Search Results: George W. Bush

  • INTERNATIONAL

    Australia's approving silence on US torture

    • Vacy Vlazna
    • 14 November 2007
    4 Comments

    In July 2002, Australia voted against a proposal to strengthen the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. John Howard's friendship with George W. Bush has compromised and tainted our once reputable record on human rights advocacy.  

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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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  • INFORMATION

    A selection of some of the letters regarding Frank Brennan's most recent piece

    • 13 July 2007

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  • RELIGION

    Book Review: Frank Brennan answers atheist manifestos

    • Frank Brennan
    • 05 June 2007
    6 Comments

    There can be no peace unless believers and atheists share an equal place in the public square of a free and democratic society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Chávez embraces Christian socialism

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 16 April 2007
    3 Comments

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez has urged the Catholic Church to take its part in building his 'Socialism for the 21st century'. In return, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference has called for a "style of socialism that upholds free speech, tolerates opposing views and respects religious education".

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The psychology of climate change denial

    • Paul Collins
    • 16 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The economic tools we are using to deal with climate change are inappropriate, and the long-term consequences for local areas are largely unknown. Global warming skeptics should critique the analysis of climate change rather than just retreat into a psychology of denial.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No more pumping petrol and stories at Lutton Motors

    • Matt Lamb
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    The big Mobil was built in town, then Woolworths started selling discount petrol. Customers who had been coming in for years either grew to old to drive, or passed away, with few new customers taking their place.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mahathir Mohamad embraces human rights?

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Malaysia's colourful former Prime Minister is setting up a war crimes tribunal, to "assuage the pain that has been suffered by so many people in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and elsewhere". Mahathir, it seems, hopes to reinvent the wheel, and a rickety one at that.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Notable absence as a political tool

    • Chloe Wilson
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    The Prime Minister attended the funeral of Jake Kovco, the first Australian casualty in Iraq. However, he did not attend that of Mark Bingley, a Blackhawk captain who died whilst on duty in Fiji. Absences are not simple events. They often make political statements.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Psychology of the PM's Obama critique

    • Gill Straker-Bryce
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Association is the mechanism used by the advertising industry to sell its products, and we are all susceptible to its influence. We need to understand the psychological processes that inform us as we come to judge not only parties and policies, but individual politicians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraqi innocent pay for misplaced US spending priorities

    • Georgina Pike
    • 27 February 2007
    4 Comments

    The UN's refugee protection organisation is appealing for $US60 million to enable it to confront the Iraq refugee situation. Meanwhile the United States continues to spend $2 billion each week to fund the war that has caused the crisis.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    'Polluter pays' a must for global common good

    • Sean McDonagh
    • 27 February 2007
    2 Comments

    President Bush and Prime Minister Howard have used scientific uncertainty as an excuse to avoid cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This transgresses the precautionary principle that requires nations to take precautions not to harm other nations.

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