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Morison and Sidasathian happy to be free, but anger at Reuters lingers

Thailand-based journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian have been found not guilty by a Thai court. While it is a relief, they say Reuters has a lot to answer for.

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A receding Chinese tide beaches all boats, and Australia’s getting stuck in the sand

China seemed like it had hit its straps in terms of economic management. But then it all started to come apart …

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Bomb attack rocks fragile Thailand ahead of Australian trade visit

Even before last night’s bomb attack in Bangkok, Thailand’s political economy was on shaky ground.

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Japan tries to re-militarise, China seethes, Australia caught in the middle

Relations between Japan and China, never very good, are at a low point. And Australia is picking sides.

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MH370 debris search chokes on a pile of misinformation

Malaysia’s Transportation Minister has declared more debris has been found from MH370. But until it is confirmed, making announcements like that do far more harm than good.

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With MH370 likely found, Malaysia’s lies begin to come undone

France is now leading the investigation into wreckage that might have come from MH370. And that is very bad news indeed for Malaysia.

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China bet it all on the sharemarket and lost. Now what?

Chinese President Xi Jinping is working overtime to distract his people (and the rest of the world) from the country’s precarious economic position.

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Who owned the suitcase found next to MH370 debris?

The question of what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 just gets more mysterious.

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Malaysia mired in corruption, but Australia only sees dollar signs

Malaysia’s government is in crisis with allegations of corruption coming thick and fast. But of course, no one is suggesting the country pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

ISDS benefits only corporations, and governments lose out even when they win, the evidence shows.

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Thailand shoots the messenger, Australia turns its back

Why does the Australian government pick and choose it’s targets for censure in south-east Asia? Indonesia cops a serve. China and Thailand just coast on by.

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Aussie journo Alan Morison an inspiration to us all

Alan Morison is facing up to seven years in a Thai prison for reporting on one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

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Thawley’s big mouth just exposes Abbott’s tin ear on China

The Abbott government clearly has no idea how anyone in China thinks, nor what to do to protect this vital relationship.

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Australian journalist faces jail under Thailand’s troubling ‘justice’ system

Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian are facing court — and the possibility of seven years in jail — for republishing a single paragraph of a Reuters story the Thai government disapproved of.

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‘Painful screw-up’: Jetstar bungled Hong Kong bid from the start

Insensitive”, “arrogant” and “premature”. These are just some of the words that help describe Jetstar’s failure to expand its business into Hong Kong.

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What if Malaysia faked everything we thought we knew about MH370?

MH370 did not crash in the Maldives. But what if the satellite data on which we’ve been relying has been fabricated?

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‘Free trade’ with China not all that free

Most governments love a good free-trade agreement. But not all FTAs are equal.

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Orient express: is a big Aussie company greasing palms to get ahead in Asia?

There are significant business opportunities in south-east Asia — but allegations of bribery against one Australian company are muddying the waters for everyone.

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Rundle: the fractured lives of Kurdistan, as Turkey wrestles with the cost of peace

Islamists shot up a hotel only a few doors down from where Crikey’s writer-at-large Guy Rundle is staying. And that’s not even the scariest part.

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ASEAN divided as China’s power grab expands

If nations cannot solve their own internal divisions, or at lest map out a path to a more peaceful future, how can they be expected to help their neighbours in any meaningful way?

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Tiananmen Square: 26 years on, China’s abuses continue unchecked

China has no regard for human rights. And mealy-mouthed language from Australian politicians isn’t good enough.

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Why we should be worried about the South China Sea

China’s aggressive posturing over the South China Sea is a worrying development. And it’s not likely to stop there.

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Aung San Suu Kyi turning a blind eye to Rohingya plight

Has Myanmar’s opposition leader lost her moral authority?

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Twiggy shakes trees in China, looking for an olive branch

It’s unlikely the Chinese will buy a major stake in Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group, but that’s not to say they won’t enter into the iron ore fray to FMG’s advantage …

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Myanmar’s refugee crisis all but ignored by Australia

Australia’s response to the discovery of slave camps and mass graves in south-east Asia, as well as the persecution and exodus of Muslim Burmese is black mark against our international duty.

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