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Knives come out for Abbott at ABC online (Week 4)

By Mon, Aug 16, 2010 5:28AM UTC

Summary After three consecutive weeks of left-leaning commentary, this week the ABC appeared to completely abandon any pretence that it is providing balanced commentary on its opinion sites The Drum and Unleashed. Overall, Julia Gillard was criticised 73 times but praised 93 times, while Tony Abbott was criticised 128 times

Mr Rabbit and the Barren Heifer

By Mon, Aug 16, 2010 5:27AM UTC

When Malcolm Turnbull was the Leader of the Opposition, the Labor Party made a point of only referring to him as the “Member for Wentworth” rather than by name. It was a strategic move to keep his profile down and imply that he was representing the well-to-do people of his

Singapore gets all Stalinist over Youth Olympics

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 7:08PM UTC

Unlike many Singaporean bloggers and online commenters, I don’t have any major objections to Singapore’s decision to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, which begun this weekend. Many have complained about the financial impact of holding the games, with the budget trebling from the original forecast to $290m, but such spiralling costs are par for the

Religious conflict in Jakarta

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 5:09PM UTC

Karim Raslan reflects on how sectarian differences challenge the future in Jakarta, Indonesia Imagine that you’ve moved to Jakarta from your birthplace outside Java. This happened some 20 years ago and you’re now married with a family.You’ve settled in Bekasi, a suburb outside the capital. Property prices there are more

The Taliban: Killers of women and children

By Sun, Aug 15, 2010 5:05PM UTC

The United Nations reports on the rapidly rising Afghan casualty count: Of the total number of casualties [over the first six months of 2010], 2,477 were attributed to anti-government elements (AGEs), representing 76 per cent of all casualties, up 53 per cent from 2009, while 386 were attributed to pro-government

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