- WikiLeaks outs Bob Carr as a US 'informant'. Based on the evidence presented, that seems like a stretch. (Thanks James.)
- ASEAN's proposed mega-regional FTA would be the largest in the world and would change the global economy.
- As well as Australia, South Korea, Japan and Singapore are likely to be JSF customers in Asia.
- How do claims made early this century about 'peak oil' stack up?
- What if there were no economists?
- 'During the Suharto era, the role of artists was clear: to oppose the regime'. What about now?
- Our thanks to Information Dissemination for its plug for The Interpreter. Nice words from an impeccable source.
- 'This is the end', sang Jim Morrison. Publishers evidently agree, judging by the proliferation of 'The end of...' in book titles (thanks Michael):
One could dismiss this proliferation of “The End” as a plea for attention by publishers, magazine editors, authors, bloggers, TED talkers and the rest of the ideas industry — a marketing device signaling little more than the end of imagination. But it is more than that. “The end of” is also the perfect headline for our age. It fits a moment that fetishizes disruption over stability. It grabs an audience enamored of what is next, not what is here. It suits a public debate in which extreme positions are requisite starting points.