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Harper

The Harper government has made message management a key priority. So why are they so bad at it, wonders Steve Saideman.
Abbott

How to keep national security legislation transparent

Paul Meyer considers the Australian model for amending national security legislation.

Vultures

Clipping wings: Making sovereign bonds more vulture-proof

Brett House on the IMF’s new proposals for dealing with a sovereign debt crisis.

People wave cell phones as they take part in a demonstration in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei

Can a Tweet topple a government?

Hashtags and Facebook posts may not change policy, but they can set the agenda, Alfred Hermida writes in his new book, Tell Everyone.

tap

Raising the benchmark on water security

Dr. Jamie Bartram on why we can’t continue building 20th century systems for 22nd century problems.

Brazil

The stakes in Brazil’s final election vote

Jean Daudelin on what will likely be the most savagely disputed election round since Brazil’s return to democracy in 1985.

Pena-Nieto

The Opening of Mexico’s Energy Sector

Duncan Wood on how the ‘mother of all reforms’ could drive economic growth in Mexico for years to come.

  • China on top?


    Orville Schell discusses his recent essay on how the U.S.-China relationship has changed since the Jimmy Carter era in a Vice News-New York Review of Books video collaboration: “Watching this former US president treated so offhandedly highlighted how the power relationship between the two countries is shifting.”

  • The Meat Debate


    “Meat—especially beef—is cigarettes and a Hummer rolled into one. For the sake of the animals, our own health, and the health of the planet, we must eat less of it,” writes Robert Kunzig for National Geographic. But meat is also delicious and nutritious. Global demand is soaring. “In short, meat—especially beef—has become the stuff of fierce debate.”

  • The island of asylum seekers


    Australia’s Christmas Island is home to 1,000 asylum seekers, 1,400 long-term residents, 600 fly-in-fly out workers, as well as one of Australia’s biggest detention centres. Oliver Laughland paints a picture for The Guardian of living life in limbo.

  • Escaping Boko Haram


    When Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian schoolgirls six months ago, a handful managed to escape. Sarah A. Topol tells the story of their ordeal for Matter: “This is what’s going to happen now. We have to run. If we run and they kill us, so be it. But we have to run now.”

  • The guardian of Bossemptele


    The story of Father Bernard Kinvi, a priest living in a small town in the Central African Republic, who did all he could to protect Muslims from the antibalaka militia members who wanted to kill them. By Jon Lee Anderson for the New Yorker. The sectarian tensions in the CAR continue to simmer.

  • Myanmar’s Truth Speaker


    A profile of Zarganar, Myanmar’s most popular comedian and satirist who was imprisoned and tortured for criticizing the state, by David Pilling for FT. Zarganar is not optimistic about his country’s future, despite recent steps towards democratic reforms: “He puts his chances of remaining free at 50-50.”

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