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Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

Professor Damien Kingsbury December 12, 2017

The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?

CNN corrects ‘fake news’ story about Donald Trump and WikiLeaks

CNN corrects ‘fake news’ story about Donald Trump and WikiLeaks

Emily Watkins December 11, 2017 3 Comments

CNN has played into President Donald Trump's 'fake news' narrative by cocking up a story about his relationship with WikiLeaks.

Australia stays mute as Cambodia nears point of no return

Australia stays mute as Cambodia nears point of no return

vening.jack@gmail.com December 8, 2017 5 Comments

Fearing a loss at next year's election, Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken increasingly wild moves against human rights organisations, as Australia watches on.

Trump’s Jerusalem shock tactic serves no obvious purpose

Trump’s Jerusalem shock tactic serves no obvious purpose

Crikey December 7, 2017 11 Comments

If Trump's recognition of Jerusalem is the first step in his 'ultimate deal' for Israel-Palestine, then he better hope the next step reverses it.

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

Professor Damien Kingsbury December 6, 2017 5 Comments

The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was consolidating power in the capital Sana'a, will see the horror in Yemen return to a stalemate.

Yale Diary: on the nauseating carousel of US bipartisanship

Yale Diary: on the nauseating carousel of US bipartisanship

vening.jack@gmail.com December 5, 2017 3 Comments

The former presidential candidate won't stop apologising for his 1988 loss, but has a strikingly clear message for lawmakers, writes Yale fellow Emma Shortis.

Company tax cuts won’t work in the US, and they won’t work here

Company tax cuts won’t work in the US, and they won’t work here

vening.jack@gmail.com December 4, 2017 19 Comments

Optimistic tax models put the average Australian at being 0.1% better off under the proposed company tax cuts. And the good news is they'll only have to wait 25 years for that tiny benefit to appear! Economist John Quiggin reports.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Dean Smith’s ‘hero hug’

Hinch’s Senate Diary: Dean Smith’s ‘hero hug’

Derryn Hinch November 30, 2017 3 Comments

Passing the marriage equality bill through the lower house, travelling to remote India to meet with the Dalai Lama; it's business as usual for Senator Derryn Hinch

LEAKED: transcript of Daily Mail editorial meeting on Prince Harry engagement

LEAKED: transcript of Daily Mail editorial meeting on Prince Harry engagement

Crikey November 29, 2017 7 Comments

Including a very unusual -- though highly elucidating -- definition of "the public interest".

Kochs fund Time takeover

Kochs fund Time takeover

Glenn Dyer November 28, 2017 5 Comments

US media reports say Meredith plans significant jobs cuts at Time Inc after the companies are combined as part of a cost-cutting plan reached with the Koch brothers.