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Why credit rating agencies are still getting away with bad behaviour

By Misheck Mutize

International credit rating agencies have had their fair share of controversies over the years. They have been at the centre of the major financial crises from the financial markets collapse of New York City in the...

Neoliberalism has tricked us into believing a fairytale about where money comes from

By Mary Mellor

There is nothing natural about money. There is no link to some scarce essential form of money that sets a limit to its creation. It can be composed of base metal, paper or electronic data none of which is in short supply....

Explainer: what the additional terrorism charge means for mosque attack trial

By Kris Gledhill

A criminal trial for murder or manslaughter is the usual response to a criminal killing. Initially, the alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque attacks, who The Conversation has chosen not to name, was charged with...

As tensions flare with Iran, Israel could strike first

By Doreen Horschig

Iran shot down a U.S. drone on June 19, further escalating tensions between Iran and its adversaries. Relations with Iran have been worsening for months. In early May, one year after the United States withdrew from the...

Why Canada's single-use plastic ban could help the environment and wildlife

By Tony Robert Walker Et Al

Canada recently announced a ban on single-use plastics. Items like straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers and Styrofoam fast-food containers and cups will be banned by 2021. But even as the list of countries that have...

The extreme tactic of self-amputation means survival in the animal kingdom

By Beren W. Robinson Et Al

Imagine yourself in the grips of a deadly predator. You see your life flash before your eyes: this looks like the end of the road. But wait! With a quick yank, your limb pops off in the predators mouth and you make a break...

30 years since Australia first connected to the internet, we've come a long way

By Justin Zobel

This article is part of our occasional long read series Zoom Out, where authors explore key ideas in science and technology in the broader context of society and humanity. When Australia joined the global internet on...

How a humble Perth boathouse became Australia's most unlikely tourist attraction

By Violetta Wilk

Its a simple building. A shed, really. You cant go inside, and even if you could, theres nothing in there. For decades it was derelict, an eyesore to which locals paid little attention. But this humble boat shed, on the...

Once were Kiwis. Here's the hidden history of Australia's own well-being framework

By Richard Holden

Amid all the fanfare around New Zealands so-called well-being budget, you would be forgiven for thinking our neighbour to the east had revolutionised its priorities and how to measure them. Lets recap. During the midst...

Friday essay: diversity in the media is vital - but Australia has a long way to go

By Helen Vatsikopoulos

The inaugural Walkley Award for Media Diversity will be announced on June 26, and has had an impressive number of entries for what was once regarded as a niche area. Diversity in the media is no longer just about...

Should we tax arms manufacturers to finance refugee resettlement?

By Afshin Mehrpouya

Today 68.5 million people are forcefully displaced worldwide. In 2018 alone, this number increased by 16.2 million: 11.8 million displaced within their national borders and 4.4 million seeking asylum outside. We are going...

Majority of people return lost wallets – here's the psychology and which countries are the most honest

By Nigel Holt

Honesty is one of the traits we value most in others. We often assume it is a rather rare quality, making it important for us to find out who we can actually trust in this selfish world. But according to new research,...

Maryland 'Peace Cross' ruling: The Supreme Court rules that a cross stands for more than Christianity

By Corey D. B. Walker

The Supreme Court ruled on June 20 that a war memorial in Maryland in the shape of a Christian cross can stay on public land. The Bladensburg Peace Cross is a 40-foot cross erected as a memorial for those who died in...

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will compete to become the UK's next prime minister – but could either win an election?

By Chris Stafford

The final two contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and therefore the UK, are now known. Boris Johnson will go up against Jeremy Hunt in a vote to be held among the Conservative Partys 160,000...

Why Federal Reserve independence matters

By Michael Klein

Should you care if the Federal Reserve loses its independence? Its become a growing risk in recent years as President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the U.S. central bank over interest rate policy and tried to...

