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Shots fired in the Himalayas: a dangerous development in the China-India border standoff

By Stephen Peter Westcott

In the midst of all the stories about Chinas oppression in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and its expulsion of foreign journalists, a recent clash on its border with India may pose the greater threat to Asian security. For the...

Relax, losing access to China won't make us the 'poor white trash of Asia'

By John Quiggin

In another round of the increasingly bitter exchanges between China and Australia, a columnist for Chinas Global Times, Yu Lei, suggested that a further decoupling from China will make former Singapore Prime Minister Lee...

Breaking the law over Brexit: how the UK is playing dirty in EU talks

By Simon Sweeney

The UK government seems to be doubling down on threats to leave the European Union without a deal unless the EU gives in on issues of state aid and fisheries. These two concerns are as important in Brussels as they seem to...

Coronavirus: why aren’t death rates rising with case numbers?

By Danny Dorling

It is a conundrum. For much of the past two months, many people have been convinced that mortality associated with COVID-19 would rise as the number of people testing positive with the disease increased. But this has not...

US-China decoupling and coronavirus: why 2020 upheaval won't kill globalisation

By Niccolò Pisani

The sudden stop of the global economy in 2020 has brought to everyones attention the interconnectedness of supply chains across countries and continents. Add to this the mounting tensions between the US and China, with...

What BTS breaking Billboard 100 means for pop as the industry knows it

By Kim-Marie Spence

K-pop supergroup BTS made pop history on August 31 when it became the first Korean group to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 with their first wholly English-language single Dynamite. The song topped...

Neuralink: brain hacking is exceptionally hard, no matter what Elon Musk says

By Andrew Jackson

If thoughts, feelings and other mental activities are nothing more than electrochemical signals flowing around a vast network of brain cells, will connecting these signals with digital electronics allow us to enhance the...

Why the UK government is paying social media influencers to post about coronavirus

By Elvira Bolat

Social media influencers are often seen as lazy freelancers who make a living being paid to pretend they like products. But these celebrities are more than just marketing vehicles. If used properly, they can be effective...

China's leaders are strong and emboldened. It's wrong to see them as weak and insecure

By Saul Eslake

Theres an emerging view that Chinas belligerent approach and torching of diplomatic relationships with the wider world is a sign of insecurity and weakness; that its economic growth is unsustainable; and that everyone in...

Beyond long-term care: The benefits of seniors' communities that evolve on their own

By Catherine Donnelly Et Al

The global COVID-19 pandemic has shown Canadians that we need to think differently about how we support older adults. The media and all levels of government have focused heavily on long-term care, and rightly so. However,...

Now we'll need $100-$120 billion. Why the budget has to spend big to avoid scarring

By Brendan Coates Et Al

Australia is in for a long and damaging economic slump, unless governments inject substantially more fiscal stimulus. The July budget update forecast that unemployment would hit 9.25% in coming months. The Treasury...

Comic-Con@Home: Virtual comics event declared a failure by industry critics, but fans loved it

By Benjamin Woo Et Al

With the vast majority of North Americas thousand-plus fan conventions cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual conventions (called cons) have been a bright spot for fans in an otherwise bleak year. Although...

How behavioural science can help us understand human behaviour during a pandemic

By Benjamin (Ben) Voyer

When the day comes that the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, one of things that will remain with us is witnessing our fellow humans irrational and sometimes extreme behaviour and perhaps our own as well. These included...

Why businesses embrace populists and what to do about it: lessons from Hungary

By Gabor Scheiring

The coronavirus crisis has revealed the weaknesses of some populist leaders such as Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Donald Trump in the US, yet others are emerging stronger than ever. And they have some unlikely...

Smart speakers have overcome privacy fears to give new sales power to Amazon and Google

By Greig Paul

With everyone spending so much time at home during the pandemic, smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Nest ranges have had a golden opportunity. In their latest attempt to make the devices as relevant as...

Government algorithms are undermining democracy – let's open up their design to the people

By Mhairi Aitken

Algorithms appear to be in retreat in the UK for now. Not only did national governments recently U-turn over their use of algorithms to assign the grades of school leavers, but numerous local authorities have also...

