Category: International

Vanuatu Parliament Dissolved as Prime Minister Tries to Avoid No-Confidence Vote

Vanuatu’s president has dissolved the Pacific nation’s Parliament hours before a no-confidence motion was brought against Prime Minister Bob Loughman. The latest incident continues a tumultuous few weeks for democratic institutions in the South Pacific—already susceptible to influence from Beijing. On Aug. 18, Vanuatu President Nikenike Vurobaravu signed the notice to dissolve Parliament—the next elections…


How Taiwan Became More Free Than Australia, for Now

Commentary I’m no fan of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. But credit where credit’s due, she went to Taiwan even when both Chinese Leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden told her not to. Even more praiseworthy is that once there, she celebrated that the people of Taiwan “have…


Solomon Islands Strikes Deal to Build 161 Huawei Towers With $66 Million Chinese Loan

The Solomon Islands government has agreed to a 448.9 million yuan (US$66.15 million) loan from the Chinese state-owned Export-Import Bank of China to fund the construction of 161 towers by controversial telecommunications giant Huawei. In response, defence expert Michael Shoebridge has warned that Beijing is “moving fast and in a broad way” in the South…


Salman Rushdie Attack Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder, Assault

MAYVILLE, N.Y.—The man accused of stabbing novelist Salman Rushdie last week in western New York pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and assault charges on Thursday and was held without bail. Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of wounding Rushdie, 75, on Friday just before the “The Satanic Verses” author was to deliver a lecture…


China Taking Part in Joint Military Exercises With Russia, Starting This Month

Chinese regime officials announced on Aug. 17 that the country’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will take part in military exercises with Russian armed forces in Russia’s far east. The exercises are being led by Russia and include India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and other countries, China’s defense ministry said in a statement. It added that its participation in the exercises…


Former PM’s Portfolio Saga A Symptom of Decay in Australian Politics: Experts

While former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been roundly criticised for secretly swearing himself into five ministerial portfolios, some political experts say the episode is a symptom of long-running problems in politics. On Aug. 17, Morrison was forced to explain, in a press conference, his actions as well as his decision not to inform…


Anglican Church in Australia Splits as Conservatives Reject Leaders’ Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage

Australia’s Anglican church has split after conservatives who want to uphold the traditional marriage ethics formed a new diocese which it describes as a “lifeboat” for faithful Anglicans.  The Diocese of the Southern Cross was announced at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Canberra on Sunday. GAFCON is an international coalition of conservative church leaders, which…


New Zealand Government Unanimously Suspends Labor MP After Allegations of ‘Rampant’ Bullying

New Zealand MP Gaurav Sharma was suspended from the Labour caucus for breaching trust after he alleged widespread bullying and harassment occurred throughout Parliament and that his concerns around the issues had never been investigated. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the caucus had unanimously determined that suspension was the “most appropriate response” following “repeated breaches…


Australian Shadow Minister Questions Didi About User Data Security

An Australian senator has written to Chinese ride hailing giant Didi, asking the company to ensure it complies with Australian privacy laws and adequately protects the cyber security of Australian users. On Aug. 17, Liberal Senator, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security & Countering Foreign Interference James Paterson published on social media a letter to Maria…


‘Utterly Delusional’: Jordan Peterson Lambasts Australia’s New Emissions Reduction Target

Clinical psychologist and media personality Jordan Peterson has delivered a stinging criticism of the Australian government’s adoption of higher net-zero emissions reduction targets, warning it will “devastate” the country. In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Peterson was lambasting a May 2022 report from auditing giant Deloitte on climate change modelling, claiming that inaction…