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The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures

  Much to everyone’s surprise, it turns out that this is not the election we expected. At the start of the campaign season, with the right-wing populist Geert Wilders riding high in the polls, the prediction had been that it would Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

From Damascus to The Hague: a refugee’s journey

  Crossing the Syrian border into Turkey by foot took only a few hours, but they were so devilish we thought it was a lifetime, and almost died doing so. Others who crossed the border at the same time, only a Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The IMF on inequality: beyond organised hypocrisy?

  Recent commentary on research I conducted with Paul White, has caused a stir. Our paper in the Journal of Australian Political Economy was the subject of a review in The Conversation and the Huffington Post. The review, by the eminent Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The victims of tyranny and the need for transitional justice in Tunisia

    While listening to the victims of tyranny in the relay sessions organized by the “Truth and Dignity Commission” in Tunis 17-18 November 2016, one can clearly see that repression during the era of the police state was shared by the Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

  For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza.   It’s astonishing when you think about it. Why should an old and poorly-performing industry carry on, burdened with even more tasks, and provided with yet Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

China and the embarrassment of western democracy

  The Chinese regime has had a good 2016 because it was a bad year for democracy. Official Chinese media and various commentators have made fun of the Brexit referendum in Britain and the Trump victory in the United States as Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

With a more enterprising Russia, cards are reshuffled in the Arab world

  In North Africa, Algeria and Egypt are indulging in a form of heavy lifting that pushes the United States and the European Union to the sidelines. Some observers will welcome these changes, others will deplore them. Nobody can dispute that Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

As the world turns towards the right: what future for the “refugee crisis”?

  The “refugee crisis” is portrayed as a new phenomenon plaguing Europe, but it is another episode in an old crisis of injustice and rights.   Welcome to Greece   Upon entering Greece’s Diavata refugee camp this past summer, I immediately noticed a warehouse, painted Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A humanist to the core

  António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017.   Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Why the West Wing is a masterclass for would-be screenwriters

  What I ask first and foremost of TV drama is that it feel real and lived. Aaron Sorkin seems to have a faultless ear for how clever, busy people speak.   Known primarily for the writer Aaron Sorkin’s “walk and talk” dialogue, Thursday, December 29th, 2016
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