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  • Chris Johnston cartoon has celebrities practising 'wellness' while a person with real health issues watches on nonplussed.
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    Big Wellness goops up real health talk

    • Vivienne Cowburn
    • 15 November 2019

    Rather than credit their physiques to intense exercise and diet regimens, celebrities now owe it all to 'wellness'. And you owe it to your health to get on board the wellness express. When it comes to conversations regarding women's health and noncommunicable diseases however, this talk of wellness becomes problematic.

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  • Cyclists in Liwonde (Photo by Catherine Marshall)
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    A view from Africa of Australia burning

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 14 November 2019
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    As fires obliterated large swathes of Australia, I was largely oblivious to the news — though tenuously connected to events as I travelled through oven-hot, tinder-dry national parks in Southern Africa. It was only when I reached the airport in Johannesburg that the extent of the catastrophe became apparent to me.

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  • Mona Eltahawy on Q&A
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    'Radical' Q&A should be heard not silenced

    • Neve Mahoney
    • 12 November 2019
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    On their own, Eltahawy's words are confronting, yet within the context of her argument, the questions were about flipping the balance of power on its head for a moment. It's not a call to action, but rather a thought exercise. What if men were as scared of violence from women, as women are taught to be of men?

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  • A man dances at an an anti-government protest on 30 October 2019 in Martyrs' Square, Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo by Sam Tarling/Getty Images)

    Hope and trepidation amid Lebanon unrest

    • Daniel Sleiman
    • 07 November 2019
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    Like many Lebanese Australians I've been watching the mass protests in Lebanon with hope and trepidation. Hope that government reforms, or a change of government, will bring about meaningful transformation in economic management, transparency and public services. Fearful because of the possibility of civil war.

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin in August 2018. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    Stories about the Russia you thought you knew

    • Justin Glyn
    • 06 November 2019
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    A casual reader, picking up Tony Kevin's book without much background knowledge on the events which it covers, might assume that the work was alarmist conspiracy theory, so wildly is it at odds with the standard fare which one reads in the papers about Russia and contemporary politics in general. Frighteningly, it is not.

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  • Korea, where the American century began by Michael Pembroke

    On power and Koreans' American fear

    • Christine Burke
    • 04 November 2019
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    Anyone interested in social justice knows that structures and systems can bolster the worst tendencies of human nature, can incubate 'social sin'. Korean friends, when asked if they live in fear of North Korea, almost always tell me 'we fear America more'. To me that seemed a bit of an overstatement. Now I understand their response.

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  • Close-up of a smoking cigar butt (Credit: shutterjack via Getty)

    Economic correctness gone mad

    • John Falzon
    • 13 November 2019
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    It's gone too far. The minute you voice even the smallest doubt about the Current Way of Things you get hammered. If, for example, you ask why large multinationals should profit from aged care, the guardians of Economic Correctness look at you funny. Either they don't get it, or they do and they cast you as an enemy of democracy.

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  • Award-winning journalist Mimi Mefo (Photo: Elina Kansikas for Index on Censorship)

    Migration hardline is selling Australia short

    • Bree Alexander
    • 12 November 2019
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    Due to this stance, immigration is arguably not being leveraged to actually benefit the country, including its flailing economy. This is despite a government report released last year stating that immigrants increase GDP and helped avoid the 2008 financial crisis.

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  • Anthony Albanese addresses the media at a press conference at Henson Park Oval in Sydney on 22 May 2019. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

    Labor pain and uncertainty

    • John Warhurst
    • 11 November 2019
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    The Labor Party's dismal performance this year has been bookended by May's election loss and this month's campaign review report. As it reflects publicly on the devastating election loss, discussion has also begun among Labor supporters about whether it has chosen the right leader for the future in Albanese.

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  • John Henry Newman

    The light in John Henry Newman's darkness

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 November 2019

    Dad is out watering the garden, but all the front windows are open, so he can hear the piano and his wife and two daughters singing. He often hums along to our repertoire, which is a mixture of Anglo-Celtic songs, Australian numbers — and, memorably, 'Lead, Kindly Light', written by the recently canonised St John Henry Newman.

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  • Woman sitting on public bench with brown bag over her head (Credit: Francesco Carta fotografo)

    Light and life found in humiliation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 November 2019
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    Might the experience of humiliation open the possibility of turning out to others instead of in on oneself? Might it seed compassion for others in their humiliation, and lead in turn to a society more sensitive to the wounds that humiliation causes both to the humiliated and the bystanders?

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  • Portaits of the El Salvador martyrs by Mary Pimmel.

    El Salvador reality upends justice romance

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 November 2019
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    Thirty years ago this month, the Salvadorean Armed Forces murdered two women and six Jesuits at the Universidad Centroamericana El Salvador. For me it was a significant stage on the journey from fascination with the romance and the rhetoric of the struggle for justice to recognition of the hard, unyielding daily reality that it involved.

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  • Children play with power generation technology, both coal and renewables. Illustration by Chris Johnston

    Greenies and miners don't need to be at war

    • Tim Hutton
    • 08 November 2019
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    Miners are not the enemy. In fact, those who once worked in mining are key to implementing change. After all, renewable energy isn't going to build and maintain itself. Our coal-fired power stations are starting to reach the end of their life cycle, and many countries are rapidly divesting from coal. We owe it to our nation’s workers to plan for the future.

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  • Rearview shot of a male farmer tending to his crops. (Credit: pixdeluxe / Getty)

    Climate clues beyond the four seasons myth

    • Katherine Wilson
    • 08 November 2019
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    Any Australian who believes in four seasons is engaged in a form of climate denial. Spring, summer, autumn and winter are colonial constructs, not an objective truth. I recently visited a school which has the largest Indigenous student population in Melbourne. The kids made a mural depicting the eight seasons of greater Melbourne.

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  • Extinction Rebellion protesters at the intersection of Swanston and Lonsdale Streets in Melbourne on 9 October 2019 in Melbourne. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

    Environmental boycotts and the free market

    • Kate Galloway
    • 04 November 2019
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    It is up to business to determine what the market wants. And business is being given a very clear message of market sentiment, through people protesting. For government to attempt to regulate this is a burden on freedom of speech and a significant imposition on the market mechanism, the very thing Morrison says he is trying to protect.

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  • Fern fronds (Photo by Adamo Boccitto)

    Near Ferntree Gully

    • Chris Wallace-Crabbe
    • 18 November 2019

    Staring toward the stringy picture through a linguistic lens I have begun to see that the elderly magic, deplored by most religions, was a daughter of coincidence mathematically robed in some downright glorious colours.

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  • Storm clouds over sea, Melbourne (Credit: Wolf Cocklin / Getty)

    The crime scene that is Australia

    • Libby Hart
    • 11 November 2019
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    It's difficult to move in this landscape. Haunted and fragile and tragic, there's no place that is benign. A cursed house, the Greeks might say.

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  • Apartment windows (credit: mikulas1 / Getty)

    In praise of the rituals of others

    • Jane Williams
    • 04 November 2019
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    Thank God for Bollywood and daytime TV. For the all night partyers and marathon love makers. For the hash brownie bakers, the nut crackers and pot-stirrers ... the drum-beating banjo-twanging wannabe musicians ... the incense wafting up from the first floor through our bathroom vent — frankincense I'm tempted to think.

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