Stephen Edward
Stephen Edward

Stephen Edward

World

Stephen reports on Asia & Pacific news and politics. His primary interests include Japanese domestic politics, US-Japan relations, and geopolitics in East Asia... view profile

Janet Walters Levite
Janet Walters Levite

Janet Walters Levite

Entertainment

is an Optioned Screenwriter and Film Crtiic / Entertainment Writer for The Guardian Liberty Voice. She resides in New York City... view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives in Florida and loves the sunshine... view profile

David Goehst
David Goehst

David Goehst

Business

- You wanted information about local, national and global markets that wasn't diluted - you got it. Read everything you never wanted to believe right here... view profile

DJ Miller
DJ Miller

DJ Miller

Tech

DJ Miller is an accomplished tech writer and blogger. In his spare time he writes

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Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

World

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist. American by birth and now based in South America, Jerry covers social justice issues globally... view profile

Maria Esteves
Maria Esteves

Maria Esteves

Entertainment

Maria Esteves is a information technologist for fortune 100 firms on Wall Street who persued her passion as a journalist in the arts in the aftermath of 9/11. .. view profile

June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

June Rousso, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and holistic health counselor in N.Y.C. with a focus on dietary and lifestyle changes to support health. .. view profile

Liz Leafloor
Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

Liz Leafloor is a Freelance Writer, Copy Editor, and Graphic Artist. She explores mysterious subjects and hidden histories... view profile

Veronica Davis
Veronica Davis

Veronica Davis

Life

Veronica is a wife, freelance writer and work at home mom. Her and her husband live in Missouri with their three boys. .. view profile

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.
Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Opinion

Currently a Licensed Water Resources Civil Engineer in NJ, Carol has also been a political blogger in NJ since 2007, after being elected Councilwoman in 2006. .. view profile

John Christopher Fine
John Christopher Fine

John Christopher Fine

Life

is a marine biologist with two doctoral degrees, has authored 24 books, including award-winning books dealing with ocean pollution... view profile

Richard Cox
Richard Cox

Richard Cox

Business

Richard Cox is a university teacher in international trade and finance. .. view profile

Miles Young
Miles Young

Miles Young

Travel

Travel Duder covers vacations, destination, travel tips, hotels, gear and everything else an adventurer needs to know... view profile

Marika Asikainen
Marika Asikainen

Marika Asikainen

Life

A writer and editor, Marika enjoys living in Toronto and tracking down the hottest fads and trends... view profile






  • Essay Mills : Acceptable Ghostwriting or Ethical Lapse

    In April, 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt handed the editors at Ladies’ Home Journal the document which would eventually become her second memoir. When they read it, the editors boldly told Eleanor, “You have written this too hastily.” Her editors then instructed her to revise the document — using the assistance of a ghostwriter.

    Eleanor Roosevelt refused, …

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  • PM Abe’s Trip To Sri Lanka: Another Country, Another Opportunity to Contain China

    Source: Reuters

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just wrapped up his trip to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, further establishing himself as the most-traveled Japanese prime minister in history. Although his trip to Bangladesh went well, I found Abe’s trip to Sri Lanka to be a little more notable. Not only was it the first visit by a Japanese …

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  • Indigenous Suicide Prevention: Culture is Key

    Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, Director of Culture Is Life and Aboriginal Elder, outside his home in Woronora on July 29 2014. He lost his eldest son to suicide in the year 2000. (Clair Anderson)

    In the last few decades the rate of Indigenous Australians taking their own lives has reached crisis levels – it’s time we started talking about it.

    A recent report states that parts of Northern Australia are witnessing the highest rate of youth suicide in the world. Some remote areas in the Kimberley, Western Australia, have …

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  • No Win No Fee Brings Challenges and Changes to England

    On August 11, the Local Government Association (LGA) in England issued a warning that the claims for trivial incidents may end up having negative consequences on highway repairs and education budgets. Many of the “no win, no fee” claims come about from lawyers approaching potential clients with the promise of no-cost services in exchange for …

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  • What Pro Photographers and Amateurs Can Do to Get Along

     

    I’m a skilled and competent photographer. I know that the “professional” label is losing its meaning and significance. Other than being allowed to deduct some of the equipment off my taxes, what else does the label “professional” bring to the table?

