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Immigration Policy and the US Election

October 24, 2012 by

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BY SEANIAD CONROY. In the U.S Presidential election of 2012, the issue of immigration though not one of the major issues for voters like  the economy, taxes and healthcare, remains an important priority  for many in the general population and possibly deciding factor in migrant communities. The platforms put forward by the Democrats and Republicans contain […]

An Analytic Summary of Republican & Democrat Climate Change Policy in the Lead-up to the 2012 US Election

October 18, 2012 by


BY LISA TUCK. — Introduction The climate change policies implemented by the United States of America are of particular importance due to the nation’s status as the global hegemonic power. Although in current times this power is waning, the United States retains much of its symbolic influence as the ‘leader of the free world’. In […]

Grassroots Reaction to Economic Crisis: The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement

October 11, 2011 by


BY BEN HABIB. Over the past month a grassroots protest movement called Occupy Wall Street has sprung up in the United States, in reaction to that country's increasing disparity between rich and poor in the context of severe economic crisis, the hollowing out of the middle class and the government's co-option by big finance. Occupy Wall Street, taken together with the Tea Party movement and the recent debt ceiling fiasco in Congress are signals pointing to the unravelling of the American political system. For this reason, it is worth paying close attention to the ongoing evolution of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Wodonga Senior Secondary College and Latrobe University: Social Movements Day

September 20, 2011 by


WSSC teachers Simon Webb and Simmi Kaur teamed up with Ben Habib from La Trobe University to present ‘Social Movements Day’ at the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus. The WSSC students’ multimedia presentations on twentieth century social movements were screened in the main lecture theatre, followed by a university-style tutorial class where WSSC students participated in a series of activities in small groups led by undergraduate LTU students from the Bachelor of Arts program. The activities were based on the themes of life at university, different types of thinking skills, and reflection on twentieth century social movements.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Climate Change and Political Stability in North Korea

December 8, 2010 by


BY BEN HABIB. The longevity of the regime has been a topic of conjecture since Kim Jong-il’s rise to power in 1994. Many analysts presumed that the primary driver of the regime’s collapse would be its economic weakness.  However, such predictions proved premature; North Korea weathered the great famine of the late-1990s and Kim Jong-il […]

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Getting to Know the Neighbourhood — Understanding East Asia

November 3, 2010 by

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BY BEN HABIB. During the past week, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been in Vietnam representing Australia at the East Asia Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. East Asia—comprising China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Russia, Taiwan and the United States as a vested external player—is a complex strategic environment characterised by ongoing rivalry and historic animosity. It is a region vital to Australia’s economic and security interests. Because of these broad economic and security interests, it is important that we in Australia come to a better understanding of the dynamics of international politics in the East Asian region.

YOUR SAY: Oil, Blood and Money

October 21, 2010 by

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BY IAN LONGFIELD. The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) have just wrapped up their annual US conference with the general consensus emerging that 2005 marked world peak oil production and is unlikely to be beaten. While the decline slope in oil production may be shallow at the moment, it is likely to accelerate in the coming decade, causing massive disruption to the world economy and shifting the balance of geo-political power.