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The Fed reaches far

The Fed reaches far

The spectacle of US President Trump, attacking his own hand-picked Federal Reserve head Jerome Powell might seem to be just another sideshow. However, the President’s brazen attempts to influence Fed interest rate policy to save the US economy is more than alarming...

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What’s after globalization?

What’s after globalization?

For decades it’s been assumed countries would become more open, liberal and cooperative with international institutions overseeing trading and finance. However in his new book “The Levelling”, former investment banker and Princeton economist Michael O’Sullivan...

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Hollow US WTO victory

Hollow US WTO victory

As bilateral talks between the US and China continue to overhang the global economy, a recent World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling put additional pressure on Chinese agricultural subsidies. The WTO ruled in favour of a 2016 US complaint, finding China has...

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Immigration and food safety

Immigration and food safety

In the US, outbreaks of food-borne illnesses such as E.coli and Salmonella have hospitalized hundreds of people and disrupted food supply chains. The past year has bought a cluster of incidents, leading to the question: Why now? While some suggest the Trump...

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Little room for climate denial

Little room for climate denial

Last month’s 6th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was more or less dismissed by Australian and US policy makers and the usual climate-change-denying-pundits. It may be disturbingly easy for climate change to STILL be dismissed as some kind of...

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Navigating war

Navigating war

Recent trade wars have the potential to turn into the real deal if you ask former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd. In an opinion piece, Rudd explains why China may not be so intimidated by US tariffs as President Trump expects, and political psychology plays just...

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Stop immigration? Fix climate!

Stop immigration? Fix climate!

Since 2008, 22.5m people have been displaced by climate-related or extreme weather events according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. While there are many culprits when it comes to forced migration, climate change is making it harder for people to make a...

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Running dry

Running dry

The four million people in Cape Town may soon have to line up to get their daily 25 litre ration of water as one of the most affluent cities in South Africa prepares for its water supply to be turned off on 1 June. Day zero was pushed back from April after farmers...

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An industry dependent on political whim

An industry dependent on political whim

Who would be a cattle producer in northern Australia? The Indonesian government’s ambitions to make the nation more self-sufficient in beef by restricting cattle supply from Australia have run headlong into market forces – and drawn flak from aggrieved butchers and...

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