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Australia Timor-Leste Election Observer Mission 2017 Official Statement

AUSTRALIA TIMOR-LESTE ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION (ATLEOM) 2017 TIMOR-LESTE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, 20 MARCH 2017 OFFICIAL STATEMENT 23 March 2017 Damien Kingsbury and Michael Maley The Australia Timor-Leste Election Observer Mission, auspiced by the Victorian Local Governance Association and supported by the Australia Timor-Leste Friendship Network, is pleased to announce that the conduct of Timor-Leste’s presidential election […]

Timor-Leste’s king-maker delivers to Lu-Olo

Timor-Leste’s presidential election looks to have produced a strong victory for Fretilin’s serial candidate, Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres. While results remains unofficial, based on a largely complete tally, Lu-Olo was looking to have around 57 per cent of the total vote for the mostly ceremonial role of president. This means that Lu-Olo will comfortably surpass the […]

Timor-Leste presidential elections

Timor-Leste goes to the polls on Monday to elect a new president. After a profoundly troubled history, this small and still impoverished country the election should, happily, be relatively unproblematic. The elections have so far seen limited conflict, with a Fretilin-PD disturbance in Dili’s outer west reportedly leaving some homes burned. Election rallies have otherwise […]

The Netherlands facing a far right challenge

The Netherlands goes to the polls next Wednesday in what is likely to establish a new model for European politics as it increasingly confronts the rise of the far right. As far right parties appeal to larger blocs of votes, political competition is becoming one of centrist parties banding together to block political extremism. ‘Godwin’s […]

Is Arbitral Justice Blind? The Conflict of Laws and International Commercial Arbitration

It’s a fundamental principle of developed legal systems that justice is blind. This is often represented by the blindfolded Lady Justice. Objectivity is key to the determination of legal disputes, and parties’ rights and obligations. International commercial arbitration plays an important role in the resolution of cross-border commercial disputes. Rather than submitting their disputes to […]

The Battle for Mosul

The battle for Iraq’s second city, Mosul, is entering its final phase, signalling a significant shift in the status of politics in the Middle East. The eventual, if still lengthy and bloody, capture of the city will mark the Iraqi Army’s most significant victory since its post-Saddam Hussein inception, as well as a more clear […]

Rise of the Far Right in a xenophobic, alt. fact world

President Trump’s first two weeks in office have continued to reflect that ‘tearing up the rule book’ approach to politics and diplomacy, as Australia’s beleaguered Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discovered when Trump humiliatingly tweeted his response to the Australia-US refugee-swap agreement. Even China, the world’s rising superpower, has been shocked at President Trump’s approach to […]

Is East Timor run by a ‘stable’ govt or conspiratorial oligarchy?

It was no surprise when East Timor’s former resistance leader, president and prime minister Xanana Gusmao announced he would support the Fretilin Party’s candidate for the presidency, Francisco Lu-Olo Guterres. Gusmao had said as much more than a week ago, and the move had been expected since last year. Gusmao’s party, CNRT, is now also […]

Why Suu Kyi fiddles while Rohingya homes burn

As 2017 begins to unfold, the persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingyas has accelerated. Since the beginning of the year, the UN says more than 20,000 Rohingyas had fled Myanmar’s western Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh ahead of state-organised violence, bringing the recent total to close to 70,000. Human rights groups have described reports of organized […]

Australia-East Timor CMATS treaty dead in the water

East Timor has won a significant moral victory over the Timor Sea dispute with Australia agreeing to scrap the controversial 2006 Timor Sea treaty. However, East Timor’s optimism that this now spells the beginning of the end of that dispute, much less securing its economic future, may be optimistic. The agreement to scrap the treaty […]