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Follow Friday: @NataliaAntonova on the horror of watching the world collapse

If you’re looking for a unique take on current events in Russia, the Twitter feed of Ukrainian-born, US-raised, ethnically Russian journalist and playwright Natalia Antonova is a good place to start.

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‘Tireless’ Bishop’s UN triumph no real biggie

Careful reading of Julie Bishop’s “momentous” UN Security Council resolution regarding flight MH17 reveals it isn’t such a big deal, writes an anonymous Canberra insider and former DFAT officer.

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BERNARD KEANE | EUROPE | 3

WikiLeaks reveals (not so) superinjunction

WikiLeaks’ revelation of a Victorian Court gag order recalls that the overuse of such orders can be defeated by the threat of online exposure.

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Is air travel becoming less safe?

We have witnessed three fairly big plane crashes in the last two weeks, and already nervous flyers are even more on edge. But is this an anomaly, or is air travel less safe than we think? Crikey’s aviation reporter explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | EUROPE | 5 UNLOCK?

The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

The government’s key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.

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EUROPE | 4

Dutch grieve while ‘life goes on’

The Dutch have a reputation for being practical and level-headed, but shock and grief over MH17 run deep, writes Priya de Langen.

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Follow Friday: @PabGallego on the future of the Left in Spain and Europe

The GFC hit Spain hard, and the recovery from it has spurred a resurgence of the Left, says Spanish activist Pablo Gallego Garcia.

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With Europe on the brink, MH17 is Putin’s watershed moment

Vladimir Putin has built up enormous popularity based on Russian nationalism. To take a soft approach in Ukraine risks that, but to go hard risks war with Europe, explains Thomas Ambrosio, professor of political science at North Dakota State University.

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EUROPE | 16

Can the AFP really help in Ukraine?

Abbott wants to send the cops into war-torn Ukraine. Is this a wise move? Andrew Goldsmith, strategic professor of criminology and Grant Niemann, senior lecturer in law, explain.

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GUY RUNDLE | EUROPE | 19 UNLOCK?

Rundle: in MH17, the death of meaning from the meaninglessness of death

We in the West are no longer used to sudden or accidental death — and we have no idea how to deal with it.

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Crikey Clarifier: what happens now with MH17?

What is happening with MH17’s data flight recorders? What country has jurisdiction over the site? And is there a cover-up going on? Crikey’s aviation reporter takes us through the story so far …

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MH17: decency and respect needed for victims — but it may be too late

There are procedures in place to honour those who have died in and ensure a fair and proper investigation. But so far, the Russian-backed separatists have not shown much willingness to abide by them.

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Rundle: Cold Warriors rattling kalashnikovs can’t give MH17 meaning

MH17 was almost certainly not shot down by the Russian military in a deliberate act of war against any nation with a citizen on board. But tell that to the Right.

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MH17: backgrounder on the situation in Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine is not merely a border skirmish, it is a full-on war. Ukrainian journalist in the city of Odessa Mikhail Golubev reports on the situation on the ground today.

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MH17: why a commercial jet was flying over a war zone

The Russian separatists who shot down MH17 allegedly thought it was a military target — though it was easily distinguishable as a commercial plane.

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MH17: Malaysia Airlines’ hideous failure of duty of care cost hundreds their lives

Malaysia Airlines – and Singapore Airlines and a few other carriers — have prioritised fuel economy over passenger safety — and almost 300 people have paid with their lives.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | EUROPE | 1

Le voila: Sarkozy’s legal troubles could be Hollande’s lucky break

Nicolas Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing and says his arrest was politically motivated. But no matter the outcome of the charges, there is one clear winner: Francois Hollande.

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British disability reforms a perfect model of a mess

Think we should reform our disability support pension to be more like the United Kingdom? Think again, economist Tom Westland writes.

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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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We are not abdicating: Charles won’t be in charge for many years yet

Three European monarchs have abdicated in the last year or so, which got us wondering: could our Lilibet be next? Not on your life, writes freelance writer Dylan Barber.

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Why Australia’s media bought the ‘Irish babies in the septic tank’ story

The world was outraged at news of the bodies of 800 Irish babies had been found in a septic tank. As it turns out, no bodies have been found at all. Dr Steven Knowlton, professor of journalism at Dublin City University, explains why we were so eager to believe this story.

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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: 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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Follow Friday: @KevinRothrock, explaining the RuNet

If you want to know what’s happening in Russia, go straight to the source. Kevin Rothrock explains the “Wild West” of Russia’s internet.

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