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28 October 2010 |
It has been argued that even if the leaks do endanger the lives of some allied soldiers, even more lives have been lost because governments have concealed the reality of the war. This utilitarian argument undermines Wikileaks' claim to be ethically superior to governments.
16 July 2010 |
The decision by a Swiss judge not to extradite film director Roman Polanski to the US has again triggered the debate about how artists are treated by the law. The case has been running simultaneously to that of Russian musician. The parallels are striking.
19 May 2010 |
You never read anything good about Facebook. A headline in the Sydney Morning Herald this week declared there are no
rules. It has a reputation for superficiality and promiscuous over-sharing. But I haven't had so much fun in years. And I have never felt less alone.
07 May 2010 |
Catherine Deveny's sacking smells of hypocrisy. Some will say that those who live by the sword die by the sword. But in this case it
appeared that those who provided her with the sword and encouraged her
to use it liberally, stabbed her in the back with it.
21 April 2010 |
When celebrities who have treated people violently suffer
themselves from violence, their suffering is approved because it is an
expected part of the plot. The death of Carl Williams has been covered as if it were an
episode of Underbelly. Williams deserves
better than this.
27 January 2010 |
When western campaigners used the Beijing Olympics to promote
the Tibet issue, the Chinese felt the attention was sensationalist and unfair. So it's no surprise the Chinese media took notice when violence against foreign students in Australia came to prominence.
08 October 2009 |
Marrying Out recalls the vicious sectarian divide between Catholics and Protestants in Australia during much of the 20th century. Blame is allocated to neither Protestants nor Catholics, but to the human propensity for distrust and hatred.
01 October 2009 |
Since the axing of The Religion Report, mainstream ABC news and current affairs programs have missed a range of important religious topics and events. It seems unlikely that General Manager Mark Scott will be able to maintain religion as a viable reality on the ABC.
28 September 2009 |
Ruby J. Murray
During the last week, a fight broke out in the media over the place of
feminism in Australian society. It's an old
fight, that's been going on ever since women broke out of their
bloomers and demanded the vote. What's the real deal, feminism?
28 July 2009 |
Put-downs of post-colonial India are often seen as a continuation of the colonial mentality. The Indian media's portrayal of Australia as racist following the attacks on Indian students does more harm than good.
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