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    Tim Kroenert |  Cheryl Strayed is haunted by her past — by her own sins, and by tragedies that have befallen her. As she walks, she hums, and the music she hears in her head leads her in and out of the past. Her solo 1600-plus km trek along America's Pacific Crest Trail is a metaphor for her life: each hardship she overcomes brings her a step closer to facing down the fierce regrets that gnash at her heels.
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    The view from outside glass house Australia

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    Andrew Hamilton |  Complaints about hypocrisy are rarely edifying. But it’s not so easy to dismiss the charge of a Jakarta Post opinion writer that Canberra is trying to save Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan from the firing squad ‘while slowly disposing of “abject bodies” it does not want through inhumane detention camps or returning them to foreign regimes that will probably finish the job for them’.
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    Tony's Australia Day barbecue stopper

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    Luther's flawed hardware decisions

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    Brian Doyle |  Martin Luther was absolutely correct and right philosophically when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to a chapel door in Wittenberg. The Catholic Church was rife with greed and corruption and scandal and lies and theft and devious financial plots, as it still is, and probably always has been. But I maintain that Luther was utterly wrong and incorrect in his choice of tools.
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    Obama misfires on Russian 'threat'

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    Tony Kevin |  In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama drew rare bipartisan applause with his anti-Russian rhetoric when he said the US was ‘upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small’. The Cold War ended 25 years ago, yet the desire to weaken Russia has never gone away. This is nonsense. Russia poses no threat to the west. It is just another country trying to make its own way in an unfriendly world.
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    The boys' pranged up moment of shared and shed untruths

    Kevin Gillam |  beering, untangling, cruising, jaunty and blooming, the boys, in the ambered half light, the boys

The view from outside glass house Australia

Andrew Hamilton | 29 January 2015

Jakarta Post 'Australian hypocrisy' headlineComplaints about hypocrisy are rarely edifying. But it’s not so easy to dismiss the charge of a Jakarta Post opinion writer that Canberra is trying to save Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan from the firing squad ‘while slowly disposing of “abject bodies” it does not want through inhumane detention camps or returning them to foreign regimes that will probably finish the job for them’. 

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  • Grieving pilgrim's wild days in the wilderness

    Tim Kroenert | 29 January 2015

    Reese Witherspoon in WildCheryl Strayed is haunted by her past — by her own sins, and by tragedies that have befallen her. As she walks, she hums, and the music she hears in her head leads her in and out of the past. Her solo 1600-plus km trek along America's Pacific Crest Trail is a metaphor for her life: each hardship she overcomes brings her a step closer to facing down the fierce regrets that gnash at her heels.

  • Luther's flawed hardware decisions

    16 Comments
    Brian Doyle | 28 January 2015

    Luther nailing 95 Theses to Wittenberg church doorMartin Luther was absolutely correct and right philosophically when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to a chapel door in Wittenberg. The Catholic Church was rife with greed and corruption and scandal and lies and theft and devious financial plots, as it still is, and probably always has been. But I maintain that Luther was utterly wrong and incorrect in his choice of tools.

  • Obama misfires on Russian 'threat'

    7 Comments
    Tony Kevin | 28 January 2015

    Obama at SOTUIn his State of the Union address last week, President Obama drew rare bipartisan applause with his anti-Russian rhetoric when he said the US was ‘upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small’. The Cold War ended 25 years ago, yet the desire to weaken Russia has never gone away. This is nonsense. Russia poses no threat to the west. It is just another country trying to make its own way in an unfriendly world.

     

  • The boys' pranged up moment of shared and shed untruths

    Kevin Gillam | 27 January 2015

    The boys drinking beerbeering, untangling, cruising, jaunty and blooming, the boys, in the ambered half light, the boys

  • Australia out of step with Pope's climate action mission

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    Thea Ormerod | 27 January 2015

    Pope FrancisIt is no coincidence that Pope Francis chose to visit the Philippines before he releases his encyclical on the environment, and that he made a point of visiting Tacloban, which was ground zero for super typhoon Haiyan. This follows the recent UN climate talks in Lima, where Australian negotiators so regularly blocked consensus that they won us the 'colossal fossil' award for 2014 from environmental observers. 

     

     

     

  • Return to higher education elitism

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    Bill Uren | 23 January 2015

    University of Western AustraliaWe can sympathise with the university Vice-Chancellors who support fee deregulation. Over many years Government financial support for higher education has been eroded in real terms, and maintaining international rankings depends upon deregulation. But do we want the major metropolitan universities to return to the financial exclusivity that characterised the early history of Australian tertiary education?

  • US health care a sick joke that’s coming to Australia

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    Ellena Savage | 23 January 2015

    Michael Moore 'Sicko' film posterAmerica's iniquitous health care system is often portrayed with dark humour in popular culture such as the 2007 Michael Moore film Sicko. Our own Federal Government has been putting constant pressure on our system of universal health care as it pursues a course of action that presents class warfare as fiscal responsibility. It raises questions about the vested interests behind dismantling health care protections for poor people. 

     


  • Am I Charlie?

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    Andrew Hamilton | 22 January 2015

    Je Suis Charlie demonstrationThe Martin Place and Paris killings both generated hashtags that focused popular response. Their simplicity allowed people to express instantly their solidarity with victims and rejection of violence. But they also raised complex questions about the responsible use of freedom.

  • Francis moving Church from pale green to deep green

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    Paul Collins | 20 January 2015

    Green globePope Francis has been hailed for his ‘rattling’ and ‘upsetting’ Catholic climate change sceptics and politicians. His predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI were ahead of most politicians on the issue, but essentially they underestimated the magnitude and urgency of the environmental problems we face. It is likely that Francis will make a decisive effort to confront climate change during 2015.

     

     

  • Doomed actor's devastating ego trip

    Tim Kroenert | 22 January 2015

    Michael Keaton in BirdmanRiggan's ego is immense. The action takes place backstage during the days leading up to the premier of his latest vanity project, and onstage during a series of previews. Riggan is out of his depth, prone to humiliating blunders, including one that results in a near-naked dash through the crowds of Times Square. But his resolve to affirm his greatness in the eyes of a media and public that has dismissed him is maniacal.

  • Fundamentalism in the land of Jesus

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    Lawrence Cross | 21 January 2015

    Israel flag in desertIsrael is demanding to be recognised as a Jewish state. The corollary is that they have an interest in getting Christians out. On the Palestinian side, the Islamic influence has been intensifying for decades. Fundamentalism creates the perfect audience for the disinformation and propaganda that masks the slaughter of some of the world's oldest Christian groups.

  • Reaching out to Muslim youth

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    Peter Kirkwood | 21 January 2015

    Imam Afroz Ali is an influential leader and teacher in the Australian Muslim community, and has devoted much of his working life to establishing and running Muslim educational institutes specifically aimed at youth and young adults. He speaks candidly about his reaction to the recent tragedies in France and Sydney, the ongoing atrocities of ISIS, how to reach out to Muslim youth and to non-Muslims reacting in fear to these crises.

     


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