Vol 19 No 11

08 June 2009


ARTS AND CULTURE

Beyond the Iraq fiasco

19 June 2009 | Kerry Murphy The Gamble, by Thomas E. RicksThe US strategy now recognises that success in an insurgency conflict is slow. It can only take place when the occupying forces realise the important thing is to protect the Iraqi people, not to focus on killing the 'bad guys'.


AUSTRALIA

Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday behind bars

4 Comments
19 June 2009 | Carol Ransley Sitting inside a purpose-built cell within Burma's notorious Insein prison, Suu Kyi today turns 64. Despite the 'bells and whistles' of a Burmese court, Suu Kyi is unlikely to receive a fair trial and will likely spend the next few years in prison.


RELIGION

Historical tensions visit women and the Church

13 Comments
18 June 2009 | Andrew Hamilton

Many women religious fear the Vatican visitation of female religious congregations will take a negative attitude to feminist aspirations and to the changes brought about by Vatican II. They can find historical grounds for this fear.


ARTS AND CULTURE

South Africa's lesson for post-apartheid Australia

10 Comments
18 June 2009 | Tim Kroenert Disgrace, John MalcovichDespite the best wishes of many, we are yet to resolve the injustices that have resulted from White Australia's brand of apartheid. As Disgrace reveals, reconciliation is more than words. There is much fear and anger to overcome.


The parable of the dirty floor

1 Comment
17 June 2009 | Brian Matthews The mysterious stain on the kitchen floor was evoking obscure feelings of unease and danger. What was happening in the cosmos that could be making me feel that way? A hell of a lot, as it turned out.


AUSTRALIA

Gaddafi's Vatican weirdness

1 Comment
17 June 2009 | Desmond O'Grady

GeddafiLibyan leader Colonel Gaddafi looked like Michael Jackson when he landed in Rome. During his first ever visit to Italy, he said Islamic forms of government should not be criticised since the Vatican is a theocratic State.


The rich list of Australian politics

5 Comments
16 June 2009 | John Warhurst BRW Rich ListWhat can Malcolm Turnbull's place among Australia's richest 200 people tell us about wealth and politics? First and most obviously, that the extremely wealthy almost always get involved on the conservative side.


ARTS AND CULTURE

My father's tools

2 Comments
16 June 2009 | Tom Petsinis Nail NestIt's a decade since you died .. But they remain, a legacy of sorts .. I see you in the shape of my hand .. Rummaging for the nail .. That crucifies father to son


AUSTRALIA

Cousins, Chaser and the court of public morality

3 Comments
15 June 2009 | Andrew Hamilton What do footballers who give photographers the bird, comedians who make jokes about sick children, boat owners who bring asylum seekers to Australian shores, cooks who swear, and cricketers who drink have in common?


RELIGION

Ryan Report: crimes of the 'human' Church

18 Comments
15 June 2009 | Julian Butler Eventually the Vatican will have to stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse. The Church is capable of acting well and badly. To separate individuals from the Church diminishes the responsibility of the whole body.


The decline of Christianity in Australia and America

8 Comments
12 June 2009 | Peter Kirkwood In the Rudd/Obama era there are new parallels and convergences with regard to religion in Australia and the US. The figures may be on the slide, but rumours of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Israel historian's two-state backflip

3 Comments
12 June 2009 | Shahram Akbarzadeh Benny Morris, One State, Two States, ISBN 978-0-300-12281-7 Benny Morris' earlier concern with the Palestinian national narrative has given way to an overarching concern with the promotion of the Jewishness of Israel. This comes at the expense of Palestinian national aspirations.


Life of a 'geologian'

12 Comments
11 June 2009 | Paul Collins

Thomas BerryThomas Berry (1914-2009), Catholicism's most significant thinker in ecological theology, argued that religion had failed to provide a way of making sense of the cosmos. Christians oppose homicide, but have no morality to deal with the killing of the planet.


Good habits of an activist nun

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11 June 2009 | Tim Kroenert Sister Carmel Wauchope is a Sister of the Good Samaritan and lives up to that name. Outraged by the conditions faced by asylum seekers in detention in Australia, she has spent years visiting detainees and advocating on their behalf.


Daughter of the disappeared

5 Comments
10 June 2009 | Gillian Bouras Malign influences seeped into the cracks that brain damage had caused, and in his mind flowered into poisonous paranoia. I found myself facing a most complicated bereavement: mourning the living is often worse than mourning the dead.


AUSTRALIA

Why we're losing the war on racism

14 Comments
10 June 2009 | Saeed Saeed

When discussing racism, the response is as important as the accusation. The slow response from police and political leaders to the recent spate of Indian-bashings demonstrates what can occur when racism is tackled passively.


The most expensive bananas in Thailand

7 Comments
09 June 2009 | Harry Nicolaides Harry Nicolaides was a prisoner at Bangkok Remand Prison from September 2008 to February 2009, held on charges of lèse majesté. There he met Benny Moafi, who is serving a 22-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.


ARTS AND CULTURE

Torture is a dirty word

09 June 2009 | Chris Wallace-Crabbe Blood Soundwe cannot hear the sound of blood .. nor touch those random victims who .. cry out from the very moment .. when the electrodes are applied