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China, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Backyard Blues

Clever diplomacy rarely involves total commitment or unqualified fidelity to any one state. Treacherous waters require careful navigation, an understanding

Going Airborne: Coronavirus and Hotel Quarantine

It has happened again. This time, a diligent worker, having followed all the protocols given to him, had returned a

Cross-generational and cross-sectoral Recovery for the Union: Towards a New…

The first address of the European Commission since the pandemic was one highly anticipated by all the citizens of the

White House Briefings for Children: Jen Psaki Circles Back

The Biden administration’s first White House press secretary is keen that things will be done differently under her guidance. The

The Mad Monk Strikes: Tony Abbott, Taxi Rides and Coronavirus…

This is a man who decries the use of experts. He prefers things rough, ready, pungent with vernacular promise and

COVID-19 and the Doomsday Clock

Last January, my fellow Elders Mary Robinson and Ban Ki-moon participated in the unveiling of the Doomsday Clock, the annual

Masking Up under Biden: The Perils of Tribalism, Bureaucracy and…

One crackling theme streaking through the US elections of 2020 was the issue of mask wearing. Critics initially felt that

Capitalism We Can Believe In

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the United States and other developed economies, trust in capitalism had eroded around the

Twitter Nukes Trump

This was Twitter Safety’s January 8 post, full of noble concern: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump

Trump, Insurrections and the 25th Amendment

How strange it must have seemed for US lawmakers to be suddenly facing what was described as a “mob”, not

Tinkering with National Anthems: Australia’s Patriotic Song for Children

It was a New Year gimmick that would have warmed advertising executives across the country. For the first time since

Same Procedure as Every Year: The Story of Dinner for…

Memories are thick of this: the respectful, even reverential German introduction of a comedy sketch; the scratchy string orchestral music

2020 – A Year when Distancing became Social

These days, many argue that our Covid (C-19) response is a planetary fiasco, whose size is yet to surface with

Never Belonging: George Blake’s Spy Exploits

Filling the espionage ranks with legions of the non-belonging comes with its share of risk. The process is counter-intuitive, putting


Weakening of China’s muscle power is absolutely necessary to curtail China’s territorial expansionist greed and to protect neighboring countries from

Yuletide Lockdowns and Cancelling Christmas

The mind changer in Downing Street has struck again. With UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm, changes of

Hoarding the Jabs: The Inequalities of Vaccine Distribution

Public health is no excuse to keep business and patriotism at bay. Not a very humanitarian sentiment, but then again,

I agree with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of…

You may have heard that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill to spend $741 billion renaming military

Top 10 Ways Neera Tanden Has Been Misunderstood

When Neera Tanden emailed her colleagues in support of forcing Libya to pay for the privilege of having been bombed,

“I Told You So. You Damned Fools”: 75 Years of…

Leafing – or in this case scrolling through – the commemorative issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists after