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  • RELIGION

    Controversies forgotten amid 'boisterous' WYD celebrations

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 July 2008
    11 Comments

    Media coverage before a big event, be it World Youth Day or the Beijing Olympics, always focuses on defects and ideological conflict. Controversies regarding state funding and anti-annoyance laws aside, the young people celebrated WYD in their own way.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Travelogue of Indonesian Islam

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 13 June 2008

    Earlier this month, Islamic zealots the Defenders of Islam attacked a Muslim sect they accuse of apostasy. In My Friend the Fanatic Sadanand Dhume falls on his strength of constructing narratives to explore the rise of radicalism in Indonesia.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Young writers uncaged

    • Gabrielle Bridges
    • 28 May 2008
    1 Comment

    One of the teenage mums writes poetry. The Goths are into dragons and wizards. A girl in a wheelchair says, 'Melanie. A novel.' A tattooed youth drawls, 'Sean. Dirty realism.' Reading work aloud is voluntary but most are keen.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Aceh model suggests long-term hope for Burma

    • Margaret Rice
    • 28 May 2008

    Aid agencies are working hard, but some fear that once the emergency phase is over, access will again be denied. This would have unspeakable consequences for the people of Burma, who need long-term help to recover from Cyclone Nargis.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love, lies and cholera

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 24 April 2008

    The Painted Veil explores the painful dynamics of an unhappily married couple and the broader social issues that impact on their union. Filmed entirely in China, it depicts a country boiling with internal conflict, and a growing resentment of the colonial presence.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Photographing Australia's humanitarian response

    • Various
    • 28 January 2008
    1 Comment

    A new exhibition of compelling and confronting photographs captures the impact of natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies, and the crucial role of Australian aid workers and volunteers in the initial response and longer term rebuilding process.

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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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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    An unlikely pilgrim

    • Michelle Coram
    • 12 December 2007
    9 Comments

    The Camino de Santiago in Spain is over a thousand years old and trodden by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year. But for this pilgrim it was simply a cheap holiday, a sure way to get fit. She wasn't expecting any miracles.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Letter from 'social inclusion' Senator

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 05 December 2007
    1 Comment

    Labor has adopted social inclusion as an organising principle of the nation's social and economic policy. Social inclusion is about recognising that economic prosperity in and of itself is not enough: it is central to the work of government to make sure that this prosperity leaves no-one behind.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Voting for the common good

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 25 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Voters want their government to ensure that Australia’s economic prosperity benefits those who most need it. A strong economy is not enough — rather, it is the social economy, made up of nonprofit, community and other organisations working primarily for the common good, that plays a major role in making our country fairer and our local communities stronger.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Israel's pain over Darfur refugees

    • Joel Burstyner
    • 03 October 2007
    8 Comments

    Israel is yet to justify its deportation of 48 Sudanese asylum seekers in August. It appears this action could be part of a blanket closed door policy that precludes the proper assessment of asylum claims according to Israel's legal and ethical obligations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Games tell a different story about the Pacific

    • Luke James
    • 19 September 2007
    2 Comments

    Coverage of the South Pacific Games was dominated by an Australian reporter posing a loaded question about RAMSI to the Samoan prime minister. It's a reminder that much remains to be done to positively promote the diversity and spirit of the region.

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