NSW Bushfires 2013

The 2013 New South Wales bushfires were a series of bushfires in Australia across the state of New South Wales primarily starting, or becoming notable, on 13 October 2013; followed by the worst of the…

Australia's General Election campaign 2013

A federal election to determine the members of the 44th Parliament of Australia took place on 7 September 2013. The incumbent centre-left Labor Party government led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was…

Lingang New City

Lingang New City, recently re-named to Nanhui New City is about 1 hour drive away from Shanghai and can be described as the manifestation of the explosion in population in China’s East. Within two dec…

Canberra Balloon Festival 2012

The Canberra Balloon Festival is held on the lawns in front of Old Parliament House where up to 40 balloons will inflate at sunrise each morning (weather permitting), and after a gentle lift off, fly…

Queensland floods - Rockhampton

Australian floods: Residents of Rockhampton, the town worst affected by floods in Australia’s Queensland, are fighting off snakes and mosquitoes as they pray for the water to recede.

New Years Eve 2010

The world renowned Midnight Fireworks Display is the grand finale on Sydney New Year’s Eve. The Sydney sky bursts into an epic fireworks show to signal the start of a New Year.t takes 15 months of pla…

Special Court for Sierra Leone

The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of…

Lithium - the grey silver of Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni in south west Bolivia is Latin America’s largest salt flat. Here, under the salty surface crust is a brine that holds over half the world’s lithium resources.
The lightest of the…

Aftermath Earthquake Yogyakarta Indonesia

The May 2006 Java earthquake occurred at 05:54 local time on 27 May 2006, in the Indian Ocean around 25 km (15 miles) south-southwest of the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. The quake caused 5,782 deaths…

Life on the Hallig Island

The Hallig – farmland reclaimed from the North Sea over centuries by heaping up artificial islands in tidal mudflats – of Nordstrandischmoor is home to 18 people. They get by without a supermarket,…

Legal Coca in Bolivia

In an attempt to obtain legal recognition for the traditional use of coca, Peru and Bolivia negotiated paragraph 2 of Article 14 into the 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narc…

Election Times

Leading up to the election, polling in the state indicated a consistent lead (from 5-11% depending on agency) for a coalition of the CDU and the FDP over the SPD-Green share. In general, high German…

Thinking in spirals

The Aymara people of the southern Andes conceive of time as no other culture does: For them, the past is never behind us. It lies where the rest of us imagine the future – up ahead.