Aus­tralian Children’s Lau­re­ate Mor­ris Gleitz­man recent­ly told a packed audi­ence in Syd­ney that every­where he trav­els in Aus­tralia he hears young peo­ple express bewil­der­ment that adults keep elect­ing to high office men and women whose behav­iour, should they – the …

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Note: This arti­cle is a brief overview of a wider research project I am under­tak­ing on the life of Cyril Mon­tague Birnie and the his­to­ry of Aus­­tralia-Japan rela­tions. I wel­come any con­tacts from those with direct or indi­rect knowl­edge of …

Cyril Birnie: From Mel­bourne to Mei­ji Japan Read more »

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Recent­ly I passed my ten year anniver­sary on Face­book and five year anniver­sary on Twit­ter. Both sent notes to cel­e­brate the mile­stone. At first, it felt a lit­tle strange to receive such affir­ma­tions from the algo­rithms of addic­tion. But soon …

A Vale­dic­tion: For­bid­ding Post­ing Read more »

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Writ­ing in the The New York Times, for­mer North Kore­an counter-intel­li­­gence offi­cer and poet Jang Jin-sung observed that his deci­sion to flee the DPRK was pre­cip­i­tat­ed by a real­iza­tion “that there are two North Kore­as: one real and the oth­er a …

Book Review: San­dra Fahy’s March­ing Through Suf­fer­ing: Loss & Sur­vival in North Korea Read more »

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