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Articles by Guy Rundle

Rundle: anatomy of a beat-up on Aboriginal literacy

The Australian is tearing down a straw-man in its stories on Aboriginal education this week. Time for a Rundle reality check.

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Rundle: it is time to betray Australia

Australia has crossed a moral Rubicon in its treatment of asylum seekers by returning Sri Lankans to a country where they could be tortured or even killed. It is time to turn traitor.

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Rundle: a buzz of black and yellow as newbies take their seats

The Gillard government’s signature piece of policy, the carbon tax, has been quietly prepared for execution — as Clive upstaged his own senators.

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Rundle: Brandis’ most important value is not free speech, it is whiteness

George Brandis is a champion of free speech — except, of course, if such speech is “dangerous” or “extremist”.

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Rundle: Jokowi smiles down on the slums of Jakarta, but is it enough?

Joko Widodo represents a new way for Indonesia, with a focus on youth and small-time problem solving. But can he really help fix Asia’s greatest failure?

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Rundle: Dale’s worst problem was anti-Semitism, not ‘Demidenko’

She’s baaaaaaaaack. Helen Demidenko speaks up to re-claim her controversial book.

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Rundle: you can’t fight in the war room, or why FODI is a stupid idea

Genuinely dangerous ideas are ones you wouldn’t want to circulate. So the Festival of Dangerous Ideas promotes not-so-dangerous ideas, which defeats the purpose and shows how bogus the idea of danger really is.

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Rundle: Brooks sheds the devil’s mark, does Australia beckon?

Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking, but redhead editrix Rebekah Brooks has got off scott-free. Where will she be heading next? Crikey’s writer-at-large speculates she could be Australia-bound.

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Rundle: as ISIS strengthens, the age of empires ends

Iraq is a shambles, a legacy of a failed imperialism. But it’s not just the Middle East — everywhere you look, empires and contrived states are falling apart.

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Guy Rundle’s Marxist guide to the World Cup

Now that Australia is out of the World Cup, whom should you support? Certainly not France, what with their bloody imperialist history.Iran? Greece? Should that even be in the First World? Crikey’s resident Marxist gives you the run-down on which countries are the bastardiest.

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The deadly cast of characters in Iraq’s lethal ISIS game

What is Turkey’s end game? What with the European Union do? Crikey’s writer-at-large introduces the motivations behind the stakeholders in the current crisis in Iraq.

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Australian schools, get ready for an ideological onslaught

The curious case of the “Trojan Horse” document in the United Kingdom has vital lessons for Australia’s education system.

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Rundle: Advance of militants in Iraq means the end of the West as we know it

The recent arrival in Iraq of the ultra-Islamist group ISIS marks the end of the hegemonic West.

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Rundle: gong for friendly feminist a sly move for Abbott

Is Virginia Haussegger — the journalist who once caused a storm for blaming feminists for her failure to have children — the kind of feminist that even anti-feminists can like?

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Rundle’s Review: the novel is dead, long live the novel

Is it possible these days to write a long review of a serious novel without asking some questions about the genre as a whole?

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The increasingly demented Right can’t stop Obama

Barack Obama’s latest declaration on climate change is the third in a highly successful three-pronged domestic policy agenda. And that drives the Republican establishment — and their lunatic Tea Party cousins — nuts.

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Rundle: apres Rolf, le deluge

Britons are reeling from a series of high-profile children’s entertainers who are being accused — and in some cases convicted — or child sex abuse. But Australia’s turn is still to come — and it will be ugly when it does.

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Rundle: Elliot Rodger the product of the world we have made

Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara massacre was not the result of misogyny or violence in culture. It was the result of a rampant, uncontrollable narcissism — and one that our culture breeds, as a matter of course, every day.

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Rundle’s Review: confessions of television’s True Detectives

Southern Gothic chicken fried Schopenhauer — True Detective is proof that US television as an art form has come together because reality America is falling apart.

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Rundle: politics keeps it simple, stupid in global shift to outrage

Outrage is sweeping the world. But it’s more complicated than a rightward push. Crikey’s writer-at-large examines Turkey, the UK Independence Party and nationalism abroad.

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Finally, something to really rally against in Abbott’s Australia

This is a budget worth taking to the streets over, Crikey’s writer-at-large reckons. It’s time the collective Left organised itself to fight for a tradition of liberal democracy.

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#BringBackOurGirls a familiar song, but feminist chorus could be lethal

The Western media is finally paying attention to (one sensationalist, emotional story in) Africa. But our focus on #BringBackOurGirls may have got 300 people killed.

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Rundle locks eyes with Andy Coulson at phone-hacking trial

Guy Rundle headed along to week 25 of the News phone-hacking trial in London, and found everyone’s getting tired. Have Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson suffered enough already?

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Rundle’s Review: Martin Creed and art for money, art’s sake, or nothing at all

Creed’s Turner Prize winning artwork — a light going off and on in a room — enraged conservative critics of “Britart”. They have a point. A new retrospective tests whether one can one have a meaningful encounter.

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Wingnuttery and racists the last gasp of a dying Right

Isn’t just a pain when your local, beloved “folk hero” turns out to be a vile, hate-spewing racist?

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