FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — African immigrants stuck in a disabled boat signal for aid in a busy Mediterranean shipping channel. Western warships enforcing NATO’s than-arms embargo against Libya pass by the disabled vessel, but none see fit to respond to the distress call—nor do Italy or Malta, both located close enough to help. Passing fishing vessels are similarly indifferent. A helicopter buzzes the boat twice, dropping some biscuits and water, but no vessels followed. Faine Greenwood writes for UN Dispatch.
AsiaWATCH – The High Court’s decision to reject the Government’s asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia was closely watched by Tamil refugees. Our reporter filed this dispatch from India. Refugee advocates in southern India say that […]
Nobel Laureate and pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi says the people of Burma are closely following events in the Middle East, where largely peaceful protests have forced governments out of office in Tunisia and […]
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — The plight of thousands of Rohingya stuck on rickety boats after fleeing their homes in Myanmar is quite possibly the greatest embarrassment ASEAN has ever faced. And the reality is the 10-nation trading […]