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Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History

The 1998 downfall of Indonesian dictator, Suharto, prompted resolute and emotional displays of support for a transition to democracy. By Michael V. Day This was as keenly felt by ordinary Indonesians as it was by the two rivals for the presidency, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri. The days of transition were chaotic and violent, but the… Source: Indonesia, 1998: A Great Moment in History – AIIA Read More »

Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up

Recent weeks have seen media attention focus on the role of Chinese nationals in sponsoring or donating to Australian politicians and political parties, amidst public concerns over what these donors might potentially expect in return – from Australia’s foreign policy objectives, to favourable deals in domestic economic projects… Source: Comment: Chinese money isn’t the issue – the whole political donations system’s screwed up | SBS News Read More »

G20 summit: Japan issues stark warning to Britain over Brexit 

May on diplomatic offensive as Japan says firms may leave UK if EU deal not agreed Clifford Coonan in Hangzhou British prime minister Theresa May has sought to soothe fears about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union after the United States and Japan warned of the… Source: G20 summit: Japan issues stark warning to Britain over Brexit Read More »

Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification

The US and China – together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions – both ratify the Paris global climate agreement. After arriving with other leaders of G20 nations for a summit in the city of Hangzhou, Mr Obama said: “History will judge today’s effort as pivotal.” CO2 emissions are the… Source: Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification – BBC News Read More »

Cyprus-Egypt pipe deal opens door for East Med gas

Cyprus has signed a deal to build a pipeline to supply Egypt with natural gas once production starts from the Aphrodite field located offshore the Mediterranean island. The agreement sets the political framework for additional commercial agreements, Cyprus’ Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Tarek el-… Source: Cyprus-Egypt pipe deal opens door for East Med gas Read More »

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations. BY EMANUELE SCIMIA  Despite its efforts, the European Union (EU) has never been an influential actor in the geopolitical space ranging from the Eastern Arabian Sea to the Western Pacific… Source: Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia – Asia Times Read More »

UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea

East Timor hopes a UN Conciliation Commission hearing in The Hague, which started on Monday, will help solve a feud with neighbouring Australia over maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. East Timor started the compulsory conciliation process, conducted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in April. A five-member panel of independent conciliators will try to help the… Source: UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea | Natural Gas Daily Read More »

Section 18C is too broad and too vague, and should be repealed

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to create controversy. The section makes unlawful any act reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group of people because of their race, colour, ethnicity or nationality. Students and staff from the Queensland University of Technology are being sued for breaching 18C. Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim… Source: Section 18C is too broad and too vague, and should be repealed Read More »

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West

By Nigar Abbasova Turkmenistan, an energy-rich Central Asian nation with abundant hydrocarbon reserves, is keen to diversify the routes of its gas export. Being the sixth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves, the former Soviet republic is considering Europe as one of the most promising markets for the… Source: Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West Read More »

Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession

Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a potentially dramatic first for this strategic Central Asian country since it broke free of the former Soviet Union 25 years ago. Deirdre Tynan Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a… Source: Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession | International Crisis Group Read More »

Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Rose Asani Hundreds, if not thousands, came to watch Turkey’s President Erdogan unveil a masterpiece in design and engineering. Named after the conquering Ottoman Sultan who expanded the Empire into the Middle East, it has been billed as a ‘bridge to the future’ for the… Source: Is Turkey turning its back on the US? | Coffee House Read More »

Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday presented a “three-pronged action plan” that included a dialogue with all stakeholders during talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring lasting peace in the Valley rocked by turmoil that has left 68 people dead. After an hour-long meeting, her first with Modi since the unrest broke out on July 8, Mehbooba told reporters that the Prime Minister was “very… Source: Mehbooba meets Modi, presents 3-point plan to bring peace ... Read More »

Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege

First buses of evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb, as rebels prepare to cede control of area to government forces. Residents and rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday, part of an evacuation deal to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria’s five-year-long war… Source: Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – CTBC Financial Holdings, parent of Taiwan’s top credit card issuer, and Chinese state-backed lender China CITIC Bank Corp have cancelled investments in each other amid fresh cross-strait political tensions. It is the first deal collapse since pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen became president of Taiwan in May, but… Source: Taiwan’s CTBC Financial, China CITIC Bank cancel deals – Asia Times Read More »