Keywords: Urban Seed

  • AUSTRALIA

    In Thailand, the land of snarls

    • Simon Roughneen
    • 24 May 2010

    Standing amid the burnt-out ruins of southeast Asia's second biggest shopping mall, it becomes clear the Land of Smiles has become a land of snarls. The uncompromising quashing of the anti-government redshirt rally by the Thai army may have sown the seeds for more conflict later on.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Making poverty personal

    • Simon Moyle
    • 05 May 2010
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    Last week the world was shocked by CCTV footage of people walking past a homeless man as he died of stab wounds on a New York pavement. People on the streets know violence, but cold indifference hurts more than targeted physical attack.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Nominal Catholics' middle-class angst

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 October 2009
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    The characters speak dutifully of Mass and Confession, but their Catholicism does not seem to pervade deeply, and contrasts with their unethical lifestyles. The adults, busy jealously guarding their own needs and desires, are oblivious to what their kids are up to.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bikers, violence and justice

    • John Smith
    • 14 May 2009
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    Going to jail for the right reasons is noble. In effect Jesus called for a kind of civil disobedience. He went to jail for justice. Today, I would be prepared to be jailed for resisting consorting laws. Exclusive preview: The John Smith Quarterly Essay

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A voice for victims of the sex trade

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 August 2007

    The Jammed is a frank and gritty cinematic reminder that the issue of human trafficking is not just on Australia’s doorstep—tragically, it’s part of the furniture. The most unsettling human degradation is protected by walls of silence and secrecy, and is the oxygen that keeps the sex industry alive.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Don’t fence me in

    • Mark Wakely
    • 14 May 2006

    Mark Wakely looks at our instinct to build fences

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Not beating about the bush

    • Alison Aprhys
    • 27 April 2006

    The Australian Bush Heritage Fund is quietly securing important areas of biodiverse bush to preserve and manage for future generations

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  • RELIGION

    Cable czars

    • Juliette Hughes
    • 25 April 2006

    I always did like the telly more than was good for me—but frequently as I churn the remote through umpty-five digital cable channels I find nothing that’s any good.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    A ship and a harbour

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 25 April 2006

    Travelling in order to see how different people live is essential to the formation of a genuine tolerance of other cultures.  

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