keywords: Italy

  • MEDIA

    Why kids need their own ABC TV channel

    • Damien Spry
    • 08 May 2009
    2 Comments

    Quality television for children is widely regarded as a good idea. But not all children's TV has their best interests at heart. The ABC3 kids channel, which could receive funding in next week's Federal Budget, is an important step, but may not address all concerns.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Asylum seekers are not criminals

    • Sacha Bermudez-Goldman
    • 21 April 2009
    9 Comments

    If we regard asylum seekers as illegals who burn boats to force themselves on us, we might choose to close our doors to them. Rather than criminals, we should regard them as human beings in great need, deserving our respect and compassion.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Before L'Aquila's purgatory

    • Michael Mullins
    • 08 April 2009
    2 Comments

    Prior to the devastation of Monday's earthquake, L'Aquila was a picturesque hillside city of 75,000 inhabitants nestled in the Gran Sasso mountains. It was not always a plagued, razed purgatory.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Rudd commission won't stop the bomb

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 19 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Continuing the work of the defunct Canberra Commission, Kevin Rudd's Nuclear Non-Proliferations and Disarmament Commission is re-inventing a wheel that never worked. Preventing freelance scientists from following their career wanderlust is the real challenge in any post-nuclear framework.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Honour killings an expression of immigrant alienation

    • David Rosen
    • 19 March 2008
    3 Comments

    The United Nations estimates that 5,000 honour killings occur annually. These killings are a rebellion against modernity, attempts to hold on to older traditional values, especially concerning social relations and sexuality.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sarajevo cellist's celebration of humanity

    • Andrena Jamieson
    • 14 March 2008
    4 Comments

    For 22 days, Vedran Smailovic played the cello in the ruined Sarajevo market place to honour the 22 people killed there in mortar fire. The Cellist of Sarajevo is a noble book.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    World War II refugee's light touch

    • Brenda Niall
    • 22 February 2008
    1 Comment

    Irina Sibley experienced hunger, displacement and bewilderment as a child in war-torn Lithuania. But the first two sentences of her memoir are optimistic: 'A girl-child is born,' she announces. 'It is me.'

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  • RELIGION

    Confront sexual abuse, don't manage it

    • Geoffrey Robinson
    • 25 October 2007
    59 Comments

    As long as the Church seeks to manage rather than confront, the devastating effect the sexual abuse scandal has had on the Church will continue and will cripple other activities.

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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

    Flavius smirks at tourist-clogged modern Verona

    • Brian Matthews
    • 18 May 2007

    Traffic chaos suggests a reason Italians are so good at opera. Life in their cities unfolds each day not with the rational continuity of the novel, or the spareness of the short story, but with traditional opera’s volatility and impatience with the mundane.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Sebastien de Robillard

    • Sebastien de Robillard
    • 17 May 2007

    Sebastien de Robillard is a freelance writer. He is currently recovering from a month on his couch watching the World Cup, after spending the last six months travelling through Italy.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    A day to remember the Holocaust

    • Michael Danby
    • 27 February 2007
    6 Comments

    In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated 27 January as Holocaust Remembrance Day. A resolution rejected Holocaust denial, together with all manifestations of religious intolerance or violence based on ethnicity or belief.

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