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Boris' battle for Brexit and Zimbabwe after the death of Mugabe

9/11/2019
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Boris Johnson has one job: to make Brexit happen. But three years after the vote to depart the EU, the British parliament sits stagnant. No divorce deal. No general election. And with the prime minister describing the October 31 deadline as 'do or die', is there a chance it won't happen at all? Simon Heffer, British commentator, historian and author of Staring at God- Britain 1914-1919. Also Robert Mugabe is dead. But while the world saw the 40 year leader of Zimbabwe as a despotic monster,...

Duration:00:28:59

When will China stop persecuting ethnic Uighurs?

9/4/2019
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The Islamic world has a blind spot when it comes to China's treatment of the Muslim community. Beijing's brutality of the ethnic Uighurs in the north-west province of Xinjiang continues to anger countries around the world. Should Australia step-up its opposition to Xi Jinping's regime and risk losing our most important trade relationship? Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia, USA.

Duration:00:29:07

Why not nuclear energy? And the anniversary of East Timor independence

8/28/2019
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We are running out of energy so why not consider the nuclear option? Whether it is an act of war, the result of a natural disaster, a side-effect of testing or a total accident, nuclear energy and waste have resulted in too many catastrophes. Now it is being considered in parliament as an alternative solution to dwindling energy. Is it possible to forget the past in order to embrace the future? Adam Bandt, deputy leader of the Australian Greens Party and David Limbrick, Liberal Democratic...

Duration:00:29:12

The resurgence of anti-Semitism; and are we witnessing the 'end of Europe'?

8/21/2019
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80 years after the genocide of 6 million Jews, anti-Semitism is alive and well in Australia and around the globe. For many, the legacy of the Holocaust is not enough to curb discriminating, victimising and in some cases, attacking Jewish people. Holocaust deniers say it didn't happen in the first place. Deborah Lipstadt says that the problems they face come from both sides of the political fence. Deborah Lipstadt, Jewish History and Holocaust Studies academic and author of Anti-Semitism,...

Duration:00:28:51

It's time to tell the truth about indigenous affairs, and why the world should embrace Brexit

8/14/2019
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Does symbolism like constitutional recognition and changing Australia Day, distract us from addressing the disadvantage of being an indigenous Australian? Jacinta Price says it does. Her upcoming nationwide tour is called Minding the gap: bridging the indigenous divide Jacinta Price, Warlpiri-Celtic woman, director of indigenous research at the Centre for Independent Studies. Also Three years on from the referendum, how is it that Brexit still hasn't happened? Peggy Grande, head of a global...

Duration:00:28:51

China and the US- Should Australia choose trade or security?

8/7/2019
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Australia enjoys the best of both worlds- free trade with China and a strong alliance with the US. How much longer can it last? US Secretary of State says Australia can either 'sell your soul for a pile of soybeans, or you can protect your people.' Could this kind of rhetoric widen the gap between two of the most powerful nations in the world, forcing Australia to 'choose a side'? Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia and president of the Asia Society in New York. John Mearsheimer,...

Duration:00:29:06

How Kim Jong Un is 'playing' President Trump

7/31/2019
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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un continue to make strange bedfellows despite ongoing disagreement about nuclear weaponry. Can the relationship between the mogul US President and the enigmatic leader of North Korea promise anything other than a good photo opportunity? Anna Fifield, Asia correspondent for the Washington Post and author of The Great Successor: the secret rise and rule of Kim Jong Un Anna will appear at Antidote 2019 at the Sydney Opera House on 31 August and 1 September. Also It is...

Duration:00:28:51

Who is Boris Johnson?

7/24/2019
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Who is Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson? Is he competent and serious enough to be PM? Or is he just a gaffe-prone joker, who flies by the seat of pants? And is he likely to deliver Brexit?

Duration:00:28:23

American foreign policy regrets and the mis-spent earnings of a millennial

7/17/2019
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Is nationalism an excuse for world domination? If you have an arsenal of weapons like the US does, you need a more nuanced catch-phrase than 'America first' if you don't want to start a war. Brendon O'Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics, United States Studies Centre , University of Sydney, co-author of Ideologies of American Foreign Policy Joseph Sternberg explains that the challenges of Generation Millennial go beyond spending their house deposit on avocado toast in his book...

