Author: James Massola

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Upgrading ourselves towards obsolescence

    • James Massola
    • 02 April 2007
    14 Comments

    Modern consumer society is structured so that we are constantly unhappy with what we have. Advertisers make us feel dissatisfied so we keep buying new things, which is good for the economy but bad for the environment. The 'upgrade cycle' pushes us to buy the latest and greatest, whether we need them or not.

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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

    Simple pleasures in Melbourne's North African heart

    • James Massola
    • 24 December 2006

    It’s the fourth night of Ramadan. As the days begin to get longer, there are further challenges for Australian Muslims. Many young men, low on energy during the day, but emboldened by full bellies in the evening, find themselves at a loose end. From 3 October 2006.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Personal odyssey in the steps of three Gobi women

    • James Massola
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    After discovering books by three women, a Lonely Planet editor from Melbourne resolves to follow in their footsteps, in the hope of giving some purpose to her aimless wanderlust.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The joker in the pack—top ten limericks

    • Judges Philip Harvey, James Massola and Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 December 2006
    8 Comments

    In a cage in Guantanamo bay / David Hicks sees his life slip away... The top ten entries in Eureka Street's limerick competition.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    First Test thumping won't reverse ageing of Australian cricketers

    • James Massola
    • 11 December 2006
    1 Comment

    Dennis Lillee's recent comments about the Australians paying the price for having such an elderly team were shouted down from just about all quarters. Lillee could have held his tongue, given his own privileged circumstances—but then perhaps he did have a point.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    US mid-terms' outcome will keep Canberra on its toes

    • James Massola
    • 13 November 2006

    The US mid term election results have been decided, and the Democrats are sharing not only power with President George W. Bush, but also responsibility for his policies that continue to wreak havoc in the Middle East. The Australian government benefited significantly from the formerly Republican Congress.

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  • MEDIA

    Google pays the price to capture online video zeitgeist

    • James Massola
    • 30 October 2006
    2 Comments

    The battle for the living rooms of 21st century consumers has begun, and all the big players know it. Google, with its stockpile of $A13.5 billion, has gambled on YouTube delivering market supremacy in the online video arena.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Simple pleasures in Melbourne's North African heart

    • James Massola
    • 16 October 2006
    2 Comments

    It’s the fourth night of Ramadan. As the days begin to get longer, there are further challenges for Australian Muslims. Many young men, low on energy during the day, but emboldened by full bellies in the evening, find themselves at a loose end.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Barcelona is everyone’s second favourite team

    • James Massola
    • 18 September 2006
    19 Comments

    The Barcelona Football Club has broken with tradition and gone against the corporate grain of modern sport, making a gesture that will boost efforts to improve the lives of many underprivileged children around the world.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iconoclasts' challenge to turn the other cheek

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 18 September 2006
    7 Comments

    When the Jesuits' founder St Ignatius Loyola was on the road riding with a Moor in 1522, the Moor argued that the Virgin Mary was no longer a virgin after Christ was born. The recent former soldier Ignatius wanted to kill the Moor on the spot.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Monster-making mutes purposeful alarm

    • Michael Mullins & James Massola
    • 04 September 2006
    1 Comment

    Last week, 'Jihad' Jack Thomas was recalled from a beach holiday with his family after he had a control order placed on him. Our capacity to respond to alarm is diminished by the media's manufacturing of monsters to sell papers and compete for ratings and website hits.

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