By Anna Winter on March 27, 2013
The power of clothes: why is this still even a debate that serious people are having?
By Robert Merkel on January 10, 2012
The reaction to Barack Obama’s announcement of the Defence Strategic Guidance document is as good an opportunity as any to open a thread to discuss defence-related matters. The document puts a little bit more meat on the bones on some [...]
By tigtog on January 1, 2012
“Any hope that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was extinguished today.”
By Robert Merkel on October 27, 2011
When Tony Abbott promises to cut bureaucracy, I rather doubt ASIO is at the top of his list of places to look for savings. It should be, given that its budget has grown from 60-odd million dollars in 2001 to [...]
By Mark Bahnisch on July 31, 2011
Writing at Open Democracy, Sara Silvestri makes an excellent argument about the massacres in Norway, and how we should act to avoid their repetition.
By Mark Bahnisch on July 27, 2011
Shakira Hussein has written the best piece I’ve seen on the response to the massacres in Norway.
By Kim on July 26, 2011
We mourn the victims of these massacres by working to ensure that such abominations never occur again. To do that effectively, it is necessary to understand, without illusions and avoiding polemics, why this tragedy occurred.
By Mark Bahnisch on July 24, 2011
Commentary which seems to gloat “Oh look! It wasn’t a Muslim, but a right wing Christian” reinscribes the crazy narratives about terrorism and political violence which precisely require a more dispassionate analysis.
By Robert Merkel on July 12, 2011
The Guardian reports that the CIA set up a fake vaccination drive in Abbottabad, Pakistan to obtain DNA samples from individuals in the bin Laden compound. The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama [...]
By GuyB on June 9, 2011
It can hardly be denied that violence has a peculiarly vicarious allure in the modern mass media environment, regardless of whether we are talking ratings, book sales, ticket sales, clicks, or good old-fashioned circulation. Think James Patterson, the “world’s best-selling [...]
By Paul Norton on February 25, 2011
I don’t like to be too critical of editors of letters pages in newspapers, as they receive many times more letters than they can publish, and it’s not always easy to edit a letter for length whilst remaining faithful to [...]