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        • People hold posters showing the portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Major General Qassem Soleimani and chant slogans during a protest outside the US Consulate on 5 January 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

          Perfidy and terror in the slaying of Soleimani

          • Justin Glyn
          • 08 January 2020

          Trump had asked the Iraqis to mediate with the Iranians and Soleimani, one of Iran's most respected generals and emissaries, was there for the purpose. If this is true, and no-one from the US side has denied it, this was that most ancient of perfidies — a murder under a flag of parley.

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        • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the US State Department on 7 January 2020. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

          Strategic blundering: Killing Soleimani

          • Binoy Kampmark
          • 08 January 2020

          With the killing of Soleimani, the US has signalled a redrawing of accepted lines in international combat and diplomacy. Most significantly, the killing will be a lightning rod for attacks this decision was meant to prevent even as it assists Iranian policy in expelling any vestige of US influence in Iraq and the broader Middle East.

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        • Prime Minister Scott Morrison tours the property of John 'Kooka' Kinniburgh on 3 January 2020 in Sarsfield, Vic. (Photo by James Ross-Pool/Getty Images)

          Climate paralysis and Morrison's fall

          • Tim Hutton
          • 07 January 2020

          Here is why the Morrison government was so slow off the mark: to acknowledge the unprecedented nature of these fires is to concede that there is something happening to the climate. The only way to downplay the reality of climate change, was to downplay the severity of the fires themselves.

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        • Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison attend Question Time in December 2019, during the height the push to repeal the medevac bill. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

          Allies keeping faith despite Medevac blow

          • Carolina Gottardo and Nishadh Rego
          • 12 December 2019

          Outside, a Martian-red haze kisses the windows. An ode to the future perhaps. Most of the people present are already aware of the Medevac repeal decision. The room is heavy with silence, the mood is sombre, but far from resigned. We want change, and are willing to have a crack at demanding it.

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        • High school students studying at desk in classroom. (Credit: Caiaimage/Paul Bradbury)

          Disability RC must reckon with education

          • Jane Britt
          • 12 December 2019

          From the minute we enter the education system, we experience barriers. We are segregated when we arrive at primary school, placed in 'special' units or classes. Here our needs are subsumed into the collective needs of the group. From the outset our educational outcomes are at the whim of the people who are in the position of power.

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          2019 Christmas Raffle winners

          • Staff
          • 09 December 2019

          The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Christmas Raffle 2019 Drawn on Thursday 5 December 2019 (Permit No 10590/19). Congratulations to the winners: 1st prize: L. Daphne, VIC; 2nd prize: A. Curran, Qld; 3rd prize: D. Sasse, Vic. All winners have been notified directly.

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        • Graffiti reading 'climate emergency' is seen on a bridge on 3 January 2020 in Bairnsdale, Vic. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

          Climate action requires unity not division

          • Chris Middleton
          • 07 January 2020

          The Liberals and Nationals have to find a way forward that balances the interests of their supporters with serving the national good. Old arguments and ideological stands need to be re-examined. The PM needs to enable a real debate.

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        • Protestors hold up banners during a protest at Kirribilli House in Sydney on 19 December 2019. Protestors organised the rally outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Sydney residence over his absence during the ongoing bushfire emergencies across Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

          Human rights for the climate 'apocalypse'

          • Cristy Clark
          • 19 December 2019

          Toxic air, dwindling water supplies, extreme heat: it's bleak stuff. And yet, on Sunday, COP25 finished with very little progress. Our planet will warm to +3C or higher, unless we also do something about the vested interests that continue to profit from our demise. And they aren't going to give up their power (or profits) just because we ask nicely.

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        • Hands presenting a wrapped gift. (Credit: Kseniya Ovchinnikova / Getty Images)

          The power of gift-giving without the waste

          • Cristy Clark
          • 21 November 2019

          As we pare back more and more, I have started to realise that there is a risk in taking things too far. The consumer orgy of the past may have been unsightly, but gift giving itself also serves a valuable social function, and we may be at risk of throwing out the baby with the bath water.

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