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On Wednesday, the AFP raided the ABCs Sydney headquarters in relation to the 2017 “Afghan files” report. AAP/David Gray

Why the raids on Australian media present a clear threat to democracy

This week's raids on journalists and media outlets show not just the risk to those doing work in the public interest, but the potentially chilling effect it will have on more such journalism being brought to light.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

Julian Assange's indictment under the Espionage Act, a sweeping law with heavy penalties for unauthorized receiving or disclosing of classified information, poses a threat to press freedom.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played a lot of golf with President Donald Trump over the past two years. Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office via Kyodo/via Reuters

Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize? Japan’s nomination is part of a strategic plan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the US to confront North Korea, revitalize Japan's economy and boost his standing at home. And he knows flattery is the way to this president's heart.
Scott Morrison’s claim that Operation Sovereign Borders is the country’s great national security achievement overlooks all that has been achieved in a complex area. AAP/Lukas Coch

National security is too important to be abandoned to the politics of fear

Too often, politicians use matters of national security for nakedly political advantage. It's a dangerous ploy, and it's time it stopped.
Father and child stand outside closed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Jan. 2, 2019. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The shutdown: Drowning government in the bathtub

The government shutdown provided a short-term version of what some activists have long wanted: A government small enough so that you could 'drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.'

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