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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).

Why the world should be worried about the rise of strongman politics

Jul 24, 2018 16:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Back in 2016, The Financial Times Gideon Rachman advanced the view in a commentary for The Economist that the strongman style of leadership was gravitating from east to west, and growing stronger. Across the world from...

Government needs to slow down on changes to spying and foreign interference laws

Jun 08, 2018 05:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

Whats the rush? If you believe Commonwealth Attorney-General Christian Porter, unless two pieces of security legislation are in place in the remaining two weeks of parliament before the winter recess, the country will be...

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...

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Economy

Crypto Currency Brief: Bitcoin rises for third straight day, HK-based Okex delists Altcoin pairs, EOS/USD breaches previous support – Friday, August 17th, 2018

BTC/USD: Bitcoin prices remained on the upside for the third consecutive day, trying to overcome the losses made last week, but failed to catch the $6,500 mark. Further, the past 24 hours witnessed a 50 percent jump in...

German bunds surge after Turkey’s political crisis worsens; Eurozone July CPI remains unchanged

The German bunds surged during European session Friday after Turkeys political crisis worsened, with the United States threatening to impose higher economic sanctions if the former refuses to set free a detained American...

Singapore’s NODX rises better-than-expected in July; NODX 2018 growth seen at 4-5 pct: OCBC Bank

Singapores non-oil domestic exports rose a better-than-expected 11.8 percent y/y (4.3 percent m/m s.a.) in July, up from Junes 1.1 percent y/y (-10.8 percent m/m s.a), beating market consensus forecast. While electronics...

Bank Negara Malaysia likely to remain accommodative, maintain OPR at 3.25 pct through this year: ANZ Research

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is expected to remain accommodative and growth supportive, with the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) likely to be maintained at 3.25 percent throughout this year, according to the latest report from...

New Zealand bonds close lower tracking U.S. Treasuries on hopes of U.S.-China trade talks meet by month-end

The New Zealand bonds closed lower Friday, tracking similar movement in the U.S. Treasuries, following hopes of a re-commencement in the trade talks between the United States and China. At the time of closing, the yield...

Politics

Abbott and Turnbull shape up for another round of an old battle

The Coalition party room on Tuesday is set for a high stakes, quite personal battle between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull over the National Energy Guarantee, with former and current prime ministers shaping up on...

Immigration activists fighting to abolish ICE have a bigger vision

Theres a phrase being thrown around a lot these days: Abolish ICE. Its a hashtag, its used in political speeches and demonstrations, and it appears all over Facebook. What does it mean and where did it come from? ICE...

A socialist's primary win doesn't herald a workers revolution in the US

Anyone anticipating a golden dawn of Marxist-Leninist communism soon in the United States might have to wait a while longer perhaps forever. The surprise victory of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over longtime...

Kabila's decision to step aside won't change the DRC's power dynamics

The ruling party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), The Peoples Party for Reconciliation and Democracy, made an announcement recently that took everybody by surprise that Joseph Kabila will not be its...

'Conservative turn' will continue in Indonesian presidential election next year

The recent announcement of President Joko Jokowi Widodos running mate in his re-election bid suggests the continued strong influence of conservative groups over politics in the worlds largest Muslim population. A...

Science

The world of plastics, in numbers

From its early beginnings during and after World War II, the commercial industry for polymers long chain synthetic molecules of which plastics are a common misnomer has grown rapidly. In 2015, over 320 million tons of...

How biobanks can help improve the integrity of scientific research

Biobanks are repositories which receive, store, process and disseminate specimens. These include DNA derived from humans and animals; bacterial strains; and environmental samples like plants and soil. Biobanks also provide...

Jupiter's magnetic fields may stop its wind bands from going deep into the gas giant

One of the most striking features of Jupiter a gaseous giant with no solid surface is the coloured bands that encircle the planet. These bands are so large and distinct that they can be seen from here on Earth using a...

The US plan for a Space Force risks escalating a 'space arms race'

United States Vice President Mike Pence has confirmed overnight plans to create a Space Force as the sixth branch of the US military. He repeated comments from President Donald Trump, who had said that American...

Chemistry kits can help teachers ignite the spark of science

When it comes to physical sciences, South Africas pupils lag far behind their peers in other countries. The World Economic Forum ranked South Africa at 128 of 137 countries in math and science education in its most recent...

Technology

OnePlus 6T News & Update: T-Mobile to Reportedly Sell 6T, First US Carrier to Do So

Since selling the first OnePlus smartphone in 2014, OnePlus has set itself apart as a unique existence in the smartphone industry. Forget trying to buy it via retailers, customers often needed an invitation to actually...

‘Fortnite’ Android News & Update: Even More Phones Added to List, Comparison Between iOS and Android

Fortnite Android is still in Beta phase, but the access to the test is being expanded to include more devices. This should help Epic work out as many of the bugs and kinks in the system before it officially launches for...

Bitcoin News & Update: Support-Building to Control Bounce, Charts Indicate Price Rise Possible

Bitcoin has not exactly been making a lot of waves recently, at least when compared to its heyday when it dominated headlines by reaching upwards of $20,000 in value. These days, the cryptocurrency is hovering somewhere in...

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Release Date, Features: Latest Gameplay Trailer Is Proving the 8-Year Wait Is Worth It

Developer Rockstar Games recently revealed more gameplay details in a six-minute trailer of Red Dead Redemption 2. The teaser is entirely boasting of huge gameplay improvements one can expect from the upcoming title as if...

Google Pixel 3 Release Date, Specs: Pixel 3 XL Seen in Public Confirms Bigger Display Notch and Chin?

A photo that has been making the rounds online reportedly shows an actual Google Pixel 3 XL in use. The device in question sports the same display notch and chin designs as shown in earlier leaked renders. The said...
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