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  • ECONOMICS

    The chuckling economist

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 05 January 2009
    3 Comments

    On the day the markets bled we rushed to hear Stiglitz's diagnosis. The Nobel Laureate used to be Chief Economist of the World Bank, ending his term in fisty cuffs with the IMF and the US over their financial bullying of developing nations. Stiglitz had schadenfreude written all over his face. (October 2008)

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The nun and the burqa

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 02 December 2008
    20 Comments

    When Germaine Greer savaged Michelle Obama's dress, I sighed. The 'beauty' market is a challenge to feminism. In France, two extremes of fashion ideology — burqas and plastic-surgery 'mannequins' — line up to buy bread.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A Gen X view of Obama as fiction

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 06 November 2008
    6 Comments

    If you see some Generation X’s out there in the street, smiling like drunk cats, forgive them their madness - it’s been a long time coming. We are letting our inner lives blend with the polis. We know it might all be fiction but like fiction; it makes us feel less alone inside.

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  • ECONOMICS

    The chuckling economist

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 13 October 2008
    16 Comments

    On the day the markets bled we rushed to hear Stiglitz's diagnosis. The Nobel Laureate used to be Chief Economist of the World Bank, ending his term in fisty cuffs with the IMF and the US over their financial bullying of developing nations. Stiglitz had schadenfreude written all over his face.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Woomf! Plunggg! Protons collide with doomsday fanaticism

    • Brian Matthews
    • 17 September 2008
    1 Comment

    The rumoured potential of the Large Hadron Collider to bring about the disintegration of the universe captured the public imagination. 'Hadron' is a word susceptible to misprinting of a kind that destroys the seriousness of any discussion.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Jewish West Bank Settlements a bad but reversible mistake

    • Philip Mendes
    • 10 March 2008
    13 Comments

    Over the years, many simplistic arguments have been advanced in an attempt to justify the West Bank settlement project. None of these arguments had any substance in the 1980s, and they have even less validity now.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Australia's approving silence on US torture

    • Vacy Vlazna
    • 14 November 2007
    4 Comments

    In July 2002, Australia voted against a proposal to strengthen the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. John Howard's friendship with George W. Bush has compromised and tainted our once reputable record on human rights advocacy.  

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Selective blindness about torture

    • Peter Hodge
    • 31 October 2007

    There is extensive evidence of US intelligence gathering techniques, much of it derived from declassified documents. It points to a clearly navigable path from the paranoia of the anti-communist post-WWII era to Abu Ghraib.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan replies to Tony Abbott on religion in politics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

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  • RELIGION

    God has more humour than Helen Clark

    • Peter Matheson
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Lively humour is deadly earnest. It erupts in the yawning gap between our dawn dreams of joy and justice and the noonday reality of cruelty and corruption. No totalitarian regime tolerates it for long.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fidel's social justice legacy

    • Chris McGillion
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    No assessment of Fidel Castro’s legacy will be complete without serious attention to his thoughts on religion and to how and why, over the past 20 years, he has turned Cuba from an international troublemaker into a global champion for social justice.

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  • RELIGION

    The World Game of ecumenical dialogue

    • Richard Treloar
    • 24 July 2006

    In the years ahead Faith and Order will address potentially church-dividing issues relating to biblical interpretation, theological anthropology, religious pluralism, mutual recognition of baptism, and other aspects of ecclesiology. The FIFA World Cup is an intrusion of the carnivalesque into ‘realpolitik.’ Richard Treloar muses on the intersection of these

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