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How Trump urging Russia to invade 'delinquent' NATO members distorts how the alliance works

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Donald Trump, the front-runner in the U.S. for the Republican Party's nomination this year, says he once warned that he would allow Russia to do whatever it wants to NATO member nations that are “delinquent” in devoting 2% of their gross domestic product to defense. Trump's comment on Saturday represented… Read

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Replacing Ukraine's popular army chief is big gamble for Zelenskyy

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The sweeping military shakeup that replaced Ukraine's popular army chief this week throws up big political and military risks for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the war with Russia heads towards its third year. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, who led Ukraine's war effort through the darkest days of the full-scale invasion, was replaced… Read

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The logistics of war: How Washington is preparing for a Chinese invasion of Taiwan

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When U.S. and Australian troops practiced amphibious landings, ground combat and air operations last summer, they drew headlines about the allies deepening defense cooperation to counter China's growing military ambitions. But for U.S. war planners preparing for a potential conflict over Taiwan, the high-profile Talisman Sabre exercises had a far… Read

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At a time of defensive wars of aggression, what constitutes ethical violence?

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As the title suggests, Carlo Bordini’s "Ethical Violence" studies the ways different forms of violence – especially but not only, war – come to be accepted as morally legitimate. The book builds on the Italian sociologist and journalist’s prior work examining social forces and changes unfolding in modern times. For Bordoni, “ethical violence” is violence… Read

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'Godzilla Minus One' offers insight into complexity of Japan’s war memories

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The new hit Japanese film "Godzilla Minus One" – an homage to Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 film "Gojira" (more commonly known to English speakers as Godzilla) – centers on the human costs of war. Released in Japan in November and internationally in December, Takashi Yamazaki’s film is still breaking records, surpassing U.S.$100 million at… Read

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6 questions you should be ready to answer to smash that job interview

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While some employers are using increasingly sophisticated approaches to recruiting such as psychometric testing and artificial intelligence, interviews remain one of the most common selection methods. If you have been invited to a job interview, congratulations, as it likely means you have been shortlisted for the role. However, for many people, interviews can be… Read

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Help, I’ve just discovered my teen has watched porn. What should I do?

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Unlike in previous generations, you’re unlikely to discover your adolescent’s first exposure to adult sexual content from finding a scrunched-up Playboy magazine under their mattress. With easy access to the internet and the use of tablets and mobile phones, it’s more likely to be from free, mainstream online porn. And… Read

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Naomi Osaka: Hero or villain?

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Who is Naomi Osaka? The tennis-viewing public have seen so many different Naomi Osakas, they could be forgiven for wondering which one will turn up at the Australian Open this week. Osaka has been admired and vilified in equal measure. The noise surrounding her success has been so loud, it’s… Read

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Kishida is down for the count

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is down for the count. After being poleaxed by a series of body blows, his chances of making a decent recovery are mighty slim. This winter's timing could hardly be worse. First, along came his Liberal Democratic Party's damaging slush fund scandal and then in quick… Read

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It’s time to limit how often we can travel abroad – ‘carbon passports’ may be the answer

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The summer of 2023 was very significant for the travel industry. By the end of July, international tourist arrivals globally reached 84% of pre-pandemic levels. In some European countries, such as France, Denmark and Ireland, tourism demand even surpassed its pre-pandemic level. This may be great news economically, but there’s concern that a… Read

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