Saudi Arabia is changing – economics says it must.

This week I walked into a free open-air concert in the seaside city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. ‘Uptown Funk’ was being blasted over the speakers. I had visions of Michelle Obama dancing to the same tune on US late night TV. The people funking along here in Jeddah were not American expats. Those enjoying the …

The life-and-death decisions weighing on Julian Assange

Julian Assange would hate to see himself as a pawn in a large chess game. Love him or hate him, few people would think Assange has anything less than a healthy ego, so he’d rather picture himself as the ‘hero knight’ against a king, but never a pawn. But a pawn he is. Sitting in …

Trump leaves a vacuum in India and Pakistan. Who will fill it?

These past few days tensions have risen between Pakistan and India. America is nowhere to be seen as mediator between two nuclear armed powers on the brink of war. Who will step in to the vacuum? For many Australians, Kashmir is a subject that only arises when the tension between our two cricket loving Commonwealth …