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THE WORLD | 8 UNLOCK?

‘Cruel and humiliating’: world media revile Abbott govt

Whether it’s his “cruel” policies on asylum seekers, or a scandal over Johnny Depp’s dogs, Tony Abbott keeps getting blasted by international TV, newspapers and radio, writes Alan Austin.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | THE WORLD | 2 UNLOCK?

Myanmar’s refugee crisis all but ignored by Australia

Australia’s response to the discovery of slave camps and mass graves in south-east Asia, as well as the persecution and exodus of Muslim Burmese is black mark against our international duty.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | THE WORLD | UNLOCK?

Mourn for lost Palmyra, but it is not yours

Islamic State’s destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra is heartbreaking. But its history and artifacts do not belong to the world; they belong to Syria alone.

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BERNARD KEANE | THE WORLD | 14 UNLOCK?

Australia’s Iraq ‘stalemate’ still stimulating terrorist recruitment

Australia now finds itself embedded in a “stalemate” in Iraq, at best, while apparently determined to ensure disillusioned jihadis stay there.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | THE WORLD | 13 UNLOCK?

Is this the real world? Bin Laden conspiracy theory makes plenty of sense

The US government loves to create its own reality, and the case of Osama bin Laden’s assassination is no different.

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THE WORLD | 1

The children of Gaza need more than aid

Yes, the situation in Gaza is grim and its people need food and shelter. But they also need a reason to believe in hope for the future, write Majed Abusalema, national leader of Students for Justice in Palestine in Norway, and James Rose, founder of The Kick Project.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 8 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Labo(u)r in crisis — suck it up and lay off the Greens

Labour in the UK might just have to accept its role as a party representing a diminishing section of the social whole. Labor in Australia has a bold opportunity to reshape its core.

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BERNARD KEANE | THE WORLD | 10 UNLOCK?

War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

The government’s attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | THE WORLD | 3 UNLOCK?

Bear in the China shop: Hockey’s bullish fantasy ignores the coming recession

The glass-half-full crowd, including our benighted Treasurer, need to wake up to the reality of China’s economic downturn, before it drags us into recession.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 8 UNLOCK?

Rundle: ‘visionaries’ with 20-20 hindsight pick apart Labour’s corpse

Labo(u)r parties everywhere are both weaker and stronger than they appear to be.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | THE WORLD | 4 UNLOCK?

A deeply unfair budget for our Asian neighbours

When Hockey and Abbott talked up this budget of “fairness”, they neglected to mention the fiscal kindness wouldn’t extend beyond Australian borders — well, except to Cambodia.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 15 UNLOCK?

Rundle: calls for bloodletting as Labour, Lib-Dems count their dead

Barely anyone expected the shock wins and losses at the recent UK election. So, just who cannibalised whose votes? And where to for David Cameron and his diminished, eight-seat majority?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | THE WORLD | 4 UNLOCK?

Bishop in Thailand, but don’t mention the C-word

Julie Bishop has visited Thailand, the highest-ranking Abbott government member to do so, but funnily enough she did not seem to want to see the refugee’s paradise that is Cambodia.

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WILLIAM BOWE | THE WORLD | 5 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: UK sticks with same old Tory, a good sign for Abbott

The UK Conservatives’ unexpected win has left pollsters scrambling for answers, and left fellow conservative Tony Abbott with a renewed sense of confidence.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 32

Rundle: dashed hopes and a bitter dawn for a progressive UK

Ed Miliband has failed to convince UK voters to entrust him with their country. The question will be: what now?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | THE WORLD | 2

When to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em: Packer doubles down on Japan

Poor old James Packer is not having a great time of it in Macau. But there is another enticing prospect beckoning …

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THE WORLD | 13

How we will remember Chan and Sukumaran

If we never truly accept that people can learn from their mistakes, what kind of world are we accepting? Policy analyst Sarah Gill writes on the legacy of Chan and Sukumaran.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 3

A seat-by-seat guide to the UK election (and how Guy Rundle will be voting)

On the eve of the election, Crikey’s writer-at-large gives you a handy form guide to tell which way the wind is blowing.

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Plenty of paranoia, few answers in Germanwings investigation

Paranoia is now on the loose in relation to pilots mental health issues, ranging from the remote possibility that two suicidal pilots might find themselves operating the same flight to misunderstandings about what the cabin attendant is going to do.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 3

Rundle: Class War and vodka cheesecake

Communist-anarchist-socialist troublemakers Class War heckled and jeered their way through a pantomime hustings in a Tory stronghold. Was anything truly at stake?

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | THE WORLD |

The radical danger of Geert Wilders’ free speech

We are quick to blame a tweet from a Muslim urging violence against those at a Texas cartoon exhibition. But what about the hate speech of Islamophobe Geert Wilders?

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 2

And now, for the snooker

Snooker is a struggle against the mute indifference of the universe to your desires, says Crikey’s writer-a-large.

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HELEN RAZER | THE WORLD |

Razer: the royal baby is a tool of oppression, stop being fooled

Wills and Kate are about as “natural’ in their new parent photos as you are in your filtered selfie-stick Instagram profile pic.

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BERNARD KEANE | THE WORLD |

Essential: nannies, retaliation against Indonesia and retirement

While voters continue to look askance at the government’s capacity to handle foreign relations, its nannies policy might be a winner, Essential Report reveals.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE WORLD | 5

Rundle: who will definitely (maybe) win the UK election, in six scenarios

It is possible Labour could form a coalition government with the Scottish National Party. Except it has sworn it would do no deals with the SNP. So now what?

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