Monday 05 Dec 2016 | 15:33 | SYDNEY
Long reads
01 Dec 2016 17:03

Islamic civil society’s enduring vitality in Indonesia's democracy

Indonesia cannot rely on its politicians to fight radical Islam and intolerance.

05 Dec 2016 8:25

James Mattis: Mad Dog, warrior monk and defence sec nominee

When Donald Trump at the weekend revealed the identity of his nominee for defence secretary he referred to him by his soubriquet: Mad Dog. He also likened retired Marine General James Mattis to Trump’s own military hero, General George Patton whose World War II exploits as an aggressive armoured...

03 Dec 2016 7:33

Weekend catch-up: Fidel, Fillon, fiscal policy and more

Last week Fidel Castro died at the age of 93. The Washington Post’s obituary for Castro was authored by Kevin Sullivan and JY Smith; the latter had his own obituary published in the paper a decade ago. The New York Times has published an interactive exploring how sixteen separate journalists...

02 Dec 2016 16:52

Future Frigates and the wisdom of large surface ships

The first half of this year saw four major shipbuilding announcements: Austal winning fabrication of the Pacific Patrol Boats (SEA 3036), designers being selected for the Offshore Patrol Vessel (SEA 1180) and Future Frigate (SEA 5000), and DCNS winning Future Submarine (SEA 1000). Of...

02 Dec 2016 12:06

Is there a global wave of populism?

I was really pleased to see this new essay in The Monthy by Andrew Charlton and Lachlan Harris, because it draws further attention to the decline in public support for our two major parties, a phenomenon which is gradually reshaping Australian politics (Peter Hartcher focused on it earlier this...

02 Dec 2016 10:59

In Vietnam, Castro receives his dues

Vietnam is to hold a national day of mourning for Fidel Castro this Sunday, 4 December. Even now the old comrade commands respect in Vietnam. The country has been cultivating a varied network of foreign relationships in recent years, lately strengthening its ties with India and dismantling...

02 Dec 2016 9:32

Quick comment: Rodger Shanahan on Neil Prakash

We are learning more about the arrest of the Australian terrorist, Neil Prakash, in Turkey late last week. Writing in The Australian yesterday, Paul Maley revealed the Australian Federal Police anticipated Prakash would try to cross from Syria into Turkey and were on hand in Ankara to help confirm...