Volume 16 No.13

19 September 2006


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No place for Colin Thiele in memorial ratings

    • Brian Matthews
    • 18 September 2006
    4 Comments

    It was hard to notice the recent death of Colin Thiele, arguably Australia's greatest children's writer. In a philistine nation under philistine leadership, Thiele’s quiet cultured tone and its sad silencing could not compete for proper, courteous and deserved recognition with the phony vernacular outpouring that is supposed to be our true voice.

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  • RELIGION

    Religious freedom and the inflammatory power of the Cross

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 September 2006

    The unrelated cases of the Melbourne schoolgirl, and the Scottish goalie, both invoke two principles that are normally kept quite separate—the right of individual self-expression, and the right of religious freedom.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    If governments won't fix climate change, people power will

    • Inna Tsyrlin
    • 18 September 2006

    A visiting Dutch environmental economist says it may be too late to expect governments to wake up to the dire need to make and implement adequate policies. He says it is time for us to "work on our government", rather than wait for the government to work on us, to change the way we live.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iconoclasts' challenge to turn the other cheek

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 18 September 2006
    7 Comments

    When the Jesuits' founder St Ignatius Loyola was on the road riding with a Moor in 1522, the Moor argued that the Virgin Mary was no longer a virgin after Christ was born. The recent former soldier Ignatius wanted to kill the Moor on the spot.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Russian

    • Michael Sariban
    • 18 September 2006
    1 Comment

    you are crying on your mother's lap / you are holding your father's hand, / and the rise & fall of their voices / binds you to them like blood

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Cricket King's saintly gestures

    • Tony Smith
    • 18 September 2006

    The reactions of many Australians to the deaths of a crocodile showman and a racing car driver suggest that media images canonise our secular saints. Meanwhile the fictional Chris Anderson's love for his family and friends, and his integrity and humility, are very appealing characteristics.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An inconvenient but upbeat truth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 September 2006

    Despite the bleak prognosis, An Inconvenient Truth is an optimistic film. Al Gore is no doomsday prophet, but an engaging orator who believes humans can change to meet the threat posed by global warming.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    George W. Bush and "super-sized" war for freedom and values

    • Jack Waterford
    • 18 September 2006

    George Bush, John Howard and others insist that we are winning the long war against terrorists, and, perhaps by body count they are right. But there is evidence that the way we are fighting the war has massively increased popular sympathy for such people in some parts of the world.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zookeeper Irwin preached the wrong message

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 18 September 2006
    70 Comments

    The story of Irwin's life, already being written, will conclude that he was a good conservationist, a global ambassador for protecting 'dangerous' animals. But how can the owner of a zoo be worthy of such a title? Zoos are enclosures that imply a loss of sanctuary and celebrate the subjugation of nature.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Eating in and out in Rome

    • Hilary Reynolds
    • 18 September 2006
    1 Comment

    It’s fascinating what travel does for food prejudices. Tripe, abhorrent back in Australia, off-white spongy mounds in parents’ horror stories of post-Depression childhood, was trippa con spinaci on Taverna Guila’s menu.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Feature letter: Wadeye youth can master their destiny

    • Brian McCoy
    • 18 September 2006

    A crude distinction between "bush life of their ancestors" and "modern youth culture" makes hunting "ancestral", and heavy metal music "modern", as if modern men don't hunt, and those who do cannot enjoy heavy metal music.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Palestinian factions holding back negotiations with Israel

    • Bernard Sabella
    • 18 September 2006
    1 Comment

    The situation in the Palestinian Territories, particularly in Gaza, remains bleak, especially since public sector employees went on strike. What is most worrying about the strike is that it is strengthening the factional divisions and infighting among Palestinians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The simple pleasure of collecting an author’s works

    • Paul Daffey
    • 18 September 2006

    Of those who collect books, some might have copies of the 12 novels written by Patrick White. Or the 50 written by Jon Cleary. Few collectors, however, could hope to match Stewart Russell’s collection of books by the late English writer John Creasey, who wrote almost 800 books.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Barcelona is everyone’s second favourite team

    • James Massola
    • 18 September 2006
    19 Comments

    The Barcelona Football Club has broken with tradition and gone against the corporate grain of modern sport, making a gesture that will boost efforts to improve the lives of many underprivileged children around the world.

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  • MEDIA

    Lonelygirl15 exposes the Net's illogical sense of community

    • Marisa Pintado
    • 18 September 2006
    4 Comments

    The outing of popular YouTube personality, Lonelygirl15, as an unemployed Kiwi, has prompted many to ask the obvious question—why are we still so trusting of what we find on the internet?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    With

    • Graham Rowlands
    • 18 September 2006

    With my highs & lows / my highs of hot air rising & lifting the alls of my alls or nothings

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Peace of Mind

    • Ouyang Yu
    • 18 September 2006

    Finding it hard to write something I like / I tend to revise it a thousand times before I gain peace of mind

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's Islamic stumble baffles the experts

    • Daniel Madigan
    • 18 September 2006
    45 Comments

    Pope Benedict is learning the hard way that interreligious dialogue these days is a complex and delicate business. Though he has now affirmed his respect for Muslims, his decision to quote a polemical medieval text against Muhammad and the Qur’an during a lecture last week remains puzzling.

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