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Tony Walker

Tony Walker

Adjunct Professor, School of Communications, La Trobe University

The Australian Financial Review: International Editor (2010-2016), Washington correspondent (2004-2010), Political Editor (2000-2004), Financial Times: Middle East correspondent (1984-1993), Beijing bureau chief (1993-1998), North American correspondent 1998-2000. Publications include Arafat: The Biography (Virgin Books 2004) and The Thomson Five: A golfing legend's greatest triumphs (Melbourne University Press 2016). Graduate Australian National University BA.(1968) Dual Walkley award winner for commentary (2003 and 2007). Paul Lyneham Award Excellence Press Gallery journalism (2003).

As it launches another missile, we must realise there are no easy options for dealing with North Korea

Aug 29, 2017 14:22 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Heres the script accompanied by a lot of bombast, signifying not much. North Korea launches another missile its 18th for the year and 80th since Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011. This time it travels over Japan...

Trump changes his mind on Afghanistan, but will upping the ante win the war?

Aug 22, 2017 14:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views

President Donald Trump has upped the ante in Americas longest-running war, but it is not clear whether an all-guns-blazing strategy will bring the long-running conflict any nearer to a conclusion. In a clear departure...

Global Geopolitics Series

After Islamic State falls, we should expect aftershocks

Jun 30, 2017 17:47 pm UTC| Insights & Views

US-backed forces in Iraq and in Syria are in the process of rooting Islamic State (IS) fighters out of their strongholds in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. In the case of Mosul in Iraq, the removal of diehard IS...

Nineteen dead, 59 injured so far: Carnage at a British pop concert a suspected terrorist attack

May 23, 2017 04:46 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

The pattern has become all too familiar. Young people gathered for a musical event find themselves subjected to what British Prime Minister Theresa May has described as an appalling terrorist attack. While there is no...

Global Geopolitics Series

Syria is a mess, but the solution is complicated too

Apr 17, 2017 01:58 am UTC| Insights & Views

A week has passed since US President Donald Trump rained 59 Cruiser missiles down on Al Shayrat airfield north of Damascus, in retaliation for the Syrian regimes use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. But we are...

Global Geopolitics Series

Terror in London: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

Mar 23, 2017 06:16 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck bombing in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of lone-wolf attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS) that are almost...

Worrisome Signs Series

Foreign policy white paper should reflect the uncertainty of our times

Mar 03, 2017 06:37 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Like a kids party where everyone gets a prize, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has summoned 113 of Australias heads of mission home for consultations as part of efforts to develop a foreign policy that matches the...

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Economy

UK gilts suffer ahead of BoE Governor Carney’s speech, January employment report

The UK gilts suffered during European session Monday as investors wait to watch Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be held later today and the countrys employment report for the month of...

German bunds slump ahead of February ZEW economic sentiment index, manufacturing PMI

The German bunds slumped Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index and the manufacturing PMI for the month of February, scheduled to be released on February 20 and 22 by 10:00GMT and 08:30GMT...

German bunds slump ahead of February ZEW economic sentiment index, manufacturing PMI

The German bunds slumped Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index and the manufacturing PMI for the month of February, scheduled to be released on February 20 and 22 by 10:00GMT and 08:30GMT...

EUR/HUF likely to rise to 315.00 by Q3 2018: Commerzbank

The Hungarian forint is expected torise to a level of 315.00 against the euro by the third quarter of this year, according to a recent research report from Commerzbank. HungarianCPI data for January turned out to be...

Thailand 2018 GDP growth seen at 3.7 pct y/y, investment activity to pick up only gradually: ANZ Research

Thailands full-year gross domestic product (GDP) for 2018 is expected to come in at 3.7 percent y/y, with investment activity picking up only gradually during the year. Further, government infrastructure spending is...

Politics

For black celebrities like Oprah, it's impossible to be apolitical

Oprah Winfreys rousing Golden Globe speech has many speculating whether the media mogul will become a presidential candidate in 2020, with some pundits questioning the merits of another celebrity president. But to...

Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

Chris Doucouliagos, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Deakin Business School and Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University Many government policies are flawed because...

GOP tax plan doubles down on policies that are crushing the middle class

The U.S. middle class has always had a special mystique. It is the heart of the American dream. A decent income and home, doing better than ones parents, and retiring in comfort are all hallmarks of a middle-class...

What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?

A great deal is expected from Cyril Ramaphosa who was elected as the president of South Africas governing party, the African National Congress (ANC). This positions him to become the countrys president in 2019. Sibonelo...

Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to confront South Africa's bleak future

Among all the remarkable turns in African politics this year, one of the most momentous was Decembers ANC party congress in South Africa, where the party chose a new president: Cyril Ramaphosa, who narrowly bested...

Science

Ozone Layer Update; Not Recovering As Expected For Unknown Reasons

In the late 90s, the issue regarding the hole in the ozone layer was big in the public consciousness, but it quickly faded in light of a new gigantic threat in the form of climate change. In recent years, scientists have...

Scientists Wants To Use Poison As Male Birth Control

The pharmaceutical industry or indeed the drug market has historically used a variety of organic substances and resources to create medicine for various applications. Several poisonous plants, for example, have been turned...

Children Given New Ear Grown From Their Own Cells

Growing human body parts has been the focus of study for many in the medical industry for decades. In a recent breakthrough, a new study revealed that children with underdeveloped ears were given new ones that were grown...

Scientists Are Now Turning To AI-Powered Viruses To Kill Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Due to the proliferation of antibiotics and the careless disposal of these drugs into the environment, many drug-resistant strains of bacteria have started popping up. Aptly called Superbugs, these microorganisms have...

Mega Cities To Suffer Most Due To Rising Temperatures, Heat Waves To Assault Urban Poor And Rich Alike

Thanks to global warming, the planets temperature continues to rise despite the best attempts of countries trying to curtail the effects of carbon emissions. In a recent study, researchers have found that this rising...

Technology

Twitter Surprises Everyone By Actually Making Money

Twitter has been a bit of an oddity in the tech industry since its inception, in that it doesnt really make much money. Unlike Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook, the sitting U.S. presidents preferred social media platform...

Fortnite Battle Royale’s Valentine’s Patch Is Here And Players Get A Crossbow

One of the best things about Epic Games Fortnite Battle Royale is the many quirky, and often timely events that it provides to its millions of players. Since Valentines Day is coming up, its only fitting that players would...

Renewable Energy Made Up Half Of New U.S. Energy In 2017

2017 saw one of the fastest adoption rates for renewable energy yet, with about half the added power coming from green sources. This is the fourth time that renewables outpaced natural gas as new additions to the power...

Elon Musk Throws Shade At LIDAR For Driverless Cars, Calls It A Crutch

LIDAR is one of the foremost technologies being used in developing self-driving technology right now, with big names like Googles Waymo and Uber frantically trying to claim supremacy using the tool. In his usual renegade...

Google Sued, Accused Of Knowingly Selling Broken Pixel Phones

When Google launched the first batch of Pixel phones, the products received mixed reactions from the industry. Many critics loved it but just as many had issues with it. Apparently, theres a portion of customers who...
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