When we think about Chinese food, we often recall the greasy, mouth-watering, and delicious stir fry rice of our favourite take a-way place. Usually cheap, fast, around the corner, and open 24/7; good for midnight cravings or during around the clock work to meet a deadline. But in China, where this marvellous cuisine comes from, the ingredients used in the various dishes are often not so safe. A recent book published in China by Wu Heng invites its readers to quite literally throw their food out of the window and follow three strict principles while ‘hunting’ at the grocery store: shop at regular places, pay regular prices and rotate your poison. At this point one must ask: Why is there such a great concern regarding the quality of food?
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.”
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.