By Right Now

Feature Essay

Gillian Terzis, Close Encounters

In today’s networked world, we’re simultaneously better connected and further away from each than ever before. War and its aftermath are no exception. Gillian Terzis looks at how modern technology mediates our perception of war and asks, what’s the difference between bearing witness to an atrocity and being a voyeur?


Sayomi Ariyawansa, Boats of Diplomacy: Where to From Here for Indonesia and Australia?

How will Joko Widodo react to Australia’s asylum seeker policies?

Philip Marquet, International Commercial Surrogacy in the Post-Gammy World

Can commercial surrogacy sit comfortably with human rights?

Bianca De Bortoli, Digging for Dirt: The Nexus Between Mining, Oil & Gas Industries and Human Rights

Bianca De Bortoli explains how corporate compliance, corporate complicity and corporate social responsibility
interact regarding human rights and the extractive industry.

Terry Elward, Ahmed’s Story

Ahmed, 27, is a Syrian refugee. He escaped Syria seeking asylum in Jordan and Turkey.
He entered Greece with the help of smugglers and is finally safe in Sweden.
This is his story.

Lucy Neville and Ricardo Villarreal, Voices from Ayotzinapa

As Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto arrived in Brisbane for the G-20 economic summit, members of the 3,500-strong Mexican community in Australia were gathering on the streets to protest
the massacre of 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

Heidi Zajac, The Tales of Food in Timor Leste

Cultural identity in contemporary Timor Leste.

Siamak Sam Loni, Climate Change and Human Rights Violations in Darfur.

Siamak Sam Loni describes the threat that ecological and climate factors pose to human rights, even escalating into violent conflict as in the case of Darfur.


Sonia Nair, Human Suffering Through the Eyes of a War Photographer

War Story deftly delves into the post-traumatic life of an embattled war photographer.

Sonia Nair, Laying Old Ghosts to Rest

Surviving Year Zero is one of many personal accounts to surface in recent times detailing the travesties that were committed under the despotic Pol Pot administration.

Feature image: UNHCR via Flickr 


Review – Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

By Georgia Cerni

Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.