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John Keane

John Keane is co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) and Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). His full-scale history of democracy, The Life and Death of Democracy (2009), was short-listed for the 2010 Non-Fiction Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and recently ranked (by one of Japan's leading newspapers, Asahi Shimbun) within the top three non-fiction books published during 2013 in Japan. His new book, Democracy and Media Decadence has just been published.

Wittgenstein and the Dangers of Certainty

Apr 30, 2017 13:54 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The following notes on the politics of rising uncertainty and the future of democracy were prepared for the inaugural CISS global forum, Peace and Security under Uncertainty, Quarantine Station, Sydney, April 28 2017. The...

How the Spanish political laboratory is reconfiguring democracy

Mar 23, 2017 03:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st...

Global Geopolitics Series

The Cherry Blossom Uprising: Monitory Democracy in Korea

Mar 13, 2017 06:52 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Political scientists trained or based in the Atlantic region have a bad habit of ignoring trends in our Asia-Pacific region. When they do pay attention to its dynamics, they often misleadingly measure them by their own...

The Death of President Trump

Feb 18, 2017 00:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

We live in darkening times, so its time for some dark humour. Inspired by the antics of a Big Man with a Big Mouth, think just for a moment about the important subject of how democracies treat their elected leaders....

US under Trump Series

Global Geopolitics Series

War and Democracy in the Age of Trump

Dec 17, 2016 01:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

The ancient Greek historian Herodotus once observed that Persian rulers indulged the habit of getting drunk when making important decisions. When sober and sensible next morning, their custom was to reconsider their...

A New Politics of Time

Dec 04, 2016 01:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Theres a widespread belief that actually existing democracies are in the grip of a fast-paced world dominated by breaking news and all things instant. The following contribution sets out to question this belief. It takes...

US Election Series

Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange and the US election

Oct 31, 2016 10:27 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The following field note will shortly appear in Germanys Die Zeit. It is a brief commentary on the factual errors and misjudgements of numerous journalists when reporting the role recently played by Julian Assange and...

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Economy

Japan's underlying inflationary pressures remain subdued, highlight difficult task ahead for the BoJ

In Japan, data from the Internal Affairs Ministry showed on Friday that Japans core consumer inflation gauge rose for a fourth month in April, the longest run of gains since mid-2015, but remains far below the central...

U.S. Treasuries gain ahead of Q1 GDP data; slightly higher initial jobless claims lend support

The U.S. Treasuries gained Friday as investors await the countrys first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP), scheduled to be released later in the day. Further, the slightly higher reading of the initial jobless claims,...

EUR/HUF likely to remain steadily higher over the coming year, says Commerzbank

MNB remained dovish at its May Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting this week, but there was the absence of any fresh dovish signals, which made markets wonder whether or not MNB was going to reconsider its ultra-dovish...

FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 26th May 2017

Not many economic data and events scheduled for today and some with high volatility risks associated. Upcoming: The 43rd G7 summit begins today in Italy. United States: Feds Bullard is scheduled to speak at...

UK's Q1 GDP growth unexpectedly revised down in 2nd estimate, BoE policy unlikely to see significant impact

The second estimate of UK GDP for Q1 2017 released earlier today saw an unexpected revision down to 0.2 percent from the previous estimate of 0.3 percent. Todays data follows growth of 0.7 percent in Q4 of 2016 and means...

Politics

How World War I changed the weather for good

Culture has rarely tired of speaking about the weather. Pastoral poems detail the seasonal variations in weather ad nauseam, while the term pathetic fallacy is often taken to refer to a Romantic poets wilful translation of...

Beyond Brexit: ‘Global Britain’ looks to the emerging Anglosphere for new opportunities

What lies beyond Brexit? This is not just a question for the United Kingdom and the European Union, but also one that will reverberate around the world. One answer is the Anglosphere. Often spoken of as an...

Electioneering in the social media age

Britain is engaged in a General Election contest and once again political parties are investing money, time and energy in their online presence. The Tories are ploughing cash into Instagram adverts and Labour is doing its...

How UKIP’s decline could provide a major boost for Theresa May

The British prime minister Theresa May called a snap general election in the expectation that it will deliver her a substantially increased parliamentary majority. This in turn would give her the strong and stable...

US under Trump Series: Appointment of Mueller as special counsel is good news for policies

Last week, the US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein appointed the former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to the investigation to Russias meddling with the US election and alleged collusion between the...

Science

There Are Now Tattoos That Can Say It Was Stupid To Get A Tattoo Out Loud

Humans have had a long history with tattoos, going back to the hunter-gatherer days when primitive tribes would mark themselves after a successful hunt or winning a war. These days, tattoos have become a fashion statement,...

Gas Station On The Moon Planned, Mars Mission Jump Point

There are several developments in the space sector right now, one of which is the effort to colonize Mars. However, this project has quite a few obstacles with energy burnout being a major factor. This is where a Caltech...

Arms Early Impressions Favorable, Nintendo Switch Motion Control Seems Good

When it was announced that Nintendo was going to be released a fighting game with motion controls called Arms, many were concerned that the response wouldnt be up to par. Based on early impressions, however, both the game...

Scientific Proof That Vegans Are Right, Going Meatless Will Save The World

In developed communities, particularly in the US, Vegans have earned unfortunate reputations for being a little annoying. However, new scientific research suggests that they may actually have the right standpoint on the...

Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation

As a psychologist researching misinformation, I focus on reducing its influence. Essentially, my goal is to put myself out of a job. Recent developments indicate that I havent been doing a very good job of it....

Technology

Another Private Rocket Company Competes With SpaceX, Successful Test Reaches Space

Theres no denying that Elon Musks SpaceX is the most popular private space company in the business right now. However, its not the only one. Another American company successfully launched a rocket from a New Zealand site,...

Free ‘The Witcher’ Game Available To Players Of ‘Gwent’ Closed Beta

CD Projekt Red has opened the doors to the open beta of the Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, so everyone can finally try out the spin-off card game found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt title. This isnt the end of the surprises,...

Fallout 4 Is Free-To-Play This Weekend, But Only This Weekend

Theres no doubt that Bethesdas Fallout 4 video game has been a financial success, but it seems the company wants to increase the exposure of the title years after its release. This weekend, players will be able to download...

Far Cry 5 Details Revealed; Cults And Inbred Characters?

After confirming a few details about Far Cry 5 last week, Ubisoft promised that it will do the official announcement of the game in a few days. In the meantime, the company released an official artwork for the game that...

DJI Introduces ‘Spark’ Its Smallest Drone Yet, Only $499

Chinese tech company DJI is undeniably dominating the drone market, but in order to stay on top, it needs to provide more variety to its lineup. Introducing the new Spark, the companys smallest drone that comes with an...
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May 26 13:00 UTC Released

MXJobless Rate SA

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3.6 %

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3.50 %

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3.5 %

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3.32 %

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3.20 %

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USU Mich Sentiment Final

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97.5 %

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97.7 %

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112.5 bln $

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112.7 bln $

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87.9 bln $

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88.1 bln $

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2.6 %

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2.3 %

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144.5 %

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5.0 %

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5.000 bln BRL

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-11.047 bln BRL

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