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  • AUSTRALIA

    Obama masks and New York monks

    • Alexandra Collier
    • 31 October 2008
    1 Comment

    In Brooklyn, politics and Halloween overlap. On one house, a 'Vote McCain' sign abuts another, declaring, 'Haunted House'. As the West Village prepares for its annual parade, the homeless sit in a curve, supplicating to the wealthy.

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  • RELIGION

    The tale of the wealthy bludger

    • Anne Schmid
    • 09 October 2008
    6 Comments

    The market crash was driven by fear as much as greed. Greed results from the gap between rich and poor, which leads everyone to feel they are holding on to their way of life by a thread. A truly just economy would be a stable economy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Uploading the undead

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 July 2008
    1 Comment

    Cult filmmaker Romero fears that new media has, rather than democratising the news, led to increased tribalism that is divisive rather than unifying. He articulates these fears in his latest high-concept zombie film, Diary of the Dead.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Blessed are the messmakers

    • Michael Mullins
    • 31 March 2008
    3 Comments

    Unchecked acquisition and possession of material objects can destroy lives and relationships. Hoarders point to a deeply ingrained pathology in which each of us is starting to value things more than people.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Green consumerism counterproductive

    • Jen Vuk
    • 15 February 2008
    4 Comments

    It's time to scrutinise the rapid rise of the 'shopping green' movement in the US and elsewhere, and assess the sum total of its effect on the environment. By buying bottled water, organic food, or sunscreen, consumers are arguably shutting the healthy individual in and the threatening world out.

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  • RELIGION

    Different song, but new Jesuit leader 'on message'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 January 2008

    Recently elected Jesuit Superior General Fr Adolfo Nicolás briefed journalists earlier this week. While a comparison with a recent speech of Pope Benedict points to a difference in method, there is a singleness of purpose.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Greenhouse mafia's scorching approach to climate change

    • John Button
    • 09 January 2008

    No wonder people hope for arguments which suggest climate change will go away. The discussion about climate change has become increasingly feverish, polemical and downright dishonest. From 13 June 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Climate change obscures the real moral crisis

    • Scott Stephens
    • 12 December 2007
    2 Comments

    The 2007 election saw the Howard Government caught in a perfect electoral storm. Boredom disconnected the Coalition from the electorate, and the refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol left the Government stranded in a kind of moral no-man's land.

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  • ECONOMICS

    APEC good for business, not so good for humanity

    • Anne Lanyon
    • 05 September 2007
    5 Comments

    The APEC theme 'Strengthening our community: Building a sustainable future' is an honourable one. But look further, and you’ll get a glimpse of the priority the Australian Government has for things economic, and an acknowledgement of the role of business in shaping the agenda.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tariq Ali's Latin American "axis of hope"

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 11 July 2007

    Since 1998, the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela has brought Hugo Chávez to world attention as a major challenge to American foreign policy in the region. Novelist and historian Tariq Ali sees a lot of positives, such as the Banco del Sur (Bank of the South) joint venture that involves six Latin American countries.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Greenhouse mafia's scorching approach to climate change

    • John Button
    • 13 June 2007
    11 Comments

    No wonder people hope for arguments which suggest climate change will go away. The discussion about climate change has become increasingly feverish, polemical and downright dishonest.

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  • RELIGION

    Downsizing as a form of modern asceticism

    • Paul Collins
    • 13 June 2007
    8 Comments

    We live in a world where the dogmas of economic rationalism and consumerism rule supreme. Rather than physical penance, today's asceticism involves a deliberate downsizing and an abandonment of infinite expansion as the measure of success.

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