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Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

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Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces ‘coup’

December 12, 2017

The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

December 6, 2017 5 Comments

The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was consolidating power in the capital Sana'a, will see the horror in Yemen return to a stalemate.

White paper exposes the failure of Australia’s foreign policy

November 27, 2017 3 Comments

The recently released foreign policy white paper is an unusual mix of diagnostic science and conservative reluctance to name the diagnosis.

A brief history of Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s fallen dictator

November 16, 2017 5 Comments

The Zimbabwean coup was triggered by army commander General Constantine Chiwenga threatening on Monday to "step in" to calm recent political tensions.

Cambodia cancels democracy

October 25, 2017 1 Comment

With the outlawing of its main opposition party, Cambodia's slide back towards totalitarian state is almost complete

Kurdistan’s five hurdles to independence

October 17, 2017 4 Comments

Official independence looks impossible in the short term.

Catalan independence referendum turns violent as police storm voting stations

October 2, 2017 4 Comments

With national police raiding and closing dozens of voting booths yesterday, it is clear that the vote will not be recognised by the conservative People’s Party government in Madrid.

Indonesia on notice: West Papuans still want independence

September 28, 2017 2 Comments

There is widespread international sympathy for resolving the issue of West Papua, but the hurdles are immense.

As Myanmar returns to being a pariah state, we should return to boycotting it

September 18, 2017 11 Comments

When Myanmar was a pariah state, many people boycotted it so as to not further line the pockets of the generals and their cronies who controlled the economy. Myanmar's return to committing obscene human rights abuses means we should reinstate this position.

Cambodia slides back to naked dictatorship

September 8, 2017 2 Comments

Arresting the opposition leader on trumped-up charges of treason and closing a dissenting newspaper will cement Hun Sen's grip on power as Cambodia becomes even more autocratic.