    There’s not many people making a living strictly from self-employed photography these days. Sadly, …

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  • Be a Professional Photographer and Party Like a Rock Star?

     

    I like to talk to folks about the work I do. Sometimes though, I’d like to find an easier way to give them a clearer image about my job. Most people seem to think that I must party like a rock star, hang out with famous people, travel the globe and only take a break …

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  • What You Miss if You Don’t Grow Up in a Small Town

    For the past few months, I’ve been a regular visitor to a Facebook group devoted to the county in which I grew up. Located along the West Virginia/Virginia border in the United States, Bath County is home to Hot Springs — the quintessential small town.

    Early in the morning as I set on our balcony, …

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  • Gaucho Time in Argentina at La Bamba de Areco

    Each spring in Argentina, gauchos gather in the small village of San Antonio de Areco. It’s the beginning of the 75th festival to show off their riding skills and enjoy life as it was.

    This year, from November 1 until the 9th, La Bamba de Areco is giving tourists and travelers the opportunity to join …

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  • #FreeAndrew Rallies Sweep Argentina (Video)

     

     

    Rallies supporting Russian photojournalist Andrey Stenin rolled through Argentina this weekend.

    Buenos Aires is just one of several major cities in Argentina that took part in the #FreeAndrew events. Buenos Aires, the Argentina capital, hosted an exhibition of Stenin’s photographs that he had made while working in hot spots internationally.

    In the Argentine coastal …

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  • Japan and Their Love Story with Bidets

    Whenever a friend of mine visited me in Japan, they were usually pretty interested in the bullet train, the many arcades, or the 100-yen shops. However, more often than not, they would always be interested – or surprised by – Japanese toilets. One feature of a Japanese toilet that is absent in their American counterpart …

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  • After Ferguson Then What

     

    The rioting in Missouri will either be the fulcrum in the struggle against injustice in America or it will be a dusty footnote in the tomes of history.

     

    To figure it out, let’s revisit 1970.

     

    The Kent State shootings happened May 4, 1970. The Ohio National Guard fired on student protesters for …

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  • Possibly the Saddest War Image Ever Made

    The most notorious and the best documented of these massacres took place on September 29–30, 1941, where 33,771 Jews were killed in a single operation. The decision to kill all the Jews in Kiev was made by the military governor, Major-General Kurt Eberhard, the Police Commander for Army Group South, SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln, and the …

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  • I Was the Avis of Bath County, Virginia

    I think I’ll always feel like I’m Avis of Bath County. For fifty years, Avis’ slogan was, “We’re #2. We try harder.”

     

    Well, in Bath County High School, I was usually #2. Sometimes, often even, I was #3, #4, #5 and so on. You get the picture.

     

    A couple of months ago, I …

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  • Malvinas War Veterans Still Fight but With a New Opposition – Their Own Government

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     For two days in December 2012, I was given unprecedented access to the Malvinas veteran’s protest encampment in Plaza de May, Buenos Aires. The only western photojournalist to have ever been allowed inside their circle, it was an honor to share time and meals and mate with these brave war veterans as they continue to

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  • Why do Gangster “Wannabes” Hold their Guns Sideways?

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    Holding a handgun high and sideways is commonly used by stick up kids, the thugs who rob convenience stores. Experienced stick up kids hold the gun sideways when robbing a convenience store because it’s easier to point downward at someone standing behind a counter. If they cower behind the register or duck to the floor …

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  • Fashion Model Review — Sabrina Pellunat

    Sabrina Pellunat's Photoshoot (Sabrina Olivia)

    Another fashion model I’ve met during the Step Up — Modeling for a Cause fashion event was Sabrina Olivia Pellunat. I couldn’t believe how dedicated she was in making the event happen even though it was a charity event. I remember meeting her for the first time at Lexington Hotel with her adorable mom. She …

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  • Fashion Model Review — Anna Vega

    Anna Vega's Photoshoot in Manhattan (Royal Couture)

    It’s very rare to meet fashion models who are down to earth (at least in my opinion). During the making of the Step Up — Modeling for a Cause fashion event in May 2014, I was very fortunate to get to know Anna Vega up close and personal.  Anna recently moved to New York from …

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  • What if Putin was right?

