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Today is World Refugee Day: you can help

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Today is World Refugee Day, and apparently a ‘record’ that has been broken. A new United Nations report overnight calculates that, in 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes around the globe came in at a record rate of 44,400 per day. There are no World Cups or gold medals in this

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Julian Assange is a journalist, not Putin’s bitch

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“Journalism is not a crime”. Really? I’d say this slogan is hardly unassailable. I’d say this slogan, which began to appear in hashtag and t-shirt form when the Australian journalist Peter Greste was detained for his journalism practice, needs a second, a third, a seventeenth unflinching look. Surely, Sarah Ferguson’s fantasy Putin trilogy, which concluded

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Anthony Bourdain, our kitchen hero

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Sydney’s Chinatown is a familiar place to me. I know most of the turns, food courts and spruiker scripts like a good friend thinks they know another’s sensibilities. It’s a place I’m accustomed to since I began truanting high school as a 14 year old in the mid-eighties. After dropping out of school I scored a

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Civilisation beaten in a brawl between left and right


With friends like the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who needs enemies? The proposed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra has died in the trench warfare between the post-modern left and the new right. According to The Australian this week, the ANU’s incoming history department head, Professor Frank

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