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Hillary Clinton’s denial tour of America demonstrates she still hasn’t learned the key lesson of the election. Her book is a series of specious arguments for the dim-witted, filled to the brim with excuses and lies that embodies Washington’s pay-to-play swamp culture. This is precisely why nothing ever gets done in DC —politicians get paid off and everyone else gets screwed.

Chavismo – critical but unconditional defence

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It is possible to condemn the influence of America and the IMF plundering Venezuela’s election and economy while simultaneously remaining critical of the shortcomings of all nationalist programs in an imperialist world, even as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those united under their banners.  

‘After Me, the Jihad’: Gaddafi tried to warn the west, but nobody listened

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Recently disclosed phone calls between former Libyan Premier, Muammar Gaddafi, and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, reveal that Gadaffi tried to warn the west what would occur if it used Libya as a pretext for military intervention and regime change. The premonition – which has proven frightfully accurate – fell on deaf ears.

Why Trump rolled over on Russia

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The Cold War was not about defending our freedom, or even a nuclear show-down, but a competition over one sixth of the world’s land mass and its vast resources being closed off to Profit. President Donald Trump’s cave-in on rapprochement with Putin proves the next Cold War will be the very same, writes Philip Roddis. 

Marriage and convenience

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This September, Australians will be asked to participate in a national windsock poll to help irresolute politicians decide whether to allow the institution of marriage to encompass gay unions. Critics can’t have it both ways, writes Rachael Bolton. Either marriage is an historically sexist property exchange between two men or it’s a modern, secular, legal arrangement entered into willingly by two adults.

The biggest battle to remove Assad is under way: This time using refugees

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More than six million displaced Syrians have been forbidden to return home by the US and its allies, but are still expected to help the west to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad via ballot, having failed to topple him militarily. 

Beyond brinkmanship

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Poking fun at North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has become a global past-time, but while people often deride him as crazy, the North Korean leader’s actions are part of a highly rational long-game. Former Australian Army Officer and defence specialist, Matt Jones says Kim Jong-Un is a skilled operator who will stop at nothing to reunify the Korean peninsula on his own terms.

Catch-22: What to do when there are no good choices

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Humans are not built for nuance, we are trained to think in polarities. But the world is not black-and-white. And in an age of ‘fake news’, there are no good guys, and no bad guys, only tough choices.