More Than Just Bread

The dearth penalty

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The leader of the 1961-75 campaign against capital punishment on how America stymies action on its abolition. The Saturday Paper - BARRY JONES Indonesia’s execution by firing squad of eight people convicted of drug offences, among them the Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, has revived domestic concerns about capital punishment to higher levels than any time since the 1960s. There ... Read More »

“Christ,” “Kazantzakis,” “Communism.”

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“Christ, Kazantzakis, Communism.” What a strange mix, right? Dr Mark Manolopoulos *, Monash University On the contrary: my aim is to explore their common ground and shared passions, their connections and commonalities, why I love these three names, and why they remain relevant today. Christ First provocative fact: Jesus was a Communist. This fact may appear somewhat “anachronistic” or strange to ... Read More »

Three Reasons to read Classical Muslim Philosophers

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Recovering the basic insights of the Islamic philosophical tradition can bring much blessing and benefits to our confused world. Daily Sabah İBRAHIM KALIN@ikalin1 Why read philosophy when it appears to be largely irrelevant outside academia? Why bother with quaint, now largely unintelligible metaphysical arguments formulated centuries ago? Against all odds, there are good reasons to read the classical Muslim philosophers today. ... Read More »

Religious belief cost a baby its life. What a waste. What an idiot

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Today the child would have been in Year 1. A happy six-year-old, covered in a constant smile because of school holidays. Maybe they would have gone to the Easter Show, or camping for the soggy long weekend. No doubt they would have consumed far too much chocolate on Sunday, like many excited youngsters around the world did, and had the ... Read More »

When a mother’s rights clash with the needs of her unborn child

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Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness’ decision to refuse treatment ‘harrowing’ for hospital staff after mother and baby die The recent report of case of a pregnant woman who refused life-saving cancer treatment while heavily pregnant has once again ignited debate within the community about how we should resolve conflicts between a mother’s rights and those of her unborn child. The Canberra Times ... Read More »

What makes a life? It’s more than just breathing

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When all the things that we live for are denied us, never to return, we should be able to be assisted to depart. The Age - Julie Landvogt “Dying with dignity” … the idea should be reframed. What about “living with dignity”, and when that is no longer possible, it’s time to make an end. My mother is a Holocaust survivor; ... Read More »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

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“Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary.” –Martin Luther King Jr. The Huffington Post – Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these ... Read More »

Pope Francis Warns Large Hadron Collider Could ‘Open Gates Of Hell’ 

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Pope Francis pleaded the scientific community to halt operations on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this morning in an official Vatican release as scientists at the Large Hadron Collider next week are hoping to experiment with a possible connection with a parallel universe outside of our own. WorldNewsDaily - by Bob Flanagan The Pope’s criticism comes days after scientists at the CERN ... Read More »

Speaking Greek In March, In Olbia

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Kαι τώρα πώς εξέπεσαν, πώς έγιναν, να ζουν και να ομιλούν βαρβαρικά, βγαλμένοι -ω συμφορά!- απ’ τον ελληνισμό.»  Cavafy. Dean Kalimniou If Cavafy’s poem «Ποσειδωνιάται»  is anything to go by, the phenomenon of diasporan Greeks feeling concerned about losing their mother tongue in their adopted countries is neither a product of the post-colonial, globalised capitalist world or a product of ... Read More »