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Explainer: why protecting the Red Cross emblem matters

The Red Cross is a symbol we all know well – we see it everywhere, on pharmacy signs, children’s dress-ups, toy sets, Halloween costumes, even ads for mobile phone repairers. The Red Cross has become a generic sign of medical aid, a universal logo for health and help. Except that it isn’t, and shouldn’t be – at least, not how you might think. The Red… Source: Explainer: why protecting the Red Cross emblem matters Read More »

Asia’s economic ties with Latin America: NAFTA and China

Second of two parts In the first part of this article, I recounted the story of the unlikely creation of NAFTA after Mexico ditched half a century of inward-looking, protectionist policies and proposed a free trade agreement to the United States, which eventually turned into the North American Free Trade Agreement, including Canada, in 1994. Also, we narrated how soon-after NAFTA’s trade started expanding fast, China’s… Source: Asia’s economic ties with Latin America: NAFTA and China – Asia Times Read More »

‘I am haunted’: Indonesia death row prisoners allege they were tortured to confess

Jakarta: Two fingers on Lim Jit Wee’s right hand are ugly stumps; a legacy, he says, of the torture that led to him falsely implicating a man he had never met in a crime punishable by death in Indonesia. In 2007, Lim, a Malaysian, was working as a driver for another Malaysian man when Indonesian police found 12,000 ecstasy tablets in his boss’s car… Source: ‘I am haunted’: Indonesia death row prisoners allege they were tortured to confess Read More »

The Princess Revolution

A new generation of parents is shopping with the idea that pink and blue—along with robots, bunnies, dinosaurs, and unicorns—are for every child.. Pink is for boys and blue is for girls. That was the rule for dressing infants back in 1893, as one woman explained itthat year to The New York Times. “Of course,” she said. “Why, if everyone chose a different color, baby clothes would be all mixed. Always give pink to a boy and… Source: Princess Awesome, ... Read More »

Greek tragedy may return to centre stage as debt matures

Major crisis unlikely, but EU may lose precious time as it frets over Brexit: Analysts While the markets have been worried about oil prices and China over the past few months, Greece could once again rear its ugly head in the months ahead. The small European country could soon run out of money, resulting in another bout of brinkmanship with the creditors triggering more market volatility… Source: Greek tragedy may return to centre stage as debt matures, Economy News & ... Read More »

How East Timor’s democracy is making it an outcast

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Five years since submitting its formal membership application to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the small Pacific country of East Timor is more determined than ever to join. It should be simple. According to ASEAN’s 1967 Bangkok Declaration, the main condition for joining the economic and political alliance is that the applicant country must be geographically located in Southeast Asia. But the 2007 ASEAN Charter introduced new… Source: How East Timor’s democracy is making it an outcast – ... Read More »

The Obama Administration Just Granted Henry Kissinger a Distinguished Public Service Award

An outsized personality who has committed outsized mayhem, Kissinger eclipses his own context. By Greg Grandin Kissinger, again. Yesterday Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter honored Henry A. Kissinger at the Pentagon by presenting the former secretary of state with the Distinguished Public Service Award, apparently the highest… Source: The Obama Administration Just Granted Henry Kissinger a Distinguished Public Service Award | The Nation Read More »

Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years

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IN the week of Scott Morrison’s first budget, 330 scientists in Hobart were focusing on the astonishingly rapid shift in global ocean chemistry. The fourth international conference on “the ocean in a high-CO2 world” looked at how rising carbon dioxide levels are affecting oceans… Source: Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years | The Mercury Read More »

Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out

I won’t be advising the Muslim community to use a new hotline set up for parents who fear their children are being radicalised.. The attorney general’s department, tasked with “countering violent extremism”, often comes up with ideas that objectively seem sound, but in the context of growing and rampant Islamophobia, are actually rather daft… Source: Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out | Mostafa Rachwani | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Can India Balance Between China and America?

Washington wants stronger ties, but New Delhi must remain a swing state.. Ajaya Kumar Das Some in the Indian strategic community believe that recent moves to enhance defense cooperation with the United States could make India, among others, an element in American strategy to limit Beijing’s rising power to the… Source: Can India Balance Between China and America? | The National Interest Read More »

China scrambles fighter jets as U.S. destroyer steams past disputed island

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BEIJING — A U.S. warship sailed within 12 miles of one China’s largest artificial islands Tuesday, part of a continuing effort by the Pentagon to demonstrate that the United States remains undeterred by the rapid Chinese military buildup in the South China Sea. The presence of the USS William P. Lawrence, an Arleigh Burke-class… Source: China scrambles fighter jets as U.S. destroyer steams past disputed island – The Washington Post Read More »

OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson | Julian Burnside

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On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback) Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law It is a terrific book.  Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?” Here is my speech at the launch. I have launched quite a few books in my time.  I always read a book before launching it.  It can be a chore, at times. I have ... Read More »

Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea

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KIM Jong-un has given himself a new title — party chairman — as three journalists were expelled from North Korea for “insulting the dignity” of the country… Source: Kim Jong-un gets a grander title as three journalists are expelled from North Korea | HeraldSun Read More »

London mayor to visit US ‘in case Trump wins’

Newly elected mayor said he will visit to see the US once more in case he is shut out by Trump policies.. London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, says if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States he will be barred from entering the country on account of his faith. The UK Labour Party candidate secured victory over Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith on Saturday, and is already looking ahead to his future responsibilities abroad… Source: London mayor to visit ... Read More »