Hidden Hand review – China’s true global ambitions exposed

This is a remarkable book with a chilling message. The Chinese Communist party, for which dominating rural China in order to encircle its cities and win the civil war is part of its historic backstory, is now intent on doing the same internationally. Using whatever lever comes to hand – generously financing a thinktank in […]

The end of tourism?

As an international industry, tourism means nothing less than the aggregate of activities that range from building airline engines at Rolls-Royce’s plant in Derbyshire to pulling pints in the Irish pub in Montego Bay. From this global perspective, it cannot easily be planned or controlled. Its natural bosses are municipal, provincial and national governments, and […]

Judd Apatow: The Rolling Stone Interview

But there’s a received industry wisdom that you’re using your stature to help break down. The simplest way to look at it is, because there haven’t been anywhere near enough movies made by women, written by women, starring women, it’s all fresh terrain, and that’s exciting. I know that women want good movies. I didn’t need […]


Despair differs from resignation. While a person in both cases lacks hope, the one who merely resigns him or herself regards the current level of pain as bearable. If you resign, you accept the hand you’ve been dealt, however grudgingly, and you go on. The person in despair, by contrast, has not simply lost hope […]

Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump

A special word about Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but ‘would much prefer a congressional agreement’ Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (S.C.) ***. He may be the most shameful of all. […]

Rory McIlroy claims $15m prize for winning Tour Championship and FedExCup

However, McIlroy then missed the fairway at 14 and had to settle for bogey, and his tee-shot to the short 15th flirted with the water hazard and landed in the rear-right bunker, from where he splashed out to 15 feet and two-putted for another blemish which saw his lead whittled down to two.

COVID-19 cases in Victoria could ‘hit the deck’ by the end of next week – experts say – but here’s why Melbourne’s hotel quarantine nightmare is FAR from over

Fourteen of the 19 deaths were residents in aged care. The people who died were one man in his 50s, one woman in her 60s, two men in their 70s, one man and six women in their 80s, and one male and seven women in their 90s. 

Did Donald Trump destroy political prognostication forever?

Trump destroyed whatever was left of that dream, and so it’s sadly appropriate that his victory also destroyed the credibility of many data-driven journalists who rose to prominence during the Obama years. After 2016, the book became, in part, about a moment when a particular dream of a rationally ordered society seemed within reach and […]