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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize

    • Tony Kevin
    • 14 October 2009
    16 Comments

    The Republican Right's claim that Obama has yet to achieve anything is a smokescreen for their rage, for Obama got this award precisely because he is 'not Bush'. To speak a credible language of moral inspiration and hope to the world is an achievement in itself.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Football, sex and poetry

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 02 June 2009
    7 Comments

    Sex scandals can make celebrities out of the most unlikely figures. But just how similar is the case of the Oxford poetry professorship candidate accused of sexually harrassing his students, and Australian Rugby League's group sex scandal?

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  • RELIGION

    Vilification laws fuel disharmony

    • Frank Brennan
    • 11 May 2009
    2 Comments

    While it is inherently racist for a person to claim membership of the best race, it is no bad thing for a religious person to claim membership of the one true religion. That is what religious people do.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pakistan is not doomed

    • Kimberley Layton
    • 03 April 2009
    1 Comment

    In due course the Taliban problem will be confronted and hopefully resolved, but not before the internal political situation stabilises. Patience is a virtue in Pakistan. The situation is not improving quickly, but it does seem to be improving.

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  • RELIGION

    Non-believer drawn by the sacred

    • James McEvoy
    • 12 March 2009
    3 Comments

    Irish poet Seamus Heaney's spiritual journey could be seen as a casualty of the so-called secularising effect of the '60s and '70s. Heaney describes a shift from faith as external and ritualistic, to something more personal.

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights without God

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2009
    3 Comments

    Professor Martha Nussbaum's recent book Liberty of Conscience provides a rich textured treatment of the place of religion in the public square. If God is taken out of the picture, it may be difficult to maintain a human rights commitment to the weakest and most despised in society.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Olympic Torch a symbol of oppression

    • Michael Mullins
    • 05 January 2009
    2 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. (April 2008)

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  • 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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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Cuban detainees' hope for fair trial

    • Rodrigo Acuña
    • 03 October 2007

    The 'Cuba Five' remain incarcerated in the US on terrorism charges. Since 1959 almost every US administration has seen Cuban civilians as 'fair game' in their efforts to overthrow Castro. Would a Democrat administration take a different approach?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Aloofness the price for master critic's knowledge and incisiveness

    • Clive O'Connell
    • 13 June 2007

    2003 Nobel Literature prizewinner and Adelaide research fellow J.M. Coetzee, offers even-handed judgements about arcane authors. He assesses their work with an understanding assurance that abstains from proclaiming genius where there is only fitful talent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Children must be raised, not idolised

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 08 March 2007
    6 Comments

    Our idolising of childhood and youth means we treat them like demi-gods, and in doing so fail to honour their humanity. UNICEF research shows that the overall health and well-being of Australian children is poor compared with those in most other developed countries.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Long road back for Ramos Horta

    • Paul Cleary
    • 27 February 2007

    In 2006, the East Timorese government’s inept handling of a dispute in the army involving soldiers from the western region of East Timor put the young nation on the brink of civil war. Now Jose Ramos Horta has been installed as Prime Minister, but will it make a difference?

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