Is Australia outsourcing its refugee obligations to Cambodia?

During the last two decades, arguments concerning who can claim belonging in Australia, and fears surrounding border security, have been at the forefront of Australian media and political debates. This is especially true when it comes to asylum seekers arriving by boat. The politicisation of asylum seekers arriving by boat has culminated in restrictive border policies, where even recognised refugees are denied entrance into Australia and are instead transferred to detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. On September 26th, Scott Morrison, the Australian minister for Immigration and Border Protection, signed an agreement with Cambodia to relocate Australian refugees currently being held on Nauru. This has caused an outrage among advocacy groups as well as the Cambodian people. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, has called the agreement “… a worrying departure from international norms.”

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THE NEXT STEP IN THE WAR ON TERROR: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW IRAQ WAR?

Desperation: Kurdish protestors inside the European Parliament. Source: Flickr, DIE LINKE, in Europa. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
The observation that history repeats itself might be valid, at least in the case of the ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria. During the previous months, the world has witnessed many heinous crimes against innocent people ranging from the massacres of civilians to the beheadings of journalists, and with their declaration of a new caliphate, the group responsible has made themselves globally known as the Islamic State. Accordingly, this has provoked a seemingly rapid response among Western leaders who are now working on stopping the terrorist organization in its destructive path. Now the question on many people's mind is whether or not we are witnessing the early days of a new war in the region.

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Brazil 2014: FIFA World Cup and Presidential Elections. Is this Brazil’s busiest year in history?

Protests against the World Cup at the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro. Source: Flickr CC, coolloud
The eyes of the entire world were turned towards Brazil during this summers FIFA’s World Cup. However, the World Cup wasn’t the only mayor event in Brazil this year, the worlds 5Th largest democracy is currently preparing itself to elect a new president on October 26th, after an exciting first round in early October. This article explores the recent events in Brazil’s captivating election, before its definitive round. Brazilian citizens and international markets remain observant to the path that one of the world biggest economic players is about to take; in an election that has been marked by football, a plane crash, religion and more.

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