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Partition of Afghanistan can spell disaster for Pakistan

As the fog of weariness over the war in Afghanistan is growing thicker, some political analysts have come up with the idea that the partition of Afghanistan might be the only alternative to the present counter-insurgency war.

Elizabeth Strakosch

After a decade of new dawns, Indigenous policy vision burns out

Five years ago, prime minister Kevin Rudd took to the nation’s driving seat with the historic Stolen Generation apology.

David Rowe Page

The Ashes: time to replay the postcolonial pantomime

The Ashes is a different kind of sport series. When the concept first emerged in 1882, the Australian federation was still almost two decades away.

Dr  David Burchell

Changes to ALP rules a power play by PM, says ALP historian

The Prime Minister’s plans to give grassroots ALP members a vote when electing a leader while making it harder to remove a sitting Labor Party PM are attempts to change longstanding Party rules.

Steven Freeland new

Australia's whaling case against Japan inherently risky, says expert

The Federal Government’s whaling case in the International Court of Justice could have significant unintended consequences, even as it seeks to convince the Court that Japan’s whaling program is unlawful.

Cristina Rocha

What is going on in Brazil? The World Cup and its malcontents

In the past fortnight there have been demonstrations in Brazil of a magnitude not seen since the movement for direct elections in the mid-1980s.

Sue Roffey

New book reveals positive relationships to be at the heart of wellbeing

We all have relationships – with our partners, children, parents, friends, colleagues and many others. According to a new book being launched in Sydney, the quality of these relationships is critically important for our overall wellbeing.

Josh Roose

Losing the War of Rhetoric: Terrorism no Challenge to Diversity

The horrific events in Woolwich, UK overnight have been broadcast into homes and offices across the world.

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