Airports are, by definition, places we pass through. But not for Syrian refugee Fadi Mansour, who spoke exclusively to Fairfax Media of how he ended up stuck at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport for a year before successfully reaching Australian shores.
Being stuck in a situation can often tell us a great deal about ourselves. However many people around the world will be hoping that the end of four years’ captivity for a group of Asian sailors tells us that the wave of Somali piracy in Africa’s waters may finally be drawing to a close.
If the answer to unbearable situations – like the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump – is to keep moving, then perhaps the artists on board the T. Rump bus are onto something. Our roving correspondent Nick O’Malley joined them for part of the journey.
The people of the People’s Republic of China may find out in the next few days whether the leader who has dominated their own political landscape in recent years – President Xi Jinping – intends to move on or stay put. That decision may seem largely administrative, but as Vladimir Putin has shown, such stasis at the helm of a great power brings with it a host of consequences for the wider world.
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The story Daily world dispatch – of human (and political) captivity first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.