The Australian government’s decision to divert all refugee boats to Papua New Guinea is just another crime of capitalism, a crime against the global South and a crime against humanity. The refugees, who are a mixture of economic migrants and asylum seekers, first arrive in Indonesia, where they are normally left in a state of limbo, unable to work, or claim social support from the Indonesian government. In order to alleviate Australia’s “social problem,” instead of attempting to reform their own laws, have instead chosen to dump the problem on one of the world’s poorest countries. Read the rest of this entry »
The Cambodian elections to be held at the end of July have already managed to cause heated controversy, long before Cambodians take to the polls. In the run up to the elections Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to ban foreign radio programs, until he backtracked after pressure for the US government and Western media, while self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned to Cambodia to stand for elections after being pardoned by the king. On the other hand the US government has threatened to stop AID to Cambodia if the elections are unfair.
Journeyman Pictures new documentary on the Chinese dams being built on the Mekong river. The dams which are expected to affect the fragile environment of the Mekong, could result in many downstream fisherman and farmers in Cambodia and Vietnam, losing the ability to remain as a subsistence farmers. Read the rest of this entry »
A new video has appeared showing a mass murder in Burma. The video footage of the violence attack, on Islamic religious school students by Buddhist Mob 969 Group occurred on March 2013, in Meikhtila, Myanmar. The extremely graphic shows, Rohingya Muslims which have been beaten and then burnt, so viewer discretion is advised. Read the rest of this entry »
In what seems to be regular talk’s being conducted by the US congress on the Asia-Pacific Policy, vice President Biden talks about the “Pivot” to Asia. Like normal he never uses the term “containment,” but like normal sounds more and more like containment. Read the rest of this entry »
Kurt M. Campbell former assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, previous Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Centre for a New American Security, chairman and CEO of The Asia Group and architect of the US “pivot” to Asia, talks to Susan Shirk from University of California. Even though I find myself believing only 5% of what Campbell says, for all those interested in Chinese international relations and the “pivot,” or “containment of China,” its interesting information. Read the rest of this entry »
Malala Yousafzai a wonderful young girl, who rose to fame through her fearless and courage’s activism, of educational and women rights and was cowardly shot in the head and neck by the Taliban in 2012, recently made an appeal at the United Nations for world leaders to provide “free, compulsory education” for every child. Read the rest of this entry »