Duration:00:29:08

The world reacts as Iran increases its nuclear power; and the aftermath of the Versaille Peace Treaty

7/10/2019
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Iran is working towards weapons-grade uranium power. Sanctions are not working to prevent them. Nor is global condemnation. Will warnings from the US contain the country's resolve or will Donald Trump lead a military crack-down on the rogue state? Clifford May, founder and president of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies. Amin Saikal, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University. Author of “Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic...

Duration:00:28:58

Is socialism still relevant in 2019?

7/3/2019
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The disparity between rich and poor is rapidly growing. Could socialism be the answer to narrow the gap? The claim is that many do not understand the history of the political movement. But without other options on the table shouldn't we start to look forward towards a new socialism, rather than back on the mistakes of the past?

Duration:00:28:51

The deification of Israel Folau and winning the 'vegan vote'

6/26/2019
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Israel Folau is no longer in the news for his talent as a rugby player. He is now the lightning rod for debate about freedom of speech, religious expression, discrimination and homophobia. Is he responsible for any of this or is he just a bit player in a large-scale community dilemma? And Animal Justice Party's Emma Hurst takes veganism to the NSW Upper House.

Duration:00:28:51

Has Trump broken the 'rules-based international order'?

6/19/2019
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Commentators say that by withdrawing the US from international agreements, Trump has left a void in world leadership. But is he really to blame for the unravelling of the liberal international order? John Mearsheimer says that this is simply not true. Also, Malcolm Turnbull is said to have been responsible for the swing against the coalition in the 2016 election. He was the fourth prime minister in nine years. With the benefit of hindsight, what were the signs that he did not respect the...

Duration:00:28:51

One month after the unlosable election; and why we no longer need NATO

6/12/2019
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Gerard Henderson says despite the forecast by the academics, the polls and the pundits, there is no substitute for 'staying in touch' with the voting public. Also, 70 years after the establishment of NATO the threat that justified its creation has long gone. With the benefit of hindsight, wasn't the increased numbers of member states a dangerous idea?

Duration:00:28:51

30 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, how strong is Australia's relationship with China?

6/5/2019
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Despite the Chinese warships entering Sydney Harbour this week, Australia's relationship with China is still mostly influenced by the US.

Duration:00:28:51

Theresa May leaves number 10; and insights into the 'quiet Australian'

5/29/2019
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As the shock of the federal election begins to wear off we are hearing more and more about the so-called 'quiet Australians' and If Theresa May can't implement Brexit, who can? As the Conservatives scramble to replace their leader, the Brexit party is gaining momentum.

Duration:00:29:06

Federal election: how did we get it so wrong?

5/22/2019
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How did we miss the signs that Scott Morrison would win the election? Also, whatever your opinions, Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan appeal to the public.

Duration:00:29:04

Election 2019: even some conservatives think we need a Labor government

5/15/2019
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Australia needs a Shorten government so we can experience 'buyer's regret'. So says conservative Janet Albrechtsen while on the other side of the Indian Ocean, despite the work of Nelson Mandela, many South Africans choose not to vote.

Duration:00:29:06

Political narcissism and the soft diplomacy of beekeeping

5/8/2019
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Are our major political parties offering a choice or an echo? Also, Australian honeybees are hot property overseas but for how long? As the only country to avoid the deadly varroa mite, others turn to Australia to share ideas on how to improve the health of bees globally.

Duration:00:29:04

Exporting democracy, Brexit and the anniversary of Thatcher

5/1/2019
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Forty years after the 'Iron Lady' was elected into office, Britain looks like it may be lurching to the left. While in the US, the country has long-believed that democracy is exportable, all it requires is intervention. Ted Galen Carpenter disagrees. He says that many of the countries who benefit from American support are 'anything but proponents of democracy'.

Duration:00:28:51