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Lavina Lee, John Lee

It has been a challenging 12 months for the People’s Republic of China and its paramount leader, President Xi Jinping.

Domestically, many are blaming the Communist Party for the spread of the coronavirus...

15 February 2020
Ashley Townshend

In Washington last week, US ­Defence Secretary Mark Esper bluntly laid out the central dilemma looming over America’s national security community: “If we keep focusing on the near term, we will miss the...

14 February 2020
Bruce Wolpe

The Democratic race was recast yesterday in New Hampshire. It is now a field of four: two frontrunners, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Senator Amy Klobuchar, who now has new...

13 February 2020
Claire McFarland

Australia’s strong agricultural science has built a reputation for quality. Australian beef in particular is highly sought after around the world. Almost three quarters of the beef produced in Australia is exported, making...

12 February 2020
Gorana Grgic

Meanwhile, the rest of the world adjusts to uncertainty in no small part fuelled by the incumbent US President.

9 February 2020
Bruce Wolpe

The court of impeachment in the United States Senate was adjourned by Chief Justice John Roberts “sine die” – without any future date being designated – but the court of public opinion about...

8 February 2020
Stephen Loosley

The Iowa Democratic Party has achieved the most astonishing transmission failure since the Dallas police endeavoured to transport Lee Harvey Oswald out of their basement garage.

A fiasco has eclipsed what was an...

7 February 2020
Brendan Thomas-Noone

Early last week, the academic community awoke to the startling news that the head of Harvard’s prestigious chemistry department – Charles M. Lieber – was in handcuffs, charged with lying to the FBI.


7 February 2020
Bruce Wolpe

This will likely be the last time Iowa goes first.

The disgraceful shambles of reporting results from this first primary of 2020 feeds immense cynicism about how American democracy functions. It is a...

5 February 2020
Stephen Kirchner

The Reserve Bank of Australia left its official cash rate unchanged at 0.75 per cent on Tuesday, a decision that was widely expected by financial markets.

Yet the case for monetary policy to...

5 February 2020
Stephen Kirchner

When the Reserve Bank board meets today for the first time this year it is likely to leave its cash rate unchanged at the current all-time low 0.75%.

Afterwards, it will announce its...

4 February 2020
Elliott Brennan

When Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address in a few days he will be only the second US President to do so under the shadow of an active impeachment trial...

3 February 2020
Bryden Spurling

In 1992, Francis Fukuyama’s The end of history and the last man declared liberal democracy and capitalism to be the pre-eminent systems of government and the pinnacle of social evolution. This was it...

3 February 2020
David Smith

While political parties in both Australia and Britain have recently moved towards leadership contests that give more say to ordinary party members, nothing matches the democratic scale of the American process to nominate...

29 January 2020
Stephen Kirchner

After two years of negotiations, the US and China have signed a "phase one" economic and trade agreement that has forestalled further increases in US tariffs on imports from China. Equity markets rallied...

22 January 2020
Molly Opinsky

It is easier to buy a gun than it is to vote in Florida. There are many proposed solutions to the United States’ gun problem, but gun licensing is one that has correlated...

21 January 2020
Mia Love

If ever there was a target any president was justified in taking out, Qasem Soleimani was it. Like many of my fellow citizens, I am baffled by the American left's rush to criticise...

17 January 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Get ready for the split-screen presidency: televised proceedings in Congress to remove Trump from office occurring with near-simultaneous video of Trump exercising the powers of the presidency.

The first hint of what is...

16 January 2020
Stephen Kirchner

Predictions of the US dollar’s demise are a recurring staple of financial market commentary. The equally routine failure of these predictions reflects widespread misunderstanding of the sources of the US dollar’s role in...

9 January 2020
Bruce Wolpe

Iran has broken an American president before. In 1979, Iranians under the aegis of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini stormed the US embassy in Tehran, taking 52 diplomats hostage.

All of president...

6 January 2020