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The Catholic Church in Resistance: Priests, Child Abuse, and Breaking the Seal of the Confessional

June 21, 2018 - 12:15 -- Admin

The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death. Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Church’s great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power. The State shall have no say where the priest’s confidence…

Leaving the UN Human Rights Council

June 20, 2018 - 18:00 -- Admin

The margin between what is a human right as an inalienable possession, and how it is seen in political terms is razor fine. In some cases, the distinctions are near impossible to make. To understand the crime of genocide is to also understand the political machinations that limited its purview. No political or cultural groups,…

Shifting sands in the Galilee Basin

June 20, 2018 - 10:27 -- Admin

Wondering what’s happening with Adani? Well there have been a few developments of late. Adani’s original plan was to use the coal from the Carmichael mine in its own generators at the Mundra power plant in Gujarat, India.  Except Adani Power Mundra is on the verge of bankruptcy. Faced with mounting operational losses, they have…

Day to Day Politics: You bet I’m angry.

June 20, 2018 - 06:00 -- Admin

Wednesday 20 June 2017 Understanding the conservative’s desire to eliminate a state-owned broadcaster is as simple as ABC. Conservatives don’t believe in state ownership of anything. They believe private enterprise and competition is the best way for all businesses. It’s the same with health. They believe, philosophically, that individuals should fend for themselves and pay…

Rocking the G7: Trump Stomps His Allies

June 19, 2018 - 13:30 -- Admin

Disruption, disturbance, eruption, the words crowning the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who has effectively demonstrated an idea made famous by Nazi doodler of law and political theorist Carl Schmitt: politics is defined, not by identifying with friends in cosy harmony but with enemies in constant tension. There are many ways that Trump might be…

The perils of popularism

June 18, 2018 - 18:00 -- Admin

This week we originally were going to be discussing Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party and their apparent habit of losing Senators. After all, to lose one Senator is careless, two is a concern and so on. Apart from the Betoota Advocate doing the satire better, they also bring in the relevant point of popularism. Hanson is “President…