Vol 20 No 10

24 May 2010


 

  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Islam's voice of reason

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 04 June 2010
    14 Comments

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hello Israel, might we talk about your nukes?

    • Nicholas Taylor
    • 04 June 2010
    8 Comments

    The negotiation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone is the only non-proliferation initiative to have been accepted by all Middle East states, including Israel. Why has it taken 30 years? Because Egypt, Israel and Iran have competing reasons for promoting the idea.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tasmanian Church's reverse missionaries solution

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 03 June 2010
    23 Comments

    The Nigerian priests are disturbed that many Australian Catholic parents send their children to Catholic school but not to Mass. The structured religious lives of children in Nigeria mean that one seminary has had to restrict its intake numbers to 90 per year.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd's risky fear of Beijing 'bastards'

    • Brian Toohey
    • 03 June 2010
    8 Comments

    An earlier generation of politicians feared impoverished Asian hordes would pour down and eat our lunch. Current PM Kevin Rudd worries their offspring can now afford to come armed with the latest weapons and steal it. His fretting comes at great cost to the nation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Buenos Aires' hotel revolution

    • Monica Jackson
    • 02 June 2010
    3 Comments

    Hotel Bauen was 'recuperated' from its owners by sacked employees who now run it under a workers' co-operative structure. The waiters may complain about people wasting croissants, but they will also pile up your plate and ask if you want seconds.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Freedom Flotilla and Israeli 'pirates'

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 02 June 2010
    31 Comments

    Turkey has condemned the attacks on a flotilla carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza as piracy. Branding activists as terrorists and denying the human situation in Gaza will not help an Israeli cause that is proving increasingly alienating.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Australia in Crisis Group firing line

    • Eve Lester
    • 01 June 2010
    12 Comments

    Some countries including Australia turned a blind eye to atrocities committed during the Sri Lanka conflict. The International Crisis Group has called upon these countries to ensure proper international investigation of war crimes. This includes granting asylum or other protected status to witnesses.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    She who must be obeyed

    • Victoria Beaumont
    • 01 June 2010
    2 Comments

    all who grow up free to choose .. Find they serve you.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Coalition's new nasties for asylum seekers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 31 May 2010
    22 Comments

    The Coalition's new asylum seeker policy returns to the policy it put into practice under Mr Howard, adding new nasties. The Government's asylum seeker policy is bad; the Coalition's is worse. It is designed to appeal to human baseness, not to human generosity.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Julia vs Kevin

    • John Warhurst
    • 31 May 2010
    18 Comments

    Gillard has all it takes to be an excellent prime minister. Her best chance of gaining that position might be from opposition. This would mean Labor losing in 2010 and rising from the ashes in 2013 under her leadership.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Bushfire commission's climate denial

    • Tony Kevin
    • 28 May 2010
    9 Comments

    The Black Saturday Royal Commission seems to be ignoring scientific evidence that climate change was a major causal factor. The possibility that Victoria's cool mountain ridges and valleys are drying out and that such ferocious fires are the way of the future might be a truth too much to bear.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The wild mind of Peter Steele

    • Morag Fraser
    • 28 May 2010
    8 Comments

    When I met Peter Steele I noticed a spark, a shimmer of wit that almost subverted his serious courtesy. There was a wild mind at work and play, and I would have to run prodigiously fast even to catch at its stirrups. So it has proved: it's been a long, vigorous, and exultantly grateful following.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stoning death by male ego

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 May 2010
    5 Comments

    The trial and execution of Soraya M are portrayed in agonising, visceral detail. The stoning of 'adulterous' women under the auspices of Shariah law is shown to be less about violence inherent to Islam than the egos of brutal and bullying men.

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  • RELIGION

    Funerals for criminals and abusers

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 May 2010
    23 Comments

    Many Catholics complained Carl Williams was allowed burial in a Catholic Church. Some victims of sexual abuse were angry that bishops and priests glorified the funeral of a priest who had been charged with sexual abuse. These responses reflect a changing understanding of funerals in the Church.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A meditation on milestones

    • Emily Millane
    • 26 May 2010

    Milestones are the arbitrary roadhouses on our respective roads. One person's marriage is another person's train wreck. Quiet moments between people are often greater: a softly spoken confession to a friend, or the instant you meet someone's eyes in mutual acknowledgment of a moment just passed.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Arresting Mexico's borderland femicide

    • Ellena Savage
    • 26 May 2010
    6 Comments

    Some 5000 women have been killed in Juarez since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1994. These women are not 'essential victims'; we do them a favour if we realise their victimhood lies in their abuse, not as a quality they possess for being female and working-class.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Enemy volcanoes

    • Ouyang Yu
    • 25 May 2010

    Some volcanoes are dead bigtime .. Be careful: Don't go near them .. They spit

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  • RELIGION

    My debt to a wandering priest

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 May 2010
    3 Comments

    When Fr Julian Tenison Woods was no longer welcome in the south, he came and conducted scientific expeditions and parish missions in Queensland. In 1881, he conducted a parish mission in Maryborough, where he got Martin Brennan, my great-grandfather, off the grog and back to church.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    In Thailand, the land of snarls

    • Simon Roughneen
    • 24 May 2010

    Standing amid the burnt-out ruins of southeast Asia's second biggest shopping mall, it becomes clear the Land of Smiles has become a land of snarls. The uncompromising quashing of the anti-government redshirt rally by the Thai army may have sown the seeds for more conflict later on.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Confronting Aker's and Australia's gay fear

    • Michael Mullins
    • 24 May 2010
    38 Comments

    When AFL legend Jason Akermanis' argument that gay footballers should stay in the closet failed to gain traction, it appeared that in Australia, widespread homophobia was a thing of the past. But the reaction to NSW Transport Minister David Campbell's visit to a gay sex club proves it remains an ugly force.

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