Opinion


Total Masking: Victoria’s Coronavirus Response Monday, July 20th, 2020

The Victorian Premier turned up for his weekend delivery of coronavirus infections, gruffly delivering the news. It has become grim if compelling viewing: the announcement about the next spike in coronavirus infections, the next gruesome statistical spread on transmission. On Sunday, Daniel Andrews..

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Muddling Democrats: Chaos in the Iowa Caucus Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Whatever the claims by the Democratic pollsters on the ground, the party has all the work to do ahead of selecting a candidate to make a fist of it come November. Pity for them, then, that the opening in Iowa proved to be a spectacular shambles, notably for those obsessed with the live news cycle...

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China’s Damaging Policy Disruptions Monday, December 30th, 2019

China’s economic growth is expected to have slowed to just over 6% this year, and it is unlikely to accelerate anytime soon. In fact, economic commentators generally agree that China’s economic performance in 2019 – the worst in nearly 30 years – could be the best for at least a decade...

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The Power of Green Public Finance Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Policymakers and pundits have been wringing their hands over the crises afflicting the European Union, arguing that it is falling behind in confronting major threats to its long-term survival. Yet on the issue of climate change, nothing could be further from the truth. In mid-November, EU member..

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The West’s Arrested Social Development Thursday, November 21st, 2019

After three decades of worsening economic inequality, advanced-country populations are angry, and they are taking their grievances to the ballot box or the streets. But credibly addressing inequality also demands action regarding a less-discussed facet of this trend: declining intergenerational..

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Abolish the Billionaires? Friday, November 15th, 2019

The march of the billionaires has seemed unstoppable. Even as the International Monetary Fund warns of a synchronized global slowdown, the wealth of the very rich continues to grow unabated. According to Oxfam, the number of billionaires in the world has almost doubled since the 2008 financial..

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Kalapani Belongs To Nepal Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Nepal has been an independent and sovereign nation since the ancient times, known for its historic bravery the country upholds the title till date. Nepal has been surrounded by two emerging superpowers on each side of its borders - India and China. Due to unregulated border between the two..

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Will Trump Be Removed from Office? Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

For the first time, reasonable people in the United States have begun to speculate that President Donald Trump could be convicted by the Senate and thus removed from office. The likelihood may still seem low, but Trump’s position is weakening, and opinion polls are steadily moving against him. It..

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Britain’s Constitutional Guardians Strike Back Thursday, September 26th, 2019

The US constitution is not “a suicide pact,” US Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson famously wrote. For British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution may yet prove to be one – at least for his political career. Following a unanimous decision..

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The Courage of Saying No: Children, Rebellion and Greta Thunberg Thursday, September 5th, 2019

There is something to be said of wariness when it comes to revolutionary voices. As Albert Camus argued in that beautiful tract of illumination and contradiction, The Rebel, “All modern revolutions have ended in the reinforcement of the power of the state.” But he also argued that humankind..

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Speaking Truth to Power Monday, August 5th, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s nomination of John Ratcliffe, a highly partisan Congressman with little international experience, to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence raised the red flag of the politicization of intelligence. Opposition to Ratcliffe among Democrats and..

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Are Moonshots Still Possible? Friday, July 19th, 2019

I cannot look at the Moon without being reminded of July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the first human footprints on its dusty surface. Then a young astronomer at the University of Cambridge, where the English astronomer Fred Hoyle was the top professor, I joined hundreds of..

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Manus, Nauru and an Australian Detention Legacy Thursday, July 18th, 2019

It could be called a gulag mentality, though it finds form in different ways. In the defunct Soviet Union, it was definitive of life: millions incarcerated, garrisons of forced labour, instruments of the proletarian paradise fouled. Gulag literature suggested another society, estranged and removed..

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From Moon Walk to Space Wars

Fifty years after astronauts first walked on the Moon, space wars have gone from Hollywood fantasy to looming threat. Not content with possessing enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all life on Earth many times over, major powers are rapidly militarizing space. Given the world’s increasing..

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A Digital Path to Health for All Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Global leaders at the recent annual gathering of the World Health Assembly in Geneva expressed worry and optimism in almost equal measure. Delegates at the Assembly – the decision-making body of the World Health Organization – likened the scope of the world’s health crisis to that of the..

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JOURNALISTS NEED ENTRY BARRIER Sunday, June 9th, 2019

There are two professions all over the world that seem to have no entry barrier. Anyone can get in and get out at any time. One is politics ( Yes, people from all sorts of background with or without formal education enter politics at various levels these days to get powerful positions and make..

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Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Another crude and sad chapter, yet more evidence of a system’s vengeance against its challengers. Julian Assange, like they dying Roman emperor Vespasian, may be transforming into a god of sorts, but the suffering of his mortal physical is finding its mark. While some in the cynical, narcissistic..

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FIRST MISTAKE OF MODI GOVERNMENT IN SECOND TERM Friday, May 31st, 2019

It is reported that leader of Tibetan government in exile Mr. Lobsang Sangey was not invited to Mr. Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony for his second term as Prime Minister of India. However, the Tibetan leader was invited for Mr. Modi’s swearing in ceremony for the first term in 2014. Why..

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