Obituary

Remembering EL Doctorow, the conscience of the USA

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Novelist EL Doctorow has died in a Manhattan hospital from complications of lung cancer. He was 84. The Conversation - Michael Wutz * He was the recipient of many distinguished literary prizes, among them the National Book Award, two National Books Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ... Read More »

Sir Nicholas Winton, rescuer of 669 Jewish children during the Holocaust, dead at 106

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“Who’s helping the children?” Emily Langer That was the question that Nicholas Winton, a 29-year-old English stockbroker, asked when he found himself in Prague in 1938. As war loomed in Europe, humanitarian groups had initiated efforts to aid Jews, political refugees and other groups endangered by Hitler’s advancing threat. But Winton found no such effort under way specifically for the ... Read More »

Obituary Tariq Aziz

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Tariq Aziz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq has passed away. Twelve years of suffering in Iraqi jails have ended and he can finally  rest in peace. The Brussells Tribunal – by Hans von Sponeck & Denis Halliday * Unwell, deprived of adequate medical help and abandoned by the outside world, he was held hostage by Iraqi governments following the illegal invasion ... Read More »

‘King of the Blues’ Blues Legend B.B. King Dead at Age 89

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LAS VEGAS – B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. AP – ABC News – By KEN RITTER Associated Press His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King ... Read More »

Fraser didn’t move left, the party moved right

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Vale Malcolm Fraser, I didn’t know him well. Who did, really, outside his family? But if I may one brief personal reminiscence, it is of the last time I saw him to speak to for more than a few minutes, about a decade ago when I spoke at the opening dinner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The Sydney Morning ... Read More »

Malcolm Fraser obituary

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Former Australian prime minister came to power in controversial circumstances after the dismissal of the Whitlam government but became a vocal proponent for progressive causes The Guardian – Christopher Zinn The Australian politician Malcolm Fraser, who has died aged 84, transformed himself from the patrician Liberal behind the historic dismissal of the Labor government in 1975 to a vocal proponent for ... Read More »

Journalist chronicled contribution of Greeks to building the nation

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Kosta Nikolopoulos Journalist, Greek community activist 16-11-1947 – 16-1-2015 Political journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos, who has died in Melbourne aged 67, was one of the most influential and respected voices of Melbourne’s Greek community, and an elder statesman of ethnic media in Australia. He was a tireless community activist whose contribution to public life transcended the pages of the Greek-language newspaper ... Read More »

Vale Faith Bandler: anti-racist intellectual and activist

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Mrs Faith Bandler has died. We mourn our loss and honour her life. Her death on Friday marks the end of an era. At the age of 96 years, she outlived all the other black political activists of her generation in Australia. Her life was remarkable for a woman of colour in this country during this last century. The Conversation ... Read More »

Tom Uren was an Australian champion

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As a survivor of the Burma railway, Tom Uren saw a lot, suffered a lot and had a deep well of compassion. He went to Hell but wasn’t defeated spiritually. His life stands as testament to his beliefs. The Sydney Morning Herald – Martin Flanagan * I first met Tom Uren in 1987 when I rang and asked if I could ... Read More »