author: Daniel Baldino

  • AUSTRALIA

    Reviving the domino theory

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    The notion of preventing Islamic influence has strong echoes of the simple Cold War ‘domino theory’. This powerful metaphor and enemy image, popular in the 1950s and 1960s and used to justify US military intervention in Southeast Asia, was later widely criticised for its undeveloped and unstructured generalisations about political systems that are quite different.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Daniel Baldino

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 17 May 2007

    Daniel Baldino is head of the Politics/International Relations program in the School of Arts and Sciences at Notre Dame University, Fremantle.

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  • RELIGION

    'Clash of civilisations' rhetoric distorts cultural differences

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 30 October 2006
    1 Comment

    Manipulating narrowly conceived notions of national values simply triggers a storm of prejudice, while undercutting efforts to improve conceptions of the nation’s Muslim community.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    David Hicks' rights under natural law

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 10 July 2006
    9 Comments

    Howard’s legal positivist stance limits individual rights to the confines of a particular legal system. In the ‘war against terrorism’, there is no safeguard against executive excesses or the seizure by the state of absolute power, no basis to defend the dignity of human persons.

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