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The new education secretary, Damian Hinds, has his work cut out, so here's what he needs to do.
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) talks to European Parliament, president Antonio Tajani (left) and Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel (center), during the Gothenburg summit on November 17, 2017.
The final report of the EU's summit in Sweden makes generous use of the adjective "fair". With populism and xenophobia are on the rise, could this be the basis of a new narrative for Europe?
Developing country governments need to give attention to the risks associated with new technologies and develop context-specific responses.
At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
AP Photo/Go Nakamura
We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Iran's main opposition is loath to embrace a new wave of protesters. It may soon have no choice.
There is enormous pressure on young people to strive, perform and achieve. And the data indicate that many are struggling to cope.
Social researcher Hugh Mackay and The Conversation’s FactCheck Editor Lucinda Beaman.
Author and social researcher Hugh Mackay says fragmentation was among the key themes of 2017 – but he has some concrete suggestions on how we can do better in 2018.
There are signs that non-rich Americans are growing less tolerant of tax cuts that mainly boost the wealthy’s bottom line.
Historically, wishful thinking has blunted pushback.
There is a glaring need to reform Australia’s archaic wealth inequality statistics to make them commensurate with international practice.
The squeeze on wealth in the middle class by those at the top is a long established trend in international inequality data. But the ABS doesn't provide this information.
Studies of twins let us see the contributions that genes, upbringing and culture make to behaviour.
Evolution has shaped gender differences, but we don't have to be bound to this history. We are not mindless automata, doomed to slavishly oblige our instincts and impulses.
In order to tackle inequality, we need to understand what drives resistance to it and government responsiveness.
The gap between rich and poor is growing.
Discussions around inequality have lacked hard data – until now. A new report shows inequality levels across the globe.
Only 5 percent of agricultural workers in Mexico are white, while almost 30 percent of white-collar workers are. That’s just one stat confirming that, yes, racism exists in Mexico, too.
Mexico may celebrate its mixed-race heritage, but a new study shows that racism is powerful there. Darker-skinned Mexicans earn less and finish fewer years of schooling than white citizens.
Extensive research has been done on poverty and inequality in South Africa but more is needed to better understand the status quo and mainly inter-sectional factors that drive inequality.
Biblical principles have provided an understanding on how to help the needy.
New economic realities have raised new challenges in applying Biblical principles to economic life. But they could still provide guidance on how to help those in need and how to levy taxes.
Politicians like Malcolm Turnbull try to target middle class Australians.
Use our calculator to work out whether you're an "average" Australian where you live.
Actress Viola Davis focused her speech at
the 2015 Emmy Awards on diversity, saying ‘The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.’
Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images
An analysis of more than 800 top-grossing films suggests diverse movies struggle in front of international audiences.
A Democratic aide carries a chart past the Senate chamber.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
While much has been written about why the GOP's tax plan would exacerbate income inequality, there are two reasons it's even worse than you think.
Unless governments tackle the housing affordability crisis, the poorest Australians will fall further behind.
Rising housing costs are hurting low-income Australians the most. The gap in home ownership between rich and poor is widening, house prices are rising fastest at the bottom and rental stress is rising.
French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May.
EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson
Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.