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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Selective blindness about torture

    • Peter Hodge
    • 31 October 2007

    There is extensive evidence of US intelligence gathering techniques, much of it derived from declassified documents. It points to a clearly navigable path from the paranoia of the anti-communist post-WWII era to Abu Ghraib.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan replies to Tony Abbott on religion in politics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

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  • RELIGION

    Loose reasoning on death penalty - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    We think it is wrong for foreign states to impose the death penalty on Aussie drug traffickers and drug mules. But we apply different reasoning to non-Australians facing death at the hands of the state. The practical, hands on, Aussie approach often plays fast and loose with moral reasoning about what is right and wrong.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Man of perspective who saw football was only a game

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 September 2007
    2 Comments

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Kids put footballers' drug-taking into perspective

    • Tom Cranitch
    • 05 September 2007
    5 Comments

    Everyone from radio shock jocks to the Prime Minister have beaten up fallen rugby league hero Andrew Johns for being a poor role model for young people. Children will get over it. It's adults who get lost in the fog around the edges of such an issue.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Fall from grace often no more than spin

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 September 2007

    Almost any organisation responds to criticism by rebutting it, but the rebuttal is unnecessary if the institution is not afraid of the truth. It's children who can often see the essence of matters clearly while older generations often get lost in the fog of spin around the edge.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Wilberforce film points to task of modern abolitionists

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 25 July 2007
    2 Comments

    This year marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Britain. Social justice organisations around the world are using the film Amazing Grace to put a spotlight on the modern trade in human trafficking.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Refugee policy still broken after Rau scandal fix

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 June 2007
    3 Comments

    Australia's treatment of refugees has been out of the headlines for some months, perhaps due to changes in the Department after the Cornelia Rau scandal. But despite some improvements, Australian refugee policy remains destructive.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ben Cousins not alone in the wasteland of addiction

    • Barbara Chapman
    • 27 June 2007

    "John" shares the same city and roughly the same age as Ben Cousins. Uneducated and unsupported, he successfully fought his drug addiction with inner resolve, but eventually alcohol caused him more grief than the 'hard stuff’.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Saying thank you to an ambivalent society

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 13 June 2007
    3 Comments

    The Sudanese Lost Boys Association of Australia recently organised an Appreciation Day. The newly arrived South Sudanese community engaged in community work. Despite the jubilant atmosphere and images of the South Sudanese men, woman and children planting trees in the park, the most remarkable aspect of this event was that it happened at all.

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  • RELIGION

    Happiness and the Inner Self

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 13 June 2007
    10 Comments

    We all want to live a happy life. But what do we think of when we ponder our own happiness? In today’s society, dominated by the techniques of marketing and the culture of consumption, we are being persuaded to think of our happiness in a quite different way — as the gratification of our desires.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Building blocks for a compassionate society

    • Barry Jones
    • 05 June 2007
    9 Comments

    Tackling the problem of terrorism by the application of force is unlikely to succeed. Pouring blood on the Iraqi desert produced an upsurge of terrorism where none had been before: cruelty, genocide even, but not terrorism, let alone fundamentalist terrorism.

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