Durban COP17: failures in the making | by Patrick Bond

The failure of Durban’s COP17 – a veritable “Conference of Polluters” – is certain, but the nuance and spin are also important. Binding emissions-cut commitments under the Kyoto Protocol are impossible given Washington’s push for an alternate architecture that is also...

Trade and climate change

There’s an unacknowledged elephant in the climate change debate: trade agreements. These agreements are major unrecognised obstacles to what would otherwise be urgent, rational and fair mitigation or adaptation measures to climate change.A conflict is certain between...

The Spear that divided the nation | by Professor Robins

BRETT Murray’s The Spear has generated an extraordinary amount of media and political commentary, social media twittering, marches and protests, including the defacing of the painting itself. The rage expressed by many in response to the depiction of the private parts...