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Trump, Hanson, Brexit - The Rise of Modern Xenophobia

What do Pauline Hanson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump have in common? All three state that they have the solution to the problems in their country. Do they? Or is what they propose making it more difficult and divisive? Are their calls for unity a cause for celebration, or worry, as they polarise our population more than ever before. They prey on our fear, spout strong and clear rhetoric, and speak with charisma, as their growing fan base moves further from the rest of the popular views.  Continue reading

Carter Calls for Boycott of 1980 Moscow Olympics

Carter Calls for Boycott of 1980 Moscow Olympics   Within the United States, there was public support for the boycott. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution approving the decision to stay away from Moscow with a vote of 386 in favour and 12 opposed; the U.S. Senate passed a similar measure with a vote of 88 to 4. Technically, the decision of whether or not to send athletes to the Olympic Games does not actually rest with either the President or the Congress, however; it is the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) that makes the final determination in such a situation. In the face of such broad support, however, the USOC expressed its willingness to respect the decision of the U.S. Government with regard to the games. While some nations chose to express their displeasure with Soviet military actions by not sending formal teams to compete, but also not preventing individual athletes from attending and competing under the Olympic flag, athletes in the United States were warned that travel to Moscow for the games would result in them being stripped of their passports. In protest, a group of 25 American athletes sued the U.S. Government over the boycott seeking permission to compete, but they lost their case. In organizing the boycott and rallying support behind it, the Carter Administration had wanted to express the extent of international displeasure with the invasion of Afghanistan, and to pressure the Soviets to pull their armies out of the conflict. In actuality, the Soviet-Afghan War continued and did not end until 1989, and the Soviets reacted to the boycott by retaliating and leading a communist-bloc boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. These Olympic boycotts were just one manifestation of the cooling relations between the United States and the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. Source: US Department of State, The Olympic Boycott, 1980, US Department of State Archive.  

Why the uproar over the census?

On August 9 2016, millions of Australians will sit down in their homes, or wherever they will be on that night and fill in the census. The 2016 Census has a number of points that separate it from any census we have ever done previously. The two most significant differences are that for the first time, the census will be filled out online, and the second being that, in the 2016 census, our name will be linked to our other responses. Continue reading

Leading NGO rocked by Islamist infiltration

  Australia has suspended aid to support World Vision's work in the Palestinian Territories in the wake of allegations the charity's head in Gaza funnelled millions of dollars to militant group Hamas.  Continue reading

The Politics of Sport

  Some touching, and not so touching, moments from Rio. An event drawing together the world’s best athletes is bound to give rise to some colourful moments, and the Rio Olympics certainly did not disappoint. There were some touching moments of profoundly good sportsmanship, punctuated by some that were less than honourable. Continue reading