Vol 21 No 17

28 August 2011


AUSTRALIA

To remember is to pray

3 Comments
08 September 2011 | Brian Doyle

World Trade Center Twin Towers explodeTo remember the roaring courage of the people who rushed to help, or the people who used their last minutes on earth to call their families and say I love you I love you I will you forever, is to pray for them and us and even the poor silly murderers, themselves just lanky frightened children.


America changed and still the same

1 Comment
08 September 2011 | Jim McDermott

Barack Obama and George W. BushWalking down the streets of New York today, almost everything seems as it was ten years ago. The same honking horns, hustling crowds, mundane and sometimes myopic worries and preoccupations propelling us. I note this with gratitude — our fears have not overcome us.


EUREKA STREET TV

Muslims' Ground Zero home

08 September 2011 | Peter Kirkwood


AUSTRALIA

What was left behind

2 Comments
08 September 2011 | Catherine Marshall

Stuffed lamb, Tribute WTC CentreA soft toy. A restaurant menu. A business card. An agony so great it swamped the world. While America was busy hunting down Osama bin Laden, my son and his contemporaries, who were children at the time of the attack, grew up and inherited a world irrevocably changed. 


REVIEWS

Workplace bullies face to face

3 Comments
07 September 2011 | Tim Kroenert

Sigrid Thornton and Vince Colosimo, Face to FaceA sacked employee takes out his frustration on his former boss's luxury car. His actions turn out to be simply the end result of an unhealthy workplace culture. Mediation attempts to resolve the conflict through dialogue rather than punishment or retaliation.


RELIGION

Arrogant ethics

24 Comments
07 September 2011 | Andrew Hamilton

Ethics bookWhen I argued that the Malaysia solution was ethically flawed, I implied that ethical arguments in favour of the solution were unsupportable, and that those who disagreed with me should change their views. That may seem arrogant, but it is the nature of any ethical argument.


AUSTRALIA

Sects and power in the Arab revolution

4 Comments
06 September 2011 | Shahram Akbarzadeh

MazeThe unfolding events in the Arab world are not simply about finding a path to democracy and political openness, but a maze of sectarian tensions and regional power-plays. There is widespread consensus that the opening up of the political space will benefit Islamist forces.


CARTOON

Back to the future on 'boat people'

06 September 2011 | Fiona Katauskas

'Back to the future on 'boat people'', by Fiona Katauskas


EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

Australia underwater

13 Comments
06 September 2011 | Selma Sergent

WaterA lot of people refused to leave. Sydneysiders with waterfront properties could not fathom that the mansions that had cost them millions of dollars were going to be under water. There were stories of eastern suburbs socialites loading their antiques into boats. And drownings. Lots of drownings.


EDUCATION

Future bites for theological colleges

11 Comments
05 September 2011 | Neil Ormerod

TeethThe Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency will have real teeth, operating on a risk analysis basis with the power to deregister institutions. In this context Melbourne College of Divinity's historic bid to become a specialised 'university of divinity' is a leap of faith.


CREATIVE

Sun blast Eucharist

05 September 2011 | Rory Harris

salty hands

the coast is jagged like a weeping cut .. the high end of town, pizza beer dusk ... it is here we have staked a life, counted off the steps and measured what it is we need ... hands dissolve in prayer.


AUSTRALIA

The twin terrors of 2001

8 Comments
04 September 2011 | Michael Mullins

Before Tampa, refugees were regarded as a positive for Australia's economy and lifestyle. After Tampa they were a threat to our sovereignty that was somehow grafted on to the sense of public malaise prompted by the 9/11 attacks on the sovereignty of the United States.


The reluctant Australian citizen

16 Comments
04 September 2011 | Fatima Measham

Fatima Measham2001: Two planes slammed into the World Trade Centre. A Pakistani refugee self-immolated in front of the Australian Parliament. Asylum seekers were accused of throwing children overboard. These events had nothing to do with me, but I absorbed them. I am brown-skinned. I have an Arabic name.


MEDIA

Steve Jobs' gift to the Church

5 Comments
01 September 2011 | Michael Kelly

AppleCo-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, played a pivotal role in the shaping of the publishing and media landscapes in recent decades. The developments initiated by Jobs and Apple are of profound significance for the Church — for better and for worse.


CREATIVE

Book junkie's detox nightmare

7 Comments
01 September 2011 | Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews' booksMy wife and I are performing a difficult, heart-rending task: culling our books. There are thousands of them, on shelves and in boxes, some of which were sealed and labelled 25 years ago. I know who to blame for setting me on the path to this agonising task. It was Mrs Murphy.


REVIEWS

Life and death on YouTube

2 Comments
31 August 2011 | Tim Kroenert

YouTubeAn elderly couple renew their marriage vows, with a few cheeky variations. A young gay man comes out to his grandmother over the telephone. Life in a Day implicitly credits the online world as a physical space cohabited by many and varied individuals the world over.


RELIGION

High Court grounds Malaysia Solution

39 Comments
31 August 2011 | Frank Brennan

High Court of AustraliaFrom now on, the High Court will apply a very fine tooth comb to any legislation allowing ministers to ship asylum seekers offshore.  Unless there were to be a bipartisan agreement in the Parliament or a government deal with the Greens, asylum seekers arriving by boat now need to be processed fairly, promptly, on our terms and on our turf.


AUSTRALIA

Revisiting South Africa

2 Comments
30 August 2011 | Duncan Maclaren

Regina Mundi Church in SowetoMy last visit to South Africa was in 1989 when apartheid was in its death throes. The only difference between then and now in the gap between the poor (mostly black and so-called coloureds) and rich is that some blacks have become the 'nouveaux riches' of the new South Africa.


CARTOON

Libya's most (and least) wanted

30 August 2011 | Fiona Katauskas

'Libya's most (and least) wanted', by Fiona Katauskas


MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

My Australian Muslim story

43 Comments
30 August 2011 | Nadine Rabah

My childhood memories are filled with stereotypical Aussie pastimes such as backyard cricket. But as a Muslim, I do feel like an outsider at times. Why do we constantly have to be portrayed as evil people? 'We're not all like that', I find myself shouting at certain news stories.'


AUSTRALIA

Australia flouting international law over refugees

9 Comments
29 August 2011 | Justin Glyn

Malaysia SolutionBy pursuing the refugee swap deal with Malaysia, Australia may be in breach of one of the most serious prohibitions in international law. This raises the question of what Australia's attitude is to other fundamenal norms of international law. This question goes well beyond issues of refugee protection. 


CREATIVE

Spider monk

2 Comments
29 August 2011 | Grant Fraser

Spider's galaxyNow he is pursed within the curl of his leaf, a monk at watch for those lost souls, whom he might trap in the sneer of his silken intentions.


AUSTRALIA

Lessons from Bluescope's human crisis

11 Comments
28 August 2011 | Andrew Hamilton

BluescopeRespect for the people whose lives will be affected by the Bluescope crisis should lead us to ask wider questions about the society their children will inherit. The ways in which Australia shapes its economy creates a society in which human beings may flourish or be diminished.


Rallies take the good fight to Canberra

7 Comments
28 August 2011 | John Warhurst

CanberraPolitical rallies are on the rise. That is a good thing. The ones that should really make governments take notice are those that contain not just rusted on party supporters, but people who really are considering changing their vote from the Gillard-Abbott election in 2010.