Asia Pacific
Red lines and the Solomon Islands
Sam Pietsch

The Thin Red Line is a novel by James Jones set during the World War Two battle between the United States and Japan for control of the Solomon Islands. It is about the devastation war visits even on the “winners”; the title refers to the physical and mental fragility of human beings, which combat inevitably exposes with horrifying consequences. And it is about the hypocrisy and callousness of those who give the orders to fight without having to suffer those consequences.

Tensions over Solomon Islands deal
Vinil Kumar

The announcement of a new security agreement between the Solomon Islands and China has set off alarm bells in Australia’s ruling circles. The deal would reduce the Solomon Islands government’s reliance on Australia for domestic security and strengthen its relationship with China—a clear challenge to Australian and US dominance in the Pacific.

Commemorating Tamil Oppression Day
Commemorating Tamil Oppression Day
Barathan Vidhyapathy

Uncalloused white hands shake brown hands, somewhat reluctantly. A golden lion with a triumphant grip on a sword, emblazoned on a flag, is hoisted high.

PNG ‘refugee deal’ expires, but the horrors continue
PNG ‘refugee deal’ expires
Diane Fieldes

After eight years the Australian government’s “offshore processing” deal with Papua New Guinea ended yesterday. Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers were sent by Australia to a prison centre on Manus Island over the course of the policy. It was glorified human trafficking.

Australia in the Solomon Islands
Vinil Kumar

Two years ago, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare backed away from the country’s historic ties with Taiwan to establish diplomatic links with China, Australia’s major rival in the South Pacific. Last month, after anti-government protests and rioting in the capital, Honiara, Sogavare was forced to call on Canberra to save his skin. Within hours, the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Federal Police were on their way to the Solomons.

War hawks on the rampage over China
Jordan Humphreys

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s recent National Press Club address on Australia’s relationship with China has led to a storm of criticism from the right-wing militarist brigade who seem to be salivating at the prospect of front row seats for WWIII.

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