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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Restocking the global pantry

    • James Ingram
    • 04 July 2008

    In his keynote message to the World Food Summit Pope Benedict XVI called for new strategies to promote food production. Feeding the world population in the coming decades is as big a challenge as climate change, and no less important.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Hmong refugees' scant Aussie hope

    • Joanna Maxwell
    • 20 June 2008

    This week the Refugee Council of Australia marks Refugee Week and World Refugee Day. At Petchabun camp, 350 kilometres north of Bangkok, thousands of 'forgotten' Hmong refugees remain in limbo. Their future looks bleak.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Aceh model suggests long-term hope for Burma

    • Margaret Rice
    • 28 May 2008

    Aid agencies are working hard, but some fear that once the emergency phase is over, access will again be denied. This would have unspeakable consequences for the people of Burma, who need long-term help to recover from Cyclone Nargis.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Reinterpreting Islam

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 01 April 2008
    10 Comments

    Recently it was widely reported that the Vatican is updating its 'list' of sins. Less publicity has been given to the re-interpretation projects of Islamic religious authorities — activities that challenge stereotypes of Islamic law as fixed and static.

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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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  • INTERNATIONAL

    History of prejudice ignites modern Indonesian conflict

    • Caz Coleman
    • 20 February 2008
    2 Comments

    Conflict began just over seven years ago in the Maluku Islands, Indonesia. While long-term peace strategies must involve a range of government and non-government players, the role of civil society in overcoming prejudice cannot be ignored.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Caste complicates progress for India's Dalits

    • Peter Hodge
    • 01 February 2008
    1 Comment

    There is a link between improved living conditions of Dalits and increased abuse at the hands of extremist Hindus. With these groups unlikely to back down, further empowerment will come at a cost.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Boots on the ground cannot replace faces in a community

    • Jack Waterford
    • 09 January 2008

    Three decades ago, a task force was commissioned by the Commonwealth to tackle a national disaster among Aborigines. Today's is much more problematic, with cops, then with army officers, then some doctors not yet consulted or organised, and no sense of engagement with the service providers on the ground, let alone the objects of the attention. From 27 June 2007.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The moral disintegration of Burma's military

    • Carol Ransley and Toe Zaw Latt
    • 15 November 2007
    1 Comment

    Carol Ransley and Toe Zaw Latt provide an update on civil-military relations in Burma.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Australia's approving silence on US torture

    • Vacy Vlazna
    • 14 November 2007
    4 Comments

    In July 2002, Australia voted against a proposal to strengthen the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. John Howard's friendship with George W. Bush has compromised and tainted our once reputable record on human rights advocacy.  

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Selective blindness about torture

    • Peter Hodge
    • 31 October 2007

    There is extensive evidence of US intelligence gathering techniques, much of it derived from declassified documents. It points to a clearly navigable path from the paranoia of the anti-communist post-WWII era to Abu Ghraib.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Christmas Island lesser of two evils, but not good

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Compared to that on Nauru, the Christmas Island detention facility might seem to be surrounded by calm seas. But it is exposed by distance, and if a storm of government hostility to asylum seekers blows again, the processes of determining claims there appear to leave asylum seekers dangerously exposed.

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