    Following the recent events in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin continues to insist on the neo-Nazi threat, not just in Ukraine but throughout Europe. He expressed these concerns at a meeting with chief rabbis from Europe and Israel, where he reaffirmed that the revival of fascist and neo-Nazi ideas was a dangerous trend that needed to …

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  • Conversing with Luke Carroll

    Actor and film star Luke Carroll at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on July 9 2014 after his talk during NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week. (Clair Anderson)

    Luke Carroll has a longing for Australia’s acting scene to embrace cultural diversity.

    The actor’s notable career in the Australian film and television industry include playing Indigenous characters in Redfern now, Going Bush, Home And Away, Playschool, The Alice, Australian Rules and Stoned Bros.

    Carroll’s ambition is to take …

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  • Chef Karr, Chef Ortiz, Chef Truong and DJ Chef Battle on Culinary Fight Night in NYC

    Chef Nicole Karr at Culinary Fight Night (Nicole Karr)

    Culinary Fight Night (CFN) is a cooking competition wherein two teams of chefs battle in a Vegas style boxing ring. Each team is required to prepare a 3 course meal for all guests and a celebrity judging panel. The team leader with the most points will win a customized “CFN Championship Belt”, the title of …

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  • What if Putin was right?

    Following the recent events in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin continues to insist on the neo-Nazi threat, not just in Ukraine but throughout Europe. He expressed these concerns at a meeting with chief rabbis from Europe and Israel, where he reaffirmed that the revival of fascist and neo-Nazi ideas was a dangerous trend that needed to …

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  • The day Brussels mattered

    Juncker calling the shots - via Flickr (europeancouncil)

    Let’s face it – the European Union is not particularly known for its efficiency in fast decision-making. Rather, the European way of doing things is best described as a cocktail of long caffeinated summits stretching far into the early hours of the morning, followed by intense hand wringing over how best to reconcile the various …

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  • In Ukraine, Poroshenko should not run for President

    Why is Petro Poroshenko eyeing Ukraine? via Wikimedia Commons

    What is Putin up to? The Russian President surprised international audiences on Wednesday by calling upon the separatists of Eastern Ukraine to suspend a referendum seeking autonomy, which was due this Sunday. His speech fell on deaf ears unfortunately, as the pro-Russian separatists decided on Thursday to go ahead with the referendum, dashing all hopes …

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  • Is US worldwide credibility waning?

    “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them”, remarked President Obama during a nuclear security summit in 2010.  Four years on however, we are witnessing a worrying tendency in US foreign policy: the military superpower has turned …

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  • Is the Western media right to bash Viktor Orbán’s electoral reform?

    Viktor Orban

    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, is no sweetheart of the European media. He has swayed against the current by implementing policies that have been dubbed populist and nationalistic. The latest bout comes over a newly enacted electoral reform, which will be put to the test in next month’s parliamentarian election, where Orbán is expected to …

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  • Sochi: The Security Olympics

     

    “I call on you, every mujahid to disrupt this Satanic dancing on the bones of our ancestors”. As the world is gearing up for the Winter Olympic Games, set to start this Friday in the subtropical resort of Sochi, so is Doku Umarov. He is the self-proclaimed emir (leader) of the Caucasus Emirate, a …

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  • Activists Fear Russian Overreach after Olympic Terror Concerns

    Man inspects servers (IntelFreePress)

    Following the double suicide bombing in Volvograd last month and the outbursts of violence that have killed and wounded several members of Russia’s security forces in the North Caucus region of Daghestan over the past weeks, Russia’s security forces are on high alert. Authorities fear that terrorists may target the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in …

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  • Latvia Reluctantly Joins the Eurozone

    Protestors at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt (Eoghan OLionnain)

    Fireworks exploded overhead and couples embraced in Riga, Latvia’s capital city, as Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis withdrew a €10 banknote early Wednesday morning to mark the country’s adoption of the Euro. The small Baltic state of just over 2 million inhabitants is the 18th country to join Europe’s monetary union and the second in the …

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  • Europe Must Play Long Game in Ukraine

    Protestors in Kiev, Ukraine (photo credit: Ivan Bandura via flickr http://bit.ly/J6oKTB)

    Hundreds of thousands of pro-Europe protestors have flooded into Kiev’s old city to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to delay the signing of a landmark Association Agreement and free trade deal with the European Union last month. Protestors rightly believe that only rapprochement with the EU can modernise the country’s political and economic system. …

