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Outside In: AUKUS and the contradictions of sovereignty

The dilemma for Australian First Nations people is that they are getting a foothold on sovereign claims within the nation, at the same time as the sovereignty that was to be divided is being given away as a whole package.

World’s biggest spying alliance issues warning about spying

Unfortunately, the irony of “the world’s most complete and comprehensive” intelligence alliance issuing such warnings seems to have been lost on many Western commentators.

You’d Have to be Crazy to Work Here: The Precarity of the Workcover Scheme

This indicates that the risk of psychological injury remains disturbingly high and a consequence of this is a loss of experienced workers in areas of the economy where staffing shortages are already endemic.

Gangsta Grannies and Taser Torments

No Royal Commission could possibly deal with all the social and structural issues that afflict the treatment of the aged in a country where they are commodified and forgotten.

Behind the ‘Bali Bonk Ban’

Is an anti-colonial movement or the creeping authoritarianism of vested interests behind Indonesia’s new moral code?

Artificial Intelligence of Vanity

Lil Miquela is a software robot, but that doesn’t stop her followers from asking ‘What’s your skin care regime?’. Thanks to AI, even models will be out of a job.

On Sundressed: Fashion, Farming and Sustainability

By replacing its ‘take, pollute, discard’ model with one based on regenerative farming and clothes consumers can—and want to—wear every week for years, this self-destructive industry could do less harm—even good.

i-dolatry: The cult of autonomy is degrading the prospects for relationships

What effect does a preoccupation with autonomy – with the i-me-my-mine – have on the prospects for ethical relationship and reliable attachment?

Outsourced Sovereignty: The US Mandarins Take Over Australia

Is Australia becoming: a retirement village for servants of the US defence-security-intelligence complex?

The Coming War: Speak up. Now.

Within a few years, the cult of 'me-ism' had all but overwhelmed many people's sense of acting together, of social justice and internationalism.

Politicians Manipulate Anzac

Anzac has become a militaristic prop, a promotions exercise for arms manufacturers and the publicity for war.

The Fox News verdict, and how publics are becoming audiences everywhere

Fox’s brilliant kinetic style, tabloid and cartoonish, made popular an essentially mythical approach to news—concrete stories, heroes and villains, and long-running sagas, many of them involving elite leaders, the Obamas and the Clintons above all.