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Russia and the Media: The Makings of a New Cold War - book review

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 25/03/2022 - 9:16am in

Russia and the Media makes a convincing case that a Cold War mentality in the Western media supports further militarisation and forestalls solutions, finds Michael Bailey

There are four schools of thought on reforming peer review – can they co-exist?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/03/2022 - 10:00pm in

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Outlining their recent research into the different interests and commitments of groups looking to reform and improve scientific peer review, Ludo Waltman, Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner, Stephen Pinfield, and Helen Buckley Woods identify four schools of thought on the subject. Discussing their different aims and objectives, they highlight commonalities between them and also key areas in which … Continued

“I’ve never even heard of Brian Houston,” Morrison says

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/03/2022 - 4:27pm in

Following reports that Hillsong leader Brian Houston has been stood down from his role for ‘acting inappropriately’ with women, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he’s never even heard of the guy.  

“Sorry, Brian who?” Morrison said when quizzed on his relationship with the controversial religious leader today. “Nup, sorry, not ringing any bells. Wouldn’t know the guy if he was standing next to me on a stage at Qudos Bank Arena in front of 30,000 people at a Hillsong Conference in 2019, I’m afraid”.

Pushed further to recall detail of the decades-long friendship between the two men, Mr Morrison said he was coming up blank. “I mean, apart from referring to him in my maiden parliamentary speech, inviting him to travel with me to meet the President at the White House, and regularly calling him for ‘spiritual guidance’ whenever I’ve forgotten to respond to an epidemic or natural disaster, I can honestly say I’ve never heard of the guy.

“I mean, I’ve heard of the city in Texas obviously. Is that what you mean? No? Ok, I’ll have to ask Jenny then. Maybe she’s stood on stage with him at Sydney’s largest football stadium, saying a prayer for Australia”.

Morrison later responded to pressure to reveal further detail, saying he would set up an inquiry to determine whether he knows Brian Houston or not.

Sunak’s budget: repackaged austerity

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/03/2022 - 12:00pm in

Rishi Sunak’s budget shows Tory addiction to austerity will put the burden of rampant inflation on the shoulders of working class households, says Yonas Makoni.

Zelensky's clampdown: censorship and silencing from the West's poster boy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/03/2022 - 2:09am in

The banning of opposition parties and media clampdown in Ukraine underline the need for an anti-war war position independent of Zelensky, argues Kevin Ovenden

All hands on deck. Stop the P&O jobs massacre - leaflet

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 23/03/2022 - 10:30am in

Counterfire's leaflet on the outrageous attack on P&O ferry workers

Russia, Nato and climate change: ‘green’ imperialism is no solution

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 21/03/2022 - 9:52pm in

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We should reject any attempt by Western governments to greenwash the rivalry with Russia, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh

Conversations About House Prices Up 23%

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 21/03/2022 - 4:25pm in

Figures released today show that the number of conversations about house prices continues to rise in Australia, with social gatherings in some suburbs becoming simply unbearable. Conversations were up 23.7% across the country compared with last year, with the growth even higher in Melbourne and Sydney.

Robert Erskine from The Real Estate Conversations Institute said there were no signs of a slowdown in discussions about how a run-down three bedroom semi-detached townhouse sold for double what it would’ve five years ago. “There are still some suburbs where you can attend a social function without conversations about house prices, but it’s becoming more difficult,” he said.

Mark Fitch from Richmond in Melbourne’s east, says he knows a guy who went out with friends in North Fitzroy three years ago where there were just four conversations about house prices. “If he went out there with friends today, there’d be minimum six, probably seven conversations. It’s just crazy”.

“That’s nothing!” said Mark’s friend Jenny, before telling her own, really interesting story.

Simone Hannity from Sydney’s Inner West said she feared being shut out of conversations with friends if she didn’t have a pithy anecdote about how a knockdown in Redfern went for 40% above reserve. “I’m in my mid thirties and I don’t have a single thing to say about property, and I’m starting to wonder whether I ever will. It’s getting harder and harder to join in social groups if you don’t give a shit about house prices,” she said.

The dangerous tide of Russophobia

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 21/03/2022 - 3:06am in

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Imperial rivalry has led to dangerous and absurd levels of xenophobia, writes John Clarke

Expanding the narrative in libraries and archives

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 19/03/2022 - 9:00pm in

Jess Crilly introduces the new collection Narrative Expansions (Facet Publishing), co-edited with Regina Everitt, which brings together contributors to document recent work to decolonise the library and archive.  This blogpost originally appeared on LSE Review of Books. If you would like to contribute to the series, please contact the managing editor of LSE Review of Books, Dr Rosemary Deller, … Continued

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