Recent satellite imagery confirms China is conducting significant land reclamation operations in the Spratly Islands in the SCS.
At present, there are over 300 million Indigenous people worldwide comprising approximately 5% of the global population. Alarmingly, however, they represent 10% of those living in extreme poverty.
Sometimes the most unlikely of comrades can harbour an abiding interest in common.
In the 21st century both Labor and Coalition governments have tended to forgive and forget the grave foreign policy errors made by the US during the war on terror.
Alarm bells warning of this week's massacre should have sounded loud and clear when American Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel on 2 January.
Not all foreign fighters return radicalised - many return disillusioned.
De Blasio is not your typical democrat that we are used to viewing from the other side of the world; like Bill Clinton or Barrack Obama. Instead, he is a genuine progressive.
Erdogan has never been fazed by the fact that today's Turkey is not the Ottoman Empire and that the Ottomans were not as admired by the peoples they governed, as Erdogan wants to believe.
With Iran needing somewhere around $135 per barrel for its budget to breakeven, it would be the biggest beneficiary of a diplomatic accord with the west.
Yale Professor of philosophy Thomas Pogge has developed a solution to this paradigm of pharmaceutical development - the 'Health Impact Fund'.
This Russian fleet off the coast of Queensland was a reminder how diminutive Australia is in power and therefore how dependent we are on the US Navy to counter the fleets of great powers.
Allah is the Compassionate, the Merciful. This description occurs everywhere, and is even shouted by the unmerciful and uncompassionate jihadis.