Maria Butina & David Keene from the NRA
US Politics

Russia and the far right’s cozy affair

Another excellent article by E.J.Dionne from the Washington Post: The links among Vladimir Putin, President Trump, and segments of both the Republican Party and the American conservative movement seem bizarre.

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Climate Change

What’s behind the extreme heat

Europe’s heatwave has brought a savage summer. In Australia we know about sweltering summer heat. We all remember the images of burned koala paws, collapsing tennis players and, far more seriously, the tragic events

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Global Economy

Dictators without borders

Each of the five Central Asian states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is home to consolidated authoritarian regimes and poorly governed states. After more than two decades of independence

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Global Economy

The rise of the Kleptocracy

In Western countries, large scale corruption is often seen as a problem of other places. But corruption in countries in Asia and Africa depends on a network of professional intermediaries

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Environment

Why does rain smell so good?

It turns out it’s not just gratitude that makes rain smell so appealing after a long period of dry weather. There’s actually some chemistry involved too. Bacteria, plants and even

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Global Economy

Dark Money & Politics

Democracy is threatened by organisations such as the Institute of Economic Affairs that refuse to reveal who funds them. A mere two millennia after Roman politicians paid mobs to riot on

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