The absence of Obama

A long, angry arti­cle by Robert Fisk—the most expe­ri­enced his­to­ri­an of the con­tem­po­rary Mid­dle East—on how the Unit­ed States’ has ensured its irrel­e...

Necromancy and negotiation

Some things, like kings, cru­ci­fied gods and Nor­we­gian par­rots nev­er die. The WTO’s Doha nego­ti­a­tion may be the lat­est can­di­date for myth­ic res­ur­r...

One thousand ppm might be better

The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment is bent on enact­ing a car­bon-emis­sions tax that has no respon­si­ble jus­ti­fi­ca­tion oth­er than recent­ly re-hashed advice de...

A great big banana tax

$5 for a banana? At $12 per kg. they’re already $3 a piece. “Aus­tralian Banana Grow­ers Coun­cil chief exec­u­tive Jonathan Eccles said yes­ter­day heavy rain ...

Multilateral misalignment

Over at the Lowy Insti­tute, Michael Wes­ley has opened a debate on the mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism with a brief dys­pep­tic review, char­ac­ter­is­ing mul­ti­lat­er­a...

Apocalypse post-Doha?

I’ve been in the Mid­dle East and Europe and am just catch­ing up with a few things: such as the pam­phlet pro­duced by Simon Evenett, Richard Bald­win and a ho...

EU tax on airline CO2 emissions

The EU has been threat­en­ing since at least 2007 to impose an emis­sions tax on all air­lines land­ing in Europe. They’ve post­poned the tax at least once (to ...