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Afghanistan: accommodating the Taliban (PDF, 83KB)

Pakistan: averting the unthinkable (PDF, 83KB)

The coming assault on the middle class (PDF, 83KB)


Australia's nightmare: bushfire jihad and pyroterrorism (PDF, 192KB)

Islamic extremists, on websites around the world, have reportedly observed with extreme interest — and celebrated — the destructive impact of Victoria's recent bushfires, writes Dr Mervyn F. Bendle.

IPCC climate alarm advocacy has failed: what's Plan B? (PDF, 162KB)

Global average temperature has cooled over the last decade despite an increase in carbon dioxide of around 5 per cent, writes Professor Robert M. Carter.

Eight reasons why Australia should not have a federal charter of rights (PDF, 162KB)

A charter of rights will seriously damage democracy and those constitutional mechanisms which up until now have prevented the concentration of power in the hands of the few, writes Augusto Zimmermann.

The tyrannical logic of liberalism

National Observer reproduces an excerpt from New York lawyer and writer James Kalb's new book, The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command (ISI Books, 2008).

Facing up to the question of torture

Intelligence and police professionals have long known that it is only carefully planned and persistent questioning — not torture — that ever produces information of value, writes Warren Reed.

British Cold Warriors and the War on Terror

What would anti-totalitarian writers such as George Orwell, Arthur Koestler and Kingsley Amis have made of the Global War on Terror, asks R.J. Stove.

Changing the guard at Harvard

Indispensable classes are hard to come by — and even harder to resurrect, observes Paul Gottfried.


David S. Bird, J.A. Lyons - the 'Tame Tasmanian'.

Reviewed by Michael E. Daniel.

National Observer No. 79 - Summer 2009