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US Midterms: Top Experts and Special Website

23 October 2014

In the countdown to the US midterm elections, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has relaunched its Election Watch website with background, news, and expert commentary for those wanting to decipher the machinations behind the upcoming midterm polls. Read online

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Notes on America: Midterm Elections, Women in Leadership, and TV Nation

22 October 2014

In this edition:

  • Centre launches Election Watch for 2014
  • Women in Leadership competition opens
  • America on the small screen
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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They just don't like voting

21 October 2014

US News & World Report

The Supreme Court's decision to allow a Texas voter ID law to proceed will add another requirement to the many making it more difficult for Americans to vote. Research associate Nicole Hemmer says the impulse behind such rules is not just designed to target the Democratic Party, but democracy itself. Read article

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The cables that reveal Australia's relations with US at breaking point

21 October 2014

Fairfax Media

According to diplomatic cables obtained by research associate James Curran, President Richard Nixon ordered a top secret US national security study into cutting all intelligence-sharing operations with Australia in the final year of his presidency. The action was taken after increasing tensions between the White House and Australia's Whitlam government over the Vietnam War. Read article

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How the right remembered Gough Whitlam

21 October 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald

Conservative commenters have not been reluctant to criticise former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam in the wake of his death. Research associate Tom Switzer, however, said Whitlam deserves praise for his overtures to China, which preceded Richard Nixon's historic visit. Read article

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Gough Whitlam's foreign affairs legacy was to give Australia a new independence

21 October 2014

Fairfax Media

The enduring legacy of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam was to infuse a greater sense of independence into Australia's approach to the world. Research associate James Curran says that despite tensions with the United States, Whitlam ranks as the leader best prepared in foreign affairs to come to office in the post-war era. Read article

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Putin-baiting may be understandable, but antagonising Moscow reflects poor statesmanship

20 October 2014

The Australian

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's tough talk in response to Vladimir Putin reflects public sentiment. But research associate Tom Switzer says banning Russia's president from the G20 would be counterproductive to the West's interests. Read article

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The transatlantic influence of smart pop

20 October 2014

FBi Radio Up For It

British post-punk pop band Scritti Politti helped rewrite the rules for politically engaged music, adding a creative and innovative edge that continues to influence artists from the US and around the world. Lecturer Rebecca Sheehan talks about the band's history and legacy.

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An epistemology of media bias

17 October 2014

Society for US Intellectual History

In 2010, libertarian writer Julian Sanchez said movement conservatives had fallen victim to a system of "epistemic closure." Research associate Nicole Hemmer explores why the roots of this malady might lie in the conservative media of the 1950s and '60s. Read article

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Is the cost of our symbolism worth it?

17 October 2014

ABC The Drum

Visiting scholar Adam Lockyer argues that any contribution Australia makes to US fight against the Islamic State terror group is largely symbolic. As such, Australians should consider whether the risk of being involved is worth the symbolism. Read article

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