Search Results: Burma

  • AUSTRALIA

    Putting the faith back into development

    • Duncan Maclaren
    • 27 October 2011
    3 Comments

    The development theory of 'modernisation' taught that old traditions, including religion, had to disappear for people to be 'developed'. This purely Western model is now seen wanting. All faiths put the human person, not economic theories, at the centre of development.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aung San Suu Kyi's inner freedom

    • Michael Mullins
    • 04 July 2011
    4 Comments

    Over the weekend, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd had the privilege of spending two hours with Burma’s pro-democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi. In her Reith Lectures for the BBC, she explains that her release from house arrest last November was almost inconsequential. Freedom is something else.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Preparing to kill the internet

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 February 2011
    6 Comments

    Barack Obama's calls for the protection of freedoms in Egypt failed to mention one of the Egyptian authorities' most striking violations — their switching off internet access for five days. It's likely he was treading warily due to the US Government's own plans for an internet 'kill switch'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    WikiLeaks and artistic freedom in China

    • Tony Smith
    • 14 December 2010
    6 Comments

    While WikiLeaks' exposures of US government secrets have created a media storm, the case of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, which reveals much about the authorities in China, has attracted little comment. China has moved towards capitalism but not democracy.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Burmese refugees' Christmas story

    • Duncan MacLaren
    • 13 December 2010
    3 Comments

    Outside: the fish factory that never sleeps. The people working in it are illegal migrants, paid a pittance and treated as sub humans. Only the strong return from the fishing trips. If you are ill and cannot work, you can be tipped into the sea along with the other rubbish for the seagulls.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    U2's way to God

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 December 2010
    8 Comments

    A ridiculously wealthy humanitarian, Bono is an object of scorn among grassroots human rights advocates. But a U2 show may be as close to church as a rock concert gets. Nowhere outside a church would you find so many voices declaring in unison: 'I believe in the kingdom come.'

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Why we should aid 'bizarre' North Korea

    • Duncan MacLaren
    • 25 November 2010
    5 Comments

    I have two lasting memories of North Korea. The first was the obstetrics unit of a hospital; it looked like a medieval torture chamber. The second was orphanages where malnourished 14-year-olds looked only eight. The latest escalation of tension can only mean such sights will become more frequent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aung San Suu Kyi, refugees and bikies

    • Michael Mullins
    • 15 November 2010
    7 Comments

    The release on Saturday of Burma's democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi, and last week's Australian high court decisions regarding refugees and bikies, each contain salutary lessons for governments that attempt to rule by popular fear.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Natural disaster and human greed in Pakistan

    • Simon Roughneen
    • 01 September 2010
    5 Comments

    The name Sukkur is derived from the Arabic word for intense. For aid workers, the epithet seems apt. This disaster seems as vast as the swollen country-long lake that the Indus River has become. But the real human suffering and loss can be obscured by or sanitised into mere statistics.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Precarious lives: Involuntary displacement of people in Asia Pacific today

    • Mark Raper
    • 18 January 2010

    Significant agreement was achieved in Copenhagen on the present and future forcible displacement of people because of climate change and environmental degradation. Can global cooperation for the protection of vulnerable displaced persons be renewed to meet new circumstances?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize

    • Tony Kevin
    • 14 October 2009
    16 Comments

    The Republican Right's claim that Obama has yet to achieve anything is a smokescreen for their rage, for Obama got this award precisely because he is 'not Bush'. To speak a credible language of moral inspiration and hope to the world is an achievement in itself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday behind bars

    • Carol Ransley
    • 19 June 2009
    4 Comments

    Sitting inside a purpose-built cell within Burma's notorious Insein prison, Suu Kyi today turns 64. Despite the 'bells and whistles' of a Burmese court, Suu Kyi is unlikely to receive a fair trial and will likely spend the next few years in prison.

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