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War, Violence, Fear

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Why violence in Berlin is dangerous for democracy

[caption id="attachment_10888" align="aligncenter" width="926"] A festive decoration hangs from the truck that ploughed into the Christmas market in Berlin. Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch[/caption] “Stay at home and don’t spread rumours,” Berlin’s police chief tweeted last night as news spread of the shockingly violent...

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20 December 2016
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War and democracy in the age of Trump

The ancient Greek historian Herodotus once observed that Persian rulers indulged the habit of getting drunk when making important decisions. When sober and sensible next morning, their custom was to reconsider their decision, and either stick to it, or revise...

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17 December 2016
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War Comes Home [Arabic Translation]

.حرب في قلب باريس"، عنوان خرجت به لو فيغارو على قرائها مولولة، مشاهد من ملحمة، جنود تعج بهم الشوارع، سياسيون يخطبون، صفارات إنذار تدوي من بعيد، وأناس مرعوبون دموعهم في مآقيهم." .ما إن أعلن عن حالة الطوارئ حتى اندفعت الأفكار الغريبة...

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18 November 2015
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ABC The Minefield | Syrian Refugee Crisis: Is current compassion obscuring a long-term catastrophe?

Aired on Thursday 10 September 2015 11:30AM Over the last five years, the phenomenon of mass displacement and forced migration has posed intractable political problems for Western nations and sparked an upsurge in popularity for Europe's anti-immigrant political parties. In recent weeks the...

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10 September 2015
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A Moment With Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam, addressing supporters on the day of his dismissal, November 11, 1975 ABC  Edward Gough Whitlam has passed on, leaving behind millions of citizens saddened by scores of eloquent obituaries reminding us how, once upon a time, Australian politics produced world-class leaders courageously...

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27 October 2014
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Concentration Camps and Democracy

Manus Island camp Refugee Action Coalition The following commentary on the Abbott government’s policy of forcibly preventing people from seeking asylum within Australia has aroused considerable controversy. Several thousand public and private comments, from a wide variety of sources, have so far...

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29 April 2014
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