Plagued by enduring civil conflict in north-east Nigeria, thousands of families have been torn apart both physically and emotionally. Alyona Synenko writes of the lived experience of trauma and displacement felt by those who left everything behind in a bid for survival.
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With few exceptions, decision makers and opinion formers in Europe viewed the Trump presidency with increasing apprehension and disquiet. Their concern became alarm when the president refused to accept his election defeat and incited a mob of supporters to storm Congress in what was a violent attack on democracy.
Trump's recent suspension from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook raises questions about the limits of free speech in a functioning democracy. The recent move signals that while online platforms welcome debate, when it is accompanied by violence they must draw a line.
As global adversaries expand their offensive digital capabilities, Australia's in danger of falling too far behind to catch up. After China launched a series of cyberattacks on Australian targets and Russia established a beachhead in some Australian networks, the Australian government stands at a crossroads.
On 16 December, it was announced that Catherine Raper would be the next Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. If the tasks of an ambassador could be simplified into representation, negotiation, reporting, and the consular function – and sound advice offered in 900 words – I respectfully offer my views.