keywords: John Hamburg

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Prior to Christ

    • Aaron Lembo
    • 15 October 2018
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    He wandered through wilderness, dined on locust thorax and cuticle, slurped from jugs of honey and preached; to his following he said, 'The end is nigh.' He dunked their heads in rivers. At broods of vipers he screamed. He sang of another man ...

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The boat people from paradise lost

    • Lyn Bender
    • 23 April 2016
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    Ursula Rakova told how the sea that had been the friend of her people, was turning against them. It had crashed through and divided her island in two. Coconut palms were collapsing at the new shoreline. Food gardens were lost, as the soil was increasingly rendered infertile by salty tides that washed over them. The land that had been handed from grandmother to daughter, would bequeath no legacy to the granddaughters. The homeland of generations was disappearing before their eyes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Naming and renaming uni's racist monuments

    • Jeff Sparrow
    • 02 December 2015
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    For many years, historian Gary Foley has drawn attention to the racist past inscribed throughout the infrastructure of Melbourne University. Now, some staff and students are campaigning to rename facilities linked to particularly egregious individuals, such as the Richard Berry building, named after a leading eugenicist who stole the corpses of Indigenous people for research designed to prove the racial superiority of whites. While some accuse the campaigners of politically correct censorship, in fact the past has already been censored, and the campaigners are dragging it back into the light.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How to trap a terrorist

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 July 2014
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    The German port city of Hamburg was the place where Mohammed Atta and his collaborators planned the September 11 attacks. A sense of hyper-vigilance stems from this fatal embarrassment and pervades the current events. Betrayal is weighed against betrayal, and ethics and morality are calculated using the sliding scale of a greater good that is dubbed, not without irony, as 'making the world a safer place'. But safer for whom?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Intimacy in same-sex friendships

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 June 2009

    Peter's a sweetie with the ladies, but never got his head around the whole male bonding thing. So he sets out on a series of man-dates, with the aim of finding a friend. His first attempts are spectacular failures. And then he meets Sydney.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Those among us: Three stories

    • John Laurie
    • 12 June 2006

    Photographer John Laurie traces three brief portraits of immigrants who have come to this country seeking work, opportunities and freedom. While their lives may not have turned out as planned, the three subjects profiled here have two things in common - lives well lived, and a love for this country, and what it has given them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Preparing for the fifth wave

    • Peter Mares
    • 12 June 2006

    Frank Brennan’s Tampering with Asylum prompts Peter Mares to look at this issue again.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Selling the silver

    • Jack Waterford
    • 25 April 2006

    The largesse in the Budget shouldn’t have proven a surprise, even if conventional wisdom is that budgets following elections are the ones in which governments make tough decisions.

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