Search Results: Abu Ghraib

  • AUSTRALIA

    What is a brown body worth?

    • Somayra Ismailjee
    • 03 February 2016
    6 Comments

    A perception of Muslims as 'savage' and antithetical to peace accounts for incidents where overtly racist people can rejoice easily at the loss of human life, to little negative reaction. When a person is deemed unworthy or bereft of humanity, their death becomes gruesomely welcome. While Islamophobia itself does not define racism, Muslim people exemplify ideas of a cardinal threat against the Anglocentric West, which laterally affects how brown non-Muslim minority groups are treated.

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  • MEDIA

    Justifying garden-variety torture

    • Max Atkinson
    • 12 July 2012
    6 Comments

    Any discussion of the morality of torture must distinguish two kinds of justification. The first is concerned with cases so exotic they have nothing to do with the ordinary affairs of mankind, such as the nuclear bomb ticking away in a New York basement. A real-life justification must provide a rationale for a wide range of common garden cases. 

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  • RELIGION

    Hillary comes to Pakistan with baggage

    • Frank Brennan
    • 12 November 2009
    4 Comments

    Hillary Clinton worked hard on a three day charm offensive encouraging Pakistanis to engage in a new trusting relationship with the US. But Pakistanis cannot trust themselves at the moment, let alone the world superpower which has funded Taliban militants.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Truth the first casualty of war film

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 November 2008
    3 Comments

    Brian De Palma's Redacted took as its grim inspiration the true account of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl, and the murder of her family, by a wayward group of US troops in 2006. It plays pretty fast and loose with the facts.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A Gen X view of Obama as fiction

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 06 November 2008
    6 Comments

    If you see some Generation X’s out there in the street, smiling like drunk cats, forgive them their madness - it’s been a long time coming. We are letting our inner lives blend with the polis. We know it might all be fiction but like fiction; it makes us feel less alone inside.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd trip repairing Australia's damaged reputation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 11 April 2008
    7 Comments

    Kevin Rudd's China visit is proceeding brilliantly. But by announcing Australia's interest in a Security Council candidacy to the UN Secretary-General, he may have shown his hand before Australia is able to undo the damage the previous government did to our reputation in the UN.

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  • 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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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Selective blindness about torture

    • Peter Hodge
    • 31 October 2007

    There is extensive evidence of US intelligence gathering techniques, much of it derived from declassified documents. It points to a clearly navigable path from the paranoia of the anti-communist post-WWII era to Abu Ghraib.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don't just do something, sit there and listen

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 11 July 2007
    7 Comments

    The most telling questions about the PM's plan to fix Aboriginal communities focus on the involvement of the police and military. These reveal not just the absence of any broader strategy, but they also echo of the war metaphor that has been so prevalent over the past eleven years.

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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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  • RELIGION

    Why so little moral outrage at the destruction of Lebanon?

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 07 August 2006
    6 Comments

    Out of the passion of Lebanon, one hopeful image remains. It is the barely restrained rage of UN representative, Jan Egeland, at such unnecessary devastation. It made evident the general absence of moral passion or even reflection on the destruction in Palestine and Lebanon.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Truth, politics and the Fourth Estate

    • Morag Fraser
    • 14 May 2006

    The following essays by Morag Fraser and John Schumann are edited addresses from the Jesuit Lenten Seminar Series held in February–March 2005.

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