Vol 18 No 16

04 August 2008


 

  • AUSTRALIA

    Olympics a good time to start wars

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 August 2008
    5 Comments

    Politics is never far from the surface at the Olympics. Even at the so-called friendly Games in Melbourne in 1956, the famous 'Blood in the Water' water-polo match reflected tensions surrounding the Soviet invasion of Hungary ten days before.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book of the week

    • Patricia Pak Poy
    • 15 August 2008
    1 Comment

    How would it feel to be a child soldier in West Africa, forced to rape and kill at the age of 15? And where might you seek redemption amid such horrors?

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  • RELIGION

    Reliving the Church's sexual evolution

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 14 August 2008
    20 Comments

    The year 1968 is usually associated with student protests. In the Catholic Church, it is remembered for Humanae Vitae, the papal document directed against artificial contraception, and for the turmoil that followed it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 August 2008

    What happens when a renegade architect goes head to head with the US government in an effort to gain permission to build houses out of garbage?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Brilliant' Martin scuppered by party white ants

    • Moira Rayner
    • 13 August 2008
    11 Comments

    On Friday the Northern Territory lost one of too few politicians with integrity and courage. We will not see the like of Clare Martin again for a very long time.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Living with dignity

    • Ruth Limkin
    • 13 August 2008
    12 Comments

    Euthanasia advocates often overlook the implication notions of dignity have for those with disabilities. To say some of the processes of dying are undignified passes judgement not upon the death of some, but upon the life of many.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Uncreation story

    • Val Yule
    • 12 August 2008
    3 Comments

    Mountains and hills! Men bore, quarry and scalp them .. Fruit trees and cedars! Men spray them and clearfell them .. Beasts and cattle! Men extinguish or factory-farm them .. Creeping things and flying birds! Men wipe them out also.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Poultry parable for homeless youth

    • John Honner
    • 12 August 2008
    21 Comments

    Imagine a young person in State care trying to access the rental market with no money or employment history. Beryl the Chook was last in the pecking order, but through a 'constructive alliance' her strengths began to overcome her defecits.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Games won't tame China's internet guard dog

    • Cat Juan
    • 11 August 2008
    2 Comments

    The internet was once touted as a force for democracy. China has successfully turned this threat to its own advantage, and could show the way to other totalitarian nations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Freedom fries not to Solzhenitsyn's taste

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 August 2008
    1 Comment

    While he was best known for his unrelenting criticism of the Soviet system, Alexander Solzhenitsyn also provided a devastating critique of the excesses of Western capitalism.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Nossal's leaky GM defence

    • Charles Rue
    • 08 August 2008
    4 Comments

    During recent media appearances Sir Gustav Nossal has reiterated the same biotech message the pro-GM lobby has peddled for more than a decade. Anti-GM farmers encourage scientific research, but good science should not be equated with GM.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book of the week

    • Alexandra Coghlan
    • 08 August 2008
    2 Comments

    That a woman was elected to the House of Representatives in 1943 is remarkable. Enid Lyons' drive and endeavour led many to cast her as the political force and her husband Joe Lyons, Australia's tenth Prime Minister, as a figurehead.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 August 2008

    Undercover female soldiers are sent into enemy territory during World War II to protect one of the Allies' best-kept secrets. The women must subject themselves to being exploited in order that they might exploit their opponent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Congo thrives under Chinese 'invasion'

    • Fernando Franco
    • 07 August 2008
    6 Comments

    European and US corporations are on the retreat in Africa, while the progress of Chinese and Indian companies is bearing positive results. They stand to fulfill the promise of 'development' that has remained a dream since independence.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    iPhone junkies fuel 'techsclusivity'

    • Ben O'Mara
    • 06 August 2008
    4 Comments

    The iPhone is sexy and clever, but not everyone will benefit from this new technological drug of choice. Increased reliance on communications technology has emerged as a major issue in health promotion to multicultural Australia.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Funeral for a marriage

    • Brian Doyle
    • 06 August 2008
    19 Comments

    Divorce is an incredibly powerful and painful chapter in millions of lives every year. Maybe we should create a public ritual for the end of a marriage by which we honour their brave attempt and mourn the death of love and hope.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tragedy walks through their doors

    • Jennifer Compton
    • 05 August 2008
    2 Comments

    He told me it was called the Grievance Room. I looked askance ... He offered me the use of their Spirituality Centre. I declined. But made sure of their Smoke Zone.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Chinese burn for 'political' Games

    • Jeremy Clarke
    • 05 August 2008
    4 Comments

    The torch relay protests unexpectedly strengthened aggressive nationalism, as the Chinese people swung behind the government and its Olympic aspirations. Sport and politics will combine in weeks to come, making for interesting viewing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Refugee reform: the next chapter

    • David Holdcroft
    • 04 August 2008
    8 Comments

    Last week's changes to Australia's asylum policy remove the worst aspects of a cruel system. The real test is if the Rudd Government is willing to take on the causes of forced migration, rather than continuing to shift the burden elsewhere.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Greedy Australia in a league of its own

    • Michael Mullins
    • 04 August 2008
    2 Comments

    Accusations of greed followed Canterbury Bulldogs star Sonny Bill Williams' decision to break his contract and accept a lucrative deal with a French union club. Greed is surprisingly pervasive in Australia. The reintroduction of death duties might keep it in check.

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