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

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.

Putin a 21st-century tsar, with Russians happy to trade freedoms for security

Putin a 21st-century tsar, with Russians happy to trade freedoms for security

Russia's default state is not that of a democracy; its authoritarianism has deep roots. And Russians are more than happy to trade liberties for security, says political academic Thomas Ambrosio.

The Media Monitors' Top 20

The Media Monitors' Top 20

Several Liberal pollies had a leap in prominence this week, writes Thomas Raymond.

The Media Monitors' Top 20

The Media Monitors' Top 20

It was a week where the big guys took centre stage, writes Thomas Raymond.

The Media Monitors' Top 20

The Media Monitors' Top 20

The PM again had a blinder of a week, writes Thomas Raymond.

Ponting cops it for picking self-preservation over victory

Ponting cops it for picking self-preservation over victory

Ricky Ponting's decision to honour over-rates ahead of keeping hold of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy has led to an outpouring of ill-feeling from former players and commentators. Compiled by Thomas Hunter.

Talking points: towards a post-racial America?

Talking points: towards a post-racial America?

And so it cam to pass -- the US has a black president. Here's how the pundits are deconstructing that change to America's idea of itself.

Election online: Bookmarks for polling day

Election online: Bookmarks for polling day

On the day when Americans select the new leader of the free world, here’s a list of sources you might like to bookmark.

Inflation hits 5% -- do we need a recession to control it?

Inflation hits 5% -- do we need a recession to control it?

With the ABS reporting that inflation hit 5% in the September quarter, Crikey asked a group of economists if a recession is the only way of controlling it. By Thomas Hunter.

Rudd's package: What the banks are telling clients

Rudd's package: What the banks are telling clients

Some of the major banks and investment houses are giving clients their views on the economic security strategy. Here are some of the highlights. Compiled by Thomas Hunter.