As concerns mount over integrity of US elections, so does support for international poll monitors

By Timothy Rich

With the U.S. presidential election approaching, Americans face a daunting set of challenges as they prepare to vote. Many voters fear the coronavirus will force them to risk their lives at the polls. Yes, voting by...

Coffee, coronavirus and the uncertain future of high street cafe culture

By Jennifer Ferreira

Before coronavirus hit, the UK had a thriving coffee shop culture, with around 26,000 coffee shops across the country. But by the end of March 2020 many coffee shops were closed, or only open for takeaway. Up to 92% of...

Portland and Kenosha violence was predictable – and preventable

By Cynthia Miller-Idriss

The U.S. reached a deadly moment in protests over racial injustice, as back-to-back shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 25 and 29 took the lives of three people and seriously injured...

How the government can drive medical innovation amidst the pandemic

By Jeffrey Clemens

The current COVID-19 pandemic, the largest public health crisis in a century, threatens the health of people across the globe. The U.S. has had the most diagnosed cases surpassing 6 million and more than 180,000...

TikTok suicide video: it's time platforms collaborated to limit disturbing content

By Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández Et Al

A disturbing video purporting to show a man committing suicide is reportedly doing the rounds on the popular short video app TikTok, reigniting debate about what social media platforms are doing to limit circulation of...

If reducing harm to society is the goal, a cost-benefit analysis shows cannabis prohibition has failed

By Alexander Gillespie

The case for a referendum on New Zealands cannabis law was already urgent in 2015 when the supposedly more pressing issue was whether we should change the flag. As I argued at the time, prohibition had failed and was...

Coronavirus nanoscience: the tiny technologies tackling a global pandemic

By Josh Davies

The world-altering coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to be just 60 nanometres to 120 nanometres in size. This is so mind bogglingly small that you could fit more than 400 of these virus particles into the...

Nearly a century ago, a QAnon-like conspiracy theory propelled candidates to Congress

By Sophie Bjork-James

Marjorie Taylor Greenes Republican congressional primary win in Georgia ensures, in all likelihood, that the heavily Republican district will be represented by a QAnon conspiracy theorist in the 117th Congress. But...

Foreign agriculture investments don't always threaten food security: the case of Madagascar

By Wegayehu Fitawek Et Al

Large-scale land acquisitions have been increasing in developing countries following the 2007/8 high food price crisis. Countries with limited agricultural potential, like Gulf states, have been driving foreign...

How social media are levelling Kenya's political field -- and lessons learnt

By John Ndavula

Social media have opened up spaces for political candidates to engage with voters in more direct ways compared to traditional forms of campaigns such as rallies, billboard advertising, and the legacy media. Social media...

Ant Group: why America is missing out on the biggest IPO in history

By Daniel Broby

The US capital markets are being shunned by the largest initial public offering in history. This is an indirect result of the recent China-baiting by US politicians, led by Donald Trump. Ant Groups US$200 billion (168...

How foreign countries can help Indonesia's economy recover from COVID-19 downturn

By Eko NM Saputro

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the Indonesia economy. The latest data showed minus 5.32% economic growth in the second quarter. To recover from this downturn, Indonesia needs every assistance available,...

Neuralink put a chip in Gertrude the pig's brain. It might be useful one day

By Angela Renton

A recent demonstration video released by Elon Musks firm Neuralink might not look like much at first. In the video, a pig named Gertrude eats snacks from a persons hand, while an accompanying computer screen displays blue...

If Facebook really pulls news from its Australian sites, we'll have a much less compelling product

By Rob Nicholls

Facebook will ban publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram if a proposal to force tech giants to pay for news becomes law, the tech giant has announced. The...

Shame and fear: lessons to learn as COVID-19 collides with a growing HIV epidemic in Indonesia

By Keerti Gedela Et Al

The nation with the worlds fourth-largest population, Indonesia, has become a target of criticism for its poor COVID-19 mitigation response that does not value policy advice from external experts. This has contributed to...

NBA teams boycott playoff games in response to Jacob Blake police shooting

By Vinu Selvaratnam

Earlier this year, the basketball season went on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a deal to restart on July 30, and among the conditions embedded...

