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  • Main image: Mahmoud Abbas speaks at United Nations (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    international

    Annexation exposes the political isolation of Palestinians

    • Ramona Wadi
    • 14 July 2020

    For decades, the UN issued non-binding resolutions and condemnations regarding Israel’s colonial expansion over Palestinian territory. As Israel gears towards implementing its annexation plans, which will see around 30 per cent of territory from the occupied West Bank falling under Israeli sovereignty, Palestinians stand to continue the cycle of territorial loss, internally forced displacement, and a deterioration of what remains of their rights.

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  • Group of people helping each other across borders. Illustration Chris Johnston
    economics

    Towards full employment

    • Bree Alexander
    • 09 July 2020
    2 Comments

    What then, does the case for full employment look like? This is not just an economic question, but too of having access to a decent wage that allows all people to live a decent life.

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  • Woman stressed wearing mask
    australia

    Community in the face of insecurity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 09 July 2020
    7 Comments

    For Victorians this last week has been taxing. It began with rising numbers of COVID-19 infections, moved to the lock-down of housing commission towers enforced by hundreds of police and has continued with the lockdown of the whole Melbourne area for six weeks and exclusion from other States.

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  • Rear view of woman on Hong Kong street (d3sign/Getty Images)

    Trauma and displacement are no time for profit

    • Salina Cheung
    • 13 July 2020
    3 Comments

    There is a trend of liberals calling for the West to open its borders to fleeing Hongkongers for economic benefit. It is commendable that these individuals want the West to offer Hongkongers refuge. But to frame this philanthropy in such mercenary terms makes this goodwill suspect: these voices want to capitalise on a traumatic moment of displacement.

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  • Syrian refugee camp (Burak Kara/Getty Images)

    Caesar Act ushers in a new phase of suffering for Syrians

    • Daniel Sleiman
    • 25 June 2020
    3 Comments

    America has lost the proxy war in Syria and is now looking at punishing ordinary Syrians for the actions of the Syrian government. The so called ‘Caesar Act’, officially known as the Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act, aims to cut off multilateral or direct commerce with Syria’s ruling Baath party, effectively inducing record inflation, poverty and market exclusion.

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  • Main image: Protestor holding sign reading 'João Pedro Presente' at Black Lives Matter rally (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

    Brazil's Black lives matter too

    • Julian Cola
    • 11 June 2020
    4 Comments

    While the streets of America burn in the wake of George Floyd’s public lynching, a lesser known tragedy is playing out in Brazil. As COVID-19 ravishes the South American behemoth, home to the second largest number of infections worldwide, police and military forces continue spilling the blood of Black youths.

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  • Heritier Lumumba talking to press (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

    Making the AFL a safer workplace for all

    • Celeste Liddle
    • 14 July 2020

    The past couple of weeks have seen the racism former Collingwood great Heritier Lumumba endured while at the club hitting the headlines. This is not the first time Lumumba’s allegations have been in the news, but on seeing Collingwood ‘taking a knee‘ in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement at their game against Richmond, he saw an opportunity to broach an hypocrisy which had long gone unaddressed.

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  • AMSSA volunteers (AAP Image/James Ross)

    Responding with compassion

    • Najma Sambul
    • 09 July 2020
    9 Comments

    Donations flooded the centre. Volunteers from across Melbourne arrived ready to support any way they could. Key volunteers came from Carlton and surrounding suburbs, mostly young African people were on the frontlines. They had used social media to reach out to friends, relatives and others locked in the housing estates to ask what they needed and then got to work.

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  • Flemington tower (Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

    Respecting dignity during public housing lockdown

    • Joshua Lourensz
    • 07 July 2020
    7 Comments

    Many of us, of course including residents of the towers, understand the exceptional response that COVID-19 has required, and that these lock downs form a part of the response. But when the situation has meant that people must, unless there are exceptional personal or medical grounds, remain house-bound for at least five days, we must be careful in the way we go about caring for the health of people.

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  •  St Peter's Cathedral in North Adelaide. Photo by moisseyev via Getty

    Who speaks for the Catholic church?

    • John Warhurst
    • 18 June 2020
    27 Comments

    Discussion of church life in Australia is incomplete without consideration of who speaks for the church at the national level. The answer to the question 'Who presides over the Catholic church in Australia?’ is more complicated than you might think.

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  • Pope Francis with Eastern Churches and Ecclesial Communities (Franco Origlia/Getty images)

    Ecumenical history offers lessons

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 04 June 2020
    19 Comments

    With churches closed throughout much of the world, many events and dedicated weeks have passed us by. One of those weeks was the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Catholics who paid attention to Pope Francis’ engagements may have noticed it through his references to the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s Encyclical on Christian Unity, Ut Unum Sint.

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  • Illuminated stage (Getty Images/ Nattapong Wongloungud)

    Behind the COVID curtain

    • Sally Cloke
    • 07 May 2020
    9 Comments

    Another biblical motif or metaphor may prove more fruitful in the long run: the apocalypse. No, not the end of the world, however appropriate this may feel. It’s the apocalypse but not as we know it.

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  • Sign reads No business on a dead planet (Markus Spiske/Unsplash)

    Demanding more sustainable businesses

    • Alana Schetzer
    • 19 May 2020
    3 Comments

    Multiple media reports have focused on individuals and households moving away from sustainability — mostly because of understandable concerns about contamination — and yet, the conversation about the impacts of our biggest businesses and corporations hasn’t been as loud.

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  • Woman approaching forked path (Photo by Einar Storsul on Unsplash)

    Re-imagining a better kind of society

    • Cristy Clark
    • 12 May 2020
    12 Comments

    But just as the frighteningly precarious nature of our lives has been thoroughly exposed, so too has the inequality of it all. Even in a pandemic, we aren't all suffering equally. Even in a pandemic, structures of privilege continue to operate.

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  • Albany WA wind farm (Flickr/Lawrence Murray)

    Opportunities for action on renewables

    • Bree Alexander
    • 11 May 2020
    3 Comments

    While the federal government has set a zero net emissions target by 2050, along with the states and territories and local councils in some areas, the steps that are taken to get there are vitally important. Yet there seems to be no signs of a rapid move away from fossil fuels.

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  • Illustration Chris Johnston

    Age and attitude

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 07 July 2020
    15 Comments

    I think it is not only our duty to look after the aged, but a task that brings its own reward in the form of companionship, expressed wisdom, and guidance as to how to manage life’s testing times. I have always had friends decades older than I, and those friendships have been a privilege.

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  •  Edward Colston statue plinth with a sign saying "Black Lives Matter" on June 16, 2020 in Bristol, England. (Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

    We are home already

    • John Carey
    • 07 July 2020
    5 Comments

    Topple them roll them into the depths of the sea to join their coffin ship. Make space in the air fit to breathe. We are come home to roost. We are home already, never left, just slipped your mind.

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  • Cover Daddy Cool Allen and Unwin

    Finding fragments of a father

    • Brian Matthews
    • 02 July 2020
    3 Comments

    Daddy Cool is a thoroughly absorbing biography, witty, astonishing, often intensely moving, effortlessly in charge of a crowded and potentially confusing canvas (readers of a certain age will recognise names like Jack Davey, Roy Rene, Dick Bentley, Willie Fennell).

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