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…

Senior Palestine ex-diplomat condemns Trump “peace deal” Ali Kazak, a former Palestinian ambassador and ex-head of Palestine’s delegation to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, has rejected the so-called “deal of the century” cooked up by US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. For the record, the deal’s advocates are both…

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…

Struggles for Personal and National Identity BOOK REVIEW – Murder in Melbourne: The untold story of Aiia Maasarwe by Alex Mitchell (2020) STUART REES WRITES: In courts of law, defendants appear before a judge, police and lawyers, each party pondering an individual’s identity. One question affects deliberations. Is this person worthy or unworthy? In university…

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…

This week: 1) Secret of the NZ volcano tragedy; 2) Killing Gauguin; 3) Murdoch and the alt-right; 4) Israel and electoral interference; 5) A Jewish counter-view; 6) CIA pulls strings against Corbyn; 7) Julian Assange becomes election issue; 8) Packer family vs wildlife; 9) News list for Murdoch media; and more Secret of Kiwi volcano…

This week: 1) More questions about Aiia Maasarwe’s murder; 2) Never trust the Nationals; 3) Julian Assange case goes global; 4) British Labour Jews against the witchhunt; 5) ASIO’s Pink Panther – and more Mystery deepens over Palestinian student’s murder Palestinian student Aiia Maasarwe was stalked and killed in Melbourne just after midnight on Wednesday,…