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Michael Ruffles is a journalist and desk editor at the Sydney Morning Herald.

FOMO festival: Nicki Minaj delivers an incomplete disaster

FOMO festival: Nicki Minaj delivers an incomplete disaster

We expect better from a proven hitmaker who has sold 99 million units and headlines a hip-hop/electronic dance festival that doesn’t come cheap.

  • by Michael Ruffles

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'Courageous young man': footballer languishing in Thai jail

'Courageous young man': footballer languishing in Thai jail

Hakeem al-Araibi has been detained in Bangkok for 45 days, caught in a legal tug-of-war between the country he fled and his new home, Australia.

  • by Michael Ruffles
Nick Cave: Prince of darkness summons his inner life coach

Nick Cave: Prince of darkness summons his inner life coach

Aussie rock’s prince of darkness held “something of an experiment” at the Opera House that was one part writers’ festival Q&A, one part piano concert.

  • by Michael Ruffles
Gutted and stuffed with concrete: fears for missing Thai activists

Gutted and stuffed with concrete: fears for missing Thai activists

Two bodies with concrete in their stomachs have washed up on the Thai-Laos border, as fears grow they belong to missing critics of the military regime in Bangkok.

  • by Michael Ruffles
Dean Lewis review: Fans lose their mind to more of the same

Dean Lewis review: Fans lose their mind to more of the same

For a guy who hasn't even released an album, Dean Lewis can pull a crowd.

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Seeking only a holiday, Bahraini steps into an international crisis

Seeking only a holiday, Bahraini steps into an international crisis

An Australian resident and football player risks being forcibly returned to Bahrain, where he faces jail for a crime he says he didn't commit.

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'This might be my last message': Thailand set to deport Australian refugee
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'This might be my last message': Thailand set to deport Australian refugee

Thailand is set to send a Melbourne footballer back to Bahrain, where he faces imprisonment and possible torture, a human rights group claims.

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Lese-majeste is dead. Long live lese-majeste

Lese-majeste is dead. Long live lese-majeste

Thailand’s notorious royal defamation law has not been used in a year, but the chances of it being abolished are as remote as ever.

  • by Michael Ruffles
Sam Smith ain't Beyonce, and that's not a bad thing

Sam Smith ain't Beyonce, and that's not a bad thing

Sam Smith promised, during a rather sombre intimate show early this year, that he would “pretend to be Beyonce” when he brought his full concert back.

  • by Michael Ruffles
Tash Sultana, Meg Mac shine through the rain at Lost Picnic

Tash Sultana, Meg Mac shine through the rain at Lost Picnic

Tash Sultana and Meg Mac shine on a drizzly day at Sydney's Lost Picnic festival.

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Kesha's hot mess ends in Sydney

Kesha's hot mess ends in Sydney

We reach peak Kesha when a bra gets tangled in a costume that's part Barbarella, part crimson rosella.

  • by Michael Ruffles