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Halal elections for Aceh

When Aceh’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Helsinki in 2005, it was intended to bring peace to Aceh. This was not just intended to end to the fighting between the Free Aceh Movement and the Government of Indonesia, but to bring peace for all Acehnese in all circumstances, based on rebuilding their lives […]

‘The Nazi Easter’: Nazism, Easter and the Racial Corruption of Religion

In recent years there has been a great deal of debate about the Nazis and religion. There has been a resurgence of study into the question of esoteric religion and the Nazis, as well as considerations of whether Darwinism (and not simply Social Darwinism) was a major influence on the National Socialists. In the interests of full disclosure, my […]

Deakin (Students) Teaching – Peer Learning and the Vis Moot

At the time of my last Deakin Speaking post, the oral rounds for the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot were underway.  Today, the oral rounds for the Vis Moot in Vienna are coming to their close.  Another season’s ‘mooties’ will join the ranks of Vis Moot alumni for Deakin University, and for the […]

Backlash against Belgian terrorist attack to feed into terrorist logic

THE latest attack by Islamist terrorists in Brussels has many asking whether it is possible for Western intelligence agencies to get on top of this continuing threat. It is known that there is a deeply embedded network of Islamist terrorists which appears to be able to strike at will with devastating consequences, but it is […]

Bongbong makes his move

It is perhaps a little unfair to say that only in the Philippines would the people consider electing a politician known by the otherwise clownish name of ‘Bongbong’. But equally, and arguably more fairly, in very few places but the Philippines would voters consider electing as vice-president the unapologetic son of a corrupt and brutal […]

Deakin (Students) Deciding – Written and Oral Argument at the Vis Moot

The oral rounds for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot are here again.  This week, students from 115 teams from around the world are putting oral argument relating to difficult international commercial law issues in front of arbitrators comprising practitioners, academics, and other professionals at the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong.  There […]

Doing right by East Timor should be bipartisan policy

The Timor Sea issue is back on the national agenda following the announcement on Wednesday by shadow foreign minister Tanya Plibersek that Labor will, in government, scrap the existing Timor Sea Treaty. She said that Labor would enter into new negotiations on a permanent boundary between Australia and East Timor and, if a negotiated settlement […]

The horrors of Madaya are far from over

As aid convoys entered the besieged Syrian city of Madaya, the horrors of “walking skeletons” earned the Assad regime further, justified international condemnation. This follows its direct attacks against civilians, the use of chemical weapons, and the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs. The atrocities of Islamic State and the less visible war crimes of the […]

North Korea bomb test: Kim Jong-Un is riding a tiger he dares not dismount

North Korea’s claimed success in testing a hydrogen bomb – a thermonuclear weapon significantly more powerful than an atomic bomb – has set the world on edge. Any testing of a nuclear weapon by a non-signatory to the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty, especially a rogue state such as North Korea, is cause for concern. That […]