Volume 17 No.1

23 January 2007


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Welcome Home Dick Queen

    • Brian Doyle
    • 22 January 2007

    Dick Queen was released from captivity in July 1980 after the Iranians noticed he was getting really sick. He was one of 66 US hostages. Held at the height of summer, the Welcome Home Dick Queen party was everything you could ever want in a party.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    What it feels like to have to run

    • Christine Kearney
    • 22 January 2007
    2 Comments

    Ten months after the renewed violence and lawlessness in East Timor, nobody is holding their breath for a simple resolution. It seems the dirty politicking will continue until a new order order has been established to properly replace the vacuum left when the state imploded in 1999. The first of two runner up essays in Eureka Street's Margaret Dooley Young Writers Award 2006.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Nomads' perspective on destruction of the planet

    • Robert Hefner
    • 22 January 2007

    After many thousands of years, modernity is sweeping away nomadic existence. Cosmologies such as Aboriginal Dreaming encode irreplaceable knowledge of the natural world, and nomadic cultures emphasise qualities of tolerance, adaptability and human interconnectedness.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Who makes you proud to be Australian?

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 January 2007
    2 Comments

    One notable Australian who is not a candidate for Australian of the Year 2007 is Shane Warne. But maybe a morally repentant Warne could be a future contender.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Altruism overcomes Spanish Civil War horror

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 January 2007

    While the journeys made both by Alice and the children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are about escaping reality, the arthouse film Pan's Labyrinth presents fantasy and altruism as the way to transcendence.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The fake morality of Al Gore's convenient lie

    • Scott Stephens
    • 22 January 2007
    24 Comments

    Perhaps the slick advocacy of Al Gore’s pop environmentalism is a way of baptising lives that are already excessive, self-seeking and idolatrous with a sickly green tinge. Rather than change our consumption habits, it makes us feel better about them (like drinking Diet Coke).

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hope for Iran in rise of moderate Rafsanjani

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    The ascendancy of Hashemi Rafsanjani, who recently won the most votes in elections for the Council of Experts, is seen as a vote of no confidence in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tenure.

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  • RELIGION

    Lessons from case of Poland's collaborator archbishop

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 22 January 2007
    5 Comments

    Harsh persecution polarises communities and corrupts them from within. It is the seedbed not only of heroic witness to faith, but also of cowardice and of vindictiveness.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Warne's world of Hollywood and the modern Ashes

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 22 January 2007
    3 Comments

    Whatever criticisms have been levelled against Warnie, he is seen as the reviver of cricket. For better or worse, he brought cricket up-to-speed with other sports, in terms of quality, and scandal. Whatever criticisms have been levelled against Warnie, Australians remain loyal to his superiority. Warne is seen as the reviver of cricket, bringing slow bowling back from the desert.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A screaming smudge of charcoal

    • Maria Takolander
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    You track her through the maze / Of her mirrors until she becomes / A garden party of herself

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Sudan hiding depth of Darfur conflict

    • Ben Fraser
    • 22 January 2007

    Credible estimates put the Darfur death toll at close to 400,000. President Bashir's most recent claim was less than 10,000. Slovenian journalist Tomo Kriznar received a two year custodial sentence after trial on charges of espionage and ‘bad-mouthing’ the government of Sudan.

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  • RELIGION

    Institutionalising Christian compassion for the poor

    • Richard Mulgan
    • 22 January 2007
    2 Comments

    Kevin Rudd and other Christians have been inspired by Christ’s concern for the disadvantaged. They have seen state-based social justice policies as a way of institutionalising this concern. But such compassion can easily slide into patronising assumptions about the distance between those who give and those who receive.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Grip eluding PM's legacy

    • Jack Waterford
    • 22 January 2007
    3 Comments

    With so many matters in John Howard's political calculus beyond his capacity to influence or control – Iraq, Afghanistan, the Pacific crises, wheat scandals and water reform – he must be thinking it would be nice to have a hold on something.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New medium is Bono's message

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 22 January 2007

    U2's Bono is as well known for his political activism as for his songs. He mixes his political evangelism with the concert performances to such an extent that they almost become interchangeable.

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