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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Traditional musician echoes south-of-Derry hometown

    • Paul Daffey
    • 02 April 2007

    After the dogs and the trots on the pub's TV have been silenced, the musicians arrange themselves around the table. Martin Kelly closes his eyes, plucks his guitar and sings a ballad written at the time when the potato famine was laying waste to Ireland.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zarqawi’s death a turning point in Iraq?

    • James Massola
    • 27 February 2007

    The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last Wednesday has the potential to be a major turning point in Iraq for both the civilian government, and for the coalition forces. What happens next could shape Iraq's future.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hope for Iran in rise of moderate Rafsanjani

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    The ascendancy of Hashemi Rafsanjani, who recently won the most votes in elections for the Council of Experts, is seen as a vote of no confidence in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tenure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Blind cricket tourist who sees the point of sport

    • Paul Daffey
    • 24 December 2006

    Andy Gemmell, who is 54, is in Australia on a long holiday during which he’s going to the cricket and the races and catching up with friends he met through the Compton Arms in Islington, London. The main difference between Andy and other Ashes tourists is that Andy is blind. From 12 December 2006.

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  • RELIGION

    Blind cricket tourist who sees the point of sport

    • Paul Daffey
    • 23 December 2006

    Andy Gemmell, who is 54, is in Australia on a long holiday during which he’s going to the cricket and the races and catching up with friends he met through the Compton Arms in Islington, London. The main difference between Andy and other Ashes tourists is that Andy is blind.

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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

    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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