Scientists find the earliest roots of Parkinson's disease in the brain

By Heather Wilson Et Al

About 100 people have a rare mutation in a gene called SNCA that puts them at almost certain risk of getting Parkinsons disease. This makes them ideal subjects for studying the root causes of this debilitating condition....

Who should pay for TV licences for the over 75s?

By David Hutchison

Nobody wants to appear hard on pensioners, least of all politicians. And certainly not Conservative ones. So its not surprising that several of those vying to become the next prime minister have happily denounced the...

How yoga conquered Britain: the feminist legacy of Yogini Sunita and Kalaish Puri

By Suzanne Newcombe

From fairly obscure beginnings in the mid-20th century, the practice of yoga in Britain has become a massively popular pastime. Its hard to find official figures for just how many people practise yoga regularly, but its...

Brazil's crumbling political culture laid bare as impartiality of Operation Car Wash judge questioned

By Marieke Riethof

The front cover of the Brazilian conservative magazine Veja of June 19 shows a crumbling Roman bust of judge Sergio Moro, once a national hero in the countrys fight against corruption. Moro was the leading figure in the...

Six amazing facts you need to know about ants

By Charlie Durant Et Al

Have you have seen ants this year? In Britain, they were probably black garden ants, known as Lasius niger Europes most common ant. One of somewhere between 12,000 and 20,000 species, they are the scourge of gardeners ...

Persuasive politics: why emotional beats rational for connecting with voters

By Steve McKevitt

Politics is mired in a communications crisis. Across the world voters are disillusioned, while in the UK the stock of politicians has never been lower. The task before the next generation of would-be leaders is...

Math explains why the Democrats may have trouble picking a candidate

By Alexander Strang Et Al

With 24 declared candidates for the Democratic Partys presidential nomination (and counting), many Americans are likely wondering how the party will ultimately make up its mind and settle on the best candidate. As...

Is burning trash a good way to handle it? Waste incineration in 5 charts

By Ana Baptista

Burning trash has a long history in the United States, and municipal solid waste incinerators have sparked resistance in many places. As an environmental justice scholar who works directly with low-income and communities...

Why do people faint?

By Anne R. Crecelius

Maybe its a bride standing in a hot chapel, or an exhausted runner after a race. It could be someone watching a medical procedure on television or a donor at a blood drive. Maybe youve even experienced it yourself. You...

So, what really is jihad?

By Mohammad Hassan Khalil

Often, many people conflate the terms jihad and terrorism. This is in part because many writers use the term jihadist when describing violent Muslim radicals. To be sure, such radicals have invoked jihad to justify...

Why people in a flooded British town were told to stop flushing the toilet

By Liz Sharp

The British town of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire is underwater. After two months rain in two days, the River Steeping burst its banks, and 580 homes were evacuated. Curiously, the advice to the towns remaining residents is to...

Avoiding the China trap: how Australia and the US can remain close despite the threat

By Charles Edel Et Al

Ask nearly any politician in Canberra or Washington and they will tell you Australia and the United States have a long and storied history as close allies. The two nations have fought side-by-side in every major...

How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots

By Chad Painter

The Stonewall riots were a six-night series of protests that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969, and centered around the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Four days earlier, on June 24, 1969, the...

Why your memory may not be as unreliable as psychologists often claim

By Chris Brewin

Over the past couple of decades, there has been an explosion of research into false memories, showing that our memory can be subtly altered by a variety of internal and external factors. Many psychologists think the public...

I'm a lucid dream researcher – here's how to train your brain to do it

By Achilleas Pavlou

Dreams can often be confusing and blurry experiences. Reduced critical thinking, little to no access to our true memories and heightened impulsivity and emotions during normal dream states often make for head-scratching...

People have skewed views on inflation. Why this matters

By Jannie Rossouw

Countries that use an inflation target to anchor monetary policy pay considerable attention to expectations of future inflation. South Africa is a case in point. The country has an inflation target of 3% to 6% per...

