Asia-Pacific Research

2020 Jul 7 - 4:24pm
The state of Victoria is being sealed off from the rest of Australia.  On Tuesday, at 11.59pm, the border with New South Wales will be shut with publicised resoluteness.  It is happening at the insistence of politicians across the country …
Tags: junktag (ignore), Australia, Victoria lockdown
2020 Jul 6 - 8:43pm
It all looked like it was going so well for Australia and Victoria, in particular.  They could point to the mishandling of the Ruby Princess, a cruise ship that docked in Sydney and whose passengers disembarked chocked with coronavirus, precipitating …
Tags: junktag (ignore)
2020 Jul 3 - 5:16pm
There has been a lot of noise made in Australia about the need for broader protections when it comes to the fourth estate and the way it covers national security matters.  In a country lacking a backbone in terms of …
Tags: junktag (ignore), Australia
2020 Jul 2 - 2:53pm
The British conservationist Gerald Durrell once remarked that the koala was “the most boring of animals”.  Its brain size, proportionally the smallest of any mammal, evolved to cope with its slow metabolism.  But the spectacle of these singed, toasted animals …
Tags: junktag (ignore), Australia, Koala
2020 Jul 1 - 3:48pm
There are few sadder sights in international relations than a leadership in search of devils and hobgoblins. But such sights tend to make an appearance when specialists in threat inflation either get elected to office or bumped up the hierarchies …
Tags: junktag (ignore), Australia, Australia defense, China, United States
2020 Jun 24 - 8:17pm
It is one of the oldest professions, stacked with rules, conventions and protocols.  It is also tribal and hierarchical.  The law, presided over its executors, the judges, do not do transparency well.  It stands to reason: according to Charles Dickens, …
Tags: junktag (ignore), Australian High Court, Dyson Heydon
2020 Jun 19 - 12:50am
Australia’s Admission to the treatment of the indigenous people, as their slaves, came to light recently when Prime Minister Morrison revealed some of the detail of Australia’s “treatment of slaves”. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for saying on …
Tags: junktag (ignore), aborigines, Australia, Scott Morrison, Slavery
2020 Jun 19 - 12:49am
Last month, I completed work on my first film, writing and directing a documentary titled Atomic Cover-up. Below you can watch via a link four brief clips. The story for me began, however, thirty-eight years ago this month. That day …
Tags: junktag (ignore), Hiroshima, Japan, Nagasaki, United States
2020 Jun 19 - 12:49am
The death of at least 20 members of the Indian military during non-firearm clashes with China along their disputed frontier in Kashmir has been extremely demoralizing for this already distressed institution, but it’s all due to Modi’s major Himalayan mistake …
Tags: junktag (ignore), China, India, India-China border, Indian military
2020 Jun 19 - 12:48am
Tensions have risen sharply on the China-India border. The two countries – which have the largest populations and the largest armies in the world, as well as nuclear weapons – started a recent conflict in the Himalayas, causing the death …
Tags: junktag (ignore), China, China-India border, India
2020 Jun 19 - 12:47am
It has long been said that countries in Southeast Asia take a dim view of the fourth estate.  Various legal measures have been deployed against those irritable scribblers over the years: old, colonial-era security legislation; defamation suits; traditional forms of …
Tags: junktag (ignore), Maria Ressa, philippines, press freedom, Rappler

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