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    • People hold posters showing the portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Major General Qassem Soleimani and chant slogans during a protest outside the US Consulate on 5 January 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
      international

      Perfidy and terror in the slaying of Soleimani

      • Justin Glyn
      • 08 January 2020
      8 Comments

      Trump had asked the Iraqis to mediate with the Iranians and Soleimani, one of Iran's most respected generals and emissaries, was there for the purpose. If this is true, and no-one from the US side has denied it, this was that most ancient of perfidies — a murder under a flag of parley.

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    • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the US State Department on 7 January 2020. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
      international

      Strategic blundering: Killing Soleimani

      • Binoy Kampmark
      • 08 January 2020
      4 Comments

      With the killing of Soleimani, the US has signalled a redrawing of accepted lines in international combat and diplomacy. Most significantly, the killing will be a lightning rod for attacks this decision was meant to prevent even as it assists Iranian policy in expelling any vestige of US influence in Iraq and the broader Middle East.

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    • Prime Minister Scott Morrison tours the property of John 'Kooka' Kinniburgh on 3 January 2020 in Sarsfield, Vic. (Photo by James Ross-Pool/Getty Images)
      environment

      Climate paralysis and Morrison's fall

      • Tim Hutton
      • 07 January 2020
      22 Comments

      Here is why the Morrison government was so slow off the mark: to acknowledge the unprecedented nature of these fires is to concede that there is something happening to the climate. The only way to downplay the reality of climate change, was to downplay the severity of the fires themselves.

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