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Katips the film

Mariza Sollano talks about a new film portraying the lives and tribulations of student activists during martial law in the Philippines, which will be screening around the country in October.

The Brisbane Exhibition Centre is about to play host to Land Forces, a weapons expo. As Miriam Torzillo and Lilli Barto report, it is not not about defence but the business of war.

Australia’s operation of nuclear-powered submarines will make it the first non-nuclear weapon state to manipulate a loophole in the International Atomic Energy Agency inspection system. Binoy Kampmark reports.

William deBuys

Conservationist and author William (Bill) deBuys recently published The Trail to Kanjiroba, a memoir of two journeys through the mountainous Upper Dolpo region of Nepal. He discusses his work with Bill Nevins.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has offered to fund the Solomon Islands elections, writes Binoy Kampmark. It was an offer that would irk any sovereign state.

The Pitch Black military exercises are one element in a series that tie Australia to US plans for retaining its regional military dominance in the face of China’s rise, writes Vince Scappatura

The mass movement in Sri Lanka mobilised more than a million people in revolt against the corrupt government of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Susan Price reports.

Sri Lanka

After nearly two months in self-imposed exile, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka on September 3, reports Janaka Biyanwila.

Pakistan flood

As Pakistan struggles to respond to catastrophic floods, calls are growing to demand the suspension of the country’s external debt repayments, reports Susan Price.

Book cover

Chris Slee reviews Zhun Xu's book on the history of China's agricultural collectivisation.

Pakistan flood

Floods have devastated Pakistan, affecting millions of people and incurring huge economic losses. Farooq Tariq provides a briefing on the disaster and an appeal for funds.

West Papuan human rights activists have condemned the killings of four West Papuans in the Pigapu-Logopon Village in the Mimika Regency on August 22, reports Susan Price.

Labor’s review of Australia’s defence capability is likely to continue the same big spending on offensive weapons and make the Asia-Pacific an increasingly dangerous place, argues William Briggs.

Anti-war and peace protesters from Stop AUKUS-WA protested the Indian Ocean Defence and Security Conference. Kerry Smith reports.

Najib Razak

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was finally sent to jail on August 23, more than two years after he was convicted of corruption, reports Peter Boyle.

Australia seems to be helping Fiji set up a defence facility in Lami, although Canberra is keen to eschew the military intent. Binoy Kampmark reports.

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