Protests and what happens after
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Chinese universities are increasingly working in collaboration with the Chinese Communist Party. They are engaged in ‘defence research, training defence scientists, collaborating with the military and cooperating with defence industry conglomerates and are involved in classified research’.
Australian universities are in partnership with many of these Chinese universities. So how do they ensure that the work they are doing won’t be of value to, or being done for, the Chinese military?
Alex Joske has released a Chinese Defence University Tracker for ASPI. He explains what the tracker is and how Australian universities can use it to ensure that their research collaborations are as safe as possible.
Right now it seems as if most of the world has taken to the streets to protest. As Mosies Naim explains, ‘in a world aflame with protest Latin America stands out as a raging ten-alarm fire’. He argues that these sometimes violent demonstrations have been prompted by a ‘truly dizzying array of grievances, including electoral fraud, corruption and rising fuel and public transportation costs’. Will these countries be able to gain back some kind of political and social stability or will the protests continue into 2020?
What happens after the protest die down? What do the organisers and protesters do then? Richard Youngs explains that difficult decisions need to be made. Do they, for instance, ‘disengage from politics or build new types of civic campaigns? Do they move into existing political parties, build their own outfits, or steer clear of mainstream politics altogether? And how do they protect themselves from the government repression that often follows in protests’ wake?’
The Ibis, or the bin chicken, is considered a pest in Australia because they scavenge food from cafes and parks and they compete with native birds for food and habitats. In Ancient Egypt, however, they were considered Gods. Sally Wasef recounts finding millions of sacred ibis mummies ‘stacked floor-to-ceiling along dedicated catacombs in Egypt’. She explains the history of this remarkable bird in Egypt and why their disappearance remains a mystery.Duration: 54min 6secBroadcast: Mon 9 Dec 2019, 4:05pm
- Pro-democracy protesters climb over a highway dividers fleeing from police arrests during a mass rally on December 1, 2019 in Hong KongBilly H.C. Kwock/Getty