Author: Peter Kirkwood

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    When Hitchens met Brennan

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 09 October 2009
    15 Comments

    Christopher Hitchens appeared on Q+A last week with Frank Brennan and others to debate questions of belief. Hitchens was a sharp debater, relentless in pointing out the flaws in fellow panelists' arguments. But Brennan was a worthy opponent.

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    Freemasons show the Church how to handle Dan Brown

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 25 September 2009
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    Brown's presentation of connivance and corruption in the upper echelons of the Catholic Church in The Da Vinci Code provoked a hostile response from the Church. The Freemasons have reacted more constructively to their portrayal in Brown's latest thriller.

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    Why Cardinal Pell was wrong about the Blake Prize

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 11 September 2009
    5 Comments

    Cardinal Pell called some of this year's Blake Prize finalists 'anti-religious' and reflecting 'confusion about what is religious or spiritual'. Religious experience is not confined within the walls of holy buildings. This year's Blake Prize winner attests to this.

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    Reasons for optimism in Israel and Palestine

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 28 August 2009
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    Members of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel are remarkably sanguine about the future. Within their lifetimes, they expect peace to reign after implementation of the two state solution.

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    Not just any old superpower

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 14 August 2009
    4 Comments

    Attempts by the Chinese Government to stop a documentary about Uighur activist and leader Rebiya Kadeer from screening in Melbourne remind us that China is a vast country governed by very different values to our own.

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    In praise of slow TV

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 31 July 2009
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    For those who value serious content over sensationalism and glitz, who want media meat rather than fairy floss and cake, the 'slow TV' movement is a welcome part of the new media explosion on the internet.

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    Winton's numinous Breath

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 17 July 2009
    2 Comments

    A few weeks ago Tim Winton's Breath was awarded this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award. This video trailer is a poetic combination of strong images, haunting music, quotes, and eloquent interview with the author.

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    New ethics of new media

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 02 July 2009

    The video featured on this page is a substandard, pirated copy of an artist's work, posted on YouTube. For most of us, it's the only means of seeing some of the most celebrated work of one of Australia's leading emerging artists.

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    Rise of European extremism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 18 June 2009
    6 Comments

    Fitna is a heavy handed piece of anti-Muslim propaganda. It plays into the kinds of sentiments and fears that are exposed when, for example, plans are put forward to build a Muslim school on Sydney's southwest fringe.

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  • RELIGION

    The decline of Christianity in Australia and America

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 12 June 2009
    8 Comments

    In the Rudd/Obama era there are new parallels and convergences with regard to religion in Australia and the US. The figures may be on the slide, but rumours of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated.

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    New media makes and breaks Susan Boyle

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 02 June 2009
    2 Comments

    The internet raised Susan Boyle to superstardom, while traditional media heaped her with disparagement and conjecture. Might the more democratic realm of new media might provide a more saintly balance to the traditional tabloid monster? 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indonesia veering towards extremism

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 07 April 2009
    9 Comments

    This week's Indonesian presidential election ought to concern Australians more than it does. If Muslim radicals gain significant influence, we will have a huge hostile neighbour just to our north.

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