Volume 17 No.2

07 February 2007


 

  • INTERNATIONAL

    Respect for human rights requires debt cancellation

    • Angelica Hannan
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    To address the problem of Third World debt, citizens of developed countries need to place the satisfaction of human needs at the heart of government policy. A history of poor governance, greed, and cultural imperialism are at the core of the Global North’s exploitation of the South.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Increased politicisation of the hijab

    • Julian Madsen
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Heated disputes arose in Egypt late last year following comments by the Culture Minister Farouk Hosni that the rising number of Egyptian women wearing the Islamic headscarf or hijab was a "regressive" trend.

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  • RELIGION

    Which ideas belong in the public sphere?

    • Peter Douglas
    • 27 February 2007

    The post-Enlightenment commitment to the rational testing of claims is important if we are avoid the excesses of fundamentalism. But it could be time to accept that the range of acceptable ideas has been too narrow.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fluttering locusts stripping the paddocks bare

    • Brendan Ryan
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Their flickering rises to a crescendo / unsettling, like a threat the ground / moves beneath me.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Palestinian family facing years of upside-down politics

    • Jan Forrester
    • 27 February 2007

    Makloube—which means 'upside down' in Arabic—refers to steaming hot cauliflower, eggplant and meat upended on a bed of rice. It's also a metaphor for the political reality in which ordinary Palestinians will be locked for many years to come.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Explaining anti-Chinese sentiment in Indonesia

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 27 February 2007

    In the 1990s, Soeharto and his ministers were renting their power to business-savvy ethnic Chinese. The masses, unable to vent their anger at corrupt officials, shifted their targets to those associated with them, knowing that they could do that with impunity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Harsh lighting exposes moral wrinkles

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 February 2007

    Comprehensively drawn characters demonstrate that guilt has a way of catching up with people, forcing them to make a clear choice regarding where they will seek long-term happiness.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Populate and our environment will perish

    • Paul Collins
    • 27 February 2007
    8 Comments

    Australia is not infinite; there is a limit to our productive capacity and we may well have already exceeded it. One of the unmentionable and politically incorrect questions is how many people the continent can sustain while retaining some respect for the integrity of the landscape.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The pulsating cut and thrust of international Scrabble

    • Brian Matthews
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    What with the Ashes being a let down, the One Day Internationals more interminable than ever and Federer just too bloody good, serious students of TV sport might instead turn their attention to the National Scrabble Masters Tournament.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraqi innocent pay for misplaced US spending priorities

    • Georgina Pike
    • 27 February 2007
    4 Comments

    The UN's refugee protection organisation is appealing for $US60 million to enable it to confront the Iraq refugee situation. Meanwhile the United States continues to spend $2 billion each week to fund the war that has caused the crisis.

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  • RELIGION

    What's missing in Rudd-Abbott debate on faith in politics

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 February 2007
    22 Comments

    Questions of why Christianity has a personal and social morality of a particular shape demand a more complex account of Christian faith than that provided in Mr Rudd’s emphasis on Jesus’ practice or in Mr Abbott’s emphasis on moral law.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The courage of Carol Stingel

    • Michael Mullins
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    The news was that former ATSIC chair Geoff Clark had lost his court battle. But the story was really about the courage of Carol Stingel, the woman who brought the case against Clark. She has told other victims that empowerment is within their grasp.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    A day to remember the Holocaust

    • Michael Danby
    • 27 February 2007
    6 Comments

    In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated 27 January as Holocaust Remembrance Day. A resolution rejected Holocaust denial, together with all manifestations of religious intolerance or violence based on ethnicity or belief.

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  • RELIGION

    All are one before the law

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2007
    7 Comments

    The last state authorised execution in Australia—that of Ronald Ryan—occurred 40 years ago last week. 12 year old Frank Brennan felt it was wrong. His adolescent moral sensibilities found resonance in public debate, law reform and policy change.

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