The China-US rivalry is not a new Cold War. It is way more complex and could last much longer

By Nick Bisley

The author will be leading on online discussion through La Trobe University today on the threat of a new Cold War between China and the US, with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and China Matters director Linda Jakobson....

TikTok is a unique blend of social media platforms – here's why kids love it

By Kevin Munger

TikTok, a social media platform targeted at young mobile phone users, was the second-most downloaded app in the world in 2019. It was the most downloaded app in July 2020. Its also become a geopolitical football. Owned...

Urban farming: four reasons it should flourish post-pandemic

By Dan Evans

Since lockdown, public interest in growing fruit and vegetables at home has soared. Seed packets are flying off shelves and allotment waiting lists are swelling, with one council receiving a 300% increase in applications....

What is DeFi and why is it the hottest ticket in cryptocurrencies?

By Jeremy Eng-Tuck Cheah

One area in cryptocurrencies attracting huge attention is DeFi or decentralised finance. This refers to financial services using smart contracts, which are automated enforceable agreements that dont need intermediaries...

Trouble at the mall as landlords and tenants ponder mutually assured destruction

By Matthew Bailey

This is not a bluff, Scott Evans, the chief executive of Mosaic Brands, has said of his threat to permanently close 300 to 500 stores in Australia unless landlords reduce rents. Mosiacs network of about 1,300 apparel...

Why freedom of religion will likely not trump public health interests with a future COVID-19 vaccine

By Renae Barker

Religious objections to vaccinations have been around almost as long as vaccinations themselves. This week, three leading Australian religious figures have written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlining ethical...

How a fake 'free speech crisis' could imperil academic freedom

By Hannah Forsyth

Forceful suppression of political and scholarly views in universities has a long and shameful history. University of Cambridge Chancellor John Fisher was hanged, drawn and quartered for failing to support Henry VIIIs great...

Why police unions are not part of the American labor movement

By Paul F. Clark

In the wake of George Floyds death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, news reports have suggested that police unions bear some of the responsibility for the violence perpetrated against African...

Coronavirus reinfection – what it actually means, and why you shouldn't panic

By Zania Stamataki

Scientists in Hong Kong have reported the first confirmed case of reinfection with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, reportedly backed up by genetic sequences of the two episodes of the 33-year-old mans infections in...

Mauritius oil spill: how coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass could be affected

By Sivajyodee Sannassy Pilly Et Al

Sometimes bad things happen in the worst possible places like the MV Wakashio running aground on shallow reefs off the south-east coast of Mauritius on July 25. The wreck of the bulk carrier ship began leaking oil in...

Government to recruit 500 more reservists in $1 billion accelerated defence spend to support jobs

By Michelle Grattan

The Morrison government is accelerating and repurposing defence spending in a A$1 billion boost to support about 4,000 jobs and assist small and medium-sized businesses in the defence industry supply chain. In several...

Vaping increases risk of coronavirus – here's the science

By Deirdre Gilpin

By now, we are all familiar with guidance on how to reduce your risk of contracting coronavirus: wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance. But heres another important piece of advice: dont vape. Smoking has been...

Federal Court finds border closures safest way to protect public health in Clive Palmer case

By Anne Twomey

Clive Palmers legal challenge to the Western Australian border closures seems less likely to succeed after findings made by the Federal Court. Palmer started his case in the High Court, arguing the Western Australian...

4 reasons why a gas-led economic recovery is a terrible, naïve idea

By Samantha Hepburn

Australias leading scientists today sent an open letter to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, speaking out against his support for natural gas. Finkel has said natural gas plays a critical role in Australias transition to...

AI technologies — like police facial recognition — discriminate against people of colour

By Jane Bailey Et Al

Detroit police wrongfully arrested Robert Julian-Borchak Williams in January 2020 for a shoplifting incident that had taken place two years earlier. Even though Williams had nothing to do with the incident, facial...

The government has thrown another $171 million at the problem. But a real plan for aged care has been missing all along

By Joseph Ibrahim

As deaths in aged care continue to rise, the community may find the Morrison governments announcement of an additional A$171.5 million to boost its response to COVID-19 in residential aged care reassuring. The package...

