Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen

World

This blog provides an angle on Vietnam's economy as well as its culture influencing business performances in this country. .. view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

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

Richard Cox
Richard Cox

Richard Cox

Business

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

Stephen Stapczynski
Stephen Stapczynski

Stephen Stapczynski

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

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

Barry Bassis
Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

Arts & Culture

Barry has been a music, theater and travel writer for over a decade for various publications. .. view profile

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

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

I am a freelance writer and enjoy reporting on a variety of topics... 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

Deborah Asseraf
Deborah Asseraf

Deborah Asseraf

Business

Deborah Asseraf is founder & CEO of Popcorn Productions, a company that explodes awareness for businesses through highly tailored campaigns. .. view profile

Bianca Silva
Bianca Silva

Bianca Silva

Entertainment

Recent grad, music journalist, music lover. .. 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

Zachary Stallings
Zachary Stallings

Zachary Stallings

Entertainment

Pursuing a career as a writer. Make sure to comment on my articles good or bad; welcome the feedback. Also like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. .. view profile

Peter Valk
Peter Valk

Peter Valk

Food & Dining

Peter Valk is a tea expert who has traveled Asia extensively, steeping himself in traditional Chinese culture. He's been in Chinese tea business since 2007... view profile

Ryan Nakada
Ryan Nakada

Ryan Nakada

Sports

As a fan of baseball, I love to write about baseball, watch baseball, play baseball, and talk about baseball... 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






  • 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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  • Why Getting A Good Forex Education Is So Important To Becoming A Trader

    When it comes to modeling yourself after the most successful forex traders, the very first step to take is to get a good education. The foreign exchange market has caused tremendous losses over the years for investors who were both undisciplined and unschooled. Although traders who are experienced in other markets will find some similarities …

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  • Has “Share a Coke” campaign succeeded in Vietnam?

    VIETNAM – Within 4 weeks since  Coca-Cola has first launched “Share a Coke” campaign in Vietnam; Vietnamese people enjoyed having their names on the packs or bottles of Coca-Cola. A wave of possession personal names on Coca Cola’s products spread all over the country and presented widely on Facebook – the most popular social sites …

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  • What I Do Not Like About America — From an American’s Point of View

    american freedom

    If you think about it, there’s quite a bit to like about America. The people have a pioneering spirit and, normally, the ability to think accept challenges and see victory. As I get older though I see things I don’t like living somewhere that has stopped being a repository for freedom. The things I don’t …

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  • Order Flow Trading

    What is order flow trading? In order to define order flow trading one would first need to delineate exactly the type of trading one is discussing. There is quite a bit ofdialogue about order flow trading and misperceptions abound as to the most efficaciousmanner in which to use this trading method. 

    Some describe order flow

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  • Vietnam is launching the five – year development plan (2016 – 2020)

    Known as an emerging country in the South East Asia, Vietnam has had a sustainable development with average GDP growth rate higher than 5 percent within the past 5 years. In 2013, Vietnam got GDP growth rate at 5.4 percent and CPI at 6 percent. Export in the past three years increased at an average …

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  • The Tale of Ryutaro Nonomura (that Crying Japanese Politician)

    Ryutaro Nonomura doing what he does best

    On July 1st, Japanese local politician Ryutaro Nonomura held a press conference to provide explanation for his suspected misuse of over 3 million yen. During the three hour address, Nonomura broke down in tears, wailing uncontrollably and obviously trying his hardest to become an internet meme. A television channel recorded Nonomura’s tantrum and …

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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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  • Japan Lifting Ban on Collective Self-Defense Won’t Change Geopolitics in Asia-Pacific

    Japan Self Defense Forces Visiting Yasukuni Shrine

    Last week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a plan that effectively cleared the way for the government to reinterpret the constitution to allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to engage in collective self-defense (CSD) under special conditions. Although the decision wasn’t unexpected, it came after weeks of intense discussions between the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and …

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  • The Scoop on Fashion Model Dimos

    Model: Dimos (Mercenary Works)

    Most people believe that fashion models are snobs because of their appearances. Far from what other people believe, models are regular people too who work and strive to be good at their craft. I was fortunate enough to come across Dimos, who not only is down to earth, but also is an intelligent person. 

    Dimos …

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  • Child Pornography Continues to Grow in America

    Child Pornography

    A New York City area police chief, a rabbi and a Boy Scout leader are among the seventy people arrested today on charges of swapping child pornography. Federal officials are calling the bust one of the largest in the metro area.

    Those picked up included a woman who involved her child in the making and …

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  • RentLingo Revolutionizes Relocation

    rentlingo

    Moving five times in five years isn’t easy, especially if you’re a grad student trying to juggle a full course load simultaneously. In between business courses, time has to be found to get from apartment complex to apartment complex to personally check out the quality and condition — or lack of them. Friends on social …

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  • My Last Night in the Arizona Desert Waiting for the Drug Cartel

    arizona desert

    With a fully loaded AR15 in my hands I looked into the desert and my imagination ran wild. Were those Saguaro or were those people. Was that sand drifting in the breeze or a Sidewinder at my feet.

    There are no shadows in the desert at night. That’s one thing that I noticed when I …

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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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  • Argentina Finds Cloud Behind Silver Lining : Futbol and the Economy

    Argentina Finds Cloud Behind Silver Lining : Futbol and the Economy

    Argentina’s “football” fans are a boost for their team, but are a drain on the Argentine economy. Don’t worry about the “vulture funds,” high inflation or fading economic growth. With all of the bad financial news in Argentina, at least Argentines can enjoy the national team’s performance in the World Cup.

    Thanks mainly to captain …

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  • Brazil Sacrifices Poor on World Cup Altar

    brazilian world cup

    Several days before the start of the World Cup, people close to the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro woke up to find missiles on the roofs of their apartment buildings. Not just missiles. Entire military bases were established overnight on their homes.

    In Tijuca, north of the city, 600 yards from the stadium, the …

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  • Did I Just Meet the Mexican Drug Cartel?

    el chapo

    “Have you been affected directly or indirectly by the influx of illegal immigrants and/or Mexican drug cartels?  If you have, I want to speak to you.  You will remain anonymous.”

    I posted that ad a few years ago.  I got to Arizona with the idea in mind that I would get some stories from people …

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  • Boston Bombing Justice : A Dramatic Three-Part Play

    suspect-and-bomber

     

    “Of course, actors look forward to the day when they can do a big courtroom scene.” Greg Kinnear.

    Arguably the most dramatic courtroom scenes since the O.J. Simpson trial are about to start in a little over a week. Three friends of alleged Boston Bomber, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, will enter and find out if they …

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  • “Hand-Painted Headphones for Haiti” Launch

    haiti

    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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  • I Spent Two Hours in Bath County Proving Thomas Wolfe Wrong

    bath county

    I spent two hours in Bath County this morning

     

    It’s strange how Facebook can take you miles away or bring friends right to your door.

     

    This morning I got a friend request from a man in Bath County, Virginia that I haven’t seen in, well, years. I immediately recognized his name so I …

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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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  • New EU Anti-Smoking Regulations Mired in Bribery Scandal

    Members of European Parliament in Session (Christian Wohlert)

    Days before debate is to begin on new European anti-smoking regulations, the EU announced last week that the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf) had renewed interest in the former Commissioner responsible for tobacco regulation, John Dalli, with the opening of an official investigation. The Maltese businessman formerly charged with health and consumer protection for …

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  • “Hand-Painted Headphones for Haiti” Launch

    haiti

    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

  • 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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