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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 ...

Jordan Canceling Annexes of Peace Treaty With Israel, King Abdullah Says

Following recent protests, King Abdullah says Jordan will terminate parts of the treaty that allowed Israeli ownership rights under Jordanian sovereignty in the Naharayim/Baqura area and the Zofar/Al-Ghamr area Jordan’s King Abdullah informed Israel on Sunday he will not renew two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan concerning territory leased to Israel. In a meeting with ...

Constitution’s power to ‘enable’ race discrimination should be removed, MPs told

The Australian constitution’s power to “enable” and “permit” racial discrimination should be removed as a matter of urgency, the joint select committee on constitutional recognition has been told. Australia is “the only country in the world that has empowered our federal parliament to make laws based on race,” former social justice commissioner Mick Gooda told the committee, “and that provision ...

Jerusalem embassy move a ‘sensible’ proposal, says Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison has flagged moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, copying Donald Trump’s controversial proposal, in a shift that appears timed to coincide with the Wentworth byelection. Guardian Australia understands moving the embassy was discussed when Malcolm Turnbull was prime minister, and Julie Bishop was foreign affairs minister, given Trump’s position – but the shift was ...

Australia should be ‘exporting sunshine, not coal’, economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A

US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate change Economist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for “defending a 19th or 20th century industry” rather than taking decisive action on climate change, saying Australia should be “exporting sunshine, not coal”. “Make a plan, make a timeline, tell the world how you’re ...

Fatalities in Indonesia could reach thousands, officials say

The confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has risen to 832, and the vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, has warned it could reach into the thousands. More than 150 aftershocks followed the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Sulawesi on Friday, causing thousands of homes, hotels, shopping malls and several mosques to ...

Councils condemned for ‘shameful’ rebranding of Black History Month

For more than 30 years, Black History Month has been a fixture in Britain’s cultural calendar, celebrated every October in schools and at tens of thousands of events across the country. But this year the event, which starts on Monday, is at the centre of an appropriation row as campaigners complain that a number of councils have scrapped the name, describing it ...

The day an Aboriginal march stopped the miners and gave birth to a land council

The Kimberley celebrates the 40th anniversary of the influential Noonkanbah march hundreds of Aboriginal people from across the Kimberley have recreated the historic Noonkanbah march, to mark the 40th anniversary of the protest that led to the formation of the Kimberley Land Council, in the Fitzroy valley community of Ngumpan. Forty years ago, the Western Australian premier Sir Charles Court ...