Monthly Archives: August 2003

War in Iraq – Does the end justify the means?

Australia’s regional neighbours have been stung by John Howard’s bold endorsement of unilateral, pre-emptive military action to secure the safety of Australians The Prime Minister is clear that waging war in another country is justified (even required) to protect Australian citizens But where is the line to be drawn in a line of argument that seems to be based on the principle that ‘the ends justify the means’? What is there to be said in response to the growing number ... Read More »

Piracy warning over digitised fine art

A scheme to digitise famous paintings that was unveiled last week by the National Gallery in London, UK, may be placing the collection at risk of digital piracy. Now music and movie makers are warning the world of fine arts to act quickly if it wants to prevent the same kind of high-tech piracy that is crippling their industries. The National Gallery has been working with computer giant Hewlett-Packard for eight years on a scheme to digitise all of its ... Read More »

A window on the world

Western scholars helped justify the war in Iraq, says Edward Said, with their orientalist ideas about the ‘Arab mind’. Buy Orientalism at – Article history Twenty-five years after the publication of his post-colonial classic, the author of Orientalism argues that humanist understanding is now more urgently required than ever before Nine years ago I wrote an afterword for Orientalism which, in trying to clarify what I believed I had and had not said, stressed not only the many discussions ... Read More »