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Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario

The risk posed by the global weapons complex is much worse than you know

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Pub test: the right to strike


Workers fought for it, but maybe it’s “use it or lose it”

‘Human Flow’: visual metaphors cut through political apathy


Ai Weiwei’s new documentary finds new ways of seeing an accepted global trauma

Moment of Truth


Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if we can face up to the past – a Quarterly Essay extract

Masculinity in crisis in ‘Off the Record’


Craig Sherborne’s satire could be an ingenious portrait of deluded conceit

‘The Workshop’: teen angst in a post-Charlie Hebdo France


Laurent Cantet’s new film explores the lure of political extremism for the young and bored

Unholy trinity suffers a setback


The sacking of Roman Quaedvlieg is only a minor impediment to Dutton’s plan

The Nation Reviewed

Rethinking the republic

A change in our head of state won’t change everything, and other lessons for the next push

The republic is an Aboriginal issue

Recognition must be at the heart of constitutional reform

Could a computer mark a NAPLAN essay?

If student assessment is automated, what might it miss?

Tutu Bob of Kings Cross

A local tour guide proves there is still plenty of life in the Cross

The Monthly Essays

Sick on the inside

Our corrective services struggle to cope with the mental health requirements of inmates

Nuclear brinkmanship and the doomsday scenario

The risk posed by the global weapons complex is much worse than you know

Jeremy Heimans: the up-start

The co-founder of GetUp! might be the most influential Australian in the world


Arts & Letters

Ceridwen Dovey’s ‘In the Garden of the Fugitives’

Reality flexes at the edges of Dovey’s second novel

Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’

This Soviet satire pushes comedy’s tragedy-plus-time formula to the limit

Young Fathers’ ‘Cocoa Sugar’

The Scottish group’s third album proves they don’t sound like anyone else


Tim Winton’s ‘The Shepherd’s Hut’ One of Australia’s most acclaimed novelists offers a painful and beautiful story of redemption by Richard King

Zadie Smith’s ‘Feel Free’ In this collection of essays, Smith shines when she’s addressing the personal by Anwen Crawford

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