• Harry Blutstein is an adjunct professor at RMIT University, writer and freelance journalist who writes on an eclectic range of topics that cover globalization. He has just completed his history of postwar globalization "The Ascent of Globalization".

Star burst
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Star burst

Hubble captured the throes of a dying star, V838 Moncerotis.

Secrets of the Pinot grape revealed
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Secrets of the Pinot grape revealed

Spreading mutations and chimeric plants – there’s a lot going on in the Pinot grape.

Deaths at sea
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Deaths at sea

Refugees die at sea as Europe fails them.

Happy birthday Shakespeare
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Happy birthday Shakespeare

It’s Shakespeare’s birthday. And that means the usual hagiography and celebration, the repetition of those tired old clichés.

Say no to gay conversion ‘therapies’
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Say no to gay conversion ‘therapies’

Let’s ban “conversion therapy” for same-sex attraction.

Book Review – Seneca by Emily Wilson
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Book Review – Seneca by Emily Wilson

A fine introduction to the life lessons of a Stoical martyr, one who had high ideals and weak flesh.

Doing business Moscow-style
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Doing business Moscow-style

Russia should be an exciting opportunity for global business, but the president’s “sistema” means the back room rules of the game are king.

Nigerian election 2015
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Nigerian election 2015

Buhari wins – but the new president of Nigeria faces an enormous challenge.

Cervantes tomb discovered
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Cervantes tomb discovered

So what does the discovery of this great author’s bones actually change?

Book Review – Frontline Ukraine by Richard Sakwa
Book Reviews

Book Review – Frontline Ukraine by Richard Sakwa

At last, a balanced assessment of the Ukrainian conflict – the problems go far beyond Vladimir Putin

Confessions of a torture investigator
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Confessions of a torture investigator

How does one cope with a job assessing whether thousands have been tortured and killed?

Is geoengineering the answer?
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Is geoengineering the answer?

A major report calls for more research into climate engineering, but the case is full of contradictions.

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