Volume 16 No.17

14 November 2006


 

  • RELIGION

    A man of Middle Eastern appearance who dreams of peace

    • Brian Matthews
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    2:41 am. There was an luminescence in the room. I made one of those random, unaccountable mental connections that such occasions often evoke.

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  • RELIGION

    The battle of ideas within Islam

    • Julian Madsen
    • 13 November 2006
    6 Comments

    For many, the War on Terror equals a War against Islam. Yet there is a real battle of ideas within Islam that is rarely heard by the West.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fidel's social justice legacy

    • Chris McGillion
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    No assessment of Fidel Castro’s legacy will be complete without serious attention to his thoughts on religion and to how and why, over the past 20 years, he has turned Cuba from an international troublemaker into a global champion for social justice.

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  • MEDIA

    New media's role in US mid-term sensation

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 13 November 2006
    1 Comment

    New media extended the life and added an additional dimension to the continued use of a range of old media, in the lead up to this month’s mid-term congressional elections in the United States.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cambodia's slow recovery from Khmer Rouge

    • Matthew Smeal
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    Now in his mid-thirties, former child soldier Aki Ra has dedicated his life to the removal of mines and unexploded ordinance throughout Cambodia.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Biotech revolution promises to alter human nature

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 13 November 2006
    4 Comments

    The most significant threat posed by contemporary biotechnology is the possibility that it will alter human nature—and thereby move us into what Fukuyama calls a "post human" stage of history.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Close cloning vote reflects complex and confronting issue

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    Last week's conscience vote on human embryo cloning exposed Senators to a level of public scrutiny seldom, unparalleled in normal debates. Many felt exposed and vulnerable, weighed down by the decisions before them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Three poems by Anne Elvey

    • Anne Elvey
    • 13 November 2006
    4 Comments

    "Torquay cliffs"; "Coming into town from Holy Thursday to Ash Wednesday"; "Eucharist".

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indonesian democracy is maturing

    • Michael Danby
    • 13 November 2006
    9 Comments

    Once a corrupt military dictatorship, Indonesia is becoming a healthy democracy. Many Australians persist with pathetic stereotypes including the perception of Indonesian judges as monkeys.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    US mid-terms' outcome will keep Canberra on its toes

    • James Massola
    • 13 November 2006

    The US mid term election results have been decided, and the Democrats are sharing not only power with President George W. Bush, but also responsibility for his policies that continue to wreak havoc in the Middle East. The Australian government benefited significantly from the formerly Republican Congress.

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  • RELIGION

    A place where story and song make race and recrimination obsolete

    • Brian Doyle
    • 13 November 2006

    No politician or poet from the Old World will lead us there. It will be someone from the new lands, who mills ideas into food and education and healing for thousands of people, who understands that power only matters, finally, when it is a verb.

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  • RELIGION

    If you're happy and you know it clap your hands

    • Chris Fotinopoulos
    • 13 November 2006

    Many within the conservative Christian camp have come to accept music as an effective means of spreading the gospel. Artists, by virtue of their creative independence, can, if they choose, talk "truth" to the State. No group should force anyone to sing and clap to a single tune.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Humiliation at the hands of the US military

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 November 2006

    For those of us who recognise the injustice inherent to a system that could justify the imprisonment of innocent people based only on the colour of their skin, The Road To Guantanamo stands as a stark reminder that it’s not only radical Islamic fundamentalists who “terrorise” their perceived enemy.

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