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The 2014 Crikeys: Arsehat of the Year

Will it be real-life Bond villain Vladimir Putin? Human yeast infection Redfoo? Or closer to home, our very own Jacqui “Ban the Burqa, Straya!” Lambie? Vote for the worst person of the year — Crikey’s Arsehat 2014!

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Putin on the koalas: how the world’s media reported the G20

From India to Canada, China to Russia, Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov scour’s the world’s media for their take on Brisbane’s G20.

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Tips and rumours

We wrap up G20 watch … Albo shares some inspiration … Lambie MIA in Victoria …

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A little ditty ’bout Tony and Vlad

When did Russia’s kleptocratic, despotic and murderous leader become everyone’s favourite wacky, lovable hunk?

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Russian media shrugs at Australian hunt for Red November

The Australian media has whipped itself into a frenzy over Russian warships off the Queensland coast, but as Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov explains, the Russian media sees it as business as usual.

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From ‘shirt-fronting’ to ‘the sidelines’: how Russia reported the Putin-Abbott chinwag

The Australian media has raved about the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Tony Abbott, but Russian media was more interested in Putin’s chivalry, writes Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov.

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iSentia Index: Defence pay, budget woes and a “tense” Putin-Abbott handshake

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie dominated discussions this week as she agitated for a better defence force pay deal.

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‘Ditch toxic Tony!’ — and other headlines you’ll never read

If a Labor government had performed as poorly as this one, the media coverage would be very different.

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Poll Bludger: Abbott’s ‘shirt-fronting’ machismo pleases men and women

Tony Abbott’s personal approval ratings have been enjoying a boost ever since international conflicts distracted from domestic issues. Interestingly, both men and women have bought the tough-guy shtick.

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iSentia Index: grand finals over, but football slang takes over political discussion

Tony Abbott’s comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to divert attention away from Labor’s take on national security laws.

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Who really shot down MH17?

Crikey readers talk MH17, the ABC’s finances and notes at airports.

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Tips and rumours

Who is protecting Eric Roozendaal? … jobs go in the employment office … changes to the AFR’s subscription model …

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Media briefs: farewell Louise … getting shirty … Gotham boosts Nine lineup …

What’s the difference between a “shirtfront”, “shirt-front” and “shirt front”? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Some propaganda with your morning paper? Why Fairfax is spruiking for Putin

It’s easier than you think to get published in the world’s best newspapers, as the efforts of Russia Beyond The Headlines show. Myriam Robin and Glenn Dyer report.

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Meet the satirists who got Assange to don that mullet

Remember Julian Assange’s John Farnham turn during the 2013 election? The brains behind Juice Rap News talk to Crikey about rapping the news, a show with an agenda, and why they are bankrolled by the Kremlin.

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The Russian side of the story

Crikey readers talk the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the NBN.

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‘We don’t know what to do’: Ukraine’s desperate cry for help

Russia has invaded Ukrainian sovereignty, and without help it is unlikely Ukraine can hold off the Russian bear. Freelance journalist Charles McPhedran reports from Kiev.

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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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Just the bill, thanks

Crikey readers talk shareholder activism, Putin’s MH17 mess and the etiquette of fine dining.

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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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In MH17 response, a rare — and surprising — win for Malaysian govt

Freelance writer Hari Raj compares the Malaysian government’s response to two unprecedented incidents in aviation history.

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MH17: now not the time for diplomatic nuance — and G20 decisions can wait

Tony Abbott’s strong response on the issue of culpability for MH17 was justified and appropriate.

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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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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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