Newsful: November 15 – November 22

Indonesia downgraded their diplomatic ties with Australia this week, marking the lowest point in Australian-Indonesian relations in over a decade. The downgrade of diplomatic ties between the two Pacific countries will result in the halt of intelligence cooperation, a suspension of military operations and exercises between Indonesian and Australian soldiers, and less economic trading. The…

Newsful: November 12 – 18

Indonesia is presenting newly minted Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott his first international quagmire. With the Pacific Ocean ripe with Asian asylum seekers, Indonesia and Australia usually bear the brunt of refugee intake. Abbott, who campaigned on stiffer immigration policies during this year’s election, does not want to continue the constant influxes of refugees to…