Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 16:33 | SYDNEY
Friday 20 Jul 2018 | 16:33 | SYDNEY

Monday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


13 July 2009 13:48

  • For background to the Stern Hu China spy row, read Hugh White's October 2007 Lowy Institute Policy Brief on looking after Australian overseas.
  • In local elections, more signs that Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso is in trouble.
  • The American Prospect examines Hillary Clinton's feminism and how it influences US foreign policy (preview only; sorry).
  • Nicholas Farrelly, who writes the New Mandala blog, argues at Inside Story that the West forgets to ask the obvious question about Burma: how have the Generals held on for so long?
  • The Australian High Commission in New Delhi points out that the death rate among Indian international students in Australia is less than one third of Australian students in Australia.
  • An anecdote about what it used to be like for Indians to get foreign consumer goods into the country (I once heard a similar story about New Zealand in the 70s):

Like most Indians living abroad, my father would pack suitcases full of items that were difficult for my family to buy in India (or for which the quality in India was bad). On that particular trip, my grandmother had asked for a toaster. The officials inspected the toaster and pulled my father aside to tell him there would be a large customs duty for this “foreign luxury item.”