Volume 16 No.19

12 December 2006


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    Our dysfunctional relationship with the earth

    • Michael Mullins
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    Reports about the death of US technology journalist James Kim in the snowdrifts of the Oregon wilderness suggest his fatal mistake was that he had put his faith in electronic mapping.

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  • RELIGION

    The baby Jesus and the business of welfare

    • Kate Mannix
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    The poignant story of the poor baby born in a stable is a reminder that God-with-us means God for every last one of us. Yet it is becoming apparent that God's caritas is being appropriated for the political convenience of the State.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Studying spiders as medicinal venom factories

    • Hamish Townsend
    • 23 December 2006
    2 Comments

    Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr Robert Raven says spider venoms have an amazing number of uses. A Year 12 science class at Maningrida (NT) helps him map the the molecules of venom, which will makes certain drugs much cheaper and more effective.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    There's no bacon in Adjumani

    • Bryan Pipins
    • 23 December 2006

    An Australian aid worker escapes the Sharia prohibition of pork and wine when he moves from Darfur to Northern Uganda. But his arrival coincides with the outbreak of swine fever and the drying up of the bacon supply.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Arnhem Land vision for sanity in the city

    • Jonathan Hill
    • 23 December 2006
    10 Comments

    After a visit to Ngukurr in Arnhem Land, a return home to Sydney and the horrifying reality of a culture that measures progress by the extent to which humans can destroy the land.

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  • RELIGION

    A wide Brown land shaking off its collective memory

    • Brian Matthews
    • 23 December 2006

    In a country which periodically agonises its way through debates about its history and frets regularly about the quality of history teaching, it is remarkable how resistant we are to embedding notes and pointers on our past in the urban and rural landscapes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    An insider's view of Labor's sea change

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 23 December 2006
    5 Comments

    A NSW Labor Senator predicts that Kevin Rudd’s leadership of the ALP will be sophisticated and incisive in identifying the trigger points that will defeat the Howard government.

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  • RELIGION

    Blind cricket tourist who sees the point of sport

    • Paul Daffey
    • 23 December 2006

    Andy Gemmell, who is 54, is in Australia on a long holiday during which he’s going to the cricket and the races and catching up with friends he met through the Compton Arms in Islington, London. The main difference between Andy and other Ashes tourists is that Andy is blind.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Lavapiés – where old Europe meets new

    • Anthony Ham
    • 23 December 2006

    The Madrid barrio of Lavapiés has always been peopled with immigrants. The easy coexistence of tradition and diversity there is especially important, on a continent made suddenly uneasy by its burgeoning immigrant populations.

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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The highs and lows of substance addiction

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 December 2006

    In a cerebral sci-fi movie, America’s war on drugs emerges as a reflection of the real-world War on Terror, where government forces rage against a demonised and largely faceless enemy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Personal odyssey in the steps of three Gobi women

    • James Massola
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    After discovering books by three women, a Lonely Planet editor from Melbourne resolves to follow in their footsteps, in the hope of giving some purpose to her aimless wanderlust.

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  • RELIGION

    Christmas takes us beyond 'family first'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 December 2006
    19 Comments

    Family First's claim that it is not a Christian political party should not be surprising. In Mark’s Gospel, the greatest single obstacle to faith is to put family first.

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  • RELIGION

    Only books for politicians at Christmas

    • Morag Fraser
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    In the ideal world, the Christmas stockings of politicians would be filled with books. No bottles of single malt. No Tom Waits triple CD (alas). Only books.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The joker in the pack—top ten limericks

    • Judges Philip Harvey, James Massola and Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 December 2006
    8 Comments

    In a cage in Guantanamo bay / David Hicks sees his life slip away... The top ten entries in Eureka Street's limerick competition.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Rudd and Gillard enjoy the bounce

    • Jack Waterford
    • 23 December 2006

    Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are enjoying their bounce, and their honeymoon, as John Howard predicted they would. Early polls suggest a marked upsurge in the Labor vote, in approval for the Labor leadership change, and in comparisons between the performance of Rudd and the Prime Minister. Were an election to be held now, one might think Labor would romp it in.

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