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Who Really Runs The Country?

Recent revelations about the power of intelligence agencies, the debate over “fake news” and the general public’s disengagement from party politics, have all raised the question of who really runs a western democracy like Australia. This presentation provides a novel explanation of how power is distributed within a society. [More]
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Who Really Runs The Country?

Recent revelations about the power of intelligence agencies, the debate over “fake news” and the general public’s disengagement from party politics, have all raised the question of who really runs a

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Religion in Contemporary Politics: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Religion in contemporary society is seen by some to matter too much, yet by others to matter too little. Can sociological explanations be offered for this paradoxical state of affairs? And what does the future hold for the role of religion? [More]
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Religion in Contemporary Politics: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Religion in contemporary society is seen by some to matter too much, yet by others to matter too little. Can sociological explanations be offered for this paradoxical state of affairs? And what does

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Gardens of Stone: How Can We Save It?

For over 80 years people have extolled the outstanding beauty of the Gardens of Stone, situated in Sydney’s backyard and next door to the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. So why are the Gardens of Stone’s globally significant pagodas collapsing? Why are its rare highland swamps dying? How can this precious area be protected and the local economy supported? SUGGESTED READING Gardens of Stone Heritage Report, online at www.gardensofstone.com Gardens of Stone Film, online at... [More]
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Gardens of Stone: How Can We Save It?

<p>For over 80 years people have extolled the outstanding beauty of the Gardens of Stone, situated in Sydney’s backyard and next door to the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. So why are the Gardens

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Multi-ethnic States in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon

Many Middle Eastern states are home to a multitude of ethnicities, linguistic and religious minorities. Yet, one ethnicity or religious group tend to dominate over others, showing reluctance to share power or even accommodating minorities. The case of Iraq under Saddam and Syria under Assad are cases in point. Lebanon is the exception. The power sharing arrangements across sectarian lines was designed to prevent domination of one group over another and also allow for institutional... [More]
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Multi-ethnic States in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon

Many Middle Eastern states are home to a multitude of ethnicities, linguistic and religious minorities. Yet, one ethnicity or religious group tend to dominate over others, showing reluctance to share

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Putin, Trump & Merkel

We will take a closer look at three world leaders and their relationship as it oscillates between peaceful coexistence and rivalry: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen as the undisputed leader of the European Union and the last defender of Western liberal values; Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, seen as the equivalent of a modern Czar; and his counterpart, US President Donald Trump, the former business mogul, who is following an ‘America first’ policy approach. [More]
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Putin, Trump & Merkel

We will take a closer look at three world leaders and their relationship as it oscillates between peaceful coexistence and rivalry: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen as the undisputed leader of

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Is Democracy Possible Without Capitalism?

Changing technology will, in the future, radically alter the nature of work for us all, & thus bring about dramatic changes in Capitalism. Such changes will unavoidably have impacts upon Democratic politics in the Western world. What will the future hold? [More]
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Is Democracy Possible Without Capitalism?

Changing technology will, in the future, radically alter the nature of work for us all, & thus bring about dramatic changes in Capitalism. Such changes will unavoidably have impacts upon Democratic

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Venezuela at the Crossroads

While the death of Hugo Chávez in 2013 shook the arguably-revolutionary social process which he led, the United Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV) remains a formidable force in national politics. But the right-wing opposition’s victory in the 2015 national assembly elections consolidated its return to electoral politics, showing that reports of the demise of the right Democratic Action (AD) party were, to paraphrase Mark Twain, somewhat exaggerated. What are the social, political... [More]
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Venezuela at the Crossroads

While the death of Hugo Chávez in 2013 shook the arguably-revolutionary social process which he led, the United Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV) remains a formidable force in national politics. But

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Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the Kurdish Question

As the so-called Islamic Caliphate is collapsing, another chronic issue is re-emerging in the Middle East: the Kurdish question. The Kurds in Iraq have been autonomous for over 20 years, within the Iraqi Federation. The Kurds in Syria have declared The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava), as a de facto autonomous region consisting of three self-governing cantons in northern Syria. The Kurds in Turkey do not control any territory; nevertheless a movement led by PKK but... [More]
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Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the Kurdish Question

As the so-called Islamic Caliphate is collapsing, another chronic issue is re-emerging in the Middle East: the Kurdish question. The Kurds in Iraq have been autonomous for over 20 years, within the

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International Affairs: The Australian Perspective

An up to the minute analysis from a former Australian diplomat. What is happening internationally and what does this mean for Australia? [More]
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International Affairs: The Australian Perspective

An up to the minute analysis from a former Australian diplomat. What is happening internationally and what does this mean for Australia?

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