A host of fresh stories for your weekend
JUNE 6, 2020
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Mindful that most of you have a long weekend, Crikey is doing something a little different with this edition of Weekender. We are publishing four fresh, original stories — all unlocked.

And not just any fresh stories. We have two fine long reads — Kishor Napier-Raman’s essay on pandemics and Bernard Keane’s analysis of Donald Trump — plus two excellent opinion columns.

Our medical columnist Nick Carr reflects on doctors and opiates, while director of the Australian Centre for International Justice Rawan Arraf considers the court cases involving alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers.

Four great pieces — all for free. We hope you enjoy them.

And in case you missed my interview with former PM Malcolm Turnbull this week, you can catch up on the full video, and read Crikey’s Charlie Lewis break it all down here.

Have a great weekend,

Peter Fray
Editor-In-Chief of Crikey

 
We forgot the Spanish Flu. Will we remember the coronavirus?

KISHOR NAPIER-RAMAN 6 minute read

It was the deadliest disease in human history, yet it's treated as little more than an afterthought. Surely this time it'll be different.

U mad bro? America’s troll-in-chief thrives on the triumph of destruction

BERNARD KEANE 5 minute read

Far from being a failed presidency, Donald Trump has achieved exactly what he set out to achieve: the destruction of the capacity of government to make American lives better.

Without genuine war crime investigations, Australians could end up in The Hague

RAWAN ARRAF 3 minute read

Australia needs a full investigation and prosecution into war crimes in Afghanistan, otherwise the case could go all the way to The Hague.

Will new rules force doctors to wake up to pill addiction?

NICK CARR 2 minute read

Despite dire warnings, doctors have kept blithely handing out scripts for opiates to vulnerable and addicted patients. Those days may be in the past.

 
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