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Indonesia's hopeful young democracy is now under threat

Indonesia's hopeful young democracy is now under threat

The hope promised by the incumbent president five years ago has subsided, and the nation’s darker undercurrents of intolerance have bubbled to the surface.

China-Australia relations are going to be a big issue this election

China-Australia relations are going to be a big issue this election

Politicians may try to ignore it, but they will eventually have to start talking honestly about Chinese influence this election cycle.

Australia left in an awkward spot as China-Taiwan tensions escalate

Australia left in an awkward spot as China-Taiwan tensions escalate

With Chinese fighter jets and US naval ships circling, Taiwan has become a hotspot once again — just in time for the federal election.

Thailand's 'flawed' democracy leaves voters in limbo

Thailand's 'flawed' democracy leaves voters in limbo

Following a general election, Thailand remains trapped in political limbo as it will take weeks for a definitive result to be announced.

Six decades on we are still turning a blind eye to Tibet

Six decades on we are still turning a blind eye to Tibet

As the anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising comes and goes once again, Australia's response to the continuing fallout is a deafening silence.

'The government can't arrest them all': a look at journalism under Duterte

'The government can't arrest them all': a look at journalism under Duterte

Crikey speaks to veteran Filipino journalist and activist Inday Espina-Varona about Maria Ressa, Rappler, and the increasing dangers of reporting the news.

Finally, some rare sense in the battle to save Hakeem

Finally, some rare sense in the battle to save Hakeem

DFAT made a deft diplomatic move in the debate around Thailand's detention of Hakeem al-Araibi, saving Thailand some face and allowing Australia some wriggle room.

Will the Year of the Pig bring good fortune for the Chinese-Australian economy?

Will the Year of the Pig bring good fortune for the Chinese-Australian economy?

Global corporate gluttony and a “silicon curtain” between China and the West will call time on the boom years.

China's surveillance model is exactly what the West is trying to emulate

China's surveillance model is exactly what the West is trying to emulate

We need to stop kidding ourselves that we're so different from the Chinese on surveillance and control. They just do it better than us.

Marriage equality suffers a blow in Taiwan referendum

Marriage equality suffers a blow in Taiwan referendum

Many had hoped that Taiwan could continue as a beacon for acceptance of LGBTIQ people in Asia, a region where same-sex relationships are still regularly criminalised.