Keywords: Saddam Hussein

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What sort of person would work for a dictator

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 08 May 2009

    Kamel Sachet, a 'hero' from the Iran/Iraq war, eventually made the rank of general. But he grew disenchanted with the rule of Saddam. As he tried to withdraw from active service, he became more religious as an observant Muslim.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fathoming the Iraqi quagmire

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 25 July 2008
    1 Comment

    Muqtada al-Sadr's rhetoric against US occupation and the establishment of an armed militia saw him cast as a firebrand and rogue cleric in international media. This book contextualises his rapid rise to authority in post-Saddam Iraq.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Haunted by the ghosts of SIEV-X

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 12 June 2008
    4 Comments

    Hope documents the fate of the people-smuggling vessel SIEV-X and the 353 people who died when it sank en route to Australia. The film suggests a parliamentary inquiry is essential into the Howard Government's handling of the tragedy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Refugee refusual echoes 'Tampa election' rhetoric

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 19 February 2008
    10 Comments

    Senator Chris Evans refused a protection visa to convicted people smuggler 'Mr A', even though he was assessed by Immigration as a refugee. Senator Evans had an opportunity to improve upon the previous government's treatment of asylum seekers, but instead reverted to the same hostile rhetoric.

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  • RELIGION

    Loose reasoning on death penalty - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    We think it is wrong for foreign states to impose the death penalty on Aussie drug traffickers and drug mules. But we apply different reasoning to non-Australians facing death at the hands of the state. The practical, hands on, Aussie approach often plays fast and loose with moral reasoning about what is right and wrong.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's Asia Cup victory hides reality of ungovernable society

    • Scott Stephens
    • 08 August 2007
    5 Comments

    The press coverage of Iraq’s surprise victory in the Asian Cup final was — as Ernst Bloch might have put it — full of utopian sentiment. The win was, admittedly, a remarkable achievement, but one that hardly accounted for the sheer exuberance of the outpoured emotion that followed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's overlooked political factions

    • Dan Read
    • 08 August 2007

    The Iraq situation is a lot more complex than a simple standoff between western democracy and political Islam. Until this is understood, a viable solution that takes Iraq towards genuine democracy and self government is impossible.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Great leaders love their teams

    • Chris Lowney
    • 25 July 2007
    1 Comment

    Eric Shinseki was the highest ranking US military officer in the United States until he ran afoul of his boss, former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsel. He had told a Congressional hearing that the US Army would more soldiers to Iraq than planned, to keep the peace Saddam Hussein's removal.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Zarqawi’s death a turning point in Iraq?

    • James Massola
    • 27 February 2007

    The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last Wednesday has the potential to be a major turning point in Iraq for both the civilian government, and for the coalition forces. What happens next could shape Iraq's future.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Remembering a hanging

    • Peter Norden
    • 27 February 2007
    33 Comments

    Forty years ago Ronald Ryan had a noose put around his neck by the prison hangman. With the authority of the Victorian State Government, its then Premier, Henry Bolte, and the Victorian Supreme Court he was killed. Ryan was the last man hanged in Australia, and many believe he will always retain that infamous privilege.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Slow progress with North Korea is better than no progress

    • Joseph Camilleri
    • 30 October 2006
    8 Comments

    The North Korean regime is more likely to be loosened from its present grip on power by the slow but persistent attempts to change the economic and psychological landscape inside North Korea, than by the external application of brute force.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    As other people see us...

    • Morag Fraser
    • 16 October 2006
    1 Comment

    In the Providence Journal, chief political columnist M. Charles Bakst notes that in the Democratic state of Rhode Island, "Bush" is just short of a swear word. The New York Times condemns the Detainee legislation in an editorial headed “Rushing Off a Cliff”. It doesn’t spare the Democrats either.

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