pakistan-US relations have witnessed a severe decline especially after January 2018. Earlier this month, US Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo, who was accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford, stayed in Islamabad for nearly five hours during which he met Prime..

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DOES UN HAVE CREDIBLE HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY? Sunday, October 7th, 2018

It is surprising that when India took steps to deport seven Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar with full cooperation from the Myanmar government to take back the refugees, UN human rights officials criticized the move and almost condemned India’s action. On the other hand, one would expect that UN..

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ARE FARMERS’ AGITATION IN INDIA JUSTIFIED?

Indian Agriculture sector employs more than 50% of the total workforce in India and contributes 17 to 18 % of country’s GDP. 70 per cent of it’s rural households still depend primarily on agriculture for their survival. India has been witnessing repeated scenes of thousands of farmers..

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The Kavanaugh Farce – OpEd Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Now that it’s too late to prevent a total rightwing takeover of the Supreme Court, the Democrats pretend to be the party of opposition. The Supreme Court nomination process is often reduced to drama and its importance reduced to irrelevancy. That is the way Democrats like Barack Obama and John..

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Leaking for Change: ASIO, Jakarta, and Australia’s Jerusalem Problem Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Politics can, after a time, becomes a myopic exercise of expedient measures and desperate hope. Politics, raw and crude, is at its best at points where survival matters...