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Virgin Australia announces US-style plan to honour veterans on every flight

Will Australians travelling on Virgin Australia flights soon be rising in their seats to applaud servicemen on board as they do on most US airlines? A new campaign being driven by News Corp Australia – and which has been backed by the prime minister, Scott Morrison – aims to recognise veterans and their service using newspapers and Foxtel in association with select corporations. Using ...

Washington Republican under fire for setting out ‘Biblical Basis for War’

he Washington state Republican Matt Shea was this week abandoned by donors, over a document he distributed which condemned abortion and same-sex marriage while outlining a “Biblical Basis for War”. Donald Trump’s rhetoric has stoked antisemitism and hatred, experts warn Read more Regarding opponents, the minority caucus chair in the Washington state house wrote: “If they do not yield – ...

Three ways the US midterm elections will affect world politics

  The reasons are clear enough: what impact they’ll have on the competitive attractiveness of US democracy around the world, what clues they will provide about the durability of the Trump administration and its foreign policies and – hardest to calculate –the impact they will have on populist and nationalist momentum globally. On the first issue regarding US democracy, allies ...

Iran’s Khamenei says world opposes Trump’s ‘every decision’

Iran’s top leader said on Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s vital oil-exporting and financial sectors, state television reported. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said Iran’s arch-adversary the United States had failed to reassert its domination over Iran since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah. “The world opposes every decision ...

Brazil, Turkey, Slovakia… tyranny’s contagion spreads around the world

istory will record that when states murdered journalists or used the conspiracy theories of terrorists to fool their subject populations, they could expect reprisals from something called “the west”, an alliance that lasted from 1945 to 2016. The west’s great weakness was that it depended on American power. It died when Donald Trump became the US president, freeing illiberal democracies and actual ...

Australia loves Prince Harry and Meghan, but is it time for a republic?

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are spearheading a charm offensive by the British royal family in Australia — and the country can’t get enough of them. Thousands flocked to meet the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they touched down in Sydney on October 16 for a two-week tour. Cementing Australia’s special place in the Commonwealth, the couple announced ...

Swedish military tight-lipped over ‘submarine’ spotted near capital

Swedish politicians are seeking answers after reports emerged of the sighting of a submarine in Stockholm waters in June, which the military did not tell parliament’s defence committee about. Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported late on Thursday that three teenage instructors and children at a sailing camp in the suburb of Lidingö had spotted the mystery vessel on 28 June. For ...

How the world is grappling with China’s rising power

Countries around the world are pushing back against China’s revival as a major global power. China’s sheer size and population make it a heavyweight, and a clear strategic rival to the United States. It is the world’s most populous country and among its largest. Its influence has boomed – along with its economy – in recent years, as the US and Europe ...

Trust in government has never been so low, is Australia a divided nation?

Considering what’s gone on in Canberra recently, is it a surprise that Australians are losing faith in the political system? “It’s a system that’s stacked against ordinary, hardworking Australians,” Chris Smith says. As a nation, we’re divided. Institute of Public Affairs research fellow Matthew Lesh is looking closely at the Australian divide in his latest book, Democracy In A Divided Australia. He tells ...

Editor of Independent flies out for meeting with Saudi partner

The editor of the Independent has flown to Riyadh to meet with the news outlet’s controversial new Saudi publishing partner despite growing concerns over its links to the country following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Christian Broughton’s trip comes as a number of media organisations boycott a major Riyadh investment conference. It was said to be a long-planned meeting with the ...