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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Urban planning threatens Jakarta’s river dwellers

    • Ben Fraser
    • 08 August 2007

    More than 300,000 Jakarta residents were displaced following the floods in January. Preparedness for the next flood is compromised by the river dwellers' unlawful status, and the government’s desire to clear these slum areas from the riverbank.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Ben Fraser

    • Ben Fraser
    • 17 May 2007

    Ben Fraser is an aid worker who has worked and written from Pakistan, Indonesia Afghanistan and Sudan.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Ben Russell

    • Ben Russell
    • 17 May 2007

    Ben Russell is a student and freelance writer living in Melbourne.

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    Ben Coghlan

    • Ben Coghlan
    • 17 May 2007

    Dr Coghlan is a specialist in applied epidemiology and is currently based at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne. He has been involved extensively in public health work in developing countries, and has worked for a range of organisations including Medecins Sans Frontieres, the International Rescue Committee, and the Australian Red Cross.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Community trust the vital ingredient in refugee resettlement

    • Ben Fraser
    • 27 February 2007

    The recent 'racist firestorm' in Tamworth highlights gaps in the onshore component of the Australia's refugee resettlement program. These deficiencies have a significant bearing on the transition process for newly arrived asylum seekers.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Sudan hiding depth of Darfur conflict

    • Ben Fraser
    • 22 January 2007

    Credible estimates put the Darfur death toll at close to 400,000. President Bashir's most recent claim was less than 10,000. Slovenian journalist Tomo Kriznar received a two year custodial sentence after trial on charges of espionage and ‘bad-mouthing’ the government of Sudan.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Protecting women from danger in Darfur

    • Ben Fraser
    • 11 December 2006

    Internally displaced person (IDP) camps offer a modicum of safety and sustenance amidst spiraling levels of deprivation and insecurity. But there is an increasing incidence of rape and physical assault upon women who have ventured outside the camp to comb the barren landscape for firewood. In Darfur, an environment where law and order often functions as the exception rather than the rule, rights are regularly challenged and violated. For those denied protection, each day plays out in a familiar way—seeking little, but risking all.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Gut reaction aside, those on the ground know Iraq reality

    • Ben Coghlan
    • 30 October 2006
    4 Comments

    This month The Lancet published the findings of an Iraq war mortality survey that put the toll at more than 600,000. The US should recognise this figure because other studies in Darfur, Kosovo and Afghanistan employing identical methods are widely accepted.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Explorer's physical and emotional torture

    • Ben Russell
    • 21 August 2006
    1 Comment

    John Bailey’s new book, Mr Stuart’s Track, both shatters and affirms the myths of our history, and brings the harsh realities of the exploration of Australia to life.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Darfur's tenuous peace deal penned in blood

    • Ben Fraser
    • 07 August 2006

    Since the Darfur Peace Agreement was ratified in May, the Sudanese government has variously courted, confused and harangued the international community in an apparent successful effort to create discord in the peace process.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Kieran Gill, Joshua Puls, Ben Wells, Andrew Hamilton sj
    • 02 July 2006

    Reviews of Just another little murder; Willie’s Bar and Grill; Islam in Australia; and Lines of my Life.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Unsettled city

    • Ben Fraser
    • 22 May 2006

    Life in Kabul.

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