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What to make of the rally
Sheila Liaugminas | 31 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Dr. Martin Luther King, Glenn Beck, Rev. Al Sharpton, Washington rally
The massive rally on the mall of Washington over the weekend has the media in a tangle. It was larger and more peaceful and more positive and less political than they expected, and this is all territory largely foreign to…

Can you hear us now?
Melinda Tankard Reist | 31 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, pornography, sexualisation of children
Australian women raise a collective shout against the pornification of culture and the harm it is doing.

The bitter fruit of a myth
Michael Kirke | 30 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, Ireland, terrorism
Ireland has been stunned by the revelation that a Catholic priest appears to have been responsible for a terror bombing in which nine people died in 1972.

Alistair Nicholas | 30 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, family values, films
A Chinese blockbuster about the survivors of two earthquakes is a remarkable story of loss and redemption.

The Waiting City
Lucy Smith | 30 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: adoption, films, India, The Waiting City
Forget Julia Roberts doing meditation. This Australian movie will tell you so much more about prayer - and love.

Human drama beneath the earth
Sheila Liaugminas | 29 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Chilean mine collapse, human spirit, trapped miners

They call it “the Miracle of the San Jose Mine.” It is captivating. This story could not have been scripted.

Shifting political labels
Sheila Liaugminas | 29 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: centrists, political labels, Tea Party
Before this year, it was already an intriguing question to wonder what the reference point was for left and right on the political compass, the question of what constituted center. Whatever the answer was, it has certainly changed.

Competing rallies, same essential message
Sheila Liaugminas | 29 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mall of Washington rally
Restore, renew, reclaim. Two rallies take place today in Washington on this anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. One is on the spot where Dr. King delivered that famous oration. The other nearby, but headed…

Stem cell drama
Sheila Liaugminas | 27 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: biomedical science, embryonic stem cell research, stem cell ethics
What timing. Just as I’m hurrying to leave town and have no time to blog, this major stem cell decision comes down and the media go apoplectic and there’s so much to say and I’ve no time to say it….

Progress at Puce: a university chancellor recants
| 27 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: education, free speech, satire
After a fatal lapse into free speech, Chancellor Clarence Winters apologises profoundly and departs.

Where the Red Fern Grows
Jennifer Minicus | 27 August 2010 | READING MATTERS |  
tags: animals, boys, classics
This touching story is a must read for anyone who likes stories about boys and dogs.

Upsetting the stem cell applecart
Michael Cook | 26 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: stem cells, United States
Have two US presidents and a raft of agencies been misinterpreting a federal law for nearly ten years? A judge says Yes.

‘Lower age of consent’ says gay rights campaigner
Carolyn Moynihan | 26 August 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: age of consent, Pope Benedict XVI, sexual abuse
A high profile British homosexual activist wants the age of sexual consent lowered to 14, on the basis that currently underage sex “is mostly consenting, safe and fun”.

College diplomas, anyone?
Thomas C. Reeves | 26 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: college, employment, graduates
The equation more cash = more diplomas = more skilled workers really does not add up.

The college bubble
Kevin Ryan | 26 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: college, employment, tuition debt
As senior college administrators’ salaries go through the roof, graduates are left with the equivalent of sub-prime mortgages.

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