Search Results: Olympic Games

  • AUSTRALIA

    Olympics a good time to start wars

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 August 2008
    5 Comments

    Politics is never far from the surface at the Olympics. Even at the so-called friendly Games in Melbourne in 1956, the famous 'Blood in the Water' water-polo match reflected tensions surrounding the Soviet invasion of Hungary ten days before.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Games won't tame China's internet guard dog

    • Cat Juan
    • 11 August 2008
    2 Comments

    The internet was once touted as a force for democracy. China has successfully turned this threat to its own advantage, and could show the way to other totalitarian nations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Chinese burn for 'political' Games

    • Jeremy Clarke
    • 05 August 2008
    4 Comments

    The torch relay protests unexpectedly strengthened aggressive nationalism, as the Chinese people swung behind the government and its Olympic aspirations. Sport and politics will combine in weeks to come, making for interesting viewing.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The roots of Aboriginal activism

    • Brian McCoy
    • 06 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Events such as the National Apology and the Northern Territory Intervention loom large in the collective memory. Many of the struggles faced by early 20th century activist Fred Maynard regarding the protection of Indigenous rights remain with us today.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Summiteers treated to mix of showbiz and serious performance

    • John Warhurst
    • 21 April 2008
    4 Comments

    Many of those present at the weekend's 2020 Summit struggled with understanding the difference between ideas, policies, visions, aspirations and general directions. The more hard-headed were probably disappointed, just as the others were obviously delighted by the vision statements.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    APEC echoes in World Youth Day idealism

    • Tony Smith
    • 18 April 2008
    2 Comments

    In both the Olympic Games and the Catholic Church's World Youth Day, young people advance ideals that could benefit the world. It should not surprise if people committed to international understanding are also committed to universal human rights.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Conscientious athletes need support, not gag

    • Tony Smith
    • 25 March 2008
    1 Comment

    The great hope for the Beijing Olympics was that it would persuade China's government that human rights protection is good diplomacy and good business. The power of persuasion would be lost if conscience-bound competitors are prevented from commenting.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Greed infects the gentleman's game

    • Hector Welgampola
    • 14 March 2008
    1 Comment

    While the reputation of cricket has survived match fixing, doping, secret commissions and money laundering in the past, its status as the gentleman's game appears to be relegated to history. An editorial in Sri Lanka's Daily News asked whether cricket will come to be regulated on the stock market.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A key role for Australia in Burma's democratisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 09 January 2008
    2 Comments

    China's role in Burma is pivotal. Under a Rudd Government, Australia would have the expertise and standing to persuade China that its interests lie in persuading Burma's generals to soften their opposition to democracy. From 18 October 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A key role for Australia in Burma's democratisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 17 October 2007

    – China's role in Burma is pivotal. Under a Rudd Government, Australia would have the expertise and standing to persuade China that its interests lie in persuading Burma's generals to soften their opposition to democracy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Beijing Olympics media freedom sham

    • Dan Read
    • 03 October 2007

    China's commitment to complete media freedom coinciding with the gleaming stadiums and spectacular parades of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is beginning to ring hollow. Amnesty International has claimed a renewed crackdown on journalists and internet users in the past year.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New medium is Bono's message

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 22 January 2007

    U2's Bono is as well known for his political activism as for his songs. He mixes his political evangelism with the concert performances to such an extent that they almost become interchangeable.

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