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THE REPUBLIC: PROSPECT AND RETROSPECT April 23, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Multiculturalism.
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It is strange to reflect now that the decisive issue, a major turning point, in the the republican debate during the Referendum was whether the head of state was to be appointed by the parliament or the people.
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CULTURE AS HUMAN POSSIBILITY February 2, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism, Social Environment.
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Wade Davis who is the explorer in residence at the National Geographic says in an interview that it all comes down to two words: Climate Change.
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SUNNI-SHIA RIVALRY December 30, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Middle East, Multiculturalism.
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If indeed it is the case that the divide between the two major traditions of Islam, which apparently does not include the Sufis, is the reason for the conflict and loyalty to authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, why has become so apparent in recent times?
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JOHAN GALTUNG AT DEMOCRACY NOW July 30, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism, Peace, Terrorism Issues.
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Democracy Now interviewed Johan Galtung, the Norwegian thinker associated with peace and conflict studies.
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MULTICULTURALISM AND VIOLENCE February 17, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Multiculturalism.
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Some of our Federal politicians applying the end justifies the means thinking and in their desire to emulate all things American in the search for various elixirs of electoral success might pause to consider the consequences – and the the differences of our circumstances.
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THE COAL CONNECTION January 24, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism, Natural Environment.
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Australia is a major supplier of coal to China and India. According to Ian Lowe the floods drowned coal mines in Queensland interrupting the profitable trade, yet the floods themselves are consistent with the warming made of increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. La Nina has not disappointed.
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FIRST MUSLIM MP October 28, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Multiculturalism.
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Not everything that happens is bad or counter-productive. Sometimes progress occurs on the margins, but better than it occurs than not happening at all.
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MULTICULTURALISM: AN UTTER FAILURE October 19, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
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Once multiculturalism was a concept that was not code for the integration of Muslim “guest workers” into a Christian culture, as illustrated by the post-war migration to Australia.
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A CULTURE OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE August 1, 2010

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It is interesting to reflect, as Juan Cole does, that a culture of religious tolerance was created in Muslim Spain, prior to the onset of the Inquisition and the Reformation.
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NATIONALISM AND PACIFISM May 22, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism, Natural Environment, Peace, Social Environment.
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Does anybody believe in nationalism anymore?
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SURNAME SEARCH August 30, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
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Now this website certainly looks interesting, when it finally gets beyond the teething stage. Every time I plugged my family name in, I get a error message that the database is busy. The name search is now working.
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WAR IN THE CAUCASUS August 10, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
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The BBC account suggest that the latest rounds in the wars of separation in Georgia was instigated by the Georgian Government. The resort to force, and the escalation of violence will again prove how costly, counter-productive and cause of human suffering of responding to a conflict with violence. The reaction of the Russians to revert to aerial bombing has lead to civilian casualties.
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GERMAN CITIZENSHIP TEST July 11, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
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Like Australia, the Germans have also decided to introduce a citizenship test. There is controversy that it describes against potential citizens. Spielgel Online has some sample questions, which gives more latitude that exists I would expect in the real test, plus the fact that the test questions are given in English.
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WHERE’S SHE FROM? March 8, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
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I believe her name is Amy Walker, but where is she from? (via The Interpreter):

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INDIGENIOUS IDENTITIES February 8, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Multiculturalism.
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We all must have indigenous forebears somewhere, and for Europeans that might something for the geneticists to discover. Invaders kept crossing the North European Plain, or moving north like the Romans to defend their mare nostrum and civilization, as it was then known, and so Europeans were a mixed people. For example, the friars of the mid-thirteenth century, who, travelled to the court of the Great Khan with the intent, soon abandoned, to convert the Mongols to Christianity and so gain an ally in “the clash of civilizations” against Islam, noted the remnants of the Goths around the Black Sea.
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WAITANGI DAY 2008 February 6, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism, The Neighbours.
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The Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 6 February 1840 between the British Government and the Maori chiefs, and it has become the basis for the national day of New Zealand. Wikipedia tells usĀ  the English and Maori language version of the treaty vary in certain respects so that the parties were acknowledging a different agreement.
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MAN AND DOG LEAD January 24, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
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My knowledge of popular culture is not contemporary, although I would have thought that by now the so-called “goths” would have passed out of fashion. Whatever they are, or aspire to be, they apparently have nothing to do with the Visigoths or Ostrogoths. Now it seems that a couple in Dewsbury, Yorkshire are claiming discrimination according to BBC News. It seems that they were thrown off a bus because the young man had the young women on a dog lead, and it was claimed to be dangerous. In the related video the young women claims that “I quite like it”. Now despite appearances to the contrary, perhaps they are working hard to be weird, and that is the point, much like the woman at Berkley who went around blowing soap bubbles from a pipe and reciting poetry, and who made a similar comment.
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THE ELECTION RACE September 29, 2007

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The phoney, faux election campaign continues ad nauseum.

Nicholson has P J Keating turning the dreary daily humdrum into a colorful call.
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SOMETHING FUNNY August 23, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Multiculturalism.
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I have had at least one operation before, but for this the recovery is taking its good time. To illustrate the point over about ten days, I have lost 12.5 kilos, mostly as fluid, so I am in the mood for humour. I was taken by this joke from Truthdig.

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MORE CARTOONS:

Truthdig has others and there is also Mr Fish’s collection at Harper’s Magazine. Then there is Wiley and Non Sequitur.

There has to be joke in there somewhere you and I can laugh at.

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ISLAM IN SCHOOLS May 28, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, European Politics, Multiculturalism.
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The school curricula has always in my experience been part of the the cultural battlefield that politicians, wisely or otherwise, have entered. Sometimes we did learn things that would be relevant to our world, and sometimes the clock was turned back. I do not blame my schooling, but I am aware I never learned about the costs of the British Empire, even when they shaped the experience of my own forebears. So it is useful that politicians have cultural agendas, social programs, often not designed for enlightenment but for its opposite. Such cultural agendas should be part of the political discourse.

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