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What Nelson Mandela gave me: hope for the future of Sth Africa

, Dec 06, 2013

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Following the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africans are remembering what he gave them. Larry Schlesinger recalls the emotional day of voting in 1994 that made Mandela the president.
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Sri Lankan human rights concerns derailing Commonwealth summit

, Nov 12, 2013

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Sri Lanka hoped that hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting would showcase its development since the Tamil war. But it hasn't quite worked out that way.
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Guatemala’s skeletons re-surface with questions over a dirty war

, Oct 15, 2013

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Prosecution and convictions in the wake of Guatemala's decades-long "dirty war" continue. They are raising questions about the Cold War that the Right will have to answer.
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Ecuador and the Amazon’s $3.6b decent proposal

, Oct 02, 2013

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The world had an opportunity to save parts of the Amazon from oil exploration. But diplomatic diddling means the developing world has abdicated its responsibilities to the globe's great lung.
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Oil and blood: Kenyan mall attack is Somali payback

, Sep 23, 2013

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The Al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan shopping mall was retaliation for Kenya's intervention in Somalia, writes United Nations adviser in Nairobi Robert Johnson. And there's also the matter of oil ...
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US embassy alert shows war against al-Qaeda offshoot wages

, Aug 07, 2013

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The unprecedented closure of US embassies across the Middle East and Africa shows al-Qaeda and its deadly offshoots are still active and at war with America and its allies.
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Zimbabwe elections, where ghosts vote and Facebook rules

, Jul 31, 2013

Zimbabwe heads to the polls today -- but the iron grip of Robert Mugabe, and the passive state-controlled media, is feeding fears the election will not be fair. Some are fighting back.
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Chile loses presidential contender, replacement to face uphill task

, Jul 19, 2013

Chile votes in November to choose a new president, but there’s sudden uncertainty about who the contestants will be following the withdrawal of a major candidate due to clinical depression, reports Charles Richardson.
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Shot in the head, now Malala faces backlash in Pakistan

, Jul 18, 2013

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Pakistani education advocate Malala Youseffzai did not let an attack by the Taliban silence her. Her reward? A backlash, laden with conspiracy theories and victim-bashing.
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Postcard from Ecuador: top weather, cheap kebabs waiting for Snowden

, Jul 09, 2013

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As the world waits to see if Edward Snowden will make it to Ecuador, Austin Mackell, a freelance journalist based in Quito, says it's a banana republic no longer.
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Where — and how — could Edward Snowden become a refugee?

, Jul 08, 2013

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Like Julian Assange in his embassy, Edward Snowden could find it difficult to leave Moscow, writes Victorian barrister Rudi Cohrssen. Here's what Snowden would have to prove to become a refugee.
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Morsi or less: Egyptian protesters oust president

, Jul 04, 2013

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Egyptian protesters have emerged triumphant, kicking president Mohamed Morsi to the kerb. But the nation remains on the brink of chaos, reports freelance writer Vickie Smiles from Alexandria.
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Military steps in to quell violence against Egyptian protesters

, Jul 02, 2013

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Protests in Egypt are taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers. Will it be enough to oust President Mohamed Morsi? Freelance writer Vickie Smiles reports from Alexandria in the country's north.
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Obama’s speech on gays in Africa a step forward for human rights

, Jun 28, 2013

In Africa anti-gay measures have enjoyed covert support from Republicans, which is one of the reasons Obama's speech to the Senegalese government this week is a major step forward, writes Charles Richardson.
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Notes from the Brazilian spring: it’s about more than bus fares

, Jun 28, 2013

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It started about the cost of bus fares -- but the Brazilian spring has morphed into something much bigger. Brazilian-Australian journalist Naiara Carrillo explains why they're revolting, and points to early successes.
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The runaway Ponzi scheme ‘mastermind’ hiding on the Gold Coast

, Jun 25, 2013

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Why is a South African national accused of accruing billions of rand through a Ponzi scheme living in the Queensland suburb of Runaway Bay? South African-Australian journalist Larry Schlesinger examines the case.
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Steering the state ship with a Zimmer frame: the world’s oldest leaders

, Jun 18, 2013

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With Robert Mugabe hoping to be the world's only nonagenarian head of government, Crikey intern Joanna Robin finds out what other world leaders are making the most of their golden years.

Hope for Gillard in British Columbia? Incumbent wins in upset

, May 16, 2013

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The opinion polls proved wrong in British Columbia, where the incumbent Liberals won in a major upset. But their first-past-the-post voting system doesn't give much hope to Julia Gillard.
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Cheat sheet for Michael Kirby on abuses in North Korea

, May 08, 2013

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Former High Court judge Michael Kirby will lead a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea. He says he has no preconceptions, but the evidence is already damning.