Daniel Flitton

Daniel Flitton

Daniel Flitton is senior correspondent for The Age covering foreign affairs and politics. He is a former intelligence analyst for the Australian government and was at one-time a university lecturer specialising in international relations.

Hiroshima survivors offer peace and hope for nuclear disarmament

Daniel Flitton The two young brothers looked into the bright blue sky and waved happily at the shiny plane flying far above.

Foreign ministers call for ban on atomic weapons testing

Daniel Flitton Nuclear talks in Hiroshima have called a new treaty to stop producing radioactive fuel for bombs and acceptance "without delay" of a global ban on testing atomic weapons.

Australia rarely uses Interpol database of stolen passports

Passport

David Wroe and Daniel Flitton Australian border officials accessed Interpol's database of stolen passports just 335 times last year out of more than 30 million international visits, prompting a frustrated response from the...

Locals divided as Nauru camp is rebuilt after $60m rampage

Daniel Flitton The big machines are hungry for scrap, loading massive dump trucks with the twisted and burnt metal wreck that a little over a fortnight ago was housing for 650 people.

Carr backs US claims of Assad chemical weapons use

Bob Carr (Thumbnail)

Daniel Flitton Australia backs US intelligence claims that the Assad regime has deployed lethal nerve gas in Syria.

Refugee mum, branded 'security threat', has chance at defending herself

Ranjini.

Daniel Flitton Tamil refugee Ranjini speaks to an independent reviewer in her bid to escape indefinite detention.

Evans report sounds alarm on lack of will for disarming

Gareth Evans

Daniel Flitton Nuclear armed countries - including the US - are at best only paying lip service to the promise of President Barack Obama to rid the world of atomic bombs.

China blocks ABC broadcasts as executives head to Beijing

U.S. President Barack Obama

Daniel Flitton A growing electronic blitzkrieg by Beijing - blasted by US President Barack Obama as ''state sponsored'' hacking and now extending to the jamming of Australia's radio news broadcasts in Asia -...

Messages from the war zone

Moammar Mashni

Daniel Flitton The shouting had gone on long enough. "The problem is, the microphone is shoved in front of the face of some person who is going to yell in either broken English or Arabic," despaired Moammar Mashni.

Gillard on a slippery slope with statement

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Daniel Flitton JULIA GILLARD'S lopsided statement on the conflict in Gaza and Israel leaves an open question about Australia's support for assassination.

Good relations key to President's second term

Daniel Flitton BREATHE a sigh of relief, Australia - had Mitt Romney won the day, it would have made for an ugly time with our big alliance partner.

Putin looks east to sell Russia to Asia-Pacific

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on her arrival at the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, Pool)

Daniel Flitton VLADIVOSTOK: In some translations the Russian port city ''Vladivostok'' is taken to mean ''power over the east'' and President Vladimir Putin has certainly used a summit of regional leaders and...

APEC leaders sign off green measures

Daniel Flitton, Vladivostok Regional leaders have agreed cut tariffs on solar panels, wind turbine blades, solar hot water systems and a range of other "environmental goods" in what has been hailed as a shift against...

Russia turns gaze east to tap into growth regions

Daniel Flitton Vladivostok JEALOUSY is a very Russian trait, and the green eyes of Moscow are fixed firmly on the runaway economic success of its giant neighbour, China.

Sky's no limit for Putin's soaring Russian ambition

Daniel Flitton Vladivostok BILLIONS of dollars have poured into the Russian port city of Vladivostok for the hosting of this week's three-day summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, only for much of it to be squandered.

Pacific is big enough for all, insists Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Daniel Flitton Hillary Clinton has declared the Pacific ''big enough for all of us'' and laid down a challenge for China and other countries to work together to help the tiny island nations of South Pacific.

Clinton stresses US role in Pacific security

Daniel Flitton Hillary Clinton has declared the Pacific "big enough for all of us" and laid down a challenge for China and other countries to work together to help the tiny island nations of the South Pacific.

Fiji given hope of Pacific family reunion

Daniel Flitton, Rarotonga Moves to bring Fiji back into the Pacific fold are building at a regional leaders' summit, despite Australian and New Zealand opposition to lifting Fiji's suspension sparked by the military regime of...

Islands to play power politics

Cook Islands  Prime Minister Henry Puna talks to the media during a press conference at the Edgewater Resort in Rarotonga the largest Island in the Cook Islands on August 28, 2012.  Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said regional powers need to get used to China's so-called chequebook diplomacy in the Pacific as it works to shore up support over Taiwan. Carr's comments came on the eve of the Pacific Islands Forum, a grouping of mainly small island states, along with resource-rich Papua New Guinea and the dominant regional powers Australia and New Zealand, both US allies.  AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

Daniel Flitton, Rarotonga It might seem brave, but at least a few Cook Islands locals see a chance for the tiny Pacific nation - population barely 12,000 - to 'play off' superpowers China and the United States against one...

Every forum needs a motorcade, even on tiny Rarotonga

Daniel Flitton Rarotonga, Cook Islands It helps that the island is shaped like a squashed baked bean, with the only major road a ring that runs around the coast.