Australia

Obama's Pacific Trade Pact Will Be Awful for the Environment
January 15, 2014

Here are a few of the worst environmental equivocations in a draft from WikiLeaks of a major trade agreement.

Think Obamacare Can't Be Repealed? It Happened Once in Australia.
November 21, 2013

What Australia's conservatives did to the country's groundbreaking Medibank program should send chills up the spines of Obamacare supporters.

New Australian Prime Minister is Bad News for Non-Australians
September 10, 2013

Australia elected a new prime minister on Saturday—a divisive, brash conservative named Tony Abbott who promises to make Australia a far-right paradise after six consecutive years of liberal rule.

The Moral and Strategic Blindspot in Obama’s Pivot to Asia
November 20, 2012

The Obama administration deserves credit for the successes produced so far by its “pivot to Asia”, from the encouragement of political reform in Myanmar, to the creation of a permanent Marines base in Australia, to the initiation of joint military exercises with the Philippines.

Mad Murdoch Maligns Mousy Mitt
August 24, 2012

What's behind Rupert Murdoch's mistrust of Romney?

Can Someone Put a Stop to the Insanity of Political Redistricting?
April 04, 2012

To put it mildly, the latest round of redistricting has not been the most edifying experience. Over the past year, politicians have assembled throughout the country to carve districts that are equal in population, but that otherwise serve their own interests rather than the public’s. Protracted litigation has determined, on a case-by-case basis, which districts will be represented by minority groups. And the courts have been intimately involved not just with minority representation but also with every other aspect of the process.

Manufacturing Job Loss is Not Inevitable
February 23, 2012

Despite small gains during the last two years, the trend in U.S. manufacturing jobs for the last 30 years has been downward, leading some to argue that long-term manufacturing job loss is inevitable. But our research shows otherwise. There are two common versions of the “inevitability” argument. One holds that U.S.

Shame Of The Leaders
November 16, 2011

Okay, now the Washington Post  is framing imminent super committee failure as a failure of leadership--not by the super committee itself, mind you, but by the president and the congressional leaders. On Nov. 15, eight days before the anticipated sequestration apocalypse, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell "scurried home for the night" at 7 p.m. Like cockroaches! "Boehner," the Post's Paul Kane adds scornfully, "had left the building earlier in the evening."  And the commander-in-chief?

The Case Against Referendums: From Greece to California, They Always End Up Undermining Democracy
November 03, 2011

In calling for a referendum on Greece’s bailout plan, Prime Minister George Papandreou has, it could be said, embraced one of his country’s oldest political traditions: direct democracy. The idea that the citizens of a state should all cast votes to decide matters of common interest was arguably born within an easy walk of his Athens office, some two and a half millennia ago. Of course, referendums have remained a part of democratic politics into the modern era, with a formal place in the constitutions of many countries and regions, from France to Australia.

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