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Testing times over the Pacific

September 27, 2017 - 11:33 -- Admin

Late last week, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters at the United Nations that Pyongyang might launch a nuclear missile test, exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. He was responding to Donald Trump’s latest threat to destroy North Korea, and North Korean president Kim Jong-un’s promise to unleash the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States.

Testing times over the Pacific

September 27, 2017 - 06:23 -- Admin

Late last week, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters at the United Nations that Pyongyang might launch a nuclear missile test, exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. He was responding to Donald Trump’s latest threat to destroy North Korea, and North Korean president Kim Jong-un’s promise to unleash the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States.

Letting go

September 25, 2017 - 15:42 -- Admin

I am in awe of jazz musicians. As a pencil-and-paper composer, I’m impressed by anyone who can make up compelling music on the spot, but jazz musicians particularly have my respect.

How close is the end of the war in Syria?

September 25, 2017 - 15:37 -- Admin

The landscape of the Syria conflict has changed markedly over the past few months. One factor is Russia’s intervention to stiffen the Syrian government’s armed effort in collaboration with Lebanese Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed forces; another is the success of the Western-backed campaign against Islamic State, or ISIS, spearheaded by the retaking of Mosul.

It’s fun. It’s an adventure. It gets the adrenalin going

September 21, 2017 - 16:42 -- Admin

When I tried, in my 2011 Andrew Olle lecture, to describe how I feel about what I do, or what I did until a couple of weeks ago, I co-opted a phrase I’d seen in an article about an American journalist: “joie de journalism.” The same phrase was used three years later when the famous Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, of Watergate fame, died. Ben, it was said, oozed joie de journalism from every pore.

Lionel Murphy and the presumption of guilt by association

September 19, 2017 - 19:43 -- Admin

Last week’s release of the Class A files of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into allegations against Justice Lionel Murphy reopened a longstanding controversy about the behaviour of the former Labor attorney-general. (The Class B files, concerned simply with the legal definition of the word “misbehaviour” in section 72 of the Constitution, were published in December last year.)

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