Brexit: how both sides of the political divide have co-opted the 'left behind' North to fuel their agendas

By Craig Berry

There has been a tendency in British public discourse since the 2016 referendum on EU membership to identify the residents of Northern England as the principal culprits of the Brexit vote. Given that, in a direct,...

Hong Kong: why the 'one country, two systems' model is on its last legs

By Niki J.P. Alsford

Protest organisers in Hong Kong claim that nearly two million people, most clad in black and many carrying white flowers as a symbol of mourning, took to the streets on June 16 as demonstrations continued over proposed...

Australia's energy exports increase global greenhouse emissions, not decrease them

By Frank Jotzo Et Al

When unveiling government data revealing Australias rising greenhouse emissions, federal energy minister Angus Taylor sought to temper the news by pointing out that much of the increase is due to liquefied natural gas...

Summer is coming! Here's why you need to protect your children's eyes

By Langis Michaud

Should we buy sunglasses for children? And if so, how do we choose a quality product? Its a question that I get a lot in clinics. I reply that it is good to remember what the suns effects on eye health are, and how they...

Colonial genocide is a composite act: A human rights analysis

By Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

Canada is currently embroiled in a debate about whether the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls should have used the word genocide to describe our federal, provincial and municipal...

Cannabis quality involves careful science and carefree highs

By Michael J. Armstrong

Canadas legal cannabis industry continues to make progress. Product shortages are decreasing. Store numbers are increasing. And edible cannabis regulations have just been finalized. With these basics falling into place,...

Mohamed Morsi: death of Egypt's former president shows deep state was always going to triumph

By Dina Rezk

Mohamed Morsi, Egypts first democratically elected president, died on June 17 in court in Cairo where he was on trial facing charges of espionage. He will be remembered for a short and divisive presidency and his failure...

With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

By Jennifer Grygiel

Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance and technology companies including...

Four laws that need urgent reform to protect both national security and press freedom

By Denis Muller

In a perfect world, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for freedom of the press. But since the chances of that are next to zero, it might be more productive to look instead at what might be done to make...

Playing games? It's a serious way to win community backing for change

By Anthony Duckworth

How would you and your neighbours triple the number of households in your street block in order to keep your cherished suburb thriving and do your bit to tackle urban sprawl? You have a number of choices to make. Where do...

Netflix is opening its first Australian HQ. What does this mean for the local screen industry?

By Ramon Lobato Et Al

Netflix officially entered the Australian market in 2015, and now reaches 50% of Australias adult population. Despite its remarkable success, Netflix has been a purely virtual operation with no local staff, office, or...

The three things universities must do to survive disruption

By John Fischetti

This essay is part of a series of articles on the future of education. The nature of global communication (for better and worse) has changed. Virtually all young people in Australia spend an average of nine hours a...

Sport is full of conspiracy theories – Chris Froome’s horrific cycling crash is just the latest example

By Mathew Marques

The recent crash of four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome put his attempt for a record-equalling 5th title on hold. (The 2019 Tour de France starts on July 6.) But the spectacular, career-limiting smash also...

Nuclear weapons and Iran's uranium enrichment program: 4 questions answered

By Miles A. Pomper

Editors note: Iranian leaders have threatened to withdraw from a 2015 agreement that limits their nations nuclear activities. Under the deal, the United States and five other world powers lifted economic sanctions they had...

France and Britain in a race for carbon neutrality by 2050

By Céline Guivarch Et Al

The long-running rivalry between France and Britain has entered a new era: who will decarbonise the fastest. As the UK government announced on June 11 that it had committed to a net zero emissions target for 2050, the...

American giving lost some ground in 2018 amid tax changes and stock market losses

By Una Osili Et Al

The sweeping tax reforms that took effect in 2018 meant fewer Americans could itemize their taxes and benefit from the charitable deduction. Has that brought about any dramatic changes in charitable giving? We are...

Meat is masculine: how food advertising perpetuates harmful gender stereotypes

By Kate Stewart Et Al

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has introduced a new rule in its advertising code which bans adverts which feature gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence. This is a...

