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October 30, 2008
The New Global Financial Rules
Traders in the financial markets are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer velocity of important news headlines.
The New Global Financial Rules
August 27, 2008
Red star rising
The ancient temples around Durbar Square in Kathmandu flutter with pigeons and prayer flags as tourists mill around and hippies blow smoke down Freak Street.
Red star rising
August 27, 2008
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
August 27, 2008
Sub-Saharan roulette
Barely a week goes by without Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) figuring prominently in the Australian business and financial news.
Sub-Saharan roulette
August 27, 2008
Keeping your faculties intact
On the face of it, Australia’s international tertiary education sector is booming. Education recently surpassed tourism to become the third largest export after steel and coal, creating about $12.5 billion in income.
Keeping your faculties intact
August 27, 2008
We have unity now
At 66 years of age, Commander Richard Yoweni doesn’t think he is getting too old to keep battling Indonesia.
We have unity now
August 27, 2008
Less than meets the eye?
The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was public diplomacy “shock and awe”.
Less than meets the eye?
August 27, 2008
Lilliput
When the US Securities and Exchange Commission took the unprecedented step of banning certain kinds of short selling for 30 days in July this year, it put every global regulator on notice to stop dithering and take action to tackle market manipulation.
Lilliput
August 25, 2008
Shovel and sickle
A bevy of Australian and other foreign mining companies moving into the poverty stricken but mineral-rich Philippines face a number of challenges, among them communist insurgents wielding extortion demands and hit and run raids.
Shovel and sickle
August 07, 2008
Dreaming of an Asian EU
Australia’s new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, is happy to consider a rough model along such lines. His target year for establishing it is 2020. On June 4, a keen Rudd sketched a few ideas for the Asia Society Australasia Centre in Sydney.
Dreaming of an Asian EU
June 17, 2008
Settling the Issue
Xinjiang is a critically important region to the Chinese government. Firstly, Xinjiang’s Tarim Basin has the country’s fastest-growing oil and gas fields, and potential reserves could also make them the largest.
Settling the Issue
June 17, 2008
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
June 17, 2008
Hat Tricks
Tibet is much more than just the Chinese-controlled province of the TAR. Taking into account the real size of Tibet…
Hat Tricks
June 17, 2008
Staple Stoush
Consumers throughout Southeast Asia have begun to show their displeasure at the rising cost of food, but the threat of these protests degenerating into region-wide, destabilising unrest is, for the moment, overstated.
Staple Stoush
June 17, 2008
Carrying the Load
Carrying the Load
June 17, 2008
Without a Trace
Without a Trace
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