Menu
Account
East Asia
The Truth Test
We may never know exactly what happened when an ethnically charged fight in a toy factory in southern China on June 26 left two Uighur factory workers dead and dozens more injured.
The Truth Test
Central Asia
No Power to the People
Lack of leadership makes a fully fledged revolution unlikely in Iran The Diplomat speaks with Ilan Berman, Vice President for Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council and author of ‘Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States’ about Iran’s disputed presidential election.
No Power to the People
Oceania
Australian Education goes Global
Subverting a celebrated Benjamin Franklin bon mot, Noam Chomsky declared that ‘education is ignorance’.
Australian Education goes Global
Oceania
Apocalypse Porn
When I checked in at Sydney Airport for a flight to Perth, the Qantas operative greeted me with ‘bad news’. Due to a technical hitch, there was – gasp – ‘no audio-visual’. I couldn’t have been happier. Forty winks was in my grasp. ‘Such a long flight,’ she lamented. Passengers were provided with a $30 voucher to buy books.
Apocalypse Porn
East Asia
Hong Kong Cinema in the 21st Century
Two years ago, Hong Kong marked the 10th anniversary of its reunification with China with the usual fanfare and fireworks, and perhaps some relief – if not satisfaction – that 10 years had indeed passed.
Hong Kong Cinema in the 21st Century
Central Asia
Destination Abu Dhabi
While Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the best known internationally, Abu Dhabi, the national capital lying 150 km south-west of Dubai, is well on the way to matching the profile of its precocious sibling.
Destination Abu Dhabi
Southeast Asia
Broken Art
With their rich traditions and an increasingly global outlook, Thailand’s cultural industries have significant promise.
Broken Art
South Asia
Chequered History
It is a decades-old scene common to every hamlet, town and city in India – a dusty playground at midday, chock full of schoolchildren armed with cricket bats and rubber balls, sweating bullets, but playing earnestly, despite the searing heat.
Chequered History
February 02, 2009
International Migration Concerns
Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a shift in the definition of security.
International Migration Concerns
Southeast Asia
Rescuing Child Sex Slaves
A warm night on the Thai/Burmese border. A Grey Man operative checks his video equipment and heads into a cluster of 15 brothels.
Rescuing Child Sex Slaves
East Asia
China in 2008
A once-in-a-hundred-year snowstorm marked an ominous beginning for a supposedly magnificent year for China.
China in 2008
East Asia
Tale of a thousand cities
The glowing blue ripples of China’s National Aquatic Centre – better known as the Watercube – have made the Australian-designed 2008 Olympic Games venue a Chinese icon.
Tale of a thousand cities
Central Asia
Less than meets the eye?
The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was public diplomacy “shock and awe”.
Less than meets the eye?
East Asia
Once Bittern, Twice Shy
China’s public signage, as the friends of many serial email forwarders have discovered is second perhaps only to that of Japan in its ability to delight, baffle, and send native English speakers into spasms of hilarity.
Once Bittern, Twice Shy
South Asia
Without a Trace
Without a Trace
South Asia
Son of a Gun
On a motorcycle tour through India in August 2001, Australian paramedic Benjamin Gilmour and his girlfriend decided to venture into a country they knew nearly nothing about – Pakistan.
Son of a Gun
Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly newsletter
The Diplomat Brief