60 years after the Suez crisis, Britain still needs to learn the lessons from that conflict

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Rupen Savoulian

The Suez crisis marked the end of an empire, but the lessons of that historic episode remain to be understood.

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Section 18C is no threat to freedom of speech

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Rupen Savoulian

As Australians, we should be thankful for the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The PM, in cooperation with other ultra-right politicians, anti-immigrant xenophobes and the NewsCorp media empire, have highlighted the reason why all of us are groaning under the weight of a tyrannical dictatorship curbing our freedom of speech.

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Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

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Rupen Savoulian

A few months back, I wrote of a constant refrain in my life – being told to go back to where I come from. I elaborated the reasons why this particular slogan keeps recurring, why it is totally unnecessary, counterproductive and irritating, and why it should stop. This phrase taps into the deep recesses of white Australian racism and privilege, and is indicative of the level of political thinking currently predominating in Australian society.

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Why the American college kids on spring break chanted ‘Build that Wall’

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Rupen Savoulian

In March 2017, there were several reports that a group of American college kids, vacationing in Cancun, Mexico for their spring break, chanted the Trumpist slogan ‘Build that Wall’.

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The Saudi war on Yemen enters its third year

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Rupen Savoulian

This month marks two full years since the start of the Saudi-led, US-supported war on Yemen. As this war completes two years, involving a blockade of Yemen and the consequent collapse of the nation’s economy, the prospect of famine is now appearing very real.

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The D-Day commemoration is not a symbol of endless US militarism

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Rupen Savoulian

Every year, on June 6, commemorative activities and memorials are held for the anniversary of the Normandy landings, popularised by the slogan D-Day.

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Sport and political issues have always mixed

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Rupen Savoulian

In an article for The Conversation, Daryl Adair, a professor of Sport Management at the University of Technology, Sydney, makes a pertinent observation regarding the interaction between sport and politics:

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