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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The logic of the Bali death machine

    • Peter Hodge
    • 04 March 2009
    3 Comments

    In Kafka's 'The Penal Colony', a brutal, archaic killing device is valued more highly than the law it enforces. As members of the Bali 9 continue to languish, we ask whether 'because the law says so' is sufficient reason for them to die.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Nicolaides free, but writers' persecution persists

    • Arnold Zable
    • 27 February 2009
    8 Comments

    Harry Nicolaides should never have been jailed, and his release is a cause for celebration and relief. Yet it leaves many unanswered questions about the reason for his imprisonment, and highlights the plight of many other persecuted writers.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    US halts orphans from Vietnam

    • Sarah Nichols
    • 20 February 2009
    42 Comments

    Donation agreements between USA adoption service providers and Vietnamese orphanages are private and negotiable. Some orphanage directors admitted there was a strong financial incentive to maximise the number of children available for adoption.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Letter from Zimbabwe

    • Oskar Wermter
    • 30 January 2009

    A young man, well educated, with several diplomas in his pocket, pestered me about getting funds to do a course in South Africa. Not because he needs that course, but merely to get out of Zimbabwe. The rats are leaving the ship.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Gaza conversations

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 08 January 2009
    1 Comment

    We were invited to share a meal with a Jewish family in Haifa. They welcomed us, and conversation was happy and inviting. Inevitably, the topic of conflict between Israel and Palestine reared its head. The atmosphere was transformed.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Terrorism trial's legacy of fairness

    • James Montgomery
    • 09 December 2008
    5 Comments

    A landmark ruling in Victoria's 'terrorism trial' found the accused were subjected to oppressive conditions beyond what prisoners on remand should endure. It's as if they were to be punished prior to the outcome of the trial, irrespective of the jury verdict.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The nun and the burqa

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 02 December 2008
    20 Comments

    When Germaine Greer savaged Michelle Obama's dress, I sighed. The 'beauty' market is a challenge to feminism. In France, two extremes of fashion ideology — burqas and plastic-surgery 'mannequins' — line up to buy bread.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Pol Pot and the repentant Swede

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 24 November 2008
    1 Comment

    Gunnar Bergstrom returned to Cambodia last week hoping to atone for his one-time approval of the Khmer Rouge's Year Zero. In 1978 he and his comrades from the Sweden-Kampuchea Friendship Association were hosted by a gracious and grateful Pol Pot.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Amrozi: What would Batman do

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 18 August 2008
    13 Comments

    Imagine Kevin Rudd in a Batman suit, and soon-to-be executed Bali bomber Amrozi as the Joker. Would the caped crusader's 'rule' — that he not become a monster to stop one — compel him to intercede on the smiling assassin's execution?

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    End in sight for 'cruel' asylum seeker policy

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 30 July 2008
    7 Comments

    Yesterday's announcement of the Government's policy shift away from indefinite detention of asylum seekers brings Australia closer to UNHCR recommendations. It remains to be seen if it will have the courage of its convictions if more boats do arrive.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Dummy cops leave child porn unchecked

    • Harry Nicolaides
    • 29 July 2008
    11 Comments

    Fibreglass police officers man checkpoints on the road to the Thai-Burmese border crossing at Mai Sai. At a market on the Burma side of the border, child pornography is peddled by the world's most malevolent cottage industry.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Dirty words for child labour

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 09 July 2008
    1 Comment

    Sold to a contractor at the age of 13, Roghini Govindhan was put to work churning out matchboxes 11 hours a day. Now 24, Govindhan has campaigned as part of World Vision's Don't Trade Lives anti-slavery campaign.

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