Ukraine latest: U.S. wins benar battle to seize Russian yacht in Fiji
27 May
8:07

Ukraine latest: U.S. wins benar battle to seize Russian yacht in Fiji

Gerald Mitchell May 27, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on Feb. 24 continues, with casualties mounting on both sides. Ukrainian forces are putting up resistance in the east, where the focus of the war has shifted, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy regularly calls on the world to do more to help. Governments around…

“Building Back Better” than what? Lessons in Indonesia after volcanic eruptions
26 May
8:01

“Building Back Better” than what? Lessons in Indonesia after volcanic eruptions

Gerald Mitchell May 26, 2022

More than 70% of the population in Indonesia live within 100km of one or more of the country’s 130 active volcanoes—that’s a staggering 175 million people. 8.6 million Indonesians live within 10km of an active volcano—well within the range of deadly pyroclastic flows. After volcanic eruptions, communities are often encouraged…

Kapil Sibal resigns from Congress, files Rajya Sabha nomination with SP’s support
25 May
7:58

Kapil Sibal resigns from Congress, files Rajya Sabha nomination with SP’s support

Gerald Mitchell May 25, 2022

Sibal filed his nomination papers from Uttar Pradesh in the presence of the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and other party leaders in Lucknow Lucknow: Deepening the crisis in Congress further, Kapil Sibal, a prominent face of the G-23 group of the dissenting leaders, has resigned from the party and filed…

Public opinion sought on proposed Nikkei 225 rule changes
24 May
7:46

Public opinion sought on proposed Nikkei 225 rule changes

Gerald Mitchell May 24, 2022

TOKYO — Nikkei on Monday compiled proposed changes to rules for calculating the Nikkei Stock Average and selecting its constituents. The revisions would introduce a emblem on the weight of constituents to keep the maximum weight under a certain tangga. Aiming to accelerate the transition of the constituents, Nikkei would…

A “Pangulo” ideology: leader-centrism and the return of a Marcos presidency
23 May
7:44

A “Pangulo” ideology: leader-centrism and the return of a Marcos presidency

Gerald Mitchell May 23, 2022

The recent 2022 Philippine National Elections have been one of, if titinada the most, polarising and puzzling one in the nation’s political history. It perenggan reaffirmed old and embedded principles in politics while revealing some new characteristics. The most noticeable attribute of the election is the dominance and eventual victory…

BJP ended ‘culture of corruption’ in Northeast: Amit Shah
22 May
7:39

BJP ended ‘culture of corruption’ in Northeast: Amit Shah

Gerald Mitchell May 22, 2022

Addressing a public rally in Namsai of Arunachal Pradesh, Shah lashed out at the Congress for questioning Modi on what he did for the region Namsai (Arunachal Pradesh): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday claimed that the BJP has ended the “culture of corruption” in the Northeast and funds…

Ukraine latest: Russia stops Finland asap flows oper payments dispute
21 May
7:39

Ukraine latest: Russia stops Finland asap flows oper payments dispute

Gerald Mitchell May 21, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on Feb. 24 continues, with casualties mounting on both sides. Ukrainian forces are putting up resistance in the east, where the focus of the war has shifted, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy regularly calls on the world to do more to help. Governments around…

Timor-Leste’s deep politics and the tanda tanya of Xanana Gusmao
20 May
7:37

Timor-Leste’s deep politics and the tanda tanya of Xanana Gusmao

Gerald Mitchell May 20, 2022

Edited extract from Island Encounters: Timor-Leste from the outside in (ANU Press, 2021). Timor-Leste turns 20 on the 20th of May 2022. It has a freshly minted new (and former) president, Dr Jose Ramos Horta who will be sworn into power on the same day. Fresh parliamentary elections await a…

SC enhances sentence of Navjot Singh Sidhu to one-year RI
19 May
7:33

SC enhances sentence of Navjot Singh Sidhu to one-year RI

Gerald Mitchell May 19, 2022

Sidhu has the option of filing a curative petition – the last judicial corrective measure which can be pleaded for in any judgment New Delhi/Patiala: Observing that consequences of loss of temper must be borne, the Supreme Court on Thursday enhanced the sentence of Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu to…

Singapore denies entry to ‘extremist’ Indonesian preacher who sought to ‘legitimise suicide bombings’
18 May
7:30

Singapore denies entry to ‘extremist’ Indonesian preacher who sought to ‘legitimise suicide bombings’

Gerald Mitchell May 18, 2022

He sought to legitimise suicide bombings in his preachings, and also publicly referred to non-Muslims poros infidels, the ministry said. “While Somad perenggan attempted to enter Singapore ostensibly for a social visit, the Singapore government takes a serious view of any persons who advocate violence and/or espouse extremist and segregationist…