Clashes between the Turkish government and the Kurdish insurgent group PKK have killed more than 150 people since Turkey's mid-June elections, and this new cycle of tension and violence shows signs of spiraling out of control.
Historian Keith Jeffery was given access to the holy grail of British archives, those of the Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6. In this Lowy presentation he talks entertainingly about how he went about writing his new book, MI6:...Show More Summary
In my interview by podcast for Truthdig this week, I discuss Palestinian statehood and how foolish the US government is in sptopping this movement. I also describe the demonstrations at Wall Street
Nicholas Kulish has a New York Times front-pager on the rise of networked protest movements in consolidated democracies like India, Israel, and Greece. I hereby officially accuse Anne-Marie Slaughter of hacking into the NYT website and...Show More Summary
That headline was also the title of former BBC Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant's last post on his widely read blog. Nick's posting with the BBC has now ended, but he's staying in Australia and is busy promoting a book, Adventures in...Show More Summary
On social media websites Zambian voters revealed delays of opening of polling stations, late-coming presiding officers, change of polling stations and even a shortage of ballot papers.
Earlier I linked to economist Tyler Cowen's list of reasons why a carbon tax might not be a good idea. Here's reason 1: Other countries won’t follow suit and then we are doing something with almost zero effectiveness. The Australia-India...Show More Summary
Every holiday season since 1971 when I hear John and Yoko Lennon and those adorable children's voices from the Harlem Community Choir singing Happy Xmas...
Steve Tibbetts first encountered these Chö songs while living in Nepal and hearing the nuns at Nagi Gompa sing them from afar. He eventually recorded the nuns singing between 1994 and 1996.
For a while there, the Arab Spring was looking like quite a good deal for Iran. Mubarak was knocked off, and Shi'a populations in the Gulf started protesting against Sunni oppression. Now, with the Arab Spring moving to Iran's ally Syria,...Show More Summary
To draw a line under The Interpreter's coverage of last week's Lowy Institute Pacific Islands and the World Conference, here are two interviews with speakers from the conference who demonstrate the dynamism and entrepreneurialism of the Pacific islands region. First up is Andrew Abel, founder of Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea. Show More Summary
Amnesty International has launched an online campaign to save death row inmate Troy Davis in Georgia, USA from execution. Nearly 20 years since his conviction, the case against him “has fallen apart” says Amnesty. See online petition, videos, a recorded phone call with Davis, and more. Written by Solana Larsen...
There's a good chance you have never heard of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Below, in another of my interviews from Tuesday's Lowy Institute Pacific Islands and the World Conference is the SPC's Director-General, Jimmie Rodgers...Show More Summary
One of the most impressive speakers at yesterday's Lowy Institute Pacific Islands and the World Conference was Shamima Ali, Executive Director of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (here's the NZ Herald's coverage of her speech). Conditions for political and human rights activists in Fiji are clearly fraught. Show More Summary
Among the participants at the Lowy Institute's Pacific Islands and the World conference here in Auckland is PNG blogger Emmanuel Narokobi, editor of Masalai blog. I talked with Emmanuel about blogging in PNG, and the explosive growth in social media, particularly Facebook. Show More Summary
The pace and scale of Australian anti-terror lawmaking in the decade following 9/11 has been quite staggering. Yes, it slowed with the change of government in 2007, but constitutional lawyer George Williams argued in his Lowy Lecture last Wednesday that it is still well beyond what the UK, US and Canada have done. Show More Summary
Here's the final segment of FP Editor in Chief Susan Glasser and author Leon Aron's interview with Tim Farley on POTUS radio, channel 124, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, about the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union. The first two parts are here, the third and fourth are here.
Here's the third and fourth parts of FP Editor in Chief Susan Glasser and author Leon Aron's interview with Tim Farley on POTUS radio, channel 124, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, about the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union. Click here for the first two parts. Part 3 Part 4
Foreign Policy Editor in Chief Susan Glasser and author Leon Aron sat down recently with Tim Farley on the POTUS channel on Sirius Satellite Radio to discuss the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union. It was a fascinatingShow More Summary
After extensive looting and rioting across London and other cities in the United Kingdom since Saturday night, ordinary citizens are now looking for ways to help their cities heal. On Tuesday morning the hashtags #prayforlondon and #riotcleanup have overtaken #londonriots on Twitter.