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Charles de Gaulle and the French Republic During the Cold War

June 2, 2012 by


BY JESS MARSHALL. With numerous streets, an airport, and France’s only airline named after him, Charles de Gaulle was a man of immense historical and political significance, and occupies an almost mythical status in French consciousness. Rejecting the notion of bipolarity in the Cold War period, de Gaulle advocated the national independence and strength of France as the Western Alliance’s major ally, and pursued foreign policy based on politique de grandeur. De Gaulle’s concept of France “as dedicated to an exalted and exceptional destiny” has its roots in his background, and directly impacted the development of French foreign policy during the Cold War.

PHOTO ESSAY: Porto, Fading Jewel of Portugal

January 30, 2012 by


BY BEN HABIB. In August 2011 I had the pleasure of visiting the city of Porto, Portugal's second largest city. The old city of Porto, on the north bank of the Douro River, is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage site that is home to some breathtaking architecture harking back to heyday of the Portuguese empire in the sixteenth century. Today, Porto is a bustling tourist centre catering to visitors predominantly from cooler climes of northern Europe and the home of FC Porto, one of European football's most successful clubs. The beauty of the city is matched by the charm and sophistication of the people who live in it.

VIDEO: Are We Facing a Eurozone Meltdown?

November 5, 2011 by

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Interview with Professor Leo Panitch of York University in Toronto, Canada, on the economic and political implications of the European debt crisis.

VIDEO: The revolution has begun in Europe

July 6, 2011 by

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Politics Albury-Wodonga does not normally post video content from other sites, but this video clip about the growing protest movement in Europe truly inspiring.

Eye on the Media: The Many Faces of Adaptation to Change

May 31, 2011 by


In this edition of Eye on the Media: SMH economic editor slams Australia's immature climate change debate, along with more on the 'Arab Spring', the European debt crisis, the US-China rivalry, and the difficulties faced by soldiers returning home from combat zones.

YOUTH VOICE: Analysing Max Weber — History, Culture and Capitalism

May 4, 2011 by


BY LISA TUCK. We are all products of our social and historical context. Max Weber, the German sociologist, believed the study of history is integral in understanding the lived experiences of other people and how their social, political and economic contexts came to influence their ideas. Weber lived during a period in which societies were greatly and rapidly transformed by the emergence of industrialism, and at a time when the great European powers struggled for world mastery.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: The Evolution of Liberal-Democracy, Part I — Absolutism, Feudalism and the Road to Revolution

April 6, 2011 by


BY BEN HABIB. The popular uprisings presently aflame across the Middle East give one pause to consider the hardiness and stability of Australia’s political system. The relative stability of our political system belies the fact that its ideological roots stem from a grand compromise, a centuries-long project by European, American and Australian political elites to manage the politics of socio-economic inequality and avoid the extremes of revolutionary social unrest. This is the project of liberal democracy.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Surviving Stalin, Hitler and White Australia

August 10, 2010 by


BY BEN HABIB. Fear and ignorance are a poor basis for making any kind of decision, including the decision we make at the ballot box on election day. In this posting I will tell the story of my grandmother, a Ukrainian peasant girl who survived the evil crimes of Stalin and Hitler to find a home amidst the racial intolerance of white Australia. She knew the real meaning of fear and rose above it.