Hamish McDonald
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news September 03, 2016

Timor-Leste backing oil development before Hague ruling

Timor-Leste’s leaders are at odds over progressing with plans for a huge oil and gas project despite the uncertain outcome of talks in The Hague over maritime boundaries.

news September 03, 2016

Flexible communists to host world leaders

US, China rivalry a key EAS focus; Pivot turns sour; Asia shake-up as old foes get closer

news August 27, 2016

People’s tribunal finds Australia guilty over nuclear weapons

Weasel words at UN working group; Turkish president moves to head off Kurds; Russia ‘shows off’.

news August 20, 2016

Scott Morrison pulls the plug on China Ausgrid deal

Hong Kong writer’s column suspended by economic journal; Rape atrocity in South Sudan may lift UN presence; Ruddock needs updating for new human rights role.

news August 13, 2016

The military ponders the Thai royal succession

Does the imminent ascension to the throne of Thailand’s playboy prince Vajiralongkorn make it more or less likely the military junta will loosen its grip on power?

news August 13, 2016

Al-Qaeda affiliates renounce jihadism

India’s bold GST; Japan’s succession; Thai Prince Duntroon links; Kim goes for gold

news August 06, 2016

Trump hands out no party favours

Suu Kyi offers olive branch to ethnic rebels; Wiranto appointment a baffling Joko twist; Rudd still a chance

news July 30, 2016

Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta

At the forefront of Timor-Leste’s fight for independence, José Ramos-Horta remains an active figure in world politics. He shares his thoughts on Kevin Rudd, hypocrisy over maritime borders and making another bid for the Timorese presidency.

news July 30, 2016

Clinton v Trump campaign begins

Conciliatory Akihito to stand down; Tony Jones blunders on myth of ‘Croatian Six’; Always smile at a crocodile; Jokowi restores tough minister