Bangladesh has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to relocate Rohingya refugees from Cox's Bazaar to Bhasan Char Island in the Bay of Bengal. It remains to be seen whether this relocation will be forced or voluntary.
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There is nothing sinister in the federal government’s desire to control Australia’s foreign policy. However, proposed legislation to scrutinise “arrangements” between foreign governments and Australia’s states, localities, and public universities fails to recognise the role of subnational actors in promoting economic opportunities and increasing diplomatic engagement.
Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert remains imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage after attending an academic conference in Qom two years ago. Her mounting psychological distress is exacerbated by the prevalence of COVID-19, and a renewed call for action is essential.
In the latest drama of Brexit, the British government has indicated its plans to revisit the withdrawal agreement it signed with the EU on the terms of departure. Boris Johnson's government appears to have adopted unilateralism and a "Britain First" mentality to ensure he “gets Brexit done.”