Vol 19 No 11

08 June 2009


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday behind bars

    • Carol Ransley
    • 19 June 2009
    4 Comments

    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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beyond the Iraq fiasco

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 19 June 2009

    The 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'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    South Africa's lesson for post-apartheid Australia

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 June 2009
    10 Comments

    Despite 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.

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  • RELIGION

    Historical tensions visit women and the Church

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 June 2009
    13 Comments

    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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gaddafi's Vatican weirdness

    • Desmond O'Grady
    • 17 June 2009
    1 Comment

    Libyan 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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The parable of the dirty floor

    • Brian Matthews
    • 17 June 2009
    1 Comment

    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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The rich list of Australian politics

    • John Warhurst
    • 16 June 2009
    5 Comments

    What 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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    My father's tools

    • Tom Petsinis
    • 16 June 2009
    2 Comments

    It'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

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  • RELIGION

    Ryan Report: crimes of the 'human' Church

    • Julian Butler
    • 15 June 2009
    18 Comments

    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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cousins, Chaser and the court of public morality

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 June 2009
    3 Comments

    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?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Israel historian's two-state backflip

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 12 June 2009
    3 Comments

    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.

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  • RELIGION

    The decline of Christianity in Australia and America

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 12 June 2009
    8 Comments

    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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Good habits of an activist nun

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 11 June 2009
    2 Comments

    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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Life of a 'geologian'

    • Paul Collins
    • 11 June 2009
    12 Comments

    Thomas 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.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why we're losing the war on racism

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 10 June 2009
    14 Comments

    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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Daughter of the disappeared

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 10 June 2009
    5 Comments

    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.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Torture is a dirty word

    • Chris Wallace-Crabbe
    • 09 June 2009

    we cannot hear the sound of blood .. nor touch those random victims who .. cry out from the very moment .. when the electrodes are applied

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The most expensive bananas in Thailand

    • Harry Nicolaides
    • 09 June 2009
    7 Comments

    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.

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