Monthly Archives: June 2001


Mencius (371-289 BC) was a Chinese philosopher and one of the most important early Confucian thinkers. His philosophy is characterized by its idealism and the assertion that man’s nature is basically good. Confucius, the great Chinese teacher and thinker, died in 479 B.C., and on the eastern seaboard of China his disciples established schools which carried on the teachings of the master. By the end of the 4th century a number of important Confucian philosophers emerged, and the most brilliant ... Read More »

Kekerasan Etnis di Indonesia: Pelajaran dari Kalimantan

Asia Report N°19 27 Jun 2001 Ketegangan yang telah lama memanas antara orang Dayak dan para pendatang asal Madura tiba-tiba meletus di kota Sampit, Kalimantan Tengah, dipertengahan bulan Februari 2001. Dalam beberapa hari saja, pembunuhan-pembunuhan disana-sini yang dilakukan kedua belah pihak berkembang menjadi pembantaian sepihak terhadap orang Madura oleh orang Dayak. Di minggu-minggu berikutnya pembunuhan menyebar ke daerah-daerah lain dalam propinsi itu dan hingga awal April hampir seluruh penduduk asal Madura telah meninggalkan propinsi. Pembantaian terhadap 500 orang Madura – ... Read More »

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

Henry Kissinger 2b old aged on podium LLLL

(Verso, £15) Condensed in the style of the original The United States believes that it alone pursues and indicts war criminals; nothing in its political or journalistic culture allows for the fact that it might be harbouring or sheltering such a senior one. Yet one man has now grasped what so many others have not: if Augusto Pinochet is not immune then no one is. And that man is now extremely twitchy. It is hard to imagine that the pudgy ... Read More »

A voice for his people

Kevin Gilbert, Aboriginal artist, poet, playwright and activist, died on April 1, in Canberra, after a long battle with emphysema. Kevin’s daughter, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, prepared the following tribute to her father, in poetry and prose. Kevin Gilbert was the first Aboriginal playwright and print maker. In 1968 he wrote The Cherry Pickers while serving a life sentence for murder. By the time of his release, he was a well-known artist and writer. The Cherry Pickers was workshopped by the New ... Read More »

Aristotle’s Thoughts on Morality

Like Plato, Aristotle believes that the good of the many out weigh the good of the few. However, Aristotle says that this is only the case in extreme circumstances, and that the individual should be though of and taken care of first and if we are to take care of the few, the many should be taken care of. People generally disagree as to the nature and conditions of happiness. Some people believe happiness is ‘wealth, honor, pleasure, or even ... Read More »