keywords: Before Midnight

  • MEDIA

    Syria's hopeless democracy dream

    • Ruby Hamad
    • 14 October 2011
    8 Comments

    My family belongs to the same Alawite religious minority as beleagured Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. There are great and legitimate fears that Assad's downfall will result, not in democracy, but in civil war and large-scale massacres of minorities, including the Alawites.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Honouring cleaners

    • Scott Steensma
    • 29 June 2011
    1 Comment

    The average full time employee in Australia works 44 hours a week. The people in the office Ben cleans pull 35. During his busiest weeks Ben slogs through over 70. 'I gotta lot of responsibilities on my shoulders,' he says. 'This is why I want to do well in life.'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor, unleash your rock star

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 20 October 2010
    5 Comments

    Labor has used its rock star politician to push paper around. Peter Garrett was a hero to a lot of us. Get him out of that godawful suit and let him speak — sing, if he has to! — his mind on every issue that made him the most outspoken rock singer this country has seen.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fanatic's football fairytale

    • Brian Matthews
    • 06 October 2010
    1 Comment

    Fiction writers have to arrange events so that they achieve the required outcome without stretching credulity. Yet real life routinely throws up sequences so bizarre that a fiction writer wouldn't dare to own them. Try this one. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Immersed in India's light and shade

    • Anne Doyle
    • 17 February 2010
    3 Comments

    Before long we come upon an open stone building — the meeting room. We enter to find 60 weathered women seated on mats on the dirt floor. Their saris fill the enclosure with colour. Their faces tell the poignant stories of their lives.

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  • EDUCATION

    Best of 2009: Stairway to international student security

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 05 January 2010
    5 Comments

    After midnight, a group of international students, on a break from their night jobs as waiters, gather in a concrete stairwell and share their stories. Victorian premier John Brumby could learn a thing or two in that shabby stairwell. September 2009

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  • EDUCATION

    Stairway to international student security

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 30 September 2009
    7 Comments

    After midnight, a group of international students, on a break from their night jobs as waiters, gather in a concrete stairwell and share their stories. Victorian premier John Brumby could learn a thing or two in that shabby stairwell.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Curry muncher

    • Roanna Gonsalves
    • 23 June 2009
    36 Comments

    Vincent and I were both international students from Bombay. He had lived here for a year while I had only arrived three months ago. We worked in the same Indian restaurant. The night of his attack, Vincent sounded upbeat on the train.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Prayer for a drunk dad

    • Brian Doyle
    • 22 April 2009
    5 Comments

    At 1am I noticed that the dad of a friend of mine was in the corner drinking hard and telling funny stories. He got drunker and drunker until, at about 3am, he started shouting and cursing and some glass smashed. Finally he fell down.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Auctioning Jane Austen's hair

    • P. S. Cottier
    • 16 September 2008

    Do they stroke it with avid fingers, this palm tree lock that once grew from the full head of quietest genius? .. Scalping would be too much, headhunting too tropical .. but buying the hair of a dead woman you can't know .. is quite the thing

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ideology not Iran's main game

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 06 March 2008
    2 Comments

    Iran is presented as an irrational actor, blinded by fanatical rage against the United States and its allies. But geo-strategic factors govern foreign policy-making in Tehran, just as they do in other states.

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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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