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…

In this issue: 1) The ABC and SBS as public assets; 2) Bushfires expose Murdoch’s climate change denialism; 3) Resistance at News Corp; 4) Aborigines in the culture wars; 5) Boris Johnson’s lemmings land; 6) the post-Brexit nightmare; 6) Boris’s favourite newspaper; 7) The Tories’ bloated election campaign; 8) The Windsors’ family fortune; 9) Cricket…