vol 17 no 24

13 December 2007


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Dylan writ vain but vulnerable

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 12 December 2007

    The most recognisable Bob Dylan in this multi-Dylan film is infuriating. Hollow, vain and abusive. But also vulnerable and pitiable; an angry animal pacing his cage.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love and politics in that order

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 December 2007

    Vinnies founder Frederic Ozanam kept a single-minded focus on the faces of the poor in 19th century France, while at the same time playing the role that churches and church organisations need to play in political life.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor honeymoon could last

    • Tony Smith
    • 12 December 2007

    A new government enjoys public goodwill as it tackles a residue of issues, resentments and injustices. How quickly this dissipates is a measure of the sincerity with which the new government operates. Hopes are high for Rudd Labor.

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  • RELIGION

    Time for due process in East Timor assistance

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 December 2007

    Eighteen months on from the 2006 unrest, Australian and New Zealand troops are still patrolling the streets of Dili. There has been no imperative for them to exchange berets and operate under UN auspices as occurred with the original INTERFET engagement.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Nationals need Warren Truss to live up to his name

    • Brian Matthews
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    Revealing his poetic side when the ship was turned away from Kuwait, Truss explained to Parliament that the sheep were beginning 'their long, lonely journey down the gulf'. As the responsible minister, he later repressed his lyricism and reverted to political jargon.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Live Earth goes with the consumer flow

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 December 2007

    Live Earth had united popular musicians around the world for a series of concerts highlighting climate change. In an oblivious act of irony they had contributed, on several levels, to the very problem they were trying to confront.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Russians voting against democracy

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 12 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Russia's apathetic young people assert that even if they vote, nothing will change. They don't actually want things to change. They compare Russia with the troubled Yeltsin years. The economy and lifestyle have boomed, so why worry about free speech?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The dialect of dream

    • Shane McCauley
    • 12 December 2007

    Enough will be there if you can learn the language of fragments.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Emissions targets must help those affected

    • Michael Mullins
    • 12 December 2007

    In working through the maze of economic and scientific dilemmas at the UN climate change meeting, looking at the faces of the world's poor is not a bad way to start. In the past, solutions to ecological problems have often been directed to needs other than those of the people most directly affected.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd Pacific Solution must include Nauru healing

    • Susan Metcalfe
    • 12 December 2007
    6 Comments

    Nauru's transition from hosting asylum seekers for Australia needs to be handled sensitively and the country should be seen as the victim of a more powerful Australian Government exploiting a poor nation's dire circumstances.

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  • RELIGION

    How to find God in ordinary human hope

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    Pope Benedict's encyclical Spe Salvi assumes the fragmentation of hope in today's world will not be addressed simply by the secular world adding God to its limited hopes. Instead it involves the nurturing of a Christian imagination that overcomes the breach between divine and human.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Climate change obscures the real moral crisis

    • Scott Stephens
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    The 2007 election saw the Howard Government caught in a perfect electoral storm. Boredom disconnected the Coalition from the electorate, and the refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol left the Government stranded in a kind of moral no-man's land.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Hope for deforestation breakthrough

    • Sean McDonagh
    • 12 December 2007
    1 Comment

    It seemed a last minute reprieve for tropical forests could emerge at the UN climate change meeting in Bali. Because 20% of greenhouse emissions are due to forest destruction, stablising greenhouse gas emissions requires reduction in the rate of deforestation.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    An unlikely pilgrim

    • Michelle Coram
    • 12 December 2007
    9 Comments

    The Camino de Santiago in Spain is over a thousand years old and trodden by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. But for this pilgrim it was simply a cheap holiday, a sure way to get fit. She wasn't expecting any miracles.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    US must finish peace process it started

    • Ashlea Scicluna
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    The US-organised Annapolis talks brought Israeli and Arab leaders together with the intention to broker talks on 'a new era of peace'. It bears striking similarity to the Clinton Administration's efforts exactly seven years ago.

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