Search Results: Olympics

  • AUSTRALIA

    Olympic Torch a symbol of oppression

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 April 2008
    4 Comments

    The modern Olympic torch relay was initiated by the Nazi leadership in 1936 to uphold the image of the Third Reich as a dynamic and expanding influence. Those who extinguished the Beijing torch in protest against human rights violations in Tibet recognise its origins and potency as a political symbol.

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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

    Gutted kiwis eat humble pie

    • Peter Matheson
    • 17 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Following their humiliating World Cup Rugby loss to France earlier this month, New Zealanders are wondering whether the Garden of Eden really does lie on the other side of the try line.

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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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  • AUSTRALIA

    Afghan action hero's emotional complexity

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 February 2007
    2 Comments

    As a child in Afghanistan, Hussain Sadiqi idolised martial arts icon Bruce Lee. Today, with two shaolin kung fu Afghani national championship wins under his belt, the 27-year-old's achievements in the ring are nothing compared with the fight he’s faced away from it.

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  • RELIGION

    Lessons for Church in the new Ireland

    • Piaras Jackson
    • 21 August 2006

    History shows how Irish people have relied on the Church in coping with adversity. The 'official' church may now choose to follow where the people have led, into an Ireland that is more diverse, urban and secular than before.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Political overdrive

    • Stephen Holt
    • 24 June 2006

    Stephen Holt meets Marilyn Dodkin’s Bob Carr: The Reluctant Leader.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No cheap shots

    • Keith Shipton
    • 14 May 2006

    Keith Shipton celebrates the photography of Michael Coyne.    

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Signing off

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 14 May 2006

    Well, here we are, talking like this for the last time. How has it been for you, the last ten years?  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Going swimmingly

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 11 May 2006

    When I saw Dawn Fraser on Enough Rope (ABC, Mondays, 9.30pm) in early August, looking grey and grandmotherly, it was hard to remember that she had been the greatest swimmer in the world.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Pushed and hushed

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 11 May 2006

    Mums watching Birth Rites on SBS will remember how damned irritating everyone around you can be when you are trying to get a quart out of a pint pot.

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