Ello all. Today's exchange is a bit short and a bit late due to some Internet troubles. Here we go:
- Foreign Policy's Min Zin has a fascinating article on his return to Burma after 25 years. Particularly interesting is his focus on what has been physically and culturally “constructed” in his absence.
- Melanie Tannenbaum has a brilliant article at The Scientific American about what could affect a split second decision to shoot or not to shoot a potential threat. This is particularly timely in the wake of the George Zimmerman case.
- Much of the rhetoric surrounding the “boat people” in Australia is concentrated on the people smugglers. Whether a vapid attempt to divert attention awayfrom what we are doing to genune refugees or not, a common argument is that we must break the people smuggler's “business model”. Gabriella Sanchez, a Research Fellow at the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash Univerity explains why the people smuggler's “business model” is a myth, and why the PNG solution is just going to change the origin of the boats. Key paragraph:
“Threatening refugee seekers with the inability to settle in Australia does not constitute a strong or effective deterrence mechanism. At the time they embark in their journey refugees’ main focus is not on the logistics of resettlement, but on being able to leave behind the extreme conditions they face.”
- And lastly, no wonder the costs of mobile broadband are so high in Australia. We have one of the highest take up rates. Now if only we were assured of the best internet infrastructure money could buy… From The Economist: