More Than Just Bread

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

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The word ‘listening’ has many meanings, and the context, in which it is done, will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening. Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups, where there is little real listening by anyone as people compete ... Read More »

Marta Harnecker: New paths require a new culture on the left

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Speech given by Marta Harnecker on August 15, 2014, accepting the 2013 Liberator’s Prize for Critical Thought, awarded for her book, A World to Build: New Paths towards Twenty-first Century Socialism; translated by Federico Fuentes – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal – I completed this book one month after the physical disappearance of President Hugo Chávez, without whose intervention in Latin America this book could not have ... Read More »

Fact file: What legal rights do the growing number of children born to surrogate mothers overseas have in Australia?

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The recent baby Gammy case has exposed the pitfalls of the international commercial surrogacy trade. Gammy, a baby with Down syndrome, was left with his Thai surrogate mother while his healthy twin sister returned to Western Australia to live with her biological father and his wife. Since then, two Australian couples have been temporarily stopped from leaving Thailand with their ... Read More »

‘Darfur: The Genocide the World Got Tired of’

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On August 5, 2014 the displaced persons of El Salam camp in South Darfur were brutally assaulted by military and security forces of the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime in Khartoum. Tens of thousands of civilians, mainly women and children, were terrorized during this ferocious operation; a great many were beaten, humiliated, and robbed. Dozens were arrested, only to ... Read More »

Mexican border reflections on Australian asylum seeker policy

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I have been here in the USA for the last month. I am presently spending the week down on the Mexican border at the Kino Border Initiative, which is a Jesuit sponsored cross border project at Nogales. The Jesuit community members sleep on the Arizona side of the border and walk across the border to Sonora each day for work.  At ... Read More »

The Most Wanted Man in the World

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. (photo: Guardian UK)

he message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ¶ ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, ... Read More »

AFL says ‘help children of Gaza’ ad is too political to run during games

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Adelaide café owner barred from buying three 30-second ads on AFL big screens urging people to donate to World Vision  Jump to comments The AFL has used its name and its big screens during matches to support advertisements calling for an end to homophobia, campaigns criticising racism, and rallies for natural disaster relief donations. But its social causes do not extend to ads to raise ... Read More »

Latham’s call to abolish compulsory voting is flawed

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In Mark Latham’s latest book, The Political Bubble, he calls for Australia to abolish compulsory voting. When promoting the book last week, Mr Latham suggested that Australia adopt voluntary voting because then “parties would have to come up with genuine policies that matter to people to encourage them to go out and vote” and it would “make parties more courageous and ... Read More »

Letter to Barack Obama from a Swaziland jail cell

Barack and Michelle Obama tour Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was once jailed. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko has been imprisoned for criticising Swaziland’s judicial system. He writes to the US president, who he cites as his inspiration, asking for help ahead of a summit of African leaders at the White House President Barack Hussein Obama President of the United States of America The White House Washington DC USA Dear Mr President: Re: Appeal for support from the American ... Read More »