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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rescuing altruism from the Barnaby rubble

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 February 2010
    12 Comments

    That Senator Joyce's arguments for reducing foreign aid make little sense does not stop them from winning popular support. Many voters decide on the basis of emotion rather than rationality. And tapping voter greed is likely to be more successful than appealing to altruism.

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights without God

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2009
    3 Comments

    Professor Martha Nussbaum's recent book Liberty of Conscience provides a rich textured treatment of the place of religion in the public square. If God is taken out of the picture, it may be difficult to maintain a human rights commitment to the weakest and most despised in society.

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  • RELIGION

    Maintaining the UN's moral gold standard

    • Frank Brennan
    • 10 December 2008
    5 Comments

    Sixty years on, it is fashionable to describe the Declaration of Human Rights as a peculiarly western, individualistic conception. It was not. Now is the time for Australia to discuss how best to make the State attentive to the still, small voice of conscience.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Minorities stomped as India flirts with fascism

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 01 October 2008
    15 Comments

    Conventional wisdom tells us democracies are inherently stable, yet an extremist spirit has emerged in mainstream Indian politics. The silence among Australian Christians about the suffering of Indian Christians is as deafening as that of Australian Muslims towards Muslims in Darfur.

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  • RELIGION

    Different song, but new Jesuit leader 'on message'

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 29 January 2008

    Recently elected Jesuit Superior General Fr Adolfo Nicolás briefed journalists earlier this week. While a comparison with a recent speech of Pope Benedict points to a difference in method, there is a singleness of purpose.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Catholic-inspired Bayrou seeks to break French left-right mould

    • Stefan Gigacz
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    French Presidential candidate Francois Bayrou could emerge as favourite for the run off as socialists and conservatives seek to block their rivals from the Presidency. The 55 year old practising Catholic has managed to carve out political positions that respect Church teaching without necessarily alienating other groups.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    To make call on Iraq war requires more than machismo

    • David Corlett
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Pacifist and radical Christian Ammon Hennessy said that courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness. The longer the war in Iraq continues, the more the decision to invade looks to have been made on the basis of this sort of courage.

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  • RELIGION

    A place where story and song make race and recrimination obsolete

    • Brian Doyle
    • 13 November 2006

    No politician or poet from the Old World will lead us there. It will be someone from the new lands, who mills ideas into food and education and healing for thousands of people, who understands that power only matters, finally, when it is a verb.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The oxygen that breathes life into peacemaking

    • Peter Garrett
    • 30 October 2006
    4 Comments

    Other than formal interaction between nations, the role of non-government organisations (NGOs) who provide the heavy lifting in aid relief and community building in war-torn regions is critical, as is the exercise of citizen's voices, and the involvement they have with the political processes of their country.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The price of peace

    • Jo Dirks
    • 10 July 2006

    Jo Dirks looks at a new film on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    On your bus

    • Grant Morgan, Anthony Ham, Matthew Albert, Steven Columbus
    • 07 July 2006

    On your bus, Kerala leads, Sudan in Australia, Coming to terms.

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  • RELIGION

    On stopping Sauron

    • Ormond Rush
    • 05 July 2006

    Winston Churchill is usually portrayed as one of the few people who recognised the evil potential of Adolf Hitler and was willing to go to war to stop him.

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