• 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".

Lasting influence of Harry Potter
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Lasting influence of Harry Potter

How Harry Potter has influenced the political values of the Millennial generation.

The dark side of gaming
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The dark side of gaming

Can deviant behavior portrayed in video games spills into “real life”? Or are they just harmless fun?

Book Review – Bad Banks by Alex Brummer
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Book Review – Bad Banks by Alex Brummer

Alex Brummer’s demolition job on banking scandals of the last ten years is a work of controlled menace.

Amazon’s hachette job
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Amazon’s hachette job

In what is fast becoming a regular negotiating tactic, Amazon has halted pre-orders of DVDs and Blue-Ray discs of some Disney movies.

The dirt on hand sanitizers
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The dirt on hand sanitizers

The claim that liquid soap is antibacterial is suspect.

Citizen Murdoch lectures the G20
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Citizen Murdoch lectures the G20

Rupert Murdoch used an invite to address the G20 to further his commercial interests.

The Case of the Disappearing Copyright
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The Case of the Disappearing Copyright

Sherlock Holmes comes out of retirement to tackle the most important case of his long life.

Book Review – Mecca by Ziauddin Sardar
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Book Review – Mecca by Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar unravels the significance of Mecca tracing its history from a barren valley in the desert to the religious centre of a world empire.

Politics of victimhood
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Politics of victimhood

Chinese or Vietnamese nationalists are playing the victim to rally support in the dispute between their two countries.

Balance in science reporting
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Balance in science reporting

There is a problem of false balance when reporting on science.

Book Review – Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd
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Book Review – Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd

A haunting biography captures the brilliance and the blemishes of a comic who fought his way from poverty to worldwide fame.

Book Review – The Summit by Ed Conway
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Book Review – The Summit by Ed Conway

Ed Conway’s account brings the ‘rancid stew’ of the 1944 Bretton Woods summit and its consequences into vivid focus.

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