The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Queensland government’s new controversial procurement strategy stacks the deck of public tenders against interstate and international suppliers, and is illegitimate under Australia’s free trade agreements.The strategy, Buy Queensland, is set to start next month. It will apply to all ...

How subversive artists made thrift shopping cool

Customers shop during at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Out of the Closet thrift store in Columbus, Ohio.Jay LaPrete/APNational Thrift Shop Day (August 17) exists alongside other quirky holidays like Play Your Ukulele Day (February 2) and Rice Crispy Treat Day (September 18). Though intended as a ...

Disarming North Korea means making concessions

Dealing with North Korea’s ambitions for nuclear weapons has vexed the past four U.S. presidents.Since North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 2003, it has detonated nuclear explosive devices five times and made steady progress on its ballistic missile program. In late...

How a British royal's monumental errors made India's partition more painful

Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition.Max Desfors/APThe midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of coloni...

Are you lonesome tonight? Why we, like Elvis, turn to food for comfort

Elvis Presley pictured on a Forever stamp in 2015. Oldrich/Shutterstock.comAugust 16 is known to many Elvis Presley fans as the anniversary of his untimely death at the age of 42 in 1977. It is also the perfect occasion, for many, to honor him by indulging in his favorite foods, including fried bana...

Tracing the sources of today's Russian cyberthreat

Who's inside the hoodie?BeeBright/Shutterstock.comBeyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military personnel probing weaknesses in corporate, national and even personal online defenses. ...

How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress

Starting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help.Kamira/Shutterstock.comEntering high school can be an exciting experience, but for some teenagers it can also be scary, intimidating and confusing.According to one study, approximately half of all high school students feel a great...

Trump's threat to withdraw from NAFTA may hit a hurdle: The US Constitution

The Constitution may burst Trump's threat to withdraw from NAFTA. AP Photo/Mel EvansOn Aug. 16, representatives of the U.S., Canada and Mexico formally begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an accord that has governed matters of trade and security on the continent for ...

Bait and switch: Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey

Plastic trash on San Francisco's Ocean Beach.Kevin Krejci, CC BY-SAAs you bite down into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don’t think about what the fish itself ate – but perhaps you should. Over 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea. This is bad news...

Does biology explain why men outnumber women in tech?

Who's missing from this picture?Lawrence Sinclair, CC BY-NC-NDIt’s no secret that Silicon Valley employs many more men than womenin tech jobs. What’s much harder to agree on is why.The recent anti-diversity memo by a now former Google engineer has pushed this topic into the spotlight. Th...

The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth

Any downturn in the construction industry could trigger job losses to a range of sectors that support the building industry, such as planning, project management, real estate and property services. This threat reveals the risk of relying on building and construction to sustain the economy. Since bef...

What the baby bonus boost looks like across ten years

The baby bonus did its job, encouraging people to have more children at a time when fertility rates were low, our research finds. Given Australian men and women desire 1.5 more children than they actually have, it might be time to consider policies like this again.Fertility rates have fallen from 2...

Lest we forget: Children are watching this racism, violence and our reactions

Cara McClure of Birmingham, Alabama cries Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia at a solidarity meeting.AP Photo/Brynn AndersonI find myself in this place again. I am numb. I feel empty. I almost have no words.The saddest part about this? I wrote these exact words little more than a year ago. And now...

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Republicrats Impeachment and the Silent Coup

Republicrats Impeachment and the Silent Coup

We have a three pronged attack aiming to reverse the results of last November’s election.  First comes the Government Party, let...

Pakistan:  Reflections on the 70th Independence Day:  Imperatives of Optimism and Future-Making

Pakistan: Reflections on the 70th Independence Day: Imperatives of Optimism and Future-Making

When on August 14, 1947, the nation achieved the freedom from the British colonial subjugation; it inherited a history of neo-co...

Lock Her Up

Lock Her Up

In America today most people choose their favorite brand of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBSNPR Cartel based on the charisma of the news...

Russia in Ukraine: enemy or friend?

Russia in Ukraine: enemy or friend?

Putin is either an aggressive schemer, to be opposed and vilified at all costs, or a wise, restrained real-politician, balanced ir...