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The welfare system is cruel and inhumane

The German welfare system punishes, demoralises and hurts those in need, writes Thorsten Pattbe ...  
UK Election: British voters’ stark choice over the kind of country they want

The coming British Election is showing up two radically different angles about how democracies ...  
The FBI tried to make Iceland a complicit ally in framing Julian Assange

Former Icelandic Interior Minister tells Independent Australia how he blocked U.S. interference ...  
A meeting with Armando Vargas, Costa Rican Ambassador

Michael Bayliss recently had the pleasure of interviewing Costa Rican Ambassador Armando Vargas ...  
Blunder after blunder: Trump withdraws from northern Syria

Trump’s withdrawal from northern Syria and the ensuing media reaction only underscores the ...  
The drive for small, dependent Middle Eastern States

Decades of violence, civil unrest and foreign interference have changed the political landscape of ...  
The rise of the rightwing authoritarians

What explains this tidal wave of authoritarians taking over supposedly mature secular democracies? ...  
ACTU claims Australian jobs and Labor sold out over free trade agreements

An ALP move to back Liberal free trade agreements has outraged the ACTU, warning of a spike in ...  
President Trump has perfected the art of corruption

The impeachment investigation and corruption of President Donald Trump has reached the dramatic ...  
Letters from Belmarsh: What Julian Assange says we should do to save his life

Imprisoned journalist Julian Assange has found another voice from prison in order to urge people ...  
Betrayal of Kurds one of Trump’s gravest errors

It hasn’t all just been trash talking. U.S. President Donald Trump’s tenure in office has seen ...  
Morrison is wrong: Global cooperation is the way forward

During Scott Morrison’s recent trip to the U.S., did he absorb some of Donald Trump’s inte ...  
Between China and America, we chose the wrong friend

While the Australian Government panders to America's every whim, China continues to be a progre ...  
Impeachment moves against Trump: Republicans scramble to fight back

The first witness in the Congressional inquiry into President Trump’s links with Ukraine, Kurt ...  
No simple resolution to Hong Kong unrest

Last Friday at midnight, the Hong Kong Government, led by Carrie Lam, enlivened their “emergency ...  
Prison life in Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines: A personal story

Australian author Luke Williams gives a brutally honest account of life in a Filipino prison ...  
Uncertainty rife as U.S. exits nuclear disarmament treaty

Professor Ramesh Thakur unpacks the nuclear landscape and whether Australia should host U.S. ...  
Wren's week: Economy tanks, protest rights threatened, Morrison keen on Trump

This week, John Wren considers Peter Dutton's attempts to stifle protest, Anne Ruston's comments ...  

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