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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Bodies and brains already merged with computer power

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 11 December 2006
    1 Comment

    The animated family conversation was becoming louder. Looking for signs that it was disturbing the other passengers, there was no need to worry. On a tram which was two-thirds full, almost all were staring into space, plugged into their iPods.

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  • RELIGION

    Politics and religion are not warring states

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 30 October 2006
    7 Comments

    It could be argued that that there is no place in public life for people who are not religious. Such an argument might apply if "religious people" work out of considered views of what constitutes a good society and a good human life, and "non-religious people" see public life and politics instrumentally.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The bloke with a book at the bar

    • Paul Daffey
    • 30 October 2006

    Phil is always at the end of the bar with his head in a book or, occasionally, a newspaper. He never tires of reading in company, with a either a vodka and Coke or a Cascade Light just off the page.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    George W. Bush and "super-sized" war for freedom and values

    • Jack Waterford
    • 18 September 2006

    George Bush, John Howard and others insist that we are winning the long war against terrorists, and, perhaps by body count they are right. But there is evidence that the way we are fighting the war has massively increased popular sympathy for such people in some parts of the world.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pakistani tribal areas key to the War on Terror

    • Suzanna Koster
    • 04 September 2006
    1 Comment

    Most analysts agree that fighting terrorism is not just a matter of using military force. Pakistan has to combine military, political and socio-economic development, to counter terrorism in the long-run. But this is easier said then done.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Spain's hard line makes illegal immigration more dangerous

    • Anthony Ham
    • 04 September 2006

    Europe and Africa lie just 14km apart across the Straits of Gibraltar which separate Spain from Morocco, but when it comes to living standards, there is no wider gulf between neighbours anywhere in the world.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Honk if Pluto is still a planet

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    The outcry with which people greeted ex-planet Pluto’s change in status surprised many. Even the language used was astonishing. Pluto had been “demoted”, “banished” and “stripped of its status”. The Times of India reported people buying bumper stickers asking fellow drivers to “Honk if Pluto is still a planet”.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Moment of moral truth

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 24 July 2006
    2 Comments

    United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland has condemned the destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beirut as a 'violation of humanitarian law'. Meanwhile the website of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert leads with his proclamation to the Members of Knesset: 'This is a National Moment of Truth'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Poor People's Summit on the Niger River

    • Anthony Ham
    • 24 July 2006
    1 Comment

    As the leaders of the world’s richest and most powerful countries gathered in St Petersburg this month, a few hundred activists were meeting in a dusty frontier town 350km beyond Timbuktu, for what they dubbed ‘the Poor People’s Summit’.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hezbollah, Israel, and the damage done

    • James Massola
    • 24 July 2006

    Lebanon is a state founded upon division. The fighting in the south of Lebanon is nothing new. Today, Hezbollah and Israel are joined in battle. The Middle East could be a very different place by the time this fight is finished.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Mid-East crisis triggers 1974 memory

    • Brian Matthews
    • 24 July 2006

    While musing on current events in Lebanon, Brian Matthews' globe of memory begins to spin back to a time and place perhaps not so different to today.

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