keywords: Banana Republic

  • AUSTRALIA

    Racist massacre in the Dominican pigmentocracy

    • Jeremy Tarbox
    • 01 October 2012
    9 Comments

    A Dominican drivers license specifies skin colour: white, light, dark, almost black or black. 'Black' likely brands the holder as a poor and inferior Haitian. Understanding this pigmentocracy is especially relevant now, on the 75th anniversary of the worst peace time human rights abuse of civilians in the Americas during the 20th century.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Wayne Swan, Clive Palmer and the gospel of wealth

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 09 March 2012
    10 Comments

    Mining in Australia has assumed the mantle of the untouchable, so much so that taxing its proceeds is deemed by some to be unpatriotic. What matters to Swan is maintaining the idea, however illusory, that Australia remains an equal country. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hating Canberra

    • Ellena Savage
    • 29 October 2010
    17 Comments

    Canberra's bad weather has its benefits: Brisbane was Australia's capital, we might be living in a banana republic whose despotic ruling family would never want to relinquish their grip on leisure governance. The best thing about hating Canberra is that it discourages nationalism.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to be wealthy and virtuous

    • Michael Mullins
    • 18 January 2010
    4 Comments

    Wealth can enable a person to flourish if it is used to nourish the soul. But if people use their money for ugly, ignorant, unimaginative or banal purposes, then they lack a moral title to their wealth.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Guatemala the grave

    • Colm McNaughton
    • 23 September 2009
    3 Comments

    The exhumation of mass graves in Guatemala, sites of decades-old massacres, rarely leads to convictions. The history of Guatemala's indigenous Mayan communities is marked by slavery, poverty and genocide. Not much has changed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Money talks in the new Ireland, just like Australia

    • Michael Mullins
    • 11 December 2006

    Sometimes we need to look elsewhere to realise what is happening in our own backyard. Ireland is not Australia, but both countries have become prosperous at a time when many other developed nations are in the midst of an economic downturn.

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