keywords: Minority Communities

  • AUSTRALIA

    Let's share the burden of overcoming Muslim extremism

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 25 July 2007
    3 Comments

    Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said recently: "Muslim extremists are a Muslim issue - not ours." The fault with this view is that it transfers ownership of this challenge from the elected leaders to a minority group who simply don’t have the resources to deal with such a global crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lanka's seesaw of war and cricket

    • Hector Welgampola
    • 15 May 2007
    11 Comments

    Last week, Sri Lanka's media reported Mahela Jayawardena’s Buddhist parents praying at a Hindu temple for his team’s success in the World Cup cricket. The continuing war is a legacy of the divide and rule strategy of the colonial elites.

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  • RELIGION

    Muslim at the heart of an Indonesian Christian office

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    2 Comments

    When I reflect on this conversation, I am also struck by how different what I see in daily life is from what I read and watch in the media about about Muslim militants, the clash between Christians and Muslims, fundamentalism, or terrorism. Every age has its own false ideas. In our time, it is the notion that identifies Islam with hostility and aggression.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Explaining anti-Chinese sentiment in Indonesia

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 27 February 2007

    In the 1990s, Soeharto and his ministers were renting their power to business-savvy ethnic Chinese. The masses, unable to vent their anger at corrupt officials, shifted their targets to those associated with them, knowing that they could do that with impunity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    On your bus

    • Grant Morgan, Anthony Ham, Matthew Albert, Steven Columbus
    • 07 July 2006

    On your bus, Kerala leads, Sudan in Australia, Coming to terms.

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  • INFORMATION

    Strange times

    • Michael McKernan, Peter Pierce, Liz Curran, Peter Seidel, Frank Fisher
    • 05 July 2006

    Strange times, Cooling off in Tasmania, Where now for reconciliation?, Tides of history, Being scared of GM

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Surviving Africa

    • Peter Browne
    • 04 July 2006

    A remarkably peaceful change of government in Kenya could significantly improve the lives of refugees in the country’s remote camps. But Australia and other western countries must play a part.

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  • RELIGION

    Reclaiming Islam

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 18 June 2006

    In contrast to previous government apathy, Indonesia’s academics respond to a militant minority.

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  • RELIGION

    Indonesian Muslim-Christian relations: a story of harmony

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 12 June 2006
    1 Comment

    Islam in Indonesia is not monolithic, Indonesian Muslims have generally engaged with other faiths, and are unique in tolerating without outrage the conversion of their people to Christianity.

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  • EDUCATION

    The strength of diversity

    • Joanna Leonard
    • 22 May 2006

    The move to private education is not always what parents might hope.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Future nation

    • Gerard Brennan
    • 11 May 2006

    Sir Gerard Brennan’s address at the launch of Mark McKenna’s This Country: A Reconciled Republic?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Getting real in Ulster

    • Hugh Dillon
    • 27 April 2006

    Real peace is likely to come to Northern Ireland only when a new generation sets aside the long-dead icons of 1916 and 1922.

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