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A new angle on Israel’s dilemma

Charles RichardsonFeb 18, 2013 1

A comparison with the fate of the Germans in central Europe after the Second World War offers a new understanding of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Election preview: Ecuador

Charles RichardsonFeb 17, 2013

Ecuador also goes to the polls today, with a comfortable victory expected for leftist president Rafael Correa. Correa's two terms in office have been seen as a success, but there are concerns about creeping authoritarianism.

To catch a senator

Charles RichardsonFeb 16, 2013 2

Nick Xenophon is being deported from Malaysia – an occupational hazard for critics of foreign governments. Australia's response so far has been tepid.

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Election preview: Cyprus

Charles RichardsonFeb 15, 2013 2

Cyprus's communist president is retiring, and his successor will face a big task in trying to reunify the divided country.

State of the Union (and state of the media)

Charles RichardsonFeb 14, 2013 1

This year's State of the Union address provides little evidence that Barack Obama is bent on a radical transformation of America. But it does expose a major limitation of the mainstream media.

A step sideways for Aboriginal recognition

Charles RichardsonFeb 13, 2013 2

There'll be feel-good images out of Canberra today as parliament votes on recognition of indigenous people. But the idea that the bill represents a step forward on a constitutional referendum is simply not true.

Making the revolution work in Tunisia

Charles RichardsonFeb 12, 2013

Two years later, Tunisia's revolution has run into problems, but there are hopes that its political class will learn how to make things work.

Why Lincoln matters

Charles RichardsonFeb 11, 2013 1

Spielberg's Lincoln is a great political drama. It also has a message for the modern Republican Party: one day they will have to choose whether they are the party of Lincoln or the party of the Confederacy.

A hanging in Delhi

Charles RichardsonFeb 10, 2013 2

Executions in India are so rare that one might almost forget it still had the death penalty, but Mohammed Afzal Guru yesterday became one of its victims.

Islands in an East Asian storm

Charles RichardsonFeb 9, 2013 2

What's going on in the East China Sea? Are China and Japan really on the brink of war? And whose side is Malcolm Fraser on?