About James Giggacher

James Giggacher is editor of New Mandala and an associate lecturer in the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs .


Hiroshima storytellers keep A-bomb memories alive


The stories of Hiroshima survivors offer some healing and some hope To walk the halls of Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum is to trace humanity at its worst—and its best. In this place of human shadows etched onto stone are too many reminders of the too many victims of the world’s first nuclear bomb used in […]


Frontline Asia—academic blogs shine light into dark corners


In a world of soundbites and political spin, academic blogs can offer an alternative to those wanting to look deeper In the late hours of Saturday 5 May 2013, servers at the Australian National University (ANU) went into meltdown. They were being bombarded with thousands of hits from Malaysia, where the country was waiting on […]


The power of redemption


After ignoring international outrage and desperate pleas over the executions of foreign drug smugglers, including two Australians, JAMES GIGGACHER asks if  Jokowi can ever win back a place in our hearts. As Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and six other men stared down their executioners on Indonesia’s prison island, Nusakambangan, in the early hours of Wednesday, […]


Malaysia one step closer to authoritarian rule


The five-year jail sentence imposed on opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim last week, writes JAMES GIGGACHER,  raises serious questions about the future of Malaysia’s politics and opposition movement. The fate of long-time opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was decided on 10 February – and along with it the increasingly slim democratic prospects for his native Malaysia. With […]