Michelle Obama's necklace and the power of political jewellery — from suffragettes to a secretary of state

By Elizabeth Shaw

The necklace worn by Michelle Obama while addressing the Democratic National Convention a fine gold chain spelling out the word VOTE in spaced, sans serif letters has gone viral. Made by a small company owned by Chari...

What defunding the police could mean for missing persons

By Lorna Ferguson Et Al

In the wake of sustained protests and calls to defund police forces, cities across North America have been busily engaging in police reform. While this is a development some might applaud, its imperative to remember...

Cashless payment is booming, thanks to coronavirus. So is financial surveillance

A banknote has been sitting in my wallet for six months now. As time ticks on, it burns an ever greater hole in my pocket. At first I felt uneasy spending it, following COVID-19 warnings to pay more attention to hand...

South Korea's Green New Deal shows the world what a smart economic recovery looks like

By Sung-Young Kim Et Al - 06:47 AM| Economy

As the COVID-19 pandemic devastates the global economy, theres an opportunity for governments to support a green-led recovery. This involves spending fiscal stimulus on renewable energy and other clean technologies to...

The pandemic has revealed the cracks in US manufacturing: Here's how to fix them

By Sridhar Kota Et Al - 07:02 AM| Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed glaring deficiencies in the U.S. manufacturing sectors ability to provide necessary products especially amidst a crisis. Its been five months since the nation declared a national...

Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here's how it needs to change

By Jenny McArthur Et Al - 07:12 AM| Economy

COVID-19 has triggered a crisis for public transport, as lockdowns caused its use to plummet by 70-90% worldwide. Even as lockdowns ease, buses and trains are can only carry 15% of the usual number of people due to social...

Three-fourths of S. Korean firms not eager to hire in H2: poll

22:18 PM| Economy

Three-fourths of S. Korean firms not keen on hiring in H2: poll

China's big banks brace for surge in bad loans

11:31 AM| Economy

China's big banks brace for surge in bad loans

Most Japanese firms against holding Tokyo Olympics in 2021

02:55 AM| Economy

Most Japanese firms against holding Tokyo Olympics in 2021

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US under Trump Series

George Washington was silent, but Trump tweets regularly – running for president has changed over the years

By Sarah Burns - 06:42 AM| Insights & Views Politics

Presidential campaigns havent always looked the way they do in 2020 or the way they did in 2016, before the coronavirus pandemic changed everything about conventions, political outreach and voting. The requirements...

Does 4 years of college make students more liberal?

By Matthew J. Mayhew Et Al - 07:04 AM| Insights & Views

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Over four years of college, students develop positive attitudes for political liberals but not conservatives. Why it...

Global Geopolitics Series

Journalists have become diplomatic pawns in China's relations with the West, setting a worrying precedent

By Rowan Callick - 07:13 AM| Insights & Views

The forced departure from China of leading Australian journalists Bill Birtles of the ABC and Mike Smith of The Australian Financial Review robs Australia of direct coverage of events in the vast nation for the first time...

Medical research is broken: here's how we can fix it

By Kelly E Lloyd Et Al - 13:45 PM| Insights & Views Health

Every year, around US$200 billion (150 billion) is spent globally on health research. Meanwhile, millions of people volunteer their time to be participants in health studies. Despite all the resources that go into creating...

Why the Gulf monarchies have survived

By Edmund Adam - 13:23 PM| Insights & Views Politics

When the Arab Spring protests erupted in 2010, many political pundits predicted the uprisings would ripple through the entire region and ultimately reach the oil-rich Gulf states, sweeping away monarchies. But...

Americans are renouncing U.S. citizenship in record numbers – but maybe not for the reasons you think

13:29 PM| Insights & Views Life

Brett Goodin, Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University American citizenship is not as coveted as it once was. iStock / Getty Images Plus President Trump hosted a televised naturalization ceremony at the White...

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Economy

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

Yelp data revealed that 97,966 of the 163,735 business closures across the US due to the pandemic as of Aug, 31 wont be reopening. Permanent business closures rose 34 percent since Yelps last report in mid-July. Yelp...

S. Korea, Germany to boost energy ties towards economic recovery, climate goals

South Korea and Germany vowed via a virtual meeting to bolster cooperation in the energy sector towards the recovery of their virus-hit economies and helping each other achieve their climate goals. According to the...

