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Rundle: why Libya was different

Rundle: why Libya was different

Guy Rundle August 5, 2014 16 Comments

Increased hostilities in Libya have some wondering if Western powers should not have intervened. But Crikey's writer-at-large believed then -- and believes now -- it was a good idea.

Why we’ve lost interest in the Nigerian schoolgirls, 100 days on

Why we’ve lost interest in the Nigerian schoolgirls, 100 days on

Crikey July 24, 2014 7 Comments

It has been 100 days since the Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped. What did #BringBackOurGirls achieve, and where has the outrage gone? United Nations adviser Robert Johnson writes from Nairobi.

Egypt’s distrust of Hamas strains Palestinian ties

Egypt’s distrust of Hamas strains Palestinian ties

Crikey July 22, 2014

Could Egypt be doing more to broker a peace deal between Israel and Gazan militants? Rachel Williamson, freelance journalist in Cairo, says although Egypt used to support the Palestinian cause, its fear of Hamas has caused it to take a step back.

Brazilians would be protesting against the Cup — but there’s soccer to watch

Brazilians would be protesting against the Cup — but there’s soccer to watch

Crikey July 3, 2014

When Brazilians watch soccer, they are not individuals watching sport. They are a heaving, unified glorious mass with a single mind -- and who can protest when that sort of thing is going on? Crikey's man on the ground Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

Viva Rio! A field guide to recognising the tourists of the Cup

Viva Rio! A field guide to recognising the tourists of the Cup

Crikey July 2, 2014 2 Comments

The sunburnt, drunk tourists of the World Cup are having the time of their lives. But they're certainly not seeing the real Brazil. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

World Cup: the upside to three straight losses

World Cup: the upside to three straight losses

Crikey June 24, 2014 9 Comments

Australia lost all of its World Cup matches and is on the plane home -- but Aussie freelance writer Django Merope Synge, who's in Rio for the tournament, has drunk the Kool Aid and sees the positives.

Gooooooooooaaaaaaal! Rio’s riches in the most expensive World Cup

Gooooooooooaaaaaaal! Rio’s riches in the most expensive World Cup

Crikey June 18, 2014

This year's World Cup is expected to cost the Brazilian government a whopping $14 billion, but it could be worth $30 billion to the country's GDP. And don't forget the sponsors. Crikey intern Jake Stevens follows the money ...

Even al-Qaeda thinks schoolgirl kidnappers Boko Haram too violent

Even al-Qaeda thinks schoolgirl kidnappers Boko Haram too violent

Crikey May 13, 2014 2 Comments

The Western media is (belatedly) outraged over the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls. But an international reaction is exactly what terrorist group Boko Haram wants, writes UN adviser Robert Johnson in Nairobi.

#BringBackOurGirls a familiar song, but feminist chorus could be lethal

#BringBackOurGirls a familiar song, but feminist chorus could be lethal

Guy Rundle May 12, 2014 25 Comments

The Western media is finally paying attention to (one sensationalist, emotional story in) Africa. But our focus on #BringBackOurGirls may have got 300 people killed.

In Cuiaba, Australia’s field of dreams, they’re sick of the Cup already

In Cuiaba, Australia’s field of dreams, they’re sick of the Cup already

Crikey April 2, 2014 2 Comments

The World Cup starts in just a few months. But Dan Moss, an Australian freelance journalist in Cuiaba, says Brazil is nowhere near ready to host the showcase of the world game.