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Rear Vision

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We tease out the complex history behind those baffling events in the news.

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Secular India and the rise of Hindu Nationalism

March 1st, 2020


Last week as President Donald Trump was visit to India - the national capital New Delhi erupting in communal violence. It’s a …

Ireland - ready for change

February 23rd, 2020


Shifting political dynamics have given new life to the question of the reunification of the Republic in the south with Northern …

Greek Tragedy or Farce: The life and career of Rudy Giuliani

February 16th, 2020


At the heart of the recent US impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump was Trump’s personal lawyer and former Mayor of …

Ghosn has flown - the rise and fall of an auto industry mogul

February 9th, 2020


In December, one of the car industry’s most powerful figures fled from Japan where he was awaiting trial, apparently hidden in a …

The story of fire in the Australian landscape

February 2nd, 2020


Most Australians have been impacted by bush fires this summer. But fires are not new - we live in a country that has been shaped …

E-cigarettes - is there value in vaping?

January 26th, 2020


E-cigarettes first appeared as a healthier alternative to smoking, maybe even a way to quit, but they soon escaped the medical framework and have become a public health nightmare in the US. Yet some …

The anti-vaccination movement

January 19th, 2020


Why do some parents choose not to vaccinate their children, despite the safety and success of vaccines?

How history can help shape the debate about an Indigenous voice to Parliament

January 12th, 2020


In the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are calling for an Indigenous Voice to parliament. …

The art market

January 5th, 2020


Who decides what a painting is worth? The history of the art market and how it works.

Kashmir in lockdown: The story behind Pakistan and India's ongoing battle for control over Kashmir

December 29th, 2019


Earlier this year the Indian parliament has revoked Article 370 of the India Constitution — which had guaranteed some form of …

Understanding assassination

December 22nd, 2019


Assassination has a very long history yet each one is as singular as the life taken. Do they change the course of history, as …

Nancy Pelosi the most powerful woman in US politics

December 15th, 2019


Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House of Representative, and  the most powerful woman in the United States. For the past two years …

How to get there—the rise of satellite navigation

December 8th, 2019


GPS—where did this handy and incredibly accurate system come from and how did it become so thoroughly integrated into our lives?

Is water recycling the answer to our current drought?

December 1st, 2019


Parts of Australia are in the grip of one of the worst droughts in decades and water security is a key issue. While Sydney is about to go onto level 2 water restrictions, some towns like Cobar, …

A destructive mine and a civil war—Bougainville's path to an independence vote

November 24th, 2019


The desire for independence is driving politics in places as far flung as Catalonia, Scotland and New Caledonia. Will the people …

Protests in Lebanon: Is this the end of their religion-based political system?

November 17th, 2019


For over a month Lebanon’s streets have been brought to a standstill by protesters. The demonstrators are demanding a complete …

The making and breaking of the Berlin Wall

November 10th, 2019


On the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, hear the whole story—why was it built, how did affect the lives of …

Who are the Kurds?

November 3rd, 2019


Since the first Gulf War in 1991 the Kurds have been a key player in the Middle East first in Iraq and later in Syria.

But, who …

Franco’s body—the politics of the Spanish dictator’s remains

October 27th, 2019


Francisco Franco, an ally of Hitler and Mussolini, remains a controversial figure in Spain. The exhumation of his remains is the …

A radical change in drug policy: Decriminalising drug use and possession

October 20th, 2019


Senior police officers in NSW are making the case for decriminalising drug use and possession. But they're not alone — across …

Australia’s no-fault divorce—why it remains controversial

October 13th, 2019


Divorce in Australia can be a straightforward matter if both sides agree but if not, it can be expensive as well as destructive. The Family Law Act has been the subject of dozens of reports and over …

Why do America and Iran hate each other?

October 6th, 2019


Iran and America have despised each other for decades. The Americans see Iran as a nation of Islamic extremists and terrorists, while Iranians believe America is an imperial power determined to …

Mao's revolution - why did the Communists win?

September 29th, 2019


How did the Communists pull off an unexpected victory in China?

Why is Zimbabwe an economic basket case?

