Friday 28 Oct 2016 | 11:22am | SYDNEY
Long reads
16 Sep 2016 16:25

'Alternativlos'? The future of Angela Merkel'’s chancellorship

Over eleven years as chancellor, Merkel has attained a seemingly unchallengeable supremacy; yet speculation about her future has simmered over the past few months. Could we be about to witness the re-emergence of the 'alternative'?

27 Oct 2016 9:13

South China Sea: What Labor should (not) do

Fissures have erupted within the Australian Labor Party over whether Australia should join the US in conducting freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea. Former opposition defence spokesman, Stephen Conroy, announced a hawkish Labor position following the Permanent Court of...

26 Oct 2016 16:34

Asia Pacific links: Cancel APEC in PNG, dengue fever outbreak and more

By Harriet Smith, an intern in the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program The opposition leader in PNG has called for the country to cancel hosting the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit because it cannot afford it. The country is bringing in three large cruise ships to accommodate visitors...

25 Oct 2016 16:38

Two great reads on Trumpism

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibi penned an essay a week ago about the Trump phenomenon, which builds to a stirring close: Trump's shocking rise and spectacular fall have been a singular disaster for U.S. politics. Built up in the press as the American Hitler, he was unmasked in the end as a pathetic...

25 Oct 2016 16:10

How afraid should Hollywood be of Wang Jianlin?

Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man and owner of Wanda group, is close to finalising a deal which would give him control of Hollywood’s Dick Clark productions, valued at $US1 billion. Fear has spread throughout Hollywood that China’s propaganda machine is coming to Tinseltown. But how...