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The two words in climate talks that could change everything

Who knew two little words could make such a difference? Lawyer and freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports from Lima on the little words that could have a big impact on climate talks henceforth.

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Little progress in Lima, inside or outside the barricades

Delegates gather in a well-off district to spend hours parsing language on climate change agreements, while protesters outside shout slogans. Neither side is accomplishing much, writes journalist Marcus Priest in Lima.

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Naomi Klein on climate change, cooking the poor and the disgraceful Australia-Canada bond

Author Naomi Klein says it’s not necessarily that the Right doesn’t believe in climate change, it’s that they see economic advantage in drowning the poor.

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The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference — Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

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Glencore’s ugly tax rorts have real consequences

Glencore, currently pursuing Rio Tinto, is one of the world’s most unconscionable tax dodgers.

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Scots stay put, but there are others in the queue

Despite a resounding win for the unionists in Scotland, other regions around the world seeking independence, like Catalonia and Kurdistan, remain hopeful.

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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: why Libya was different

Increased hostilities in Libya have some wondering if Western powers should not have intervened. But Crikey’s writer-at-large believed then — and believes now — it was a good idea.

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Why we’ve lost interest in the Nigerian schoolgirls, 100 days on

It has been 100 days since the Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped. What did #BringBackOurGirls achieve, and where has the outrage gone? United Nations adviser Robert Johnson writes from Nairobi.

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Egypt’s distrust of Hamas strains Palestinian ties

Could Egypt be doing more to broker a peace deal between Israel and Gazan militants? Rachel Williamson, freelance journalist in Cairo, says although Egypt used to support the Palestinian cause, its fear of Hamas has caused it to take a step back.

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Brazilians would be protesting against the Cup — but there’s soccer to watch

When Brazilians watch soccer, they are not individuals watching sport. They are a heaving, unified glorious mass with a single mind — and who can protest when that sort of thing is going on? Crikey’s man on the ground Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Viva Rio! A field guide to recognising the tourists of the Cup

The sunburnt, drunk tourists of the World Cup are having the time of their lives. But they’re certainly not seeing the real Brazil. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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World Cup: the upside to three straight losses

Australia lost all of its World Cup matches and is on the plane home — but Aussie freelance writer Django Merope Synge, who’s in Rio for the tournament, has drunk the Kool Aid and sees the positives.

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Gooooooooooaaaaaaal! Rio’s riches in the most expensive World Cup

This year’s World Cup is expected to cost the Brazilian government a whopping $14 billion, but it could be worth $30 billion to the country’s GDP. And don’t forget the sponsors. Crikey intern Jake Stevens follows the money …

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Even al-Qaeda thinks schoolgirl kidnappers Boko Haram too violent

The Western media is (belatedly) outraged over the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls. But an international reaction is exactly what terrorist group Boko Haram wants, writes UN adviser Robert Johnson in Nairobi.

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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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In Cuiaba, Australia’s field of dreams, they’re sick of the Cup already

The World Cup starts in just a few months. But Dan Moss, an Australian freelance journalist in Cuiaba, says Brazil is nowhere near ready to host the showcase of the world game.

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The new tri-polar world: why Russia can do whatever it likes

The United States is effectively powerless in the empire-building of Russia. There’s three sherifs in the world right now, and America might not even be the most influential.

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Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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Follow Friday: @ClairMacD, our woman in Monrovia

What’s an Australian journalist doing in Liberia? Clair MacDougall is fascinated by the “deeply complex” nation and coverage of Africa broadly. The intrepid freelance is worth a follow.

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Arriba! Why are we a trendy destination for Latin American students?

Think you’re hearing more Spanish on George Street? You’re not imagining things — the number of Latin American students studying in Australia is soaring. Crikey intern Isabel Filgueiras looks at why.

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Is Australia complicit in the Tamil genocide? The tribunal is in

A tribunal of academics and activists has found the Sri Lankan government guilty of the genocide of its Tamil minority. Retired diplomat Bruce Haigh was at the tribunal as an expert witness and asks: is Australia also to blame?

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How South Sudan fell apart so quickly — and how it might be saved

South Sudan has been in a vulnerable position since its independence in 2011, and there is no clear end in sight to the sectarian violence. How does the fledgling nation move forward?

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Razer’s class warfare: Nelson Mandela and giving violence a chance

Let’s stop banging on about forgiveness and peace. Nelson Mandela was locked up for being a terrorist — and sometimes armed rebellion is the only way to bring about change.

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Dancing for Mandela in Durban, where grief crept up slowly

In Durban, the people danced as they grieved for Nelson Mandela. But emotions at the site of his imprisonment spilled over. Australian writer and academic Michael Richardson reports.

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