Under enormous pressure, countries in south east Asia are at last offering help to thousands of stranded migrants – but their gesture is far less meaningful than it seems.
A year ago, a military coup toppled Thailand's elected government. The junta promised elections once a new constitution is adopted, but its authoritarian rule betrays a hostility to real democracy.
University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the latest bump in the Fairfax Ipsos poll and the chance of an election in 2015, Andrew Forrest lobbying for an inquiry into iron ore prices, and the conditions at the Nauru detention centre.
Australian taxpayers are providing Transfield Services with $1.2 billion over 20 months to operate the detention facility on Nauru.
While Ireland's pro-marriage equality campaign is leading in the polls, the gap has narrowed ahead of Friday's vote. And history shows that Irish referendums can be far closer than the polls predict.
Prince Charles' handshake with Gerry Adams was a momentous occasion for many reasons.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals went beyond striking down the NSA's metadata surveillance program; the court also created a road map for Congress to balance privacy and security issues
The CAR is a phantom state that has barely existed for years. Even with a ten-way peace deal now signed, what future does it have?
When journalists justify what they do, they invariably say: “We hold governments to account. We act in the public interest.” It justifies the most noble investigative journalism. It is a sacred catechism…
Proposals for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people are gaining momentum but also raising legal concerns. Here is a form of words to create an advisory council that overcomes those concerns.
Conflicting policies on Papua reveal that the Indonesian government frame its easternmost region as a problem.
While many insist that the West should appease Syria's Assad regime, this ignores the wishes of many ordinary Syrians – who are the key to defeating Islamic State and other extremists in Syria.
Two new reports reveal that Australia is catching fewer steroid shipments at our borders – yet the number of national steroid seizures and arrests have risen to record highs.
The US is considering using warships and helicopters to pressure China into scaling back construction in the Spratly islands. But why is there one rule for China, and another for other nations?
The Catholic Church's calls to protect children are falling on deaf ears after years of abuse scandals.
Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes, going back to Winston the platypus.
Countless Nuba children have been killed by shrapnel, others from a loss of blood pouring from severed limbs. Others have stepped on landmines planted by Sudan's troops.