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From post-Empire to liberation theory: 10 of the best books on international struggle

<b>Orientalism by</b> Edward Said (1978)<p>Some classic books capture the essence of their time; some remain relevant for ever. <i>Orientalism</i> is the latter sort – if anything, the book has become more relevant. It demonstrates how dominant nations, through their academic, cultural and social agents of …

Books

Mapping Environmental Justice

We commit to make our work as much as possible participative and to welcome all constructive suggestions and critiques.<p><b>Would you like to fill our</b> …

Environmental Justice

The First Cold War

<i>Global Crisis: War, Climate Change, and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century</i>. By Geoffrey Parker. Yale University Press, 2013, 904 pp. …

International law and ecological debt BRIEFING

The universality of human rights has been clear from the outset, but governments have tended to limit recognition of their obligations to their own …

Human Rights

The Ever-Emerging Markets

In the middle of the last decade, the average growth rate in emerging markets hit over seven percent a year for the first time ever, and forecasters …

Rethinking Foreign Aid

So much is written and said about foreign aid that it has become difficult to contribute meaningfully to the debate about whether it is effective. …

A Longer Road to Freedom: Addressing 21st Century Apartheids

Apartheid may of­fi­cially have ended in South African law and politics, but the world faces rap­idly con­sol­id­ating new forms of ‘apartheid’ with …

Nelson Mandela: The Lawyer’s Ideal

Mandela’s image should replace the image of the scales or of lady justice as the iconic image of the legal profession.<p>Nelson Mandela at work in the …

About GROW

Everything connects: food and oil prices, flatlining yields, climate change, gender inequality, land grabs... These issues combine to create a system …

Saving the planet from short-termism will take man-on-the-moon commitment

JFK's lunar vision is needed if business is to see the long-term benefits of greening the economy as well as the short-term costs<p>We choose to go to the moon. So said John F Kennedy in September 1962 as he pledged a manned lunar landing by the end of the decade.<p>The US president knew that his …

Back to the state of nature

Recent events in Libya and Somalia have brought into focus some of the grimmest aspects of destroyed state structures, and consequences thereof. In Tripoli, US commandos seized Abu Anas al-Liby, al-Qaeda's man described as a mastermind of the 1998 American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In …

How to use land sustainably

They are surrounded by some of the world’s most stunning nature reserves, but the hunting and gathering Boni and nearby seafaring Bajuni tribes’ way …

Water

How the carbon tax became the 'killing fields' of Australian politics

Climate change and carbon pricing have toppled political leaders and divided Australia. Will Saturday's election bring peace?<p>As you watched last year's US election, did you find yourself aggrieved by the lack of big climate change talk from your leaders? Well, I have an election you're going to …

The True Costs of Humanitarian Intervention

As forces fighting Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi consolidated control of Tripoli in the last days of August 2011, many pundits began speaking of a …

How to Oust Assad

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the recent chemical attack in Syria as an “undeniable” fact -- not a subject for debate. He …

The Limits of Action

By now, President Barack Obama has almost certainly decided what kind of military strike he intends to launch against Syria — and he probably also …

The Playbook for the Syrian War Has Already Been Written -- in Iraq

In the wee hours of Wednesday, Aug. 21, I was dozing comfortably in Cape Cod. A world away, in Syria, the morning brought horror. Thousands of …

Diplomacy and Double Standards, by Gareth Evans

CANBERRA – When does acceptable diplomatic caution and realism become indefensible abdication of moral standards? Not everyone on the foreign-policy …

Muslim Brotherhood

CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America’s military and …

Vote Compass: Australians want more action on climate change

Most Australians think the Government should do more to tackle climate change, according to the latest data from Vote Compass.<p>While the environment …

Petroleum to the People

In October 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to seize a palatial cliff-top home in Malibu, California. The 16-acre property towers …

Syria Chemical Weapons Attack: What's Next For the UN?

By: Mark Leon Goldberg on August 21, 2013<p>Reports are coming in fast about the alleged chemical weapons attack outside of Damascus today. One report …

Middle East

Syria Presses Offensive, Shrugs Off Gas Attack Claims

Military Strikes Seen as Critical in Assad Efforts To Oust Rebels From Damascus Suburbs<p>Syrian government forces pressed ahead Thursday with a large-scale military offensive in the same Damascus suburbs allegedly targeted with chemical weapons, appearing to shrug off for now a growing call for …

Middle East

Al Gore explains why he’s optimistic about stopping global warming

<i>Al Gore was vice president of the United States from 1993-2001. Since leaving politics, he's been heavily involved in the campaign to fight global warming, even winning a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. And he says he's more optimistic than ever that the issue has reached "a tipping point." In</i> …

Time to rethink the global rules

Author: Philippa Dee, ANU<p>Prospects for trade in the Asian century appear good. After all, Asia has risen to its current position on the strength of …

An emerging consensus on the meaning of development

<i>EDITOR’S NOTE: A wide range of indicators can measure virtually anything in development, but publishing this data depends on political will and the</i> …

Council on Foreign Relations

<b>By Sally Cloke, TEAR Australia</b><p>For people in poor communities around the world, climate change is more than a theory or a future threat. It’s real, …