American detained in North Korea – CNN.com

I saw this State Department, Swedish Embassy to work on caseThe detention was confirmed by Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang.The embassy represents US interests in North Korea, since Washington and Pyongyang do not have direct diplomatic relations.”He was prevented from getting on the flight out of Pyongyang,” Aberg […]

Time to rethink the meaning of work

Time to rethink the meaning of work

A great deal has been written in recent years about the perils of automation. With predicted mass unemployment, declining wages, and increasing inequality, clearly we should all be afraid. By now it’s no longer just the Silicon Valley trend watchers and technoprophets who are apprehensive. In a study that has already racked up several hundred […]

Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? 

Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? 

AuthorsBen Newell, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, UNSW Chris Donkin, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, UNSW Dan Navarro, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, UNSW The world can feel like a scary place. Today, Australia’s National Terrorism Threat Level is “Probable”. Shark attacks are on the rise; the number of people attacked by sharks in 2000-2009 has almost […]

The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy

First, what has been the role of sex in U.S. foreign policy? Through a historical overview of the Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Clinton administrations, the authors analyze the ebb and flow of policies and programs focused on women and girls.

The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy

 by Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl Given that much of the political science literature on women, gender, and U.S. foreign policy has primarily examined the legislative branch and public opinion, The Hillary Doctrine’s focus on the executive branch is an important and welcome contribution to the international relations field. Hudson and Leidl focus on […]

 When crackpot conspiracy theories are touted as news we all lose

 When crackpot conspiracy theories are touted as news we all lose

Peter Ellerton, Lecturer in Critical Thinking, The University of Queensland Humans are fascinated by potential disasters, legends or prophecies that promise the end of the world. There is even a word for the study of such things: eschatology, from the Greek eschatos for “last” and -ology “to speak” or “to study”. There is also something […]

Five leadership priorities for 2017

Five leadership priorities for 2017

In the picture: Thais hold candle lights as they pray to celebrate the new year at Sanam Luang park in Bangkok, Thailand January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom. As the past year has demonstrated, leaders must be responsive to the demands of the people who have entrusted them to lead, while also providing a vision and […]

Another American dream

Another American dream

Doc, in Back to the Future, laughed when he heard that Ronald Reagan (‘an actor’) was President of the United States. How would he react now if he heard that Donald Trump (a game show host), had indeed reached that pinnacle? Donald Trump winning the presidency is a very big and disturbing subject indeed, as […]

How the media portrayed the Taliban’s attack on Malala

How the media portrayed the Taliban’s attack on Malala

After the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani newspapers used common language to describe the attack, which suggests the media has influence in changing social perceptions of the group, according to research published in the Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH). Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the […]

Brexit – A very bad flu that UK caught

Brexit – A very bad flu that UK caught

Richard Branson said this morning that the Brexit vote has reduced the value of Virgin by thirty percent. There are lots of Richard Branson’s in Britain at the moment and it will take them years to recover – if at all. The ‘deflockers’ of Brexit said get out because Globalisation created the haves and the […]

‘It’s a man’s world, sweetie’ – how 3 female leaders dealt with sexism

‘It’s a man’s world, sweetie’ – how 3 female leaders dealt with sexism

Harvard president Drew Faust: “My mother thought the best outcome would be if I found a suitable husband.” Between them, they run one of the world’s most prestigious universities, one of its biggest companies and one of its most powerful institutions. It’s hard to imagine anyone telling Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, Drew […]

The Donald’s biggest fan

The Donald’s biggest fan

You have to hand it to Fox, they sure know how to represent the Republicans in this election. They always find negative comment against the Democrats and pitch their flag behind the GOP. None more so than Sean Hannity who is the leader of The Donald’s fan club and an ideal candidate to be Secretary […]

New study highlights how perfectionist drive is leading to burnout

New study highlights how perfectionist drive is leading to burnout

A new study from York St John University and the University of Bath has revealed the extent to which perfectionist tendencies in employees are driving many to burnout and points to ways in which habits might be changed. In the report, published today (Friday 31 July) in the journal Personality & Social Psychology Review, researchers […]

Bush and Blair should ‘Answer for their actions’

Bush and Blair should ‘Answer for their actions’

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before an international criminal court and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, the retired Anglican Church’s archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the […]

How Oliver Stone is tackling the Edward Snowden story

How Oliver Stone is tackling the Edward Snowden story

    Edward Snowden (left) with Glenn Greenwald in Citizenfour.  Depending on your point of view, Edward Snowden is either a dangerous traitor or a laudable hero. It’s that split that makes the 31-year-old former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor a compelling – and increasingly popular – cinematic figure. That popularity is demonstrated by the […]