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ACT and the ‘Insulation Effect’

  It has been a tumultuous year in Western politics, with many political scientists and journalists struggling to explain exactly how the supposedly inconceivable occurred. The monumental Brexit decision stunned many casual observers of a truly nasty campaign. Simultaneously, the rapid rise of Donald Trump from mediocre businessman to Republican Presidential Nominee horrified many. So, how does one explain […]

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Launches for Votes for Like Canberra

  The Like Canberra party has been involved in Canberra politics since 2012, with the inception of the Bullet Train for Canberra Party. Over the years, the party evolved with the realisation of needing a wider platform to answer community needs. Policy focus has always been on Canberra community needs, with the party seeking always to […]

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Junior Siam Cup

On Sunday the 1st of May, Phoenix Gym, Canberra, held the Junior Siam Cup, a Muay Thai competition for kids up the age of 16. There were children that came to compete all the way from Queensland, though the bulk of competitors were from NSW, SA and the ACT. The Siam Cup is a non-profit […]

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Calling All Heroes!

  #CaptainAmericaCivilWar IN CINEMAS SOON! A photo posted by Captain America: Civil War (@captainamerica_civilwar) on Apr 24, 2016 at 8:30am PDT Superheroes just aren’t appreciated any more. Once the dust settles, the big villain is defeated and the world reviews the events in retrospect, the question is asked of the Avengers, ”why couldn’t you do […]

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Q and A with Olga Shaw

  My interview subject, and mother, Olga Shaw, was born and raised in the USSR, migrating to Australia in 1989. She was born in Grozny, Chechnya in 1965, before moving to Moscow for further education. Olga is of Russian descent, her ancestors had moved to Grozny as a result of the Russian Revolution. There she […]

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Enlighten: All Ages Welcome?

Canberra is growing, and needs to continue growing in order to meet residential demands and changing cultural tastes. Several years ago, Floriade added the Night Festival to ever increasing popularity. There are new restaurants opening every week it seems, and the addition of city sculptures to bring ‘culture’ to our every day walk. Yet, through all this, […]

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The Drumpf Effect

#LastWeekTonight returns on February 14th! So romantic! Watch the promo in the link. -Gary A photo posted by Last Week Tonight (@lastweektonight) on Jan 15, 2016 at 10:05am PST John Oliver has a sublime history of de-constructing difficult topics in a way that makes them palatable to the general public, and inciting real change in […]

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Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

Acting for Change: by a Syrian, for the Syrians

By Laura Clements Evenings in the streets of Amman are especially pleasant during the summer months. A bit less so […]

Risking his life for his health

Fares Yousef Ahmed is a 21-year-old student at Qatar University. He is slight, at 57kg, but he hasn’t always been. […]

Q&A With Rami Sultan

Meet Rami Sultan. His huge smile and positive outlook are the first thing you will notice. Rami grew up in […]

Laith Mofleh, Gaza Refugee Camp Volunteer

To Australian audiences, refugee success stories are usually framed by the generous efforts of Westerners in a foreign country. They travel to the country in […]

Walking the talk: it’s not over for Beki Smith

Beki Smith doing the hard training yards along Lake Burley Griffin Source: Instagram/Beki Smith By Rochelle Riley Beki Smith was ready […]

I Heard It Through The Grape Vine

Wine making, to wine connoisseurs, has always been known as an art form. The wine making industry has evolved from […]