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When lifting refugee intake still falls short

When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, at the UN last week, that he would lift Australia’s refugee intake to 18,750 he no doubt thought he was making a generous gesture, or at least one that would be seen as such by its noisy Australian critics. What he did, however, was spark a continued debate about […]

Syria’s shaky ceasefire

The Syrian ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and the United States which came into effect on Monday night (12 September) already looks fragile, with key Islamist combatant parties excluded and other opposition groups believing they will be targeted as Islamists. US Secretary of state John Kerry has said this ceasefire may be the last chance […]

East Timor, 17 years on: a troubled past, a fragile future

Today [30th August] 17 years ago, in the small town of Balibo, as elsewhere in East Timor, voters queued from before dawn to vote on whether their country would become independent. Having voted, they fled into the hills to await the coming storm. Pro-Indonesian militia already ruled the town, directed by the Indonesian army. In […]

Wiranto and Indonesia’s new Cabinet

The appointment of a war criminal and broader cabinet shake-up is the latest in a series of hardline decisions by President Jokowi. But will it backfire?  Indonesia President Joko Widodo’s recent announcement of his new cabinet line-up aroused two responses. The first was howls of outrage that former defence chief and alleged human rights abuser […]

The Turkish attempted coup: 3 scenarios

Re the ‘coup attempt’ in Turkey: three scenarios. 1. The attempted coup was as it’s been portrayed by the Turkish government – an anti-democratic coup that failed. 2. It’s a plot by President Recept Tayyip Erdogan to seize power (the conspiracy theory) – not likely but has some logic to it, and 3. There was […]

Brexit and its implications

In the avalanche of commentary about the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, it may be that one more voice from the periphery is irrelevant. But this decision not only has implications beyond the UK, in economic terms, it also manifests a wider sense of disenchantment and disenfranchisement among many people in developed countries. […]

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 […]