Bursting our Bubble – Roger Stone, darling of the alt-right, on the Trump Revolution

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How do you burst the bubble? Blindsided by Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November, liberals and progressives the world over are berating themselves with this question. How did “the smartest people in the room”, as long time Trump friend and advisor Roger Stone smugly observes, fail to see this coming? Looking for answers, many

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Meshel Laurie’s Buddhist approach to break-ups (and breakfast radio)

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Comedian and Buddhist, Meshel Laurie’s new book Buddhism for Break-ups offers sage but humourous advice on how to survive a broken relationship — and thrive. But we’ll get to that in a minute. Firstly, how does Laurie apply Buddhist principles such as calm, clarity and mindfulness to her day job spent in the raucously loud and the competitively cut-throat world of commercial

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The Way of the Strangers, Encounters with The Islamic State by Graeme Wood (book extract)

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Graeme Wood is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a contributor to The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many other publications. He teaches in the political science department at Yale University. Below is an extract from the first chapter of his new book The Way of the Strangers, Encounters with

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W.H. Chong’s favourite books of 2016: art, SFF, classics

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What were we reading in 2016? Artist and book cover designer extraordinaire W.H. Chong shares his favourites from the year, throwing a few revisited classics in for good measure. ART The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee. Subtitled “Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art” — how four pairs of exceedingly famous artists influenced

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Trump and the future of the US-Australia alliance

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Australia has long been a reliable ally of the United States. But has it become too reliable? That’s one of the key questions posed by historian, James Curran, in Fighting with America, a Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special. Curran is Professor of History at the University of Sydney and a Research Associate at the United States

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