‘How Propaganda Works’ Is a Timely Reminder for a Post-Truth Age – NYTimes

In “Mein Kampf,” Hitler argued that effective propaganda appeals “to the feelings of the public rather than to their reasoning ability”; relies on “stereotyped formulas,” repeated over and over again, to drum ideas into the minds of the masses; and uses simple “love or hate, right or wrong” formulations to assail the enemy while making “intentionally biased and one-sided” arguments.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/books/how-propaganda-works-is-a-timely-reminder-for-a-post-truth-age.html

Pedagogy or profiteering? Chinese students in Australia’s higher education sector

“Higher education is fundamental to Australian society. But universities must balance their desire to increase Chinese international student numbers with maintaining academic standards. They must also be cognisant of how overreliance on one source country exposes them to substantial financial risk. Finally, universities must improve Chinese students’ engagement with Australian society and the university community, lest they risk a threat to social cohesion within university communities.”

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/24/pedagogy-or-profiteering-chinese-students-in-australias-higher-education-sector/

NYTimes: Australia’s Brave Whistleblower Nurse

From the start of its “offshore processing” program that has seen more than 2,000 asylum seekers and refugees dumped on two remote Pacific islands, Australia has relied on draconian nondisclosure contracts to keep the extent of its brutality secret. But this month Lynne Elworthy, an Australian mental health nurse employed on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, defied the gag clauses and a federal law against whistle-blowers to tell me the policy was an exercise in “absolute cruelty.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/20/opinion/australias-brave-whistleblower-nurse.html