The victories -- and continuing struggles -- of women in Sudan

By Nada Mustafa Ali

One of the most popular images from Sudans protests that led to the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir is that of Alaa Salah a young, female university student. The image of her speaking to a crowd highlighted the presence and...

South Africa should learn from Brazil about how to tackle 'hidden hunger'

By Brittany Kesselman

South Africa faces a double burden of hunger and malnutrition, on the one hand, and obesity with associated non-communicable diseases (NCDs), on the other. In many countries, in both the global North and South,...

Libra: four reasons to be extremely cautious about Facebook's new currency

Facebook has unveiled libra, a cryptocurrency that will enable users to make international payments over Messenger and other group platforms like WhatsApp perhaps from as soon as 2020. Heres how it looks likely to...

FxWirePro: A Run Through on Chinese Renminbi Amid US/China Trade Turmoil and FX Derivatives

13:32 PM| Research & Analysis

USDCNY falls like a stone, touching 6.83 marks this week and recovered to 6.87 areas again. The overall sentiment seems to be very bearish on CNY, and there were widely spread concerns that USDCNY would go beyond 7.00...

U.S. Treasuries plunge in silent session as investors await host of FOMC members’ speeches

11:16 AM| Commentary Economy

The U.S. Treasuries plunged during Fridays afternoon session, amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, the countrys existing home sales data for the month of May and...

German bunds slump after June manufacturing PMI, eurozone composite PMI exceeds expectations

10:59 AM| Commentary Economy

The German bunds slumped during European trading session Friday after the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of June and the eurozones composite PMI for the similar period, both exceeded market expectations, also...

Japanification: ECB to cut deposit rate this year, chances of QE restart seemingly high

09:06 AM| Commentary Economy Central Banks

The European Central Bank is more likely to cut the deposit rate this year in an effort to move the stubborn inflation, which the central bank failed to push decisively higher despite unprecedented stimulus. While euro...

EM Asian currencies likely to rally further amid continued portfolio inflows, remain susceptible to U.S.-China trade talks: Scotiabank

06:37 AM| Commentary Economy

The emerging market Asian currencies are expected to rally further amid continued portfolio inflows, while remaining susceptible to the headlines on the US-China trade talks, according to the latest research report from...

Australian bond yields track weakness in U.S. peer after Fed signalled further rate cuts ahead

05:41 AM| Commentary Economy

Australian government bond yields continued to track losses in the United States counterpart after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday in its monetary policy meeting, signalled further rate cuts on the way despite keeping on...

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What motivates ecopreneurs?

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Half a century ago, India, Mexico and a host of countries had a green revolution. A combination of high-yielding seeds, fertilizers and irrigation combined to boost crop productivity sufficiently to feed a fast-growing...

Gen Z teenagers are leaving sex until later, and it could help them lead healthier lives

By Yvonne Kelly - 13:54 PM| Insights & Views Health

The teenage years are a time for experimenting and for pushing boundaries particularly when it comes to intimate relationships. Such experimentation is a natural part of growing up. But there are potential risks, too ...

Driverless buses can help end the suburbs' public transport woes

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When will driverless cars be out on the streets? Im often asked this question and I usually refrain from answering it. Before we ask when, we should ask ourselves what do we need from autonomous vehicles? One answer is...

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JGB yields fly at close as investors shy away from safe-haven assets in run-up to G-20 Summit

The Japanese government bond yields close on a higher note Thursday as investors continued to stay away from safe-haven instruments in the run-up to the G-20 Summit starting Friday, where the United States and China are...

Australian bonds plunge tracking U.S. Treasuries on hopes of trade deal ahead of G-20 Summit

Australian government bonds plunged during Asian trading session Thursday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries on hopes of a trade deal with China in the upcoming G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan,...

