By John Keane For democrats, made in Taiwan is a seductive brand with definite global appeal. ‘Through the promotion of its democratic ideals’, says a stylishly confident pamphlet published recently by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ‘Taiwan has managed to build a significant amount of soft...

By Sam Crane, Williams College The media spotlight has shifted away from Hong Kong and toward President Obama’s visit to Beijing, but students and activists remain in Admiralty and Mong Kok, and their demands for political change have not softened. It seems highly unlikely that they will...

By John Keane Edward Gough Whitlam has passed on, leaving behind millions of citizens saddened by scores of eloquent obituaries reminding us how, once upon a time, Australian politics produced world-class leaders courageously committed to the public good. I must confess I shed tears upon hearing news of...

By John Keane The dwindling but still determined protesters in Hong Kong now face a vicious media assault on everything they stand for by central party propagandists in Beijing, writes John Keane. Now entering its third week, its numbers dwindling but its determination and purpose still remarkably...

Speaker: Prof Jonathan Bogais Event: The New Despotisms, 2014 Festival of Democracy Venue: The University of Sydney Time: 27 September 2014 Please notice that the video is part of the symposium The New Despotisms, each speaker addresses concisely on a specific topic. Dr Jonathan Bogais is a specialist in foreign affairs...

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