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Will a visit from Pope Francis compel Aung San Suu Kyi to act?

Will a visit from Pope Francis compel Aung San Suu Kyi to act?

Michael Sainsbury September 19, 2017 2 Comments

Suu Kyi needs to find a way to end her galling stasis on the Rohingya. Just maybe, Pope Francis can help her.

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

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

Professor Damien Kingsbury 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.

China crisis: Australia hurtles blindly toward an immigration calamity

China crisis: Australia hurtles blindly toward an immigration calamity

Michael Sainsbury September 13, 2017 28 Comments

Forget the boats. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese people have flooded into Australia, and no one seems to be taking the threat seriously.

‘A cautionary tale’: Cambodian government kills dissenting press

‘A cautionary tale’: Cambodian government kills dissenting press

Crikey September 12, 2017 2 Comments

Perhaps Cambodia will have a free and open society again someday, but not under the current government. Freelance journalist Mark Tilly reports on the increasingly autocratic dictatorship of Hun Sen.

Razer: a stupid ad about lamb is the least of our worries

Razer: a stupid ad about lamb is the least of our worries

Helen Razer September 12, 2017 15 Comments

Helen Razer wonders at the complete absence of any journalistic curiosity about India, and why that nation may, at this particular time, be moved to make official protest about an ad for meat.

Cambodia slides back to naked dictatorship

Cambodia slides back to naked dictatorship

Professor Damien Kingsbury 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.

Four fun facts about Jacinda Ardern, the ex-Mormon who might become NZ’s PM

Four fun facts about Jacinda Ardern, the ex-Mormon who might become NZ’s PM

Crikey September 4, 2017 6 Comments

Naysayers have tried to highlight Jacinda Ardern's youth and inexperience, but she is tougher politically than many of the old men she is currently stepping over in the polls, writes freelance journalist Rebekah Holt.

Australia continues rich and time-honoured tradition of swindling East Timor

Australia continues rich and time-honoured tradition of swindling East Timor

Professor Damien Kingsbury September 4, 2017 2 Comments

Australia's treatment of East Timor has always been exploitative. Under the Turnbull government, nothing has changed.

The Donald is wrong — talking is the only way to deal with North Korea

The Donald is wrong — talking is the only way to deal with North Korea

Professor Damien Kingsbury September 1, 2017 11 Comments

Wars are always ended by some form of negotiated settlement. That means that, at some point, talking must be the answer.

Would Australia be forced to defend Japan from North Korea?

Would Australia be forced to defend Japan from North Korea?

Charlie Lewis August 31, 2017 3 Comments

As the debate over rages Australia's involvement military action in the Korean Peninsula, Crikey looks at the Korean War remnant that means we're already there.