Search Results: natural disasters

  • AUSTRALIA

    Imagining peace at Christmas

    • Val Yule
    • 18 December 2007
    6 Comments

    On an anniversary of September 11, President Bush attended a church service that included the Beatitudes as one of the readings. If the preacher had continued on a few verses, he would have been telling the President and people to love their enemies and do good to those that hate them.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Bangladesh climate under the weather

    • Ben Fraser
    • 13 December 2007

    Bangladesh is perhaps the most disaster prone country on earth, with seasonal monsoons and cyclones among its most destructive phenomena. The cyclical nature of these disasters has led the Bangladesh government to pursue a more holistic approach to disaster management.

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  • MEDIA

    The fatality equation: death in Minnesota, death in Iraq

    • Kylie Baxter and Rebecca Barlow
    • 05 September 2007
    2 Comments

    Last month, 13 people died in the Mississippi River collapse. On the same day in Iraq, a suicide bomber killed 14 when he drove an explosive laden car into a line of police. Media coverage suggests a disproportionate amount of Australian grief was directed towards the US victims.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Is this really the worst drought on record?

    • Brian Matthews
    • 02 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Statisticians of weather can have a shot at telling us where this drought stands in the pantheon of arid disasters. Is this the 'worst drought' in a thousand years, as Mike Rann is said to have claimed? Who knows?

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Respect for human rights requires debt cancellation

    • Angelica Hannan
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    To address the problem of Third World debt, citizens of developed countries need to place the satisfaction of human needs at the heart of government policy. A history of poor governance, greed, and cultural imperialism are at the core of the Global North’s exploitation of the South.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An inconvenient but upbeat truth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 September 2006

    Despite the bleak prognosis, An Inconvenient Truth is an optimistic film. Al Gore is no doomsday prophet, but an engaging orator who believes humans can change to meet the threat posed by global warming.

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  • INFORMATION

    Strange times

    • Michael McKernan, Peter Pierce, Liz Curran, Peter Seidel, Frank Fisher
    • 05 July 2006

    Strange times, Cooling off in Tasmania, Where now for reconciliation?, Tides of history, Being scared of GM

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Indonesia: Earthquake and good relations

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 May 2006

    It is a pity we need disasters to respond honorably to our world.  The earthquake around Yogyakarta put into the right perspective Australian relationships with Indonesia. It put human beings first.

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