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South China Sea is the most likely flashpoint of the next cold war

South China Sea is the most likely flashpoint of the next cold war

With China renewing its commitment to territorial claims, and reactionaries like Donald Trump at the helm, the long-running South China Sea dispute could turn south very quickly.

‘An American explains to a Russian …’: CIA declassifies Soviet-era jokes

‘An American explains to a Russian …’: CIA declassifies Soviet-era jokes

Please enjoy the quiet, bone-dry irony of these Soviet-era jokes.

Razer: Taylor Swift’s new album exudes perky gasps of icy nothingness

Razer: Taylor Swift’s new album exudes perky gasps of icy nothingness

1989 is an ahistorical, destructive pastiche of a time Taylor Swift doesn't properly appreciate. Here's why ...

Follow Friday: @nils_gilman, prognosticating the paradox of the future

Follow Friday: @nils_gilman, prognosticating the paradox of the future

Nils Gilman is a futurist, pessimist and just about the smartest person you could follow on Twitter. He takes on banks, the GFC, social inequality, and where we as a species are heading.

Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

The Syrian conflict is beginning to look a lot like a proxy war between Russia and the West. Is this a return to the Cold War?

Rundle: Libya … neocon era, Western supremacy done and dusted

Rundle: Libya … neocon era, Western supremacy done and dusted

Arabia must be either an enemy, a colony or a petrol station. There are no other choices.

Teetotallers’ total tops total tipplers

Teetotallers’ total tops total tipplers

The world has more non-alcohol-drinkers than drinkers, the World Health Organisation reported overnight.

How to survive a terrorist attack

How to survive a terrorist attack

The director of Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness explains what to do when the bomb drops. Start building your fallout shelter now.

We are all Rogue States now

We are all Rogue States now

The notion of "rogue states" is completely out-dated, says Nader Mousavizadeh, presupposing most of the world is united behind common Western (and American) values and interests. The US no longer gets to call the shots.

How the world was saved from orbiting laser battle stations

How the world was saved from orbiting laser battle stations

In the 1970s, the Soviet Union came this close to launching a huge satellite with a giant laser attached to it to take out America's anti-missile shield. The fascinating and largely untold story of how it all fell to pieces.