MissionCreep #9 is out, and we're talking Australia's many leadership spills, Syrian & African refugees and whether foreign languages matter. Tell us what you think!
With the Cambodian election coming up this weekend, Allison Smith reflects on the first Cambodian election, sponsored by the UN twenty years ago. With the same autocratic prime minister, the same political repression, and the same endemic corruption, is there any room for optimism when considering Cambodia's future?
Mike Miesen had the pleasure of watching the first ever Kenyan presidential debate while in Africa. The presidential debate was anything but boring; the debaters were engaged, articulate, and actually answering the questions asked.
Much of the world expects journalists to hold the government to account through their reporting. In Bangladesh, media repression and lack of resources hamper the ability to report effectively on challenges facing Bangladeshis. As Jessica Carter describes, in one Bangladeshi neighbourhood, children are being taught the skills to share their stories with a society that often does not hear them.
From Australia to Vietnam and everywhere in between, the ability (or not) of the media to provide information that can facilitate civic discussion of issues that are (or should be) on the political agenda is a marker of a country’s ability to foster democracy. Casey McCarthy explores the role media can play in critically supporting Cambodia's development.