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  • Ireland Seeks to Strengthen Ties with Diaspora

    Small Irish village (photo credit: Irish Jaunt)

    Moneygall Ireland is an unassuming village of just over 350 in County Offaly, Ireland. Since 2011, however, the blink-and-you-miss-it town on the R445 between Dublin and Limerick has become infamous across the country as the birthplace of U.S. President Barack Obama’s maternal great-great-great grandfather. The anecdotal story that made headlines around the world perfectly encapsulates …

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  • Danish Fighting to Keep Mink off EU Black List

    North American Mink (Ben Salter via flickr http://bit.ly/IiNN53)

    Danish government lobbyists are busy at work in Brussels. A new European Commission proposal seeking to ban non-native plants and animals in the EU might include the North American mink. The semiaquatic carnivore is prized for its fur and heavily farmed in Denmark. Its introduction to Europe, however, has been linked to declines in European …

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  • Is Europe Hiding Behind Tymoshenko?

    Germany's Angela Merkel and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in June 2011 (European People's Party)

    In just two weeks, Europe’s heads of state will meet in Vilnius, Lithuania for the Eastern Partnership Summit. It was hoped that the summit would culminate a push by the small Baltic state Lithuania, which currently holds the Council presidency, to build closer ties with the European Union’s Eastern neighbours, particularly Ukraine. The EU’s largest …

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  • Deciphering Angela Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Glyn Lowe)

    Late last month, a seemingly inconsequential remark by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was largely glossed over by the mainstream media. In the world of undecipherable Euro-jargon, however, her words carry very important significance.

    In Brussels on October 25th, Merkel told reporters that she doesn’t, “see any automaticity between top candidates and the filling of posts.” …

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  • Putin’s Precarious Title

    President Putin Climbing a Wall (Cea)

    Forbes released its sensational annual list of the “most powerful” people in the world yesterday. Typically, the top spot is reserved for the sitting US president, but this year, for the first time ever, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has taken the coveted title. The last time the US president saw himself knocked off his pedestal was …

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  • EU Relations With Turkey May Be Warming Afterall

    Turkey's President Erdogan (openDemocracy)

    This month, the European Union’s candidate countries anxiously awaited the release of a set of Commission reports that would assess the progress they’d made towards coveted membership. The reports set the tone for negotiations over the coming year and conclusions can make or break membership hopes. Having launched its official application to join the EU …

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  • EU Progress Reports Offer Little Hope of New Members within the Decade

    EU Commissioner Stefan Füle (EUICBG)

    On Wednesday, in a political exercise akin to A-level results day, the European Union’s candidate countries anxiously awaited the release of progress reports that would assess the headway they’d made towards coveted membership. Only months after Croatia became the EU’s 28th Member State, the results made clear that Brussels has no intention of adding a …

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  • Aging Populations in Eastern Europe Pose Challenges for Policy Makers

    Elderly woman on bench (by Ed Yourdon CC BY-SA 2.0)

    The aging of populations in Europe is transforming economies and societies and sparking debate on issues ranging from pensions to healthcare. In Eastern Europe though, populations are still relatively young compared with their quickly aging counterparts in Western Europe, but falling birth rates, longer life expectancy and high levels of outward migration are expected to …

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  • Bosnia’s Future Uncertain Following Electoral Reform Impasse

    Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Nicolas Raymond)

    Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, announced yesterday, after hopes for a last-ditch agreement were definitively dashed, that the EU would be reducing by half the the financial support it provides to perspective Member State Bosnia and Herzegovina. Leaders from Bosnia’s main political parties had been in negotiations since Tuesday to try …

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  • What Does Ukraine Stand to Gain from Farming Deal with China?

    Typical agricultural landscape of Ukraine, Kherson Oblast (Dobrych)

    A deal signed between Ukrainian and Chinese authorities last month may impact up to 3 million hectares of prime farmland in Eastern Ukraine, a space roughly the size of Belgium. China, the world’s largest country, with over 1.35 billion inhabitants, consumes 20% of the world’s food supply, but constitutes only 9% of the world’s farmland. …

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  • Golden Dawn Arrests Uncover Possible Police Collusion

    Golden Dawn Supporters in Greece (Ggia)

    The spectacular rise of the extreme-right Golden Dawn in Greece has broken the taboo that once surrounded this small political party often described as neo-Nazi. Golden Dawn has successfully exploited rising social and economic tensions in Greek society to enter the Hellenic parliament in 2012 and now enjoys the support of 15% of the population …

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  • “Hand-Painted Headphones for Haiti” Launch

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    Enigma Performing Arts Center of Haiti (EPAC Haiti) and Monster®, the world leader in high-performance personal audio have teamed up for the fundraising initiative “Hand Painted Headphones for Haiti” to raise money to construct EPAC Haiti, a 3,000 seat concert hall and state of the art convention center designed by Metropolitan Museum architect and Pritzker …

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  • The Seasons of our Discontent. A How-to Guide to Popular Uprisings

    Occupy Everything. Copyright annainaustin via Flickr

    The Arab Spring, the Turkish Summer, the Romanian Autumn, the Russian Winter. It seems that the four seasons have become a catchall term for democratic protest movements from around the world. Apart from sharing an annual equinox, what do all these demonstrations have in common? What are the basic ingredients needed for such a protest …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy on the brink

    Back to square one? Mariyam Imad wonders what hopes remain for democracy.

    In the latest turn of events leading to the turbulent presidential elections in the Maldives, the Supreme Court has trampled on the prospects of democracy by postponing the Saturday 19 October vote. In previous weeks, the supposedly impartial body had already scrapped the …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy disrupted

    Maldivians fight for votes, courts void them.

    The Supreme Court of the Maldives has overturned the first round of a tense presidential election following allegations of fraud. The undertakings of this supposedly neutral institution are raising concern among the international community and the Maldivian opposition. On September 24, it “indefinitely postponed” the election’s second-round runoff, …

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  • Maldive elections: Women, repression and the urns

    Mariyam Imad wonders why half the inhabitants of this tropical paradise are still living a nightmare.

    The peaceful surface of the Maldives’ waters belies a brutal tradition of family violence and sexual abuse. The country is on the path to reform, but Maldivian women continue to endure oppression. On 28 September, they will march to …

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  • Maldive elections: The zealot or the autocrat

    As Maldivians head for the ballots this month, Mariyam Imad looks into some of the issues threatening these small islands, and the vast stakes around them.

     The Maldives is a nation of coral islands surfacing from a submarine mountain range 400 kilometers south of India. With a population of under 400,000, it is the smallest …

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  • The Maldives election: Democracy on the brink

    Back to square one? Mariyam Imad wonders what hopes remain for democracy.

    In the latest turn of events leading to the turbulent presidential elections in the Maldives, the Supreme Court has trampled on the prospects of democracy by postponing the Saturday 19 October vote. In previous weeks, the supposedly impartial body had already scrapped the …

    Read More

  • The Maldives election: Democracy disrupted

    Maldivians fight for votes, courts void them.

    The Supreme Court of the Maldives has overturned the first round of a tense presidential election following allegations of fraud. The undertakings of this supposedly neutral institution are raising concern among the international community and the Maldivian opposition. On September 24, it “indefinitely postponed” the election’s second-round runoff, …

    Read More

  • Maldive elections: The zealot or the autocrat

    As Maldivians head for the ballots this month, Mariyam Imad looks into some of the issues threatening these small islands, and the vast stakes around them.

     The Maldives is a nation of coral islands surfacing from a submarine mountain range 400 kilometers south of India. With a population of under 400,000, it is the smallest …

    Read More

  • Conversing with Luke Carroll

    Actor and film star Luke Carroll at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on July 9 2014 after his talk during NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week. (Clair Anderson)

    Luke Carroll has a longing for Australia’s acting scene to embrace cultural diversity.

    The actor’s notable career in the Australian film and television industry include playing Indigenous characters in Redfern now, Going Bush, Home And Away, Playschool, The Alice, Australian Rules and Stoned Bros.

    Carroll’s ambition is to take …

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  • A Hidden Third-World in Australia

    Aboriginal actor and Elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, ABC journalist Matt Peacock and the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor on Indigenous affairs, Warren Mundine discuss John Pilger's latest film Utopia at the Sydney Opera House on 5th July 2014.

    Since visiting remote indigenous Australia for the 1985 documentary The Secret Country, journalist John Pilger was shocked to find that in 2013 little had changed – the conditions were just as grim.

    In his most recent film, Pilger documents the third-world conditions in a region north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. It is …

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