In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
What has happened to Australia’s former well-deserved reputation as a liberal democracy open to the free discussion of ideas? What happens to an established Australian non-fiction author whose literary work strays outside Noam Chomsky’s spectrum of permitted issues for public discussion? Tony Kevin’s challenging new book offers a vivid account of how he was ‘de-platformed’, that is to say, effectively excluded from the public marketplace in ideas, during the two years following publication of his controversial fifth book, Return to Moscow (UWA Publishing, 2017). His new book poses the question, how free actually is Australia’s publishing and mainstream media world, when it becomes so difficult for a writer to challenge established anti-Russian false public narratives, without suffering covert retaliation and silent exclusion ? In reviewing major events and issues in Russia-West relations over the past two tumultuous years, Tony Kevin explores how deliberate Western disinformation campaigns – on issues like the war in Ukraine, Syria, the Skripals Affair, and Russiagate – are now at the centre of Western policy efforts to try to demoralise and weaken the great nation which they have chosen to frame as their existential adversary. Possibilities for East-West dialogue and relaxation of tensions are being rejected, in the interests of maintaining a Western perception of Russia as an enemy state. In Australia at least, such disinformation efforts have borne poisonous fruit – as Tony Kevin’s troubling experience as a writer increasingly excluded from the public space shows.