September 22nd, 2019


Zimbabwe is potentially one of the richest nations in Africa — it has productive agricultural land, a vast array of mineral …

Land use, climate change and the role of soil

September 15th, 2019


Farming and soil - how can we get the most out of agricultural land?

South Korea and Japan: A relationship in turmoil

September 8th, 2019


While the world’s focus has been on the trade war between China and America, you might have missed the economic stalemate brewing between Japan and South Korea.
But unlike most trade disputes their …

Trump, Greenland and the longer tale of American real estate

September 1st, 2019


Following the failure of President Trump’s clumsy attempt to buy Greenland from Denmark, here's the longer story of US land …

Kashmir in lockdown: The story behind Pakistan and India's ongoing battle for control over Kashmir

August 25th, 2019


The Indian parliament has revoked Article 370 of the India Constitution — which had guaranteed some form of independence for …

Unrest in Hong Kong

August 18th, 2019


Public demonstrations and vigils have long been part of political life in Hong Kong, but nothing matches the current protests.

How history can help shape the debate about an Indigenous voice to Parliament.

August 11th, 2019


In the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are calling for an Indigenous Voice to parliament. …

Counterculture - the environment movement

August 4th, 2019


The movement to protect Australia’s rich environmental heritage shifted from polite, backroom persuasion to sometimes violent …

Australian farming: family farms or Agro-business

July 28th, 2019


As a nation we have a great affection for our farmers and the family farm. But rural Australia is changing, and there’s an …

How low can they go? A history of interest rates.

July 21st, 2019


A history of interest rates from Ancient Babylon to today.

Being Boris - Boris Johnson

July 14th, 2019


Boris Johnson, the gaffe-prone showman of British politics, is about to get the job he’s always coveted.

The King Crane Commission: America's first political intervention in the Middle East

July 7th, 2019


There’ve been numerous American interventions in the Middle East. But does anyone remember the 1919 King Crane Commission, …

The Impact of the Versailles Treaty

June 30th, 2019


The Treaty of Versailles was signed 100 years ago - it ended WWI and was supposed to end all wars.

But as we all know it didn't end war and arguably laid the foundation for a century of ethnic …

The Paris Peace Conference 1919

June 23rd, 2019


The Paris Peace Conference of 1919, held just months after the end of WWI, gathered together the leaders of the world. Their …

Monopoly power in America

June 16th, 2019


In the United States there is concern about the power and market share of tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and …

Monarchies of Southeast Asia

June 9th, 2019


Royal families have survived colonialism, occupation and democratisation but will they last?

Roe V Wade

June 2nd, 2019


States across America are passing heartbeat laws, which aim to outlaw abortions at any stage of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.

They are reigniting debate in the US around abortion …

The anti-vaccination movement

May 26th, 2019


Anti-vaxxers - despite the safety and success of vaccines, why do some parents choose not to vaccinate their children?

Terrorism in Southeast Asia

May 19th, 2019


The recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka shocked the world. Yet terrorism in our region has a very long and bloody history, one …

The art market

May 12th, 2019


Who decides what a painting is worth? The history of the art market and how it works.

New Zealand's electoral system — is it better than ours?

May 5th, 2019


What's behind New Zealand's impressive political response to the Christchurch terrorist attack?

Australia's upper houses

April 28th, 2019


Members have included racists, religious zealots and gun lovers, but are they vital for Australia’s democracy?

INTERPOL — the International Criminal Police Organization

April 21st, 2019


INTERPOL facilitates worldwide police cooperation - where does it come from and how does it work?

Legalising cannabis

April 14th, 2019


What lessons can be learned from the US experience?

Uyghurs the people of Xinjiang

April 7th, 2019


Now the Chinese government is rounding up and interning large number of  Uyghurs — the Muslim ethnic group from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang. While for decades there have been tensions, …

Justin Trudeau

March 31st, 2019


Justin Trudeau - Canada’s charismatic leader - struggles with a political scandal that has cost him some of his political gloss.

Algeria and the ghost president

March 24th, 2019


Two weeks ago, Algeria citizens took to the streets demanding that the aging, ill president - Abdelaziz Boteflika stand aside and not run for a 5th term as president.

While he has now agreed to this …

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