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Thailand should lead ASEAN with a migrant worker agenda

27 November 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT Thailand will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019 after the ASEAN Summit in Singapore this month. This is in keeping with Thailand’s hopes to regain its place of regional...

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Afghanistan: the Hazaras are not safe

27 November 2018

In late October 2018, the Taliban in Afghanistan launched a new campaign of attacks, taking them into areas which until then had been “peaceful”. The attacks started in the Khas Uruzgan district,...

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne … hamstrung at the PIF summit in Nauru this week by Australia’s hypocritical policies. Image: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

6 September 2018

BY DR JOANNE WALLIS Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne probably envied New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s welcome at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’...

Migrant workers on a Thai fishing boat

Government sincerity on migrant rights faces fishing pact test

3 September 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNIPIPAT It has been one year since Thailand’s last debacle on migrant worker policy. Yet, Thailand finds itself once again at the crossroads where domestic constituents are...

Getting realistic about the South Pacific

22 August 2018

BY JAMES BATLEY Advocates of stronger and more effective Australian engagement in the South Pacific face a couple of entrenched structural challenges. First, the region is hardly critical to...

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Ebola 2.0?

16 May 2017

Ebola is back, but that doesn’t mean that the world should panic. A little more than a year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the West African Ebola outbreak, which killed more...

Iran, Vietnam pledge $2 bn trade boost

7 October 2016

For mineral-rich Vietnam, Iran offers a key partnership in the oil and gas industry and for health and technology exchanges Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani, in Vietnam on a three-...

Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan

Here’s what is promising, and troubling, about Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s plan to ‘cure all diseases.’

4 October 2016

Recently, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, made a big splash in the global health world when they announced a $3 billion commitment to “cure all diseases in...

Asia's child migrants

17 September 2016

Leaving one’s birthplace to move to a new region or country has been one of the central features of human civilisation. An estimated 214 million people worldwide are international migrants and 740...

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An overdue re-examination of Australia's place in the world

2 September 2016

Across the span of human history and the seismic shifts of eons of global politics, a year may seem inconsequential. But, awaiting the passing of eras, administrations or generations to judge our...

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