Search Results: Year of Mercy

  • 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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  • 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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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan's Cardinal Newman Lecture, March 2008

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 June 2008

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Protection mechanisms for climate change victims

    • Maryanne Loughry
    • 17 March 2008

    The international community reacts rather than anticipates. It was only when hundreds of thousands of people were displaced after the Bolshevik revolution, that protection mechanisms such as the 1951 Refugee Convention began to be developed.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Caste complicates progress for India's Dalits

    • Peter Hodge
    • 01 February 2008
    1 Comment

    There is a link between improved living conditions of Dalits and increased abuse at the hands of extremist Hindus. With these groups unlikely to back down, further empowerment will come at a cost.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Imagining peace at Christmas

    • Val Yule
    • 18 December 2007
    6 Comments

    On an anniversary of September 11, President Bush attended a church service that included the Beatitudes as one of the readings. If the preacher had continued on a few verses, he would have been telling the President and people to love their enemies and do good to those that hate them.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Quick shift required in foreign policy

    • Tony Kevin
    • 13 December 2007
    8 Comments

    Both the Bali Kyoto meeting and the Iran war risk scenario require immediate foreign policy attention. The new Rudd administration cannot afford to let itself be positioned in a similar public frame as its predecessor.

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  • RELIGION

    Sustaining mission focus – Religious institutions in transition

    • Mark Raper
    • 05 June 2007
    3 Comments

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The storycatcher charged with finding stories that matter

    • Brian Doyle
    • 15 May 2007
    5 Comments

    Brian Doyle said 'no' to an editor's request in the aftermath of September 11: "The only proper thing in your mouth at such a time is prayer." His kids had to reflect back to him: "Well, dad, you are always lecturing us about how if God gives you a talent and you don’t use that talent that’s a sin."

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  • AUSTRALIA

    South Africa no longer deserves to host 2010 World Cup

    • Peter Roebuck
    • 16 April 2007
    14 Comments

    By supporting and sustaining the holocaust unfolding in Zimbabwe, the South African Government has aligned itself with the ranks of evil. FIFA has no choice but to find a new location for football World Cup.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Is this really the worst drought on record?

    • Brian Matthews
    • 02 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Statisticians of weather can have a shot at telling us where this drought stands in the pantheon of arid disasters. Is this the 'worst drought' in a thousand years, as Mike Rann is said to have claimed? Who knows?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The dark gospel of Martin Scorsese

    • Scott Stephens
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Scorsese’s is a fallen world. Like Cain, his tortured characters are driven further into the wastelands – whether the desert or the untamed streets of New York – by their acts of almost mythical violence, until any remaining vestige of hope or virtue is finally extinguished.

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