Foreign Correspondence


The chief fighting for an indigenous Vanuatu nation.

Al Jazeera, August 26, 2017. 

Pentecost, Vanuatu. 

"Today, Viraleo's classroom is empty. On the chalkboard, notes from the last lesson are fading. A kustom bank, reportedly housing billions of Vatu worth of pigs tusks, is closed so long as the chief's handcrafted timber throne sits empty. And the Tuvatu remains just a dream, rather than the beating heart of a kustom economy."

 
The mountains: Timor Leste's blessing and curse.

The Diplomat Magazine, March 29, 2018

Dili, Timor Leste. 

"Long an enabler of Timorese independence, the island’s mountains are now a chief adversary in Dili’s quest to link the nation."

 
 
 
Western populists should learn from Cuba's mistakes.

Huffington Post, November 29, 2016. 

Santa Clara, Cuba. 

"Western populists and Cuban socialists sit at different ends of the left-right divide,  but they are united in their inability to envisage a new future that embraces bold ideas and offers viable change. They are united in their attachment to mythologised versions of history that only prohibit contemporary problem solving to contemporary woes."

 
Malaysia's abandoned tropical paradise.

One Road to London, March 20, 2018.

Pulau Bidong, Malaysia.

"This island used to be the world's most densely populated place. Today, just three people remain."