A “true progressive” takes on New York’s inequality problem

After serving a maximum three terms as mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg will be replaced by Democrat Bill de Blasio on New Year’s Day. As Peter Mares reports from New York, it will be a challenge for the new mayor to live up to his promise to reduce inequality and homelessness

23 Dec 13 | Comments (1)

Back from the fiscal cliff – but now what?

Can Barack Obama turn the chaos in Republican ranks to the advantage of the Democrats, asks Lesley Russell

23 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

My cold war: from Brunswick to Berlin (via the Labor split)

Within months of the end of the second world war, an iron curtain had fallen across Europe. Its impact reached into the inner suburbs of Melbourne, writes Geoffrey Barker

27 Sep 13 | Comments (2)

An American story told through Americans’ stories

Lesley Russell reviews a sweeping account of the United States in the twenty-first century by New Yorker writer George Packer

11 Sep 13 | Comments (0)

Big brother

Popular unease about US surveillance of German citizens could pose a problem for Angela Merkel as national elections loom, writes Klaus Neumann

15 Jul 13 | Comments (0)

Military injustices

Fergal Davis reviews a vivid account of the human cost of the Guantanamo Bay trials

24 Jun 13 | Comments (0)

Simpler, and better

A new book by Barack Obama’s former “regulatory czar” shows how government can harness the benefits of behavioural economics, writes Richard Denniss

12 Jun 13 | Comments (0)

A “train wreck” that looks like staying on the rails

Opponents of Obamacare will have to face the fact that the scheme is being implemented across the United States, even in some unlikely places, writes Lesley Russell

03 Jun 13 | Comments (0)