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Academics put Hammond in the spotlight. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

Budget 2017: experts respond

Academics deliver their verdict on Philip Hammond.
A member of the Indonesian Red Cross ® assists evacuees from villages authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists, near the Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc, in Timika, Mimika, Papua province, Indonesia November 17, 2017. Reuters/Muhammad Yamin

Understanding the root problem in Papua and its solution

Talks about increasing militarisation in Papua has intensified after reports of violence in mining area Tembagapura. But Indonesia should not rush in with a military operation.
Each year the government runs a A$40 billion deficit, it increases the lifetime tax burden for households headed by a person aged 25 to 34 by A$10,000. Lukas Coch/AAP

Young Australians will wear the costs of Turnbull’s middle income tax cut

Unless the government is willing to increase taxes elsewhere to pay for tax cuts there will be longer-term costs for the budget and the economy. And younger Australians will wear these costs.
Children have the right to express their opinions and be heard. Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com

Politics in schools? Yes, if we want children to be active citizens

We want our children to flourish. To ensure that they do, we need to help them develop their sense of good and evil, justice and injustice. Engaging in politics is crucial to this development.
National Super Alliance supporters demonstrating for the sacking of election officials involved in August’s cancelled presidential vote. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

How Kenya’s political leaders are adding to the prolonged election crisis

Despite avenues for legal redress, the solution to Kenya’s constitutional crisis is political. The leadership on both sides of the political divide must reach an agreement for the sake of the nation.
Muslims attend a Defend Islam Action rally in Jakarta. The rallies show how political Islam utilises democracy to pursue a conservative religious agenda. Shutterstock

Political Islam navigates and changes Indonesia’s democratic landscape

Political Islam utilises Indonesia's democracy to pursue its ideals, changing the democratic landscape. Attempts to exclude the movement from democracy are counterproductive. What to do?
Spanish National Police block people trying to reach a polling station in Barcelona, Spain, on Oct. 1. Catalan leaders accused Spanish police of brutality and repression. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The hypocrisy of the European Union on the Catalan referendum

The European Union is quick to condemn countries like Venezuela and Turkey when they engage in anti-democratic tactics. So why is it so silent on Spain's treatment of the Catalan?
Notorious Holocaust denier Brian Ruhe gives a Nazi salute as alt-right protesters and anti-racism protesters take part in rallies in Vancouver in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian social rights activists are legitimizing the alt-right

The backlash against the alt-right has ignited debates about free speech. But not all right-wing thought constitutes hate speech, and we need to identify the dividing line.
Jagmeet Singh won 53.6 per cent of the first-ballot votes on Sunday to become the new leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

What Jagmeet Singh’s historic NDP leadership win means for Canada

Jagmeet Singh has become the first ethnic minority to become leader of a federal political party. Will his message of "love and courage" best Justin Trudeau's "sunny ways" in the next federal election?
‘The Dictator’ (2012) by Sacha Baron-Cohen plays on the fact that kitsch is used by dictators and fundamentalists to redefine our world. Zennie Abraham/Flickr

How kitsch consumed the world

Kitsch has slowly become the main cultural reference for all that surrounds us, and thrives in propaganda.

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