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The dignity of Carl Williams

21 April 2010 | Andrew Hamilton

Carl WilliamsWhen 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.

China turns tables on Australia's Indian racism

27 January 2010 | Peter Hodge
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.

Catholic dogs and the new sectarianism

08 October 2009 | Tim Kroenert
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.

ABC's mainstream religion tested, found wanting

01 October 2009 | Paul Collins
Religion Report 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.

What real feminists want

28 September 2009 | Ruby J. Murray

The Great Feminist DenialDuring 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?

'Poverty porn' and the politics of representation

28 July 2009 | Tulsi Bisht

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.

Alice's addiction in Cyberland

27 July 2009 | Adam McKenna
Second LifeAs we continue to become tools of our tools, we risk mistaking online social networking for social capital. Social networking is widespread because humans are social animals, and technology has changed the way we live, interact and seek to interact.

Sri Lanka's war of propaganda

26 May 2009 | Paul Farrell

Tamil Tigers flagThe Sri Lankan Government has been accused of endangering and killing civilians. The Tamil Tigers have been accused of using civilians as human shields. While the fog of war may be dissipating, media on the ground continue to be stifled.

St Mary's a metaphor for blogger power

22 May 2009 | John Cokley
Bloggers are being hunted and jailed in countries such as Burma and Iran. In Western nations they are incurring the wrath of disgruntled mainstream journalists. The plight of St Mary's South Brisbane holds a useful metaphor for this crusade on free speech.

Why kids need their own ABC TV channel

08 May 2009 | Damien Spry

bananas in pyjamasQuality television for children is widely regarded as a good idea. But not all children's TV has their best interests at heart. The ABC3 kids channel, which could receive funding in next week's Federal Budget, is an important step, but may not address all concerns.

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