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Articles by Guy Rundle

Rundle: dispatches from Hawaii, where Obama’s legacy hangs in the balance

Crikey’s writer-at-large is in Obama’s home state, surveying the Democrats’ chances of holding onto anything of their legacy. He is most certainly not sitting in a luau bar and contemplating surfing.

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Rundle: Victoria’s shameful sex abuse witch-hunt

If former Matthew Guy staffer Marc Boxer is guilty of assaulting a minor — and he has never been charged by any court — does that mean he should never work again?

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Rundle: embracing Islamists abroad while fomenting terrorism at home

The global making and breaking of alliances in the fight against the Islamic State is an incoherent mess. Likewise our own government’s self-serving response to the matter.

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Children draw Paul Kelly’s Escalator of Decline

The Australian writer Paul Kelly has invoked the image of the “escalator of decline”. What is this escalator? Where is it going? Crikey’s junior readers give us their take.

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Rundle: the Rodent’s back, and he’s still lying

John Howard’s spectacular (but not in a good way) interview with Janet Albrechtsen last night disinterred two great (again, not in a good way) Howard-government lies.

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Murder, a fit, a desire for nothingness? Helen Garner on the truth of crime

Is it possible to make sense of tragedy? Helen Garner gives it a solid go in This House of Grief.

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Rundle: attacking IS will bring the caliphate into being

Taking on the Islamic State will require the West to make some uncomfortable friends. Are we going to arm Hamas? Hezbollah? Is al-Qaeda or Assad our best hope now?

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Rundle: East West Link could go ahead, Labor or no Labor

The Victorian Labor Party has announced its opposition to the East West Link project in Melbourne. But that might not be enough to kill the road.

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Rundle: while we manufacture IS panic, a real virus is threatening the world

Will the arrival of a possible Ebola case in the Gold Coast reset global priorities? Don’t hold what’s left of your breath.

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Rundle: we have to change the system — or Palmer will be our next kingmaker

There is a dirty little secret about Australia’s democracy: it is not, in fact, democratic.

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Rundle: we won’t mourn for Rivers, but my god she was funny

Joan Rivers was far more of a pioneer and innovator than Robin Williams, but she had no sincere schtick. She was all brassy, all bitchy and all funny — the last of her kind, and the best.

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Rundle: shock, horror! Politicians did some actual politics

Crossbenchers have made a deal with the government to pass its legislation in return for current or future benefits. That’s what’s called politics — so why is everyone losing their damn minds?

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Rundle: the real target in Iraq intervention is not IS, but Iran

When it comes to the Islamic State, media and politicians are currently engaging in a competition to out-sententious each other. As always, the bluster and rhetoric hide more grievous atrocities and some harsh geopolitical realities.

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Rundle: Pyne’s bizarre free speech rhetoric a dog whistle to the IPA

Free speech on university campuses is crucial — but only if said free speech aligns with the government’s rhetoric.

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Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

Tony Abbott hoped he’d be able to beguile the oddball crossbenchers in the Senate, but revelations about Ricky Muir’s unionist past could prove a sticking point.

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Rundle: Keating conjures a nude Bob Hawke, political midgets at book launch

An opportunistic Paul Keating has used the launch of former Labor cabinet minister Gareth Evans’ new memoir to further his public attack on Bob Hawke’s prime ministership.

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Rundle: c’mon everyone, let’s play Senate Bingo!

Will David Leyonhelm vote with the Greens on same-sex marriage? Will Ricky Muir back the Coalition on foreign policy? Play Crikey’s handy Senate Bingo game and find out!

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Rundle: the government’s Escherian spiral to nowhere

Are the adults really in charge? Not even the Coalition knows.

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Rundle: the crazy, random genius of GEM proves why TV is culture’s greatest gift

Did you throw out your VHS collection in the 1990s? Never fear — digital TV channel GEM is a repository of forgotten programming.

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Rundle: the coming East-West conflict a truth we dare not mention

Think Clive Palmer’s anti-Chinese government tirade was a bit off colour? Well, global war and imperialism are worse, and Australians would be wise to remember such turmoil could rise again.

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Rundle: Tony Abbott, Australia’s most powerful sycophant

Many voted for Abbott because they believed him to be a hard-headed warrior, but the reality has turned out to be different to the myth.

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Rundle: Kevin Andrews, keeping company with those who ‘can raise the dead through prayer’

Why in the world is Kevin Andrews going to the World Congress of Families? Just how nuts do you have to be to not get a ministerial endorsement?

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Rundle: Hockey’s suicide machine successfully alienates every single voter

Poor people with cars are the latest segment of the voting population to be attacked from on high by the Coalition. How is the party getting so repeatedly wrong?

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Rundle: Tarzan narrative of whites v savages not going to work in Iraq

Amidst the deteriorating situation in Iraq, Crikey writer-at-large Guy Rundle says we should listen to what the Kurdish people want, and Sunni and Shia people too.

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Rundle: sorry, Nick Cater, your ‘individualistic’ Australia is nonsense

Nick Cater’s spin on the 18C debacle in yesterday’s Oz is the latest fascinating study in magical thinking from the Right.

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