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    How to measure HIV stigma

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    Daniel Reeders |  Global targets can be used to benchmark countries – but measuring a reduction in stigma is harder than it sounds. As one of my colleagues asked, 'what's the international standard unit for one stigma?'
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    His palm was her country

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    Anne Elvey |  I woke in a strange dream of a priest who pitied the child born to the mother no longer a nun. From the pew behind, I was the I that spoke up to power.
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    New Indonesian president offers hope for West Papua

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    Pat Walsh |  Since its foundation as a modern state in the 1940s, Indonesia has been plagued by a series of conflicts that have threatened the dream of a united republic, inflicted grievous human rights violations and poisoned perceptions of the place, not least in Australia. Only West Papua, perhaps the most complex and intractable of them all, remains.
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    Fossil fuels must be demonised

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    Michael Mullins |  Prime minister Tony Abbott told an industry gathering in May that ’it’s particularly important that we do not demonise the coal industry’. Pope Francis is likely to do just that when he releases his new encyclical on humanity’s role in caring for the earth.
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    Imelda Marcos and the seduction of time

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    Fatima Measham |  As the world marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance on August 30, new generations of Filipinos find it hard to grasp what it meant to express dissent when Ferdinand Marcos was president. Some assert that, compared to the current standard of governance and politics, life must have been better under Marcos. Such perceptions are validated when trusted institutions invite Imelda Marcos as guest of honour.
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    Just what the spin doctor ordered

    Fiona Katauskas |  View this week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.

How to measure HIV stigma

Daniel Reeders | 02 September 2014

Measuring tapeGlobal targets can be used to benchmark countries – but measuring a reduction in stigma is harder than it sounds. As one of my colleagues asked, 'what's the international standard unit for one stigma?'

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  • New Indonesian president offers hope for West Papua

    3 Comments
    Pat Walsh | 01 September 2014

    West Papua independence flagSince its foundation as a modern state in the 1940s, Indonesia has been plagued by a series of conflicts that have threatened the dream of a united republic, inflicted grievous human rights violations and poisoned perceptions of the place, not least in Australia. Only West Papua, perhaps the most complex and intractable of them all, remains. 

  • Imelda Marcos and the seduction of time

    7 Comments
    Fatima Measham | 29 August 2014

    Imelda Marcos illustrationAs the world marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance on August 30, new generations of Filipinos find it hard to grasp what it meant to express dissent when Ferdinand Marcos was president. Some assert that, compared to the current standard of governance and politics, life must have been better under Marcos. Such perceptions are validated when trusted institutions invite Imelda Marcos as guest of honour.

  • Sowing dragon's teeth in Iraq

    16 Comments
    Andrew Hamilton | 28 August 2014

    Silhouette of soldiers The vagueness of what is envisaged in the call for military action against the Islamic State makes it difficult to establish whether the harm caused would be proportionate to the good achieved.The record is not good suggesting strongly that Western military intervention will make things worse.

  • Not a good time to be Catholic

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    Kevin Donnelly | 28 August 2014

    Girl lighting a candle Growing up in working class Broadmeadows in a Housing Commission estate with a communist father and a Catholic mother – mass on Sunday and the Eureka Youth Movement on Tuesday – taught me first hand about two of the most influential and powerful forces of the 20th century.

  • Homes that enable the disabled

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    Andrea McQueen | 27 August 2014

    Dreamhouse TV show participantsIn recent years, people with disabilities have been coming out of institutions. They are in our streets, our shops and our schools, but not on TV. We need programs like the ABC's Dreamhouse to prompt conversation about what kinds of lives are possible for people with disabilities, and how we can best use our tax money to make dreams come true.

  • Corruption and atonement in NSW

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    John Warhurst | 26 August 2014

    Man in a suit with dollar notes in pocketBoth sides of NSW politics claim to have turned over a new leaf and support tough new lobbying regulations, separating paid lobbyists from party office-holding, and increased transparency surrounding all dealings with ministers. But at the heart of the shambles are not commercial lobbyists but personal and institutional ethical failure, often driven by the lure of self-interest and advantage whether it is in getting elected or in feathering their own nest.

  • An elusive peace in Ukraine

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    Tony Kevin | 26 August 2014

    Team Australia parody graphicMy optimism in previous essays on Ukraine continues to be undermined by the remarkable capacity of all players in this tragic drama – the government in Kiev, the rebels in East Ukraine, and their respective backers in NATO and Moscow – to dig in stubbornly and refuse to compromise goals in this now very nasty civil war.

  • Let's talk about how we talk about China

    2 Comments
    Evan Ellis | 25 August 2014

    Palmer on Q and AChina's meteoric rise is still a relatively new phenomenon. The contours of public discourse on this topic are not yet well worn. Clive Palmer's comments weren't a gaffe so much as a stump speech.

  • Abbott's Team Christian Australia

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    Irfan Yusuf | 22 August 2014

    Australia is a Christian country. We wear Christian clothes. We eat Christian food, speak Christian languages. Pardon the scepticism but I don't believe all this 'Christian values' nonsense, and I won't be lectured to about my alleged failure to integrate. 

  • A daughter's life rekindled

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    Catherine Marshall | 22 August 2014

    Candle framed by handsMy daughter's depression is a dark and inhospitable valley in which she has lost her way, but it is also a mirror held up before me, forcing me to acknowledge the deep troughs into which I myself have fallen, and to recognise the needlessness of having clawed myself out of them alone. 

  • Order is not justice in Ferguson

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    Fatima Measham | 22 August 2014

    Protestor in DC for FergusonThe lack of restraint on Wilson's part, the indignity that shrouded Brown's body long after his death, the disproportionate force deployed against protestors and journalists in the aftermath – this has become the canvas upon which the long grievance of racialised oppression has found vivid expression.


  • His palm was her country

    1 Comment
    Anne Elvey | 02 September 2014

    Bird in handI woke in a strange dream of a priest who pitied the child born to the mother no longer a nun. From the pew behind, I was the I that spoke up to power.

  • Bogan Jesus

    3 Comments
    Barry Gittins and Jen Vuk | 29 August 2014

    The Songs of Jesse Adams coverCasting Christ as a bogan will rub theological feathers awry; a larger linguistic burden for many readers, however, is the unrelenting Strine and hoary cultural references. High art? No. Engaging? Highly. Jesse Adams is on about peace; an inclusive peace that includes social outcasts.

  • Fossil fuels must be demonised

    20 Comments
    Michael Mullins | 01 September 2014

    Coal fired power plantPrime minister Tony Abbott told an industry gathering in May that ’it’s particularly important that we do not demonise the coal industry’. Pope Francis is likely to do just that when he releases his new encyclical on humanity’s role in caring for the earth. 

  • Car park hunger

    1 Comment
    Brendan Ryan | 26 August 2014

    Big Issue vendor

    A topless man shuffles into Coles. The Big Issue seller is liked and avoided. Buskers who specialize with the night, streetlights mooning the spaces that never close.

  • Practical magic

    3 Comments
    Megan Graham | 28 August 2014

    Emma Stone and Colin Firth dancingWhile we are all afraid of the unknown, complete certainty and predictability do not make for a vibrant life. Magic in the Moonlight is a film about the lens through which one chooses to see the world. Cynicism or wonder? Mayhem or magic? It poses the question: Which way brings more joy?


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