Analysis

The latest UN Syria talks will fail, just like the last ones

Syria - Asia Times

Turkey, Iran, and Russia could set the delicate path to peace in Syria but the colossal differences that have appeared between them mean the latest round of UN talks will be as unsuccessful as the last ones. Sami Moubayed Asia Times The upcoming round of UN-mandated Syria talks, known as Geneva IV, will start in Switzerland this weekend. High hopes were… The latest UN… Read More »

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

Refugees - The Conversation

Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. Mary Anne Kenny The Conversation In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people… Explainer: how Australia… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Racism - SBS

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi

Libya - Asia Times

Today is the sixth anniversary of an uprising meant to usher in a new era of freedom. Sami Moubayed Asia Times Instead, ISIS thrives in the chaos and misery of a broken nation On this day… ISIS thriving in… Read More »

Pregnancy’s complex truth remains taboo as glamour replaces confinement

Pregnancy - ABC

There is a certain image of pregnancy visible in the advertisements around us that depicts soon-to-be mothers as clean, pastel-coloured and happy. Olivia Humphreys ABC It all seems very far from what I imagine, which is a bit more along the lines of the famous scene from Aliens with John Hurt, where an alien comes ripping out of his stomach. I’ve always thought… Pregnancy’s complex truth… Read More »

Why big data may be having a big effect on how our politics plays out

Data - The Conversation

The first week of parliament for the new year was a noisy one. Louise Crabtree The Conversation Cory Bernardi’s decision to leave the Liberal Party has created a flurry of speculation about whether this is the “splitting” of the political right or an indication of the end of business-as-usual politics. There is much of… Why big data… Read More »

The sultanate of women: exploring female roles in perpetrating and preventing violent extremism

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This paper examines the appeal of Islamic State (IS) to Western women and explores how women can be employed in countering violent extremism (CVE) structures to prevent further involvement. Sofia Patel Australian Policy Online It aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis for academics, policymakers and practitioners working in CVE program and policy design and implementation in order to bridge the gap between community development work and… The sultanate of… Read More »

When the guns go silent who foots the bill? China is ready

Syria - Asia Times

President Vladimir Putin may be hammering out an endgame in Damascus, but Russia has no money to rebuild once the shooting stops, but Beijing does Sami Moubayed Asia Times All signals from the Trump White House indicate that the new US President is seemingly ready and willing to outsource the entire Syrian conflict to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who will be given a free hand to… When the guns go… Read More »

Get your money down for the Kim-Trump smackdown

Kim Trump - Asia Times

A classic matchup is brewing between the US President and North Korean leader with their stats proving surprisingly even Bradley K. Martin Asia Times As if we all were fans of pro-wrestling, commentators keep hyping the upcoming smackdown between Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-un. The contest could… Get your money… Read More »

Here’s how incredibly difficult it is for a refugee to get admitted to the US

Refugees

It’s unclear how Trump’s “extreme vetting” would change it. Zeeshan Aleem Vox President Trump on Saturday justified his executive order suspending the US’s refugee admissions program on national security grounds, calling for a more thorough form of “extreme vetting” to replace the current screening… Here’s how incredibly… Read More »

America, land of the (not-so) free, home of the (very) brave

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In 2011, I made the decision to cut short my brief stint working in America and return to Australia. Freya Petersen ABC The catalyst was the birth of my first son, and my desire that he experience the same safe, sedate and relatively remote Australian childhood I enjoyed. The decision to… America, land of the… Read More »

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

Trump - Asia Times

The TPP withdrawal suggests that Mr Trump is preparing – wittingly or otherwise – to cede to China leadership of trade matters within the Asia region Anthony Rowley Asia Times US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama seem to share a common myopia when it comes to seeing the consequences of their actions with regard to trade and business with China. We saw this a… Trump shares Obama’s… Read More »

Explainer: what are executive orders? And what force do they have in US politics?

Trump - The Conversation

US President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders and actions in his first week-and-a-half in office. Bryan Cranston The Conversation These have ranged from those starting the process to build a border wall with Mexico and withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. But the executive… Explainer: what are… Read More »

People with disabilities are not a diagnosis. They are human

Disabilities - Irish Examiner

Underfunded services are not the only problem. Paddy Connolly Irish Examiner Worse is a culture that labels people as ‘severe’ or ‘profound’, or something similarly dehumanising, says Paddy Connolly. IN the aftermath of… People with disabilities… Read More »

The difference between an expat and an immigrant? Semantics

City workers drinking at a British style pub in Boat Quay, Singapore

The argument that it’s not just executives and professionals, but also maids and other workers. Kieran Nash BBC News What is an expatriate, exactly? And when is an expat an immigrant — or not? The word expat is… The difference between… Read More »

Failed Islamic State?

Islamic state - Asia Times

The once-sleepy town of Idlib is fast becoming a hotbed for militants who are being funnelled there by outside powers, possibly as part of grand plan Sami Moubayed Asia Times Until a few years ago, Idlib was nothing but a sleepy and forgotten city in the Syrian northwest, famed for its agricultural fields and for a celebrated resistance leader it produced at the end of World War I, who staged a… Failed Islamic… Read More »