Aung San Suu Kyi looks set to be the backseat driver of Myanmar’s next government. Unravelling a half-century of military control and cronyism now awaits her.
“They laundered drug money. No question. There were the names of 24 drug traffickers on a ledger in Nugan’s car. And there are telexes that show Nugan Hand trying to do deals with weapons.”
The true story of Sydney's shadowy Nugan Hand Bank, and its connections in the 1970s to the CIA, arms dealing and the Asian drug trade, may be closer with the discovery of Michael Jon Hand alive and well in Idaho.
GOP faithful falling; Modi dealt a blow in Bihar poll; Netanyahu visits Washington; writings land Iranian poets lengthy jail terms.
“Labor is hoping its leadership on the republican issue will send a message to progressive voters, who have deserted it for Turnbull.”
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Letters & Editorial
Legacy of lethal ‘sand’
I would like to add my voice to that of Linda Walker (Susan Chenery, “James Hardie’s asbestos mining ‘genocide’ ”, November 7-13). We appear to be the same age but I never …
John Irving's latest novel is about a novelist, but the World According to Garp author insists that all they have in common is an aversion to autobiography.
The perfect start to the day.
The High Court’s decision against patents on isolated genes raised questions about how non-expert judges can rule on science.
Why a single pipe in the ground attracts an eager crowd in the midday sun.
2011. (Bonus point: Pakistan.)
In Cold Blood.
“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile. You can’t bribe crocodiles.”
The head of Indonesia’s anti-drug agency describes his proposal for an island prison to hold inmates on death row. Because state-sanctioned murder isn’t barbaric enough on its own.
“I’ll have to remind those Bolsheviks at The Australian.”
The prime minister responds to Cory Bernardi’s concerns that The Australian says raising the GST won’t aid growth. Turnbull was joking: they’re clearly Trotskyites.
“We are deeply sorry to everyone who has or will suffer for this terrible tragedy.”
The head of BHP apologises for the company’s part in a dam burst that has killed at least six people and displaced hundreds in Brazil. The dam held mine tailings.
My mother cried when I showed her my tattoo. She said to tell you, ‘Thank you for making me look so young and beautiful.’ ”
The former NSW boss of the National Union of Workers thanks a tattooist for inking his parents onto his calf, paid for with $432 of union money. Belan denies wrongdoing – and yet the potato-headed vision of his mother, resting below his right kneecap, is a crime itself.
“It will come in handy to keep the flies off.”
The man who would be king accepts a sprig of peppermint gum from a Ngadjuri elder during a welcome to country. He is his father’s son, and as such our completely unelected future ruler.
“I find it incredulous that in what is now being described as a ‘drinks function’ was actually the final meeting in what was a coup to unseat a sitting prime minister.”
The Liberal senator worries at the attendance of Julie Bishop’s chief of staff at a meeting of anti-Abbott forces. The former publican clearly hasn’t heard of that other famous drinks function, the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923.