Hamish McDonald
is The Saturday Paper’s world editor.  

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World August 11, 2018

China pushes back on dissent into darkness

China pushes back on dissent. Misgivings over Xi's leadership spread. Dalai Lama succession plan.

News August 04, 2018

Leading shipbuilder may be forced overseas

After contracts were awarded in the Turnbull government’s $90 billion naval upgrade, the most successful local shipbuilder is being pushed closer to exiting Australia.

World August 04, 2018

US offers a tight belt and a short road

US answer to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Imran Khan wins in Pakistan. Violence after Zimbabwe elections. China's support extends Hun Sen's reign in Cambodia. Trump offers Rouhani meeting without conditions.

World July 28, 2018

Plans afoot for Trump visit to Australia

US president to visit Australia after APEC? Iran responds in kind to Trump threats. US allies working around its global trade war.

World July 21, 2018

Donald Trump’s chaotic European tour

Trump in damage control after Putin summit. Israel seeking Syria deal with Russia and the US. Chinese dissident Liu Xia freed.

World July 14, 2018

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson quits over Brexit

Donald Trump’s in Europe for NATO summit; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s new start for Turkey; US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo goes to Pyongyang.

News July 07, 2018

What makes the Philippines’ Duterte popular

Despite international disapproval of his bloody war on drugs, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is popular at home as a leader from outside the normal corruption of politics.

World July 07, 2018

Merkel gives in on refugee turnbacks

Merkel gives in on refugees. Timor-Leste warned of fiscal crisis. Mexico elects left-wing president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. US chasing Kim Jong-un on nuclear promises.

World June 30, 2018

Trump goes hog wild on trade tariffs

Trump's tariff war escalates. US Muslim travel ban upheld. Erdoğan maintains grip on Turkey. Greyhound racing ends in Asia with Macau closure.