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Sculpting nations: the politics around statues in Asia

In Asia as elsewhere, whom statues commemorate and whom they overlook comes down to power and politics.

The market for Maoism outside China

Mao Zedong’s theories of class struggle and violent revolution spread around the globe in the second half of the twentieth century, igniting armed uprisings in its wake.

Pushing back against plastic waste in Indonesia

Pollution from plastics is reaching crisis levels, with the fabled beaches of Bali strewn with discarded plastics.

Pandemic politics in Turkey

Despite initially flirting with pandemic denialism, Turkey may be able to take some pride in its handling of the COVID19 crisis.

Kevin Rudd on China’s place in a post-pandemic world

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd discusses a post COVID-19 world marked by an increasingly assertive China and anaemic US leadership.