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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES | 6

Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES | 13

War, what is it good for? Big bank investments

Some of Australia’s biggest financial institutions stand to make a killing from the return to Iraq.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES | 21 UNLOCK?

Who benefits from the return to Iraq?

The inconsistencies in the case for intervention in Iraq demonstrate how the US and Australia are struggling to see where their real national interests lie.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES | 12

Getting to the core of the threat of Islamic State

The threat to the West from Islamic State depends entirely on whom you talk to — a politician, or a security official.

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UNITED STATES |

Tim Blair journeys to western Sydney, finds Muslims, freaks out

Remember “fair go for the west”? It’s all very well and good in theory, but when Tele columnist Tim Blair makes a sojourn (to his own city) he brings his Islamophobia with him, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow

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UNITED STATES |

What will happen when Australian police have military weapons?

Images of Ferguson, Missouri, are reminiscent of a war zone. Jeff Sparrow, writer and editor of Overland, says with police behaving more like armies, it’s inevitable — and militarised police are coming to a precinct near you.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Secret financial services agreement exposed by WikiLeaks threatens personal data

Secret trade negotiations revealed by WikiLeaks show the US trying to head off moves to protect citizens’ data from US control.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

The chaos in Iraq is another chance for neoconservatives to push for Western intervention — a course that will again make us less safe from terrorism.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Why white terrorism isn’t terrorism

Terrorism by white people isn’t framed as terrorism because it undermines the real benefits of the War on Terror for western governments.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Abbott and Harper renew a blinkered coalition of denialism

Tony Abbott’s efforts to stymie international action on climate change ignores how central climate change is becoming to economic and security issues.

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UNITED STATES |

Obama coughs up the solution to coal pollution

The US President is switching the conversation on climate change over to human health. Doctors George Crisp and David Shearman say he’s on to something.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

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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CATHY ALEXANDER | UNITED STATES |

Obama changes the conversation on climate change

Barack Obama is framing the need to act on carbon pollution as being about human health — preventing asthma, heart attacks etc. Might that work here?

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Aussies dead in drone strikes — and Brandis does not care

The government has no view on whether the killing of two Australians by US drone strikes in Yemen was illegal, inappropriate or concerning, George Brandis reveals.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

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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HELEN RAZER | UNITED STATES |

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | UNITED STATES |

Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

Carl Gibson wants to turn radical street politics into real power in Washington. He talks to Crikey about his new party, the long road to recognition and the power of Twitter.

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UNITED STATES |

NYT, Le Monde ditch eds: where are all the female media leaders?

There are few female editors atop the world’s major newspapers, and as of this morning, there are two fewer, write Crikey’s Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

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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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Who — and what country — is driving Brandis’ conservative shift?

The Attorney-General’s chief of staff seems to have strong views on complying with US demands. And they may be having an influence on George Brandis.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

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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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

Lockheed wins out over taxpayers in the F-35 procurement nightmare

The history of the F-35 is that of a defence procurement disaster. But contrary to the claims of the Pentagon, the program is still not under control.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNITED STATES |

An Australian killed, to the studied indifference of his government

An Australian has been killed overseas. But the federal government is strangely incurious about it, and has nothing to say about it. Its ideology is getting in the way.

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UNITED STATES |

George W. Bush turns his hand to painting, but is he any good?

George W. Bush, one of America’s most polarising presidents, has opened a new art exhibition of his work. Freelance journalist Doyle Rader visits the exhibition in Dallas to find out if Dubya has any artistic ability.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNITED STATES |

The incredible shrinking building material that makes the future possible

Crikey’s writer-at-large is on the road in the United States and learning about graphene. You may not know what graphene is now, but it could save your life someday.

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