Vol 18 No 7

31 March 2008


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bars not always made of iron

    • Jen Vuk
    • 11 April 2008

    By their very nature, zoos are perverse places. But this 'story of survival from the West Bank' is as much about a scarred community clinging to normality as it is about empathetic veterinarian Dr Sami and his endeavours.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd trip repairing Australia's damaged reputation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 11 April 2008
    7 Comments

    Kevin Rudd's China visit is proceeding brilliantly. But by announcing Australia's interest in a Security Council candidacy to the UN Secretary-General, he may have shown his hand before Australia is able to undo the damage the previous government did to our reputation in the UN.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Eureka Street loses two friends

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 April 2008
    1 Comment

    The Australian Catholic Church and public life are the poorer for the passing of John Button and Archbishop Frank Little earlier this week. They both knew much about winning, but more about losing, and treated all they met with great respect.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Finding humanity in the book of lies

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 April 2008
    3 Comments

    Norma Khouri's fraudulent account of a friend's honour killing became a bestseller before her lie was exposed. Forbidden Lies also considers the way media spin facts into versions of the truth, and how artists use licence to carry their cause.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Photographic statements from a Mumbai slum

    • Ian Woolverton
    • 09 April 2008
    4 Comments

    Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based non government organisation that works with slum dwellers, commissioned Melbourne photographer Ian Woolverton to create a photo essay of scenes from Mumbai. Eureka Street presents a selection of images from this powerful essay.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Time running out for Khmer Rouge justice

    • Sebastian Strangio
    • 09 April 2008

    After nearly three decades of legal impunity, justice is finally catching up with the surviving Khmer Rouge leadership. But there's every chance the defendants will be dead before the courts have a chance to bring them to trial.

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  • RELIGION

    Deflecting the war on sentiment

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 08 April 2008
    4 Comments

    Symbolic gestures such as the apology to the Stolen Generations are often seen as a substitute for practical action. But sentiment provides important pathways into understanding the human impact of government policy-making.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Life of the party

    • Les Wicks
    • 08 April 2008
    1 Comment

    My first meeting greeting is almost hummed, vestment of thongs.. rough hands shake across meeting room circles of disposable chairs.. Avocado oils, unleavened bread and cheap coffee

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pat Dodson chooses brand Mandela

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 April 2008
    1 Comment

    Zimbabwe's struggle for freedom took a wrong turn when Robert Mugabe opted for a strategy of vindictiveness. Recently Australia's 'father of Reconciliation' Pat Dodson identified the secret of Nelson Mandela's success in building the nation of South Africa from the ruins of the apartheid regime: Love your enemy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    2020 delegates an unpredictable but dynamic mix

    • John Warhurst
    • 07 April 2008
    2 Comments

    The productivity of the 2020 Summit will come from interplay within groups, not individual performance. It will be a big job to prevent it becoming the pushiest and the loudest rather than the best and the brightest.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zimbabwe result could open the airwaves

    • Nigel Johnson
    • 04 April 2008
    4 Comments

    Independent radio stations have been denied broadcast licences under the Mugabe regime. While some still don't trust the government to honour the election result, others believe a new beginning for free speech is imminent.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Purging Howard's national insecurity

    • Tony Kevin
    • 04 April 2008
    1 Comment

    The most profound shock to Australian foreign policy was not 9/11 but our change of government in 1996. Under Rudd Labor, Australia's international agenda is once again becoming less about national security and more about being a good international citizen.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Good grief

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 03 April 2008

    Grief is a raw and complex emotion, and After Him evokes it beautifully. Anyone who has ever lost someone close to them will empathise with Camille as she copes with the death of her teenage son.

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  • RELIGION

    Necessary tolerance of religious vilification

    • Peter Hodge
    • 03 April 2008
    2 Comments

    Not all behaviour that offends religious beliefs amounts to vilification. However, when freedom of expression results in incitement to religious hatred, a line has been crossed.

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  • RELIGION

    Amplifying the 'still, small voice' of indigenous rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 April 2008
    5 Comments

    The Rudd Government is consulting and working out what to do about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The symbolism of reversing Australia's vote against the Declaration would need to be matched by more work in partnership with indigenous Australians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Transforming victims into victors

    • Michele Gierck
    • 02 April 2008
    3 Comments

    On 28 April 1990, a letter bomb mailed to Michael Lapsley's Harare home destroyed both of his hands and one of his eyes. His life, and 'Healing of Memories' program, proves that it is possible to overcome the trauma of political persecution.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Mutual charities between saints and beasts

    • Peter Steele
    • 01 April 2008
    1 Comment

    Did Colman's mouse, nibbling his ear, provoke him.. indeed to worship?

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Reinterpreting Islam

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 01 April 2008
    10 Comments

    Recently it was widely reported that the Vatican is updating its 'list' of sins. Less publicity has been given to the re-interpretation projects of Islamic religious authorities — activities that challenge stereotypes of Islamic law as fixed and static.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Progressive evangelicals succeeding US religious right

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 31 March 2008
    3 Comments

    Rev. Jim Wallis, a prominent religious minister and political consultant, argues that America has entered the era of a 'post-religious right'. While a Republican candidate like John McCain can't ignore the evangelical vote, their uniformity is no longer apparent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Blessed are the messmakers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 March 2008
    3 Comments

    Unchecked acquisition and possession of material objects can destroy lives and relationships. Hoarders point to a deeply ingrained pathology in which each of us is starting to value things more than people.

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