From Five Eyes to Six? Japan’s Push to Join the West’s Intelligence Alliance
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From Five Eyes to Six? Japan’s Push to Join the West’s Intelligence Alliance

As tensions with China continue to grow, Japan is making moves to join the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance. This week, Japan’s ambassador to Australia, Shingo Yamagami, told The Sydney Morning Herald he was “optimistic” about his country coming on board. [I] would like to see this idea become reality in the near future. This comes…

China-Australia Relations are Deteriorating Fast, and It’s Canberra’s Loyalty to US and Hostility to Beijing That’s to Blame
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China-Australia Relations are Deteriorating Fast, and It’s Canberra’s Loyalty to US and Hostility to Beijing That’s to Blame

As China considers a ban on coal from Australia, the government in Canberra faces a difficult dilemma. How does it keep Beijing – its biggest trading partner – happy, without upsetting its key security partner, the US? Australia’s Foreign Ministry is urgently seeking clarification from China as to whether Beijing has asked a number of…

They Spy with Their Little Eye
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They Spy with Their Little Eye

I’ve spent six years alternately begging major NZ journalists to investigate state-sponsored spying on activists including me, and, out of sheer necessity, reporting extensively on it myself from within the vacuum created by their inaction. So it is somewhat bemusing to now observe the belated unfolding of what ex-Member of Parliament and Greenpeace NZ Executive…