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    The high political stakes of same sex marriage

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    John Warhurst |  The same sex marriage postal plebiscite will be as intense as most referendum and election campaigns. Indeed, the special characteristics of this subject, advanced by the government as the reason for going beyond parliamentary means to resolve the issue, mean that the campaign may be more intense than most referendums have been.
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    What Philippines' president Duterte is telling us about China

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    Daniel Kleinsman |  Reckless machoism is the trademark of President Rodrigo Duterte. He has vowed to stop at nothing in his bloody war against drugs and dissidents, and is unapologetic about increasing casualities incurred. Meanwhile, he demonstrates a terrifying disregard for anyone who opposes his agenda, and he delights in doing so.
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    The rationality of Kim Jong Un

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    Justin Glyn |  The ongoing talk of war with North Korea and the threat of nuclear weapons has everybody dusting off their copies of Dr Strangelove and rewatching that classic black farce of innuendo, misunderstanding and paranoia in an age of Mutually Assured Destruction.
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    An Indian tale of parallel worlds

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    Tony Herbert |  It’s Monday, 24 September. The equinox passed a few days ago; the last of the monsoon showers seems to have gone. After Mass on my pre-breakfast walk, I notice the difference: the air fresh without the monsoon humidity, the lush green paddy crops, the dappled green and yellow of the early morning sun on the Sal trees. Out beyond the back of the parish is an unsurfaced road, good for stretching out. I first pass the houses of some of our Catholics, pukka, brick and cement, the fruit of their hard work and years of government employment.
  • Of murderers, bastards and inequality: neo-liberalism's failure

    Andrew Hamilton | 16 August 2017

    xxxxxCometh the hour, cometh the third murderer. So now inequality is in the spotlight and is being booed off the stage. It is blamed for the rise of populist politics, and more fundamentally for economic stagnation. The economic neo-liberal orthodoxy, that so implausibly claimed that economic competition unfettered by government regulation would benefit all of the citizens, has produced the gross inequality that hinders economic growth. 

  • David v Goliath in the beautiful British countryside

    Megan Graham | 16 August 2017

    xxxxxOne lone man daring to interfere with the evil plans of the rich and powerful: it’s not exactly a new angle, but there are a few scraps of satisfaction to be found in Joel Hopkin’s latest film Hampstead – just not in the realm of originality. It’s a sleepy story that meanders along with a mildly pleasant mediocrity.

  • The high political stakes of same sex marriage

    23 Comments
    John Warhurst | 16 August 2017

    John CoatesThe same sex marriage postal plebiscite will be as intense as most referendum and election campaigns. Indeed, the special characteristics of this subject, advanced by the government as the reason for going beyond parliamentary means to resolve the issue, mean that the campaign may be more intense than most referendums have been.

  • What Philippines' president Duterte is telling us about China

    2 Comments
    Daniel Kleinsman | 16 August 2017

     

    xxxxxReckless machoism is the trademark of President Rodrigo Duterte. He has vowed to stop at nothing in his bloody war against drugs and dissidents, and is unapologetic about increasing casualities incurred. Meanwhile, he demonstrates a terrifying disregard for anyone who opposes his agenda, and he delights in doing so.

  • The rationality of Kim Jong Un

    9 Comments
    Justin Glyn | 15 August 2017

    xxxxxThe ongoing talk of war with North Korea and the threat of nuclear weapons has everybody dusting off their copies of Dr Strangelove and rewatching that classic black farce of innuendo, misunderstanding and paranoia in an age of Mutually Assured Destruction.

  • An Indian tale of parallel worlds

    2 Comments
    Tony Herbert | 15 August 2017

    xxxxxIt’s Monday, 24 September. The equinox passed a few days ago; the last of the monsoon showers seems to have gone. After Mass on my pre-breakfast walk, I notice the difference: the air fresh without the monsoon humidity, the lush green paddy crops, the dappled green and yellow of the early morning sun on the Sal trees. Out beyond the back of the parish is an unsurfaced road, good for stretching out. I first pass the houses of some of our Catholics, pukka, brick and cement, the fruit of their hard work and years of government employment.

     

  • Solitaire and Some souls

    Margaret Quigley and Edith Speers  | 15 August 2017

    xxxxx

    Were I to call

    Were I to stumble 

    Or even fall 

    Would you hear me? 

    Would the constant babble 

    Of texts and tweets and twitters 

    Silence my helpless cry

  • White is the new black

    Fiona Katauskas | 15 August 2017

     


         This week's offering from Eureka Street's award winning political cartoonist.

  • Confessions of a literature addict

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    Gillian Bouras | 14 August 2017

    xxxxxWas Harry Potter’s 20th birthday to blame? Or the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death? Or merely the ageing process? It’s hard to decide, but in a life quite possibly ruined by literature, I have started remembering some of the books I read in childhood.

     


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