Thank you to all who contributed to The Interpreter over the last two weeks. I'm signing off as acting editor, and Sam is back in charge next week.

Some thoughts (or reading) for the weekend:

  • World toilet day generated its fair share of toilet humour, but there is a serious message there, as pointed out by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today: '2.6 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation ... Each year, more than 1.4 million children die as a result of unclean water and poor sanitation'.
  • New CSIS report by Anthony Cordesman on what it will take to transfer security responsibility to the Afghan National Security Forces. 
  • Satellite photographs published by Japanese newspaper Shankei Shimbun (reported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Korea Times) suggest that North Korea may be making preparations for a third nuclear test.
  • Nuclear sales anomalies: Australia's ban on nuclear sales to India scrutinised; and its sales to Russia criticised. (With apologies for the delay).
  • A new report by our colleagues over the ditch, the Asia:NZ Foundation, examines the 'untapped resource' of the New Zealand diaspora, one of the highest per capita of OECD countries. The third in a series of Asia:NZ reports on diasporas, this one looks at New Zealanders in China, Chinese in New Zealand, and returned Chinese migrants who once lived or studied in New Zealand. 

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