Thomas Grant

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Australia's Growing Pains

(2) Comments | Posted 18 March 2013 | (12:22)

The decision by the Australian selectors to omit Shane Watson, Usman Kwawaja, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson from the third test in Mohali, India after failing to deliver feedback on recent performances has largely been met with bemusement by the media and by ex-players. Criticism has been levelled at Coach...

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The Justice and Security Bill and the Threat to Accountability

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2013 | (16:37)

Last week, MPs voted to retain a law that allows civil courts to impose secrecy in national security court cases. The bill attempted to introduce extra safeguards onto to the controversial Justice and Security Bill. Crucially, the Justice and Security Bill will see close court procedure extend to all civil...

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Barack Obama and the New Liberal Majority

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2013 | (01:26)

In 1933, FranklinD. Roosevelt's inauguration address spoke of fearlessness in the face of unprecedented and dire economic adversity; four years later, his inauguration address laid out the framework for his new liberal order before the nation. President Barack Obama's address, with striking similarity, on the 21st of January beneath the...

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Catalonia and the Problems with Separation

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (22:18)

Catalans' regional vote last Sunday delivered a victory for separatist parties. In fact, 87 in the 135 seat assembly went to four parties that hope to push for Catalonian independence in the coming years. The incumbent president Artur Mas secured a second term, however, could not manage to enough votes...

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The 18th National Congress and China's Political Reform

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2012 | (13:31)

For the past week, Beijing has been in a state of lock-down; military and police line the streets, sporting events have been cancelled, and street vendors have been told to pack up shop. This comes as the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China gathers this week to...

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Golden Dawn and the Rise of the Far-right

(26) Comments | Posted 2 November 2012 | (23:00)

Last week, a senior Greek police officer claimed that the far-right party Golden Dawn had infiltrated the Greek police force. The officer reported that, for the last few years, the Greek state had been fully aware of the illicit activities of Golden Dawn but instead of clamping down on their...

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The Third Presidential Debate and America's Divided Ideology

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (14:42)

Ideology in America is a funny thing. All Americans believe in the ideas that form the morals and the principles of their political institutions; embedded in their Constitution and the Bill of Rights is the notions of liberty, equality, freedom and majoritarian rule. However, on the issue of how best...

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