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COVER STORY Divorce now costs Australia $14 billion a year

FIRST WORLD WAR Were we right to go to war in 1914?

EDITORIAL Deep fissures divide Islamist militants

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Iraq: examining the professed caliphate

SCHOOLS Preventing bullying with emotional intelligence

CANBERRA OBSERVED Media circus obscures foreign policy initiatives

FOREIGN AFFAIRS China's Confucius Institutes pushing Beijing's line

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing fury over Hong Kong pro-democracy rallies

LIFE ISSUES At last, we wake up to the truth about Dr Death

EDUCATION Fifty years on: reflections of Monash's first graduate

ENVIRONMENT Alarm that emperor penguins endangered by global warming!

BOOK REVIEW Youth's call to arms

BOOK REVIEW Creator, midwife and guardian of science

BOOK REVIEW A knight-errant walking the mean streets

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COVER STORY Divorce now costs Australia $14 billion a year
The sexual revolution of the ’60s gave us a lot of harmful and destructive things, and no-fault, easy divorce was certainly one of them. By making the marriage contract hardly worth the piece of paper it was signed on, marriage became one of the most easily broken contracts around.
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FIRST WORLD WAR Were we right to go to war in 1914?
The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I — a four-year conflict that resulted in 10 million deaths — has stimulated renewed interest in the rights and wrongs of warfare.
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EDITORIAL Deep fissures divide Islamist militants
From the time of the overthrow of the Egyptian monarchy by Colonel Nasser in 1952 to Osama bin Laden’s attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, the focus of Arab nationalism was opposition to the West, particularly the United States, and the destruction of Israel.
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SCHOOLS Preventing bullying with emotional intelligence
In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focusing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be taught, though they seldom are.
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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Iraq: examining the professed caliphate
The Islamic State, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, has changed its name, but otherwise the militant group remains the same.
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News from around the world

Govt data show U.S. in decade-long cooling
by James Taylor, Forbes, June 25, 2014. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.
Canadian unilateral disarmament
by Michael Byers, National Post (Canada), July 8, 2014. Canada’s Conservative prime minister, despite his tough talk about supporting the troops, has reduced defence spending to just 1 per cent of GDP — the lowest level in Canadian history.
Are the authoritarians winning?
by Michael Igantieff, The New York Review of Books, July 10, 2014. The recent handshake between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping celebrated something more than a big gas deal. It heralded the emergence of an alliance of authoritarian states with a combined population of 1.6 billion in the vast Eurasian space that stretches from the Polish border to the Pacific, from the Arctic Circle to the Afghan frontier.
Anti-semitism on rise in Putin’s Russia
by Victor Davidoff, Moscow Times, May 27, 2013. Since President Vladimir Putin first came to power, Russia has become a field where the threatening weeds of xenophobia and nationalism grow rampant.
Mitrokhin’s KGB archive opens to public
Churchill Archives Centre, University of Cambridge, July 7, 2014. From 1972 to 1984, Major Vasiliy Mitrokhin was a senior archivist in the KGB’s foreign intelligence archive — with unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of files from a global network of spies and intelligence gathering operations.
Family memories of Hungary
by David Pryce-Jones, Hungarian Review, Vol. 5, No. 3, May 14, 2014. What’s really been lost isn’t property but the chance to know from the inside another language, another people, another country.
British frigate investigates mystery Russian warship in Baltic
by Ben Farmer, The Telegraph (UK), June 24, 2014. British fighter jets patrolling NATO airspace over the Baltic have also been scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in recent weeks.
John Kerry’s diplomacy for an imaginary world
by Jeryl Bier, Weekly Standard (Washington DC), June 23, 2014. With much of the Obama administration’s foreign policy in tatters, John Kerry is clear on at least one goal he hopes to achieve by the end of his time as secretary of state: having lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors representing the United States.
Reading and the ‘attention war’
by Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative, June 14, 2014. Focus is a difficult thing to muster these days. As David Brooks wrote in a recent New York Times column (June 2), we are all “losing the attention war.… Many of us lead lives of distraction, unable to focus on what we know we should focus on”.
Greenpeace executive commutes 800 km by plane
by Emily Gosden, The Telegraph (UK), June 24, 2014. Greenpeace has campaigned to curb air travel and end “needless” domestic flights. In a briefing on “the problem with aviation”, the group said: “In terms of damage to the climate, flying is 10 times worse than taking the train.”

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