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Australia’s moral duty to slap down US aggression

The United States is guilty of war crimes, human rights violations and extreme violence. As its ally, Australia’ silence on morally reprehensible behaviour constitutes complicity, writes Dr Scott Burchill, senior lecturer in international relations at Deakin University.

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Reporters as ‘co-conspirators’ in Obama’s war on journalism

The Obama administration is engaged in a war on investigative journalism, backed by national security laws. The internet may free up information, but it also aids government surveillance.

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Bradley Manning, succumbing to human frailty, pleads guilty

Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to the illegal possession and communication of government documents, and he is facing a sentence of 20 years. New revelations paint a sadder picture.

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A thousand days in jail, and Bradley Manning still waits for trial

The US soldier charged with leaking classified information to WikiLeaks has been caught up in vindictive pretrial punishment, writes freelancer Stella Gray. Now he finally faces trial.

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The Iran question: a ‘good cop, bad cop’ scenario

The drums of war can again be heard beating across the Middle East, writes Nigel O’Connor, a freelance writer in Ramallah.

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Indefinite detention formalised in US — and the world is a war

A new bill in Washington formalises the power of the US military to abuct and imprison anyone, anywhere in the world.

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The lesson from S&P: politics DOES matter

The Standard and Poor’s downgrade of the US is a reaction to the political nature of the current economic malaise, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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No reason or evidence will cure US of its debt fetish

If the United States Congress refuses to raise the government’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by August 2, the Obama administration will be forced to put American finances on a more stable path, writes Adam Creighton.

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Maley: will the US doff its debt cap?

Could this be the week when global investors start to get seriously worried about the looming August 2 deadline for raising the US debt ceiling? asks Karen Maley.

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War on the internet 2: those who Get It, and those who don’t

A closer look at government attacks on the internet shows some are far more effective and targeted than others. Many are driven by the interests of powerful stakeholders able to influence policy makers in preserving pre-digital sources of revenue or authority.

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Cyberspace freedom … except where they upset the copyright industry

The Obama Administration’s Cyberspace strategy places heavy emphasis on freedom, but in practice it’s only as much freedom as the copyright industry wants

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Birtherism bound for half-remembered dance craze status

Clearly the White House would have liked the birther issue to run on right to the edge of the primary season.

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Maley: America’s dance with the default

The US government is embroiled in a vicious fight over budget cuts and investors are becoming increasingly agitated that a truce will not be reached in time to avert a partial shutdown of the government, writes Karen Maley, of Business Spectator.

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Mid-East uprising stopped in its tracks by West’s strategic uncertainty

The uprisings in the Middle East have been stopped dead in their tracks by a ferocious reaction from some of the world’s worst dictatorships, emboldened by international apathy.

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Switzerland turns down gun control

America will have to confront some of its own demons before its citizens will lessen their devotion to their guns.

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Kohler: the cost of our surplus obsession

The Australian Prime Minister is too worried about the fiscal balance and the US President is not worried enough.

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Web wars soon to embroil
corporations

The information war will eventually threaten companies as much or more than the governments fighting against WikiLeaks.

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After the shooting: Guantánamo, lest we forget

In this climate, we are hurtling toward a culture of permissive and normalised violence, one in which black site prisons and perpetual war and fearing our neighbours will be customary, writes Jacinda Woodhead, associate editor of literary journal Overland.

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Cancun Calling: space oddity

The Obama Administration has made grabbing a leading share of the green economy one of the key planks of its climate change and energy policy. But it is now conceding that it is losing the race to China, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator

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Obama makes up ground on the Russian front

Improving relations with Russia is a classic win-win proposition; it reduces the pressure on the West and also strengthens the more progressive forces in Russia by drawing the country more closely into the European net.

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A ‘safe’ investment turns sour

Financial markets are becoming increasingly anxious about the mauling in the US municipal bond market, which has seen borrowing costs for state and local governments jump sharply in recent weeks, writes Karen Maley, of Business Spectator.

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Democrats’ shot at maintaining majority not looking rosy

The Democrats are facing serious losses this November due to a failing US economy and the limited policy success of the Obama Administration.

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Forget the Taliban. Obama should be worried about the Democrats

The mid-term election is going to be very bad for the Democrats, with one or both houses lost, writes Michael Wolff of Newser.com.

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Obama administration pushes for anti-WikiLeaks alliance

Still reeling from the WikiLeaks Afghan War Diary controversies, the US government are attempting to form an international alliance with several countries - including Australia - against the website and its founder Julian Assange.

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How America built its robot army

An excellent investigation by Reuters into how drone fighter planes became the Obama administration’s weapon of choice in AfPak. The US military is now launching several targeted strikes a week in Pakistan, four times as many as under Bush.

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