Keywords: Monks

  • AUSTRALIA

    Obama masks and New York monks

    • Alexandra Collier
    • 31 October 2008
    1 Comment

    In Brooklyn, politics and Halloween overlap. On one house, a 'Vote McCain' sign abuts another, declaring, 'Haunted House'. As the West Village prepares for its annual parade, the homeless sit in a curve, supplicating to the wealthy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Monastic gaze through money myopia

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 13 October 2008
    11 Comments

    News last week of the death of Dom Placid Spearritt, Abbot of New Norcia Abbey, was set among the daily chronicles of financial collapse around the world. That seemed paradoxical.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Small symbols of hope amid Myanmar cyclone devastation

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 12 May 2008
    1 Comment

    As the scale of death and destruction becomes clearer, the most common response is one of helplessness, or rage, at the callousness of the military rulers. The challenge is to keep hope alive, which is a spiritual rather than a logistical challenge.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Olympic Torch a symbol of oppression

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 April 2008
    4 Comments

    The modern Olympic torch relay was initiated by the Nazi leadership in 1936 to uphold the image of the Third Reich as a dynamic and expanding influence. Those who extinguished the Beijing torch in protest against human rights violations in Tibet recognise its origins and potency as a political symbol.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A key role for Australia in Burma's democratisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 09 January 2008
    2 Comments

    China's role in Burma is pivotal. Under a Rudd Government, Australia would have the expertise and standing to persuade China that its interests lie in persuading Burma's generals to soften their opposition to democracy. From 18 October 2007.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Best' essays merit book title's reckless superlative

    • Alexandra Coghlan
    • 13 December 2007

    The recurrence of the ‘big' issues of politics, religion, and sexuality in Best Australian Essays 2007 is predictable enough. But the essays become more interesting when we see particular trends, such as surveillance and the individual's right to privacy, emerge in each.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The moral disintegration of Burma's military

    • Carol Ransley and Toe Zaw Latt
    • 15 November 2007
    1 Comment

    Carol Ransley and Toe Zaw Latt provide an update on civil-military relations in Burma.

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  • RELIGION

    Benenson's Amnesty alternative

    • Chris Middleton
    • 15 November 2007
    4 Comments

    As principal of a Jesuit school — St Aloysius — that has withdrawn from Amnesty due to the organisation's pro-choice stance, Chris Middleton outlines the reasoning for the decision, in response to Father Frank Brennan's article on the subject.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A key role for Australia in Burma's democratisation

    • Tony Kevin
    • 17 October 2007

    – China's role in Burma is pivotal. Under a Rudd Government, Australia would have the expertise and standing to persuade China that its interests lie in persuading Burma's generals to soften their opposition to democracy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Burma's new generation political activists

    • Carol Ransley & Toe Zaw Latt
    • 17 October 2007

    A new generation of young activists was born on the streets of Rangoon last month. The war being raged by the Burmese military against its own people has faded from the international headlines, but Burmese young people from all walks of life continue to step up their non-violent resistance campaign.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    What provoked Burmese people's fearless stand

    • Carol Ransley & Toe Zaw Latt
    • 03 October 2007
    4 Comments

    Two out of five children in Burma are severely malnourished, and the majority of people live in dire poverty. Then the ruling State Peace and Development Council instructed all Ministry of Energy distribution outlets to raise the prices of fuel.

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  • RELIGION

    Downsizing as a form of modern asceticism

    • Paul Collins
    • 13 June 2007
    8 Comments

    We live in a world where the dogmas of economic rationalism and consumerism rule supreme. Rather than physical penance, today's asceticism involves a deliberate downsizing and an abandonment of infinite expansion as the measure of success.

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