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  • AUSTRALIA

    Congo thrives under Chinese 'invasion'

    • Fernando Franco
    • 07 August 2008
    6 Comments

    European and US corporations are on the retreat in Africa, while the progress of Chinese and Indian companies is bearing positive results. They stand to fulfill the promise of 'development' that has remained a dream since independence.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Chinese burn for 'political' Games

    • Jeremy Clarke
    • 05 August 2008
    4 Comments

    The torch relay protests unexpectedly strengthened aggressive nationalism, as the Chinese people swung behind the government and its Olympic aspirations. Sport and politics will combine in weeks to come, making for interesting viewing.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Refugee reform: the next chapter

    • David Holdcroft
    • 04 August 2008
    8 Comments

    Last week's changes to Australia's asylum policy remove the worst aspects of a cruel system. The real test is if the Rudd Government is willing to take on the causes of forced migration, rather than continuing to shift the burden elsewhere.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Greedy Australia in a league of its own

    • Michael Mullins
    • 04 August 2008
    2 Comments

    Accusations of greed followed Canterbury Bulldogs star Sonny Bill Williams' decision to break his contract and accept a lucrative deal with a French union club. Greed is surprisingly pervasive in Australia. The reintroduction of death duties might keep it in check.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Singapore's cane can't restore justice

    • Michael Mullins
    • 28 July 2008
    4 Comments

    If Singapore's courts convict ABC journalist Peter Lloyd of drug charges, his sentence may include 15 lashes. In a better world, 'restorative justice' would allow him to do something positive to counter the social ills that led to his actions.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abuse comments fuel sectarian prejudice

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 25 July 2008
    21 Comments

    Sheik Hilaly compared rape victims to 'uncovered meat'. Bishop Anthony Fisher stated parents of abuse victims were 'dwelling crankily on old wounds'. Unequal criticism of the remarks suggests sexual assault has been appropriated as a cultural or sectarian wedge.

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    'Bumbling' Karadzic faces political justice

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 24 July 2008

    One of the vices of nationalism is the symptom of long memory. Punishing accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic will do little to convince those who are set in their positions — Bosnia's Muslims will feel vindicated, but Bosnian Serbs are simply weary.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abuse victims reconciliation a work in progress

    • Michael Mullins
    • 21 July 2008
    20 Comments

    It's hard to think of anybody who would not have welcomed Pope Benedict's apology for sexual abuse. By contrast, nobody could have been pleased to hear an exasperated Bishop Anthony Fisher refer last week to those 'dwelling crankily ... on old wounds'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Muslim and Catholic pilgrims share the wisdom of travel

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 16 July 2008
    8 Comments

    WYD pilgrims, like Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, know that in the act of travelling, they will learn things about themselves that they could never learn from books and sermons. Pilgrims are warriors whose battles are internal and spiritual.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Minister's moment of grace at WYD

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 July 2008
    2 Comments

    NSW Government World Youth Day spokesperson Kristina Keneally MP has described World Youth Day as a 'happy event'. She herself has personal experience of spiritual joy at WYD.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The ethics of 'kidsploitation'

    • Moira Rayner
    • 10 July 2008
    18 Comments

    Ethics is a process, not a position taken in the 'freedom of expression' debate. The issue surrounding Bill Henson's photographs and the Art Monthly magazine cover of a nude six-year-old girl is not porn or paedophilia, but the lack of ethical integrity in exploiting children for adult purposes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Genesis of a tyrant

    • Oskar Wermter
    • 08 July 2008
    5 Comments

    Robert Mugabe was a bright and ambitious boy, but angry, lonely and insecure. Nothing has changed. His greatest weakness is that he cannot accept criticism, responding with anger and aggression. The whole of Africa knows that now, to its cost.

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