New model needed

Investigative journalists are justice crusaders. But they’re in danger of becoming victims of traditional media’s decline. And if it happens, one of democracy’s pillars will be weaker. Sydney Morning Herald journalist Kate McClymont is one of those crusaders. Her work led to the jailing of …

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Game on

New French president Emmanuel Macron has won the election. Let’s hope he wins forthcoming challenges as convincingly. They include: Fighting apathy. Thirty percent of the electorate didn’t vote. It was the lowest turnout in more than 40 years. National Assembly elections next month. Quelling the anger …

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Under radar

Another step towards World War II was made when Nazi leader Adolf Hitler secretly authorised the founding of the German airforce, the Luftwaffe on 26 February 1935. The airforce contravened the Versailles Treaty that forbade a German military airforce. World War I air ace and …

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No return

Democracy did not end when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933. Its demise began with the legislative election of September 1930 and was hurried along by Hitler’s three predecessors.  Germany had three chancellors in 1932: academic economist Heinrich Brüning, an aristocratic dilettante, Franz …

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