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Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald

Joshua Mcdonald is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

Joshua Mcdonald is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Melbourne, Australia, reporting on international relations, social issues, and health across Australia, the Pacific, and South Asia. His work has been featured in a number of renowned media outlets including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Guardian and Al Jazeera.

Prior to moving to Australia, Joshua worked primarily as a photojournalist focusing on health in the Middle East and Central America. He is also a member of SOPA image agency based in Hong Kong.


Posts by Joshua Mcdonald
June 18, 2021

Pacific Island Nations Consider Deep-sea Mining, Despite Risks

By Joshua Mcdonald
Pacific Island nations are contemplating allowing deep-sea mining to bolster their economies, despite unknown environmental impacts.

June 11, 2021

Maori Connection to Antarctic May Predate European ‘Discovery’

By Joshua Mcdonald
New research links the Maori people to possibly discovering Antarctica long before Europeans and Americans.
June 02, 2021

Fiji: Civil Society Demands Powerful Minister Resign

By Joshua Mcdonald
An alliance of civil society organizations in Fiji has demanded the economy minister’s resignation amid a bleak economic outlook. 

June 01, 2021

Pacific States Watch Samoa’s Political Turmoil Carefully, Quietly

By Joshua Mcdonald
Samoa’s neighbors have mostly fallen short on backing the new democratically elected prime minister amid a “bloodless coup.”

May 20, 2021

Australia, the Lucky Country, Could Be More Generous

By Joshua Mcdonald
The recent Australian budget leaves little breathing room for Pacific Island nations.

May 17, 2021

Australia-China Trade Tensions Persist With Cancelled Agreements and Sharp Statements

By Joshua Mcdonald
Canberra and Beijing pass the one-year mark of increased tensions over COVID-19 origins and the subsequent trade war.
May 03, 2021

Fiji Locks Down Large Cities as COVID-19 Cases Rise

By Joshua Mcdonald
Health authorities believe the virus found its way back into the community after a soldier providing security at a quarantine facility became infected.

April 22, 2021

Australia Avoids Reckoning With Afghanistan War Crimes Allegations

By Joshua Mcdonald
More cases of alleged unlawful killings and abuse by Australian special forces in Afghanistan arise.

April 14, 2021

The Women That Upended Samoa’s Politics

By Joshua Mcdonald
Following last week’s election, Samoa’s long-time ruler could be displaced by the country’s first female leader.

April 05, 2021

Heavy Rains Over Easter Weekend Flood Timor-Leste’s Capital

By Joshua Mcdonald
Skies cleared in time for the country’s first delivery of COVID-19 vaccine, but the lasting devastation may complicate distribution.

March 26, 2021

Can New Zealand Fix Its Housing Crisis?

By Joshua Mcdonald
In the final quarter of 2020, 40 percent of all property sales in New Zealand were to people who owned multiple properties already.
March 22, 2021

Why Is Australia’s Vaccine Campaign Moving So Slowly?

By Joshua Mcdonald
More than 6 million Australians are currently eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A mere fraction have received it.

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