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Rundle: Manus Island is a catastrophe five years in the making

Rundle: Manus Island is a catastrophe five years in the making

Guy RundleAug 1, 201719 Comments

Whatever our failures in other initiatives, we are world-standard in the production and calibration of cruelty and fear.

Dutton telling the truth -- at least in part -- about Good Friday Manus shooting

Dutton telling the truth -- at least in part -- about Good Friday Manus shooting

Josh TaylorJul 28, 20178 Comments

The briefing Immigration Minister Peter Dutton received on the Good Friday shooting on Manus Island partially backs his claim on the cause of the tension.

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

Which parties will form a governing coalition in East Timor?

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 24, 20172 Comments

The surprise outcome of the elections was the rise of Khunto, which looks to have taken five seats.

East Timor's democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

East Timor's democracy is flourishing, but economic hard times will test its resolve

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 21, 20173 Comments

To suggest that East Timor's democracy is "consolidated" or somehow a permanent feature of the political landscape might reflect a blinkered understanding of what it takes to retain a viable democracy.

Liu Xiaobo deserved better than Australia's pathetic half-arsed platitudes

Liu Xiaobo deserved better than Australia's pathetic half-arsed platitudes

Michael SainsburyJul 17, 20175 Comments

Liu Xiaobo was an extraordinary man, and even though it would piss off China, Australia should have made a stronger statement about who he was and who killed him.

Three years on from MH17, the real culprits (not Russia) have never been held responsible

Three years on from MH17, the real culprits (not Russia) have never been held responsible

Ben SandilandsJul 14, 201722 Comments

Politicians like to huff and puff about Russian involvement in the downing of MH17, but it is Malaysia Airlines that should be held responsible.

Jokowi's new decree is only partly about curbing Islamist groups

Jokowi's new decree is only partly about curbing Islamist groups

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 14, 20173 Comments

Yes, Joko Widodo's decree against hardline Islamic groups is about stamping out terror-linked organisations. But it's also about saving his own political arse.

On the anniversary of an activist's murder, Cambodia prepares for a showdown

On the anniversary of an activist's murder, Cambodia prepares for a showdown

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 10, 20171 Comment

Can Hun Sen finally be ousted from Cambodia?

This is how the world ends: not with a whimper but with the bang of a North Korean nuclear warhead

This is how the world ends: not with a whimper but with the bang of a North Korean nuclear warhead

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 5, 201712 Comments

The concern now is that North Korea is using its missile and nuclear development program to pressure its neighbors into favorable strategic and economic concessions.

Packer gambled and lost on China. Can Crown come out with a winning hand?

Packer gambled and lost on China. Can Crown come out with a winning hand?

Michael SainsburyJul 3, 2017

Crown should have known that its China venture was going to attract the wrong sort of attention. But can James Packer bring Crown back from the disaster?