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Saudi Arabia and the fight against ISIL

The so called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant came to the attention of mainstream Western media in mid 2014, when the group uploaded a video depicting the beheading of American journalist James Foley.   Since then news of ISIS’ actions across the Middle East, and recently further abroad, has dominated our newspapers, websites, …

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From Cultural Faux Pas to Cultural Connections

Bond University’s inaugural JUEMUN delegation. Japan is a high context culture that places deep emphasis on relationships and the closeness of human connection. While this may be taught by academics or read in books, it can only truly be understood though face-to-face interaction. Last week I was in Kyoto as a part of Bond University’s …

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Countering the Financing of Terrorism

    In 2004, Kofi Annan stated that terrorism was one of the greatest threats to international peace and security of our time.[1] In 2016, that statement still stands. In the past month we have seen attacks in Jakarta, Istanbul, Burkina Faso and of course, the ever-present attacks in the Middle East. There are many …

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An argument for euthanasia in Australia

The issue of euthanasia is deeply divisive in Australia; the question of whether legalisation would breach or enhance our human rights has raised serious moral, ethical, legal and religious debate. As it stands, euthanasia is illegal in Australia and participating in active voluntary euthanasia will make an individual liable for criminal charges. Justice King of …

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The Global Consequences of ‘Georemix Diplomacy’

By Kiran Marfatia As of May 2014, Wikipedia lists Pharrell Williams as a singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician and fashion designer. This is a man who clearly wears a variety of hats, and not just his prized Vivienne Westwood. However, Wikipedia has failed to include one of the most important roles Williams has played – cultural …

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Australian-Chinese Trade Relations

Chinese Foreign Direct Investment is highly successful in the Australian mining and other energy industries. The history of China’s rise to become an economic superpower resulted in Chinese businesses having the opportunity to invest in overseas markets. Since Deng Xiaoping implemented his Open Door Policy in 1978, China’s economy has continued to grow thanks to …

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“Misogyny, Sexism & Abortion” the Prime Minister’s political football.

The words ‘touch, pause, engage’ are the usual call to becoming interlocked in a muddy, all-in team battle over possession of the football. However thanks to a new low in Australian politics, the call changed to ‘misogyny, sexism and abortion’. These three words were the call sign for the Gillard Ministry and Labor caucus to …

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The Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Post-2015 Development Agenda was announced last night (Friday 31 May). A 27-member panel – co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom – has developed the next phase of UN development. But is all the hype and anticipation surrounding …