It is time to reflect on what terrorism really is and how we can responsibly discuss it

Wars are no longer fought by soldiers, they are fought by people. People like you and I who are on a mission, whatever that mission might be. It may be religion or it may be murder, but in the end it is about harming people. So where do we draw the line between terrorism and mass … Continue reading It is time to reflect on what terrorism really is and how we can responsibly discuss it

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Exposure to a variety of news is important for our understanding of the world

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but should we shy away from what is ugly and uncomfortable to watch? In an era where news is constantly available, we can choose what to watch or read. But should it always be 'pretty'? The idea of news apps such as 'Flipboard' is very resourceful. It gathers … Continue reading Exposure to a variety of news is important for our understanding of the world

Citizenship should be based on democratic values in a multicultural society

A stronger Australia and a stronger nation through the implementation and definition of 'Australian values'. The government recently strengthened Australian citizenship requirements, including proficiency in English and a commitment to the 'shared values and responsibilities' of Australians. According to the government, citizenship is at the core of democracy and it expects certain responsibilities for those who seek … Continue reading Citizenship should be based on democratic values in a multicultural society

What history and context can teach us about populism

I first heard the phrase "the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history" during a class in international relations. The quote is by German philosopher Friedrich Hegel who argued that nations and governments never learn from their past actions. As a student suggested in class that day (adding that she is a … Continue reading What history and context can teach us about populism