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  • PODCAST

    Conversations Catholics need to have

    • Podcast
    • 05 September 2018
    4 Comments

    What does it take to grow in conversation, even and perhaps especially in difficult conversation? Can contemporary Christianity get past the moralism and step into areas of pain? In this final episode for the second season, theologian Fr Timothy Radcliffe discusses questions about Catholic identity, education and democracy.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    UN's dubious human rights appointment

    • Ramona Wadi
    • 23 August 2018
    1 Comment

    It is important that Bachelet's appointment is discussed away from the framework promoted by the UN. Primarily, it should raise questions as to how a torture victim can become complicit in impunity as president. That such complicity is ignored at an international level should contribute to the growing mistrust in the UN as human rights 'guardian'.

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  • MEDIA

    How fake news stifles democracy in Asia

    • Lika Posamari
    • 23 August 2018
    1 Comment

    In the Philippines and elsewhere, the spread of disinformation appealing to fear and hatred has helped create what Rappler CEO Maria Ressa describes as a 'spiral of silence that has had an incredibly negative impact on our democracy'. Social media platforms are far from blameless.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Among the ghosts of Chernobyl

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 14 August 2018
    4 Comments

    The earthworms and bees were the first to know, wrote Nobel laureate and Belarusian native Svetlana Alexievich. The bees stayed in their hives; the worms buried themselves so deep that fishermen digging for bait on the banks of the Pripyat River were perplexed that they couldn't find any. The humans were slower to learn.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Papal nation

    • Damian Balassone
    • 13 August 2018
    2 Comments

    Italians are a people of integrity / who celebrate a celibate celebrity.

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  • PODCAST

    Na'ama Carlin on dissonant universities

    • Podcast
    • 08 August 2018
    1 Comment

    Who or what are universities for? Are they meant to form citizens or workers? What happens when universities turn to a more corporate model? Dr Na'ama Carlin reflects on these and other questions. She is a sociologist, writer, and a casual academic, an experience that raises pressing issues about the way universities operate.

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  • PODCAST

    Faulty memories and cultural institutions

    • Podcast
    • 25 July 2018
    1 Comment

    How do we make sure galleries, libraries, archives and museums are truly inclusive in the stories they tell? Nathan 'Mudyi' Sentance grew up on Darkinjung country in New South Wales. He works to ensure that First Nations stories are being told and controlled by First Nations people.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The least you can do

    • Ouyang Yu
    • 22 July 2018
    2 Comments

    You are saying these people are not good enough because they come from elsewhere. You are saying their English is too creative. You are saying their growing numbers are a constant threat. You are saying they are never as good as you, genetically even. You are saying no.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Trump's trade attack is off track

    • David James
    • 17 July 2018
    2 Comments

    Trump's destruction of the architecture of international trade agreements and reversion to protectionism will expose the complexity of globalisation, but is unlikely to have the effect he is aiming at, which is to bring investment capital, and jobs, back to his country.

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  • RELIGION

    Duterte vs God

    • Erin Cook
    • 12 July 2018
    3 Comments

    To mark two years as president of the Philippines, Duterte has taken on his biggest sparring partner yet. God now joins the likes of Barack Obama and the UN as targets in Duterte's ranting. It would be laughable if he hadn't spent his presidency turning the country into Revelations, where even priests are being gunned down in the streets.

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  • PODCAST

    The evangelical factor in Latin American politics

    • Podcast
    • 11 July 2018

    Academic and journalist Antonio Castillo is a close observer of political tensions in Latin America. He joins us today to talk about the rise of evangelical movements in the region. Why did these groups become so popular? What makes them such a political factor? And what does it mean for them to be politically engaged, in a time when people are looking for alternatives?

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  • PODCAST

    Women are critical to the future of the Church

    • Podcast
    • 27 June 2018
    3 Comments

    Women were prominent members of the earliest Christian communities, and, history is replete with Catholic women whose model of service and leadership set a standard for how Catholics engage with the world. So why aren't they as familiar to us as other workers? And what can the Church learn from modern women?

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