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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Digital compact camera ensures no more unexamined life

    • Brian Matthews
    • 19 September 2007
    1 Comment

    Digital photography allows the easy recording of almost every moment of our lives. Putting to your dog the proposition 'The unexamined life is not worth living', he would look at you with an expression that respectfully suggested, 'Human beings are so dumb'.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Confessions of a repatriated editor

    • Robert Hefner
    • 19 September 2007
    3 Comments

    After returning to the US, a former Eureka Street editor had to remind himself "just which side of the language [he] was supposed to be on". All the years in Australia coming to terms with '-re' and '-our' suffixes made finding the 'center' of an American document more 'labor-intensive' than it used to be.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Urgent matters written about in haste

    • Peter Pierce
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Future Perfect is ABC broadcaster Robyn Williams' sketch of much that imperils the human future. Whatever flaws and fancies there may have been in God's blueprint, Williams does surprisingly little to produce projections of his own.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    East Timor's continued uphill battle to secure a future

    • Paul Cleary
    • 11 July 2007
    3 Comments

    A potentially unstable coalition government with few detailed policies and weak administrative ability is now certain to emerge following the fragmented result in the recent election. But grounds for hope remain.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Grubby oil grab that left a tiny country gasping

    • Christine Kearney
    • 13 June 2007
    1 Comment

    Ugly. Rapacious. Bruising and governed by the narrowest definitions of national interest. These are a few of the descriptions that spring to mind after reading this devastating portrait of Australia’s negotiations over oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ramos-Horta landslide best possible outcome

    • Paul Cleary
    • 18 May 2007

    The vote in East Timor's presidential election has unified the nation, and given democracy a second change, after the fractious violence of 2006. It underscores the depth of the antipathy towards the Fretilin government after it badly managed the country’s post-independence development and sparked renewed violence last year.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Election a test for East Timor's fragile democracy

    • Paul Cleary
    • 16 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Claims of irregularities in last week's presidential election speak volumes about the state of East Timor’s democracy. The elections are also a crucial test for building democracy in post-conflict countries.

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  • MEDIA

    Alan Jones and the power of one

    • Morag Fraser
    • 16 April 2007
    13 Comments

    Jones' reflexes on air are assertive and territorial. A 'power of one' he may be, but he also makes a powerful appeal to the tribal in all of us. When we retreat into the tribe we lose the chance to experience of the kindness of strangers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mexican wave ban reflects sponsor tyranny

    • Colin Long
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    The construction of new stadiums has been accompanied by increased surveillance and control over the spectator space. Entertainment organised by the stadium managers, which they and their sponsors can make money from, is OK – but spontaneous entertainment is forbidden.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Novels' modern characters draw empathy

    • Tony Smith
    • 27 February 2007

    World literature is much richer for the input of Italian Andrea Camilleri, Australian Peter Corris and Scot Ian Rankin.  They have mastered the art of presenting modern characters in contemporary situations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Blink and you miss the QLD state election

    • Paul Osborne
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Paul Osborne analyses the Queensland State election, and the aftermath.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    What it feels like to have to run

    • Christine Kearney
    • 22 January 2007
    2 Comments

    Ten months after the renewed violence and lawlessness in East Timor, nobody is holding their breath for a simple resolution. It seems the dirty politicking will continue until a new order order has been established to properly replace the vacuum left when the state imploded in 1999. The first of two runner up essays in Eureka Street's Margaret Dooley Young Writers Award 2006.

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