Vol 18 No 20

29 September 2008


 

  • MEDIA

    Indonesia's lax logo laws

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 10 October 2008
    1 Comment

    Growers of Kopi Gayo coffee in Aceh highland can no longer use the name they've used for generations, since a Dutch firm claimed Gayo coffee as its trademark. Intellectual property rights are not a high priority for Indonesian authorities.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ghost of design rattles Darwinian orthodoxy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 October 2008
    11 Comments

    Intelligent Design inhabits the shell-pocked no-man's land between science and religion. Steve Fuller argues that it should be taught as an option because science depends on religion. But his version of religion will set pious teeth on edge. 

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  • RELIGION

    The tale of the wealthy bludger

    • Anne Schmid
    • 09 October 2008
    6 Comments

    The market crash was driven by fear as much as greed. Greed results from the gap between rich and poor, which leads everyone to feel they are holding on to their way of life by a thread. A truly just economy would be a stable economy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Reflections of one who came to stay

    • Brian McCoy
    • 09 October 2008
    6 Comments

    Those of us not of Aboriginal ancestry can be tempted to see our origins in foreign lands. Although we may not share the identity of First Australians, we owe the benefits of our lives to the land that was, and continues to be, theirs.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Noor's ambiguous curry

    • Cara Munro
    • 08 October 2008
    5 Comments

    Noor, an Albanian refugee, ran a slick kitchen; a vital, sunny-windowed place. Since his accident, a piece of his skull is missing and a thick line of cable stitching closes the place where his brain was exposed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Debates a sham, no argument

    • David Rosen
    • 08 October 2008
    2 Comments

    The great 1858 debates between Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas addressed slavery and the future of the union. Today's debates are a sham, excluding third-party candidates and inhibiting meaningful engagement over major issues.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gay 'justice' suits pragmatic pollies

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 07 October 2008
    9 Comments

    Gay equality is a touchstone by which to measure politicians' moderate credentials. Turnbull's support is not totally altruistic: the inner-Sydney seat he represents has one of Australia's largest gay and lesbian populations.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Inventing terror

    • Brendan Ryan
    • 07 October 2008

    newspaper sub-headings — 'war on terror' .. each page apportioning blame .. every fridge doing its bit .. modest ceremonies for the men who jumped .. to enlist, to escape

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Virtue regained amid market bloodshed

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 October 2008
    1 Comment

    More people read Inferno and Paradise Lost than Paradiso and Paradise Regained. Perhaps that is why the financial crisis and attempts to resolve it have been received so sullenly: sin and punishment sell better than virtue and reward.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Blue mood

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 06 October 2008
    5 Comments

    Mental illness has always been with us. Hippocrates attached melancholia to an excess of black bile. Christ cast out demons from the afflicted. My sister suicided after years of suffering, undiagnosed because of fear of stigma.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    On toffee and feminism

    • Ruby J. Murray
    • 03 October 2008
    10 Comments

    Paradoxes can be hard to digest, but it doesn't mean they're not good for you. During question time, the panellists try hard not to disagree with each other on the state of modern feminism. My g-string's giving me a wedgie, and I shift uncomfortably.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Jihad' evangelicals on trial

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 03 October 2008

    The Catch the Fire Ministries religious vilification case was used for political means by both Muslims and Christians. Deen's account discusses wider issues such as the global rise of Islamaphobia, John Howard's identity politics and the Cronulla Riots.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Dull Duchess

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 October 2008

    Famous for being famous, the Duchess of Devonshire is an independent woman in a man's world. A more substantial script might have evoked the subordinate role of women in Western politics, or slyly spoofed the cult of celebrity.

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  • RELIGION

    Reality check for antisocial Church

    • Bruce Duncan
    • 02 October 2008
    15 Comments

    There is tension in the churches between those focused on piety and those engaged with social justice. Benedict's document on globalisation will presumably stress that concern for social justice is essential to the Church's mission.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Minorities stomped as India flirts with fascism

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 01 October 2008
    15 Comments

    Conventional wisdom tells us democracies are inherently stable, yet an extremist spirit has emerged in mainstream Indian politics. The silence among Australian Christians about the suffering of Indian Christians is as deafening as that of Australian Muslims towards Muslims in Darfur.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Terror and the terrier

    • Colleen Schirmer
    • 01 October 2008
    1 Comment

    The black and tan fox terrier bared its teeth and growled. Its milk-swollen underbelly let us know it had a litter nearby. We were at the farmhouse, revisiting the place where it had happened, to strip the events of their power.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opposition tips for 'green' Liberal leader

    • Tony Smith
    • 30 September 2008
    2 Comments

    Not all Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition colleages wish him success. Influential Liberals from Melbourne will have their doubts following Turnbull's failure to realise that the Roosters rugby league team do not play AFL.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bits of poetry

    • Shane McCauley
    • 30 September 2008
    4 Comments

    I untie one small corner .. of the mosquito-net .. and the whole moon .. enters. Without the magician's .. electric hand .. clay's heart might beat  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Barbarians in the blogosphere

    • Michael Mullins
    • 29 September 2008
    3 Comments

    Online publications know that the flame throwers among those who post comments invariably draw a crowd. Such an environment is potentially fertile ground for character assassination, rather than reasoned argument.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Debate points to refreshed post-Bush America

    • Tony Kevin
    • 29 September 2008
    1 Comment

    Both candidates in Saturday's presidential debate came across honourably, with the right note of steel. Obama will have pleased younger Americans with his empathy with their concerns, McCain older voters for his reaffirmation of traditional values.

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