Murdoch-free current affairs, free of charge, with independent opinion: Donald Trump reflects America’s madness; Queensland Premier versus Rupert Murdoch; Edna Ryan, trail-blazing feminist and socialist, remembered; Labor’s right-wing salutes Susan Ryan (no relation whatsoever to Edna Ryan); Pages from history: attempted assassination of Arthur Calwell recalled by Bob Gould and Wayne Haylen; plus Quotes of the…

Stay indoors, practise social-isolation and wear a mask when you go outside. This Notebook edition falls on the 21st anniversary of Tiananmen Square on June 4. Let’s hope Chinese mainlanders with a TV set watch the unfolding events in Minneapolis, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and elsewhere. Read independent (non-Murdoch) current affairs…

Stay indoors but stay informed. Check out alternative, non-Murdoch, current affairs. This week’s menu includes: Trump takes USA from hero to zero; Stop rorters from exploiting the pandemic; Two new dictionaries show how language is being Americanised; Debut of the word “sportswashing”; Didn’t Australia get gold for “sportswashing” at the Sydney Olympics?; Opus Dei enthusiast…

Stay informed while staying indoors; alternative current affairs which is FREE of charge: How airlines seduce politicians; Big payola from Virgin Australia and Qantas; Billionaire Richard Branson, taxation and Panama; Crazy world of corporate lingo; AN Wilson unloads on Fleet Street; London Guardian unhinged; Noam Chomsky scores again; Are we “all in this together?” No, we aren’t…

A menu of current affairs and commentary: What happened to film lighting? Ruby Princess scandal revisited; Quality bookshops losing out; Julian Assange’s big surprise; Time to replace dying capitalism?; Edward Snowden emerges from isolation; Maurie O’Sullivan said it first; The Australian’s headline blunders; Uncensored views of young Donald. Movies in the dark One bonus arising from…

An exclusive feast of current affairs items: Global rallies for release of Julian Assange; Rupert Murdoch empire grows like virus; Murdoch goes after ABC Classic Radio; “Fatty O’Barrell” fits India perfectly; House of Lords savages rebirth of apartheid; The New Yorker morphs into Clinton-Obama-Biden tool; Rush Limbaugh unlocked Julian Assange wins global support On 24…

David Hickie, former editor-in-chief of the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, looks beyond the headlines in the coverage of crime BOOK REVIEW: Murder in Melbourne: The untold story of Aiia Maasarwe by Alex Mitchell (2020) DAVID HICKIE WRITES: Over Xmas/New Year I read Kate McClymont and Vanda Carson’s forensically detailed tome Dead Man Walking: The murky world of…