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Of Geoffrey Rush, Australia's racist press, songs of aggression and links to other interesting news and views

December 11, 2017 - 15:54 -- Admin

The naming and framing of actor Geoffrey Rush - Alex Mitchell's The Weekly Notebook

The Sydney Theatre Company is responsible for naming and framing actor Geoffrey Rush as a sex predator. In doing so, it has behaved disgracefully and probably illegally.

China's top paper says Australian media reports are racist - Reuters

The reports in Australian media have been full of imagination, making baseless attacks on the Chinese government and have maliciously slandered Chinese students and people living in Australia, the paper said in a commentary.“This type of hysterical paranoia had racist undertones, and is a stain on Australia’s image as a multicultural society,” the People’s Daily said.

Inequality and the Coming Storm - Project Syndicate

In recent decades, the wealth gap between a narrow upper class and the rest of the human population has become a gaping chasm, with far-reaching implications for most countries around the world. Rising inequality may be the greatest economic challenge of our time, but it’s not the first time human civilization has faced it.

A second referendum is in the Tory party’s interests - Financial Times

Voters need to endorse a deal or the government will be punished in a general election

Songs of Aggression - The Nation

A review of popular music reveals striking and distressing similarities in the way men talk about and deal with women in today’s society.

Donald Trump’s Brains - New York Review of Books

Among the many anomalies of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the near invisibility of institutions that for many years served as a bulwark of Republican policymaking. ...

At the moment, Trump’s detractors in the conservative movement can do little more than engage in handwringing about what they have helped to bring about.

The Fall of the House of Mugabe - The Times Literary Supplement

Ultimately, the recent transition in Zimbabwe is the fall of the House of Mugabe, a story of greed, ambition and envy, love, betrayal and human frailty. At the core of Mugabe’s downfall was his failure to understand that the steel that forged him had also forged the men around him. The contradiction of Mugabe is that he is all that the various narratives about him say he is. Ultimately, he is a flawed hero in the Greek tragic tradition, blinded by hubris, unable to face his own mortality, the man who turned a cherished and urgent dream into a tarnished, and maybe irreparable, legacy.