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At last agreement with Timor-Leste over oil and gas field

30 March 2018 | Lindsay Murdoch

Australia and Timor-Leste will sign a landmark agreement aimed at opening the way to share revenue from the $50 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea at the United Nations next week.


Cambodia’s modern repression has Khmer roots

30 March 2018 | Alphonsus Pettit

The Cambodian government has succeeded in shutting down the political opposition, critical thinking in the media and has sharpened its focus on non-government organizations, which have tried its patience over human rights issues. For some "The Repression" is shocking, for others the crackdown is simply a return to the country's communist past.


Welcome to the matrix of materialism

30 March 2018 | David James

MatrixA visitor from an earlier time would be stunned to see how much we understand the world using monetary measures. Finance has come to be considered the first reality, not defined by, or reflecting, reality. To see how this creates distortions, consider GDP, which is taken to be a measure of national wellbeing, but is anything but, writes David James for Eureka Street.


The Balfour declaration: Britain broke its feeble promise to the Palestinians

29 November 2017 | Jonathan Cook

There is more than a little irony in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to attend a “celebration” dinner this week in London with his British counterpart, Theresa May, marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.


Balfour another colonial distortion of history

29 November 2017 | Stuart Rees

The 100-year anniversary of one of Great Britain’s great betrayals is upon us this month, writes Professor Stuart Rees for New Matilda. 


How Israel engages in “water apartheid”

29 November 2017 | Mersiha Gadzo

"The level of unrestricted access to water enjoyed by those residing in Israel and Israeli settlers demonstrates that resources are plentiful, and that the lack of sufficient water for Palestinians is a direct result of Israel's discriminatory policies in water management,” says a 2013 report Water for one people only quoted in Mersiha Gadzo’s article for Al Jazeera.


A call for Australia to agree on a fair and just boundary with Timor-Leste

29 November 2017 |

For more than a decade, Australia has treated Timor with disdain. 


Timor-Leste’s Mari Alkatiri set to make a comeback as PM

30 October 2017 | Thomas Oro


Muslim politician Mari Alkatiri, who quit as prime minister 2006 after four years as the mainly Catholic nation's first parliamentary leader after its independence, is set for a dramatic return to lead the government for the next five years, writes Thomas Oro in Dili.


Working for the dignity of displaced Delhi slum people

30 October 2017 | Ritu Sharma

Lalita Devi and her family were forced to pack up their slum-dwelling belongings and move to a new location 15 years ago. They had done nothing wrong in the slum of New Delhi, the nation’s capital. But the residents were considered to be too close to an up-market residential complex housing influential people, including politicians and bureaucrats.


Millennials rapidly losing interest in democracy

30 October 2017 | Keith Breene

Not long ago, liberal democracy was regarded by many as not just the best form of government, but the inevitable form of government. At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously called the end of history: democracy had won, everything else had failed. In 2017, that view looks naive. New research warns that democracy’s fan base is shrinking, especially among younger people.


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