U.S. Treasuries plunge ahead of 5-year auction, FOMC member Daly’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries plunged during Wednesdays afternoon session, ahead of a busy day for economic data that brings the advance goods trade and inventories figures for May, as well as durable goods orders data for the same...

German bunds suffer as investors await eurozone’s June consumer price inflation data

The German bunds suffered during European trading session Wednesday ahead of the countrys and eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) data for the month of June, scheduled to be released on June 27 and 28 by 12:00GMT and...

USD/CNY likely to hit 6.90 mark; not much volatility seen ahead of G-20 meeting, says Commerzbank

The USD/CNY currency pair is expected to hit the 6.90 mark, although not much of a volatility is likely to be seen ahead of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. It...


Vladimir Putin: Is the Russian President a Fan of Vlogs?

People all over the world have found a new form of entertainment that is freely accessible on the internet vlogs. And in recent QA session with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was revealed whether he is also a fan of...

Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump: Michael Wolff Book Claims Donald Trump’s Favorite Child Isn’t a Fan of His Wife

There have been several books and articles published about the relationship of the United States First Lady Melania Trump with her step-daughter Ivanka Trump. Now, Michael Wolffs latest book Siege: Trump Under Fire claims...

Donald Trump Signs New Sanctions Aimed at Iran Supreme Leader and Other Iranian Officials

Iran and the United States have been going back and forth for the last few months. Now, the latter has retaliated as President Donald Trump signed on Monday a new set of sanctions aimed explicitly at Irans high-ranking...

CAR: a society without authority, where children's schooling suffers

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Final 2019 election results: education divide explains the Coalition's upset victory

At the May 18 election, the size of the lower house was expanded from 150 to 151 seats. The Coalition parties won 77 seats (up one since the 2016 election), Labor 68 (down one) and the crossbench six (up one). The...


Marijuana News: Will New York Follow Illinois in Legalizing Recreational Use of Cannabis?

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker just signed a law on Tuesday that makes the recreational use of marijuana legal taking effect on the first day of 2020. This makes Illinois the 11th state in the United States to do so, and...

Cancer Cure 2019: Immunotherapy Drug Under Research Shows Promising Result for Lung Cancer Patients

Finding the complete cure for cancer remains a Herculean task for many researchers around the world. And while that has yet to be achieved, other groups of scientists are working on the next best thing developing...

Black plastic can't be recycled – but we've just found a way to use the carbon in renewable energy

The big problem with plastics is that though they last for a very long time, most are thrown away after only one use. Since plastics were invented in the 1950s, about 8,300m metric tonnes (Mt) have been made, but over half...

Meet the naked mole-rat: impervious to pain and cancer, and lives ten times longer than it should

The naked mole-rat is perhaps one of the most bizarre beasts on the planet. At first glance, it looks like little more than a cocktail sausage with legs and teeth. But beneath its wrinkly pink skin, this creatures strange...

Marijuana News: China Blames Increase in Cannabis Trafficking in Canada, U.S.

Last year, Canada became the second country to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana. Meanwhile, more states in America are doing the same with others eyeing to follow suit in the near future. Now, China claims they...


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Theres still no word about GoPro Hero 8 and the features that it will have once it hits the market. Where the smartphone ecosystem mostly experiences a plethora of leaks from reliable sources, the action camera niche isnt...

Microsoft Surface Book 3 Specs, Price, Release Date Details; Foldable Laptop Described as An Option for Gamers

Microsoft Surface Book 3 is anticipated to be thinner and come with a minimalistic design. It is also expected to improve some of its parts and features for better and provide more convenience to the users. In...

AMD Radeon 5700 XT Release Date, Latest News: Team Red Eyeing to Dominate High-End Mid-Range Market

The AMD Radeon 5700 XT is slated to dominate the high-end mid-range market as team red is set to take on NVidias GeForce RTX 2070. The price difference between both GPUS is $50, with the 5700 XT performing shoulder to...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Release Date, Latest News: Mission Lengths, Depth Explain by Lead Quest Designer

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