Islands in an East Asian storm

Charles RichardsonFeb 9, 2013 2

What's going on in the East China Sea? Are China and Japan really on the brink of war? And whose side is Malcolm Fraser on?

More about Obama’s liberalism

Charles RichardsonFeb 7, 2013

Barack Obama keeps saying he's not a big-government liberal, but the right doesn't believe him. Now a big-government liberal says the same thing.

Australia falls further behind on same-sex marriage

Charles RichardsonFeb 7, 2013

Australia was well behind Britain on recognition of same-sex couples even before Tuesday's vote. Now the contrast is more embarrassing still.

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Mission accomplished in Mali?

Charles RichardsonFeb 6, 2013

French forces are now in control of all the towns of northern Mali. But the Americans had an easy time of it in Iraq at first; the hard part comes later.

Failure in Afghanistan?

Charles RichardsonFeb 5, 2013 5

Australia's mission in Afghanistan is a failure, as Hugh White says, but that failure derives from a much larger failure of American policy.

Two steps forward, one back, for same-sex marriage

Charles RichardsonFeb 4, 2013 1

Same-sex marriage wins a breakthrough vote in France, but David Cameron is having trouble with his party over the same change in Britain.

Israel throws the switch to security

Charles RichardsonFeb 1, 2013 2

Benjamin Netanyahu is about to embark on the task of building a new governing coalition. Good timing, then, that Israel's security concerns are in the headlines this week, rather than the possibly more troublesome domestic matters.

Google brings North Korea to life

Charles RichardsonJan 31, 2013 4

Just weeks after its chairman visited North Korea, Google has unveiled detailed new mapping of the Stalinist nation. It may not come from official sources, but it's still a fascinating resource.

Australia gets used to fixed terms

Charles RichardsonJan 30, 2013 2

The prime minister's election announcement shows up just how little flexibility she really had about the timing anyway. Australia has moved close to a fixed-term model without even trying.

Lib Dems get their revenge on electoral reform

Charles RichardsonJan 30, 2013 2

Britain's Liberal Democrats succeed last night in frustrating a Conservative move for electoral reform – as a measure of revenge for last year's defeat over the House of Lords, but also due to their own self-interest.