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The Australian dual-citizenship scandal – How the Constitution sparked a government crisis

One article in the Australian Constitution which has no connection to every-day political business could bring down the Australian government. It sparked the dual-citizenship scandal that is spreading further through the parliament’s ranks. Australia is one of the countries that rank close to Canada and the United States in terms of immigration. Many people immigrating also apply for the Australian ... Read More »

G’day from Australia: Let’s start at the beginning

Did you know…. Australia is as wide as the distance between London and Moscow? more than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast? Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote? Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia? the Great Barriers Reef it the planet’s largest living structure and it’s own post box? Hey ... Read More »

Simple Business Strategy Gone Wrong

Selling some low-priced t-shirts with seemingly patriotic slogans on them around the national holiday: If you are an international retail company, this sounds like a pretty safe bet on some revenue, especially when the country in question is a former part of the British Empire and still a proud member of the Commonwealth. Well, as managers of German-based discounter Aldi ... Read More »

Hunting Witches in Papua New Guinea

In early April, an elderly woman named Helen Rumbali was accused of being a witch and killing a member of her village by using dark magic. She was taken from her home by an angry mob, tortured for over 12 hours, and eventually beheaded in public. In the West, words like magic and sorcery usually conjure up images of fictional ... Read More »

Pacific Apartheid

A crystal clear sea, white sand beaches and waving palm trees.  That is probably the first picture that pops in one’s mind when thinking on the tropical isles of Fiji, the archipelago in the middle of the pacific ocean. The state of Fiji however is less paradisiacal then would appear at first sight; Fiji is the only country in the ... Read More »