North Korea’s New Light Water Nuclear Reactor: A Proliferation Risk?

September 5, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. North Korea has recommenced construction of an experimental light water nuclear reactor (LWR) at its nuclear facility at Yongbyon, with completion slated for late 2013.  The Kim regime has previously stated that the new LWR and its already operational uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon are intended for electric power generation and not […]

Presentation to Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program: ‘Influencing Large Organisations as an Outsider’

August 30, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. Albury-Wodonga is blessed with many young people doing great things for the community, not just in academia but across a range of industries and interest areas. On Wednesday 29th August 2012 I was invited to give a presentation to talented local young people in the Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program on the topic […]

PODCAST: Interview with Prof Judith Brett — ‘Fair Share: Country and City in Australia’

June 24, 2012
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BY BEN HABIB. In this podcast I am joined in conversation with Professor Judith Brett, Head of School in the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University, to discuss her Quarterly Essay entitled Fair Share: Country and City in Australia. In our discussion, Judy interprets some of my observations and experiences growing up and living in regional areas, in the context of the themes of her essay. Topics covered in our discussion include the brain drain from the country to the city, efforts to attract skilled personnel to regional centres, the urban-rural culture clash, intellectual capital and bigotry, along with politics, multiculturalism and environmental issues in country Australia.

Looking Back on the 1992 Rio Earth Summit

June 21, 2012
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World leaders and government officials as well as representatives from NGOs and the corporate sector are currently convening in Rio de Janeiro, for "Rio+20: The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development." The conference is timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the seminal 1992 Rio Earth Summit. It is therefore worth looking back on the achievements of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to remind ourselves of what can be achieved when parties from around the world unite to address global environmental problems and highlight the obstacles and limitations of international multilateral processes in pursuing environmental objectives.

Women in Modern China

June 19, 2012
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BY JESS MARSHALL. In recent history, China and its people have undergone a remarkable change in identity. Undeniably, the role of women has been an area of rapid change and development, with women playing an integral role in the shaping of modern China. From the physical oppression of foot binding in a patriarchal world, to gendered sameness in a communist state, to the modern rhetoric of equality of the sexes, Chinese women have instigated and experienced rebellion, revolution and reform.

PODCAST: Interview with Anna Rose — ‘Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic’

June 14, 2012
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BY LISA TUCK. In this interview, I speak with Anna Rose, co-founder of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, star of the ABC TV documentary 'I Can Change Your Mind About...Climate' and author of 'Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic'. In the interview, Anna and I talk about her experiences with former Liberal senator Nick Minchin in the production of I Can Change Your Mind About...Climate, what she learnt from making the documentary and writing Madlands about the nature of climate scepticism, her response to intellectual and social conservatism in the climate debate, and the crucial role of young people in the climate movement.

MOVIE: The Crisis of Civilization

June 13, 2012
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The Crisis of Civilization is a thought-provoking documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. The documentary is based on the book A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization by Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, head of the London-based Institute for Policy Research & Development.