S. Korea's corporate sales suffer record 10.1% drop in Q2

South Korean companies suffered a 10.1 percent dip in sales in the second quarter, its sharpest on record, and plunging from a 1.9 percent on-year drop in the first quarter. It was also the sixth consecutive quarterly...

Politics

Donald Trump: Model surfaces and alleged she was violated by the POTUS

Donald Trump has a new negative write-up and it is related to a model who alleged that she was sexually abused. Former model Amy Dorris claimed she has an unpleasant encounter with the POTUS in 1997. Speaking to The...

Melania Trump: FLOTUS' torched wooden statue replaced in her hometown Slovenia

Melania Trump has a statue in her image that was installed in her hometown in Slovenia, Russia. This was an original life-sized statue of the FLOTUS image that was carved from the trunk of a linden tree however it was...

Joe Biden: Jim Carrey to portray former VP on 'Saturday Night Live'

The comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live has often mocked presidential elections over the years, with cold opens featuring current and former presidents and other political figures. With the new season set to premiere in...

Barack Obama encourages Gen Z and Millenial voters to vote in video for ATTN:

The Obamas are among the most influential political figures, with former first lady Michelle Obama actively encouraging Americans to register to vote by stressing the importance of their votes. This time, former president...

Ivanka Trump: Bob Woodward's book reveals how White House adviser asked James Mattis for a plan to fight ISIS

Ivanka Trump serves as an advisor to her father Donald Trump in the White House, often seen alongside him during political events or attending political events on his behalf. Bob Woodwards new book, Rage, reveals her...

Science

Asteroids: Two rocks made a close approach to Earth this week

Asteroids can sometimes pass by without getting noticed, and that was the case for a pair of space rocks earlier this week. NASA has confirmed that two asteroids made a close approach to Earth around the same time. The...

NASA: Astronomers spot exoplanet closely orbiting a white dwarf star

There are still a lot of things about the universe that have yet to be explained, and astronomers recently discovered something once thought to be impossible. Astronomers picked up on an exoplanet orbiting a white dwarf at...

Mars mission: Scientists say acids may have erased traces of alien life on Red Planet

NASA is gearing up for its upcoming Mars mission, with the Perseverance Rover already getting a headstart in its journey to the Red Planet to search for life. However, researchers believe that the search for alien life on...

Climate change: Rising global temperatures will bring in a new Arctic, says scientists

Of all the parts in the world, the Arctic region is taking the biggest hit from the problem that is climate change. The problem has already gone to an extent where scientists are seeing a new Arctic region possibly form...

Aliens: Search for life outside Earth may shift to Venus, says scientist

While the current space exploration missions involve searching for alien life on Mars, a study found that the search for life outside Earth may also lie with another neighboring planet. Instead of searching for life in the...

Technology

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ Alpha goes live; beta follows in October

The Alpha testing of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War went live this week, but not for everyone. On the bright side, the full schedule of the subsequent beta access has been revealed for all platforms. Call of Duty:...

‘PUBG Mobile’ x BLACKPINK? Tencent teases collaboration with K-pop group

Tencent Games recently launched the PUBG Mobile version 1.0 along with many gameplay and visual improvements. However, it appears that the developer has a few more major updates in the pipeline that might bring BLACKPINK...

iOS 14 goes live on Sept. 16; here’s how to install the OS update

Months ago, the common belief was that the iOS 14 would be released once the new iPhones arrive since that has been the annual tradition for Apple. However, CEO Tim Cook surprised fans after announcing at the Time Flies...

‘GTA 6’: Is Rockstar Games announcing a new game at Sony’s PlayStation 5 event?

Sony is gearing for another PlayStation 5 event this week, and there are speculations that Rockstar Games could be part of it again. The last time the video game studio appeared at a PS5 showcase, they had an announcement,...

GoPro Hero 9 ‘replaceable lens’ protector leaks ahead of September 16 launch

GoPro has practically confirmed the arrival of its next flagship camera, likely named GoPro Hero 9, will happen this week. Before that happens, however, there are a few more leaks that emerged online, including a new...
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