Is Iraq lost?

Amid deepening divisions and political corruption, northern Iraq is one glimmer of hope in this unstable country, writes Matthew Gray

15 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

Hard yards

Florian Schui reveals the gap between the arguments for austerity and its real-world effects, writes Geoffrey Barker, and shows why the idea is still so attractive to so many

10 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

The God of big things

In his new book, reviewed here by Janna Thompson, Terry Eagleton explores the persistence of religious ideas in political life and culture

01 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

Unpredictable to whom, and in what way?

Not only is he an anti-Chomskyan, Philip Lieberman is also an enemy of evolutionary biology and pop neuroscience, writes Ben Eltham

28 Mar 14 | Comments (1)

The social life of Muslim women’s rights

Lila Abu-Lughod set out to discover “why the emerging Western common sense about Muslim women did not capture what I knew from experience and from reading history.” Shakira Hussein reviews her new book

19 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

An unknown, an interloper, a feminist

Eilean Giblin touched much that was formative in twentieth-century Australia, writes Sybil Nolan

05 Mar 14 | Comments (1)

A “self-fulfilling, rolling disaster”?

A new narrative for Australian schooling would accept diversity and competition – but competition for achievement rather than for students or money, writes Dean Ashenden

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Digging into the resource curse

The life stories of four mining magnates illuminate where Australia’s economy is headed, writes Michael Gilding. The political and social effects could be profound

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