Susan Merrell looks at the trial of a former Solomon Islands attorney general taking place in Australia and asks whether there’s more than meets the eye to the sexual abuse charges that have been brought against him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.