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Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bishop Vincent Long launches Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for Independence. A Memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Therese & Jim D’Orsa More than 200 people at the Knox Centre in Melbourne on 1 June heard Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, now of Parramatta Diocese, launch this striking […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Bonded through tragedy united in hope: The Catholic Church & East Timor’s struggle for independence, a memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Jim and Therese D’Orsa (Melbourne: Garratt Publishing 2017). Reviewed by Rowan Ireland. Australian Catholic bishop, Hilton Deakin, now aged 84, has given us a remarkable memoir. It was produced over several years, with the […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Religious violence & the pursuit of Heaven.

Rabbi Fred Morgan AM. Sunday 23 July 3pm, Siena College, 815 Riversdale Road, Camberwell The annual Sr Shirley Sedawie Oration, following the AGM of the Council of Christians & Jews (Vic). Rabbi Morgan is President of the Council of Christians & Jews (VIC), Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne since 2013, and Professorial […]

June 5th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Peace | Read More »

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

John Menadue. We used to think the gravest decision any government could make was to take its country to war. Not any more. Going to war for us has now become almost commonplace. We commit to war after war – Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – but we are unwilling to contemplate the disaster each of those […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The legacy of war: ecojustice, Australia, & the Middle East.

Thursday 20 April 4-6pm. Whitley College 271 Royal Parade Parkville Joe Camilleri (chair), Deborah Storie, Keith Dyer, and Anne Elvey, exploring ecological and justice perspectives on Australia’s involvement in our ‘longest war’, particularly Afghanistan. No cost, but bookings required by Tuesday 18 April. Light refreshments available on arrival. Deborah Storie has lived in Afghanistan off and […]

April 5th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Peace | Read More »

What future for Palestine?

What future for Palestine?

Bruce Duncan. On the eve of the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, the first by a serving Israeli prime minister, some of Australia’s leading ex-politicians called for recognition of Palestine as a state. Former Labor prime ministers, Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke, along with former foreign ministers Bob Carr and Gareth Evans, […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope.

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope.

Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith University. Published in The Conversation 28 February 2017. In all the attention rightfully given to the new US administration and Brexit, one could be forgiven for forgetting that other difficult political situations exist around the world. But they do exist, and in the uncertainty that surrounds global governance in 2017, this […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics | Read More »

Abolishing nuclear weapons: step by step, or treaty?

Abolishing nuclear weapons: step by step, or treaty?

Brian Johnstone. The situation regarding nuclear weapons is much more dangerous than it was a few years ago. Russia is at present engaged in a massive rebuilding program of nuclear weapons. The US military has upgraded and refurbished nearly all its existing strategic and tactical delivery systems and the warheads they carry. At the same […]

February 5th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Drones: morality-free warfare?

Drones: morality-free warfare?

Tony French Are armed drone attacks legitimate acts of warfare, or lethal political assassinations, hence murder, and illegitimate? There is no easy answer, unless your view tends to one or other extreme. But, for those of us unsure, the middle ground is a moral morass. If you think it can’t be that hard to form […]

October 29th, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Islamisation & minorities in Pakistan.

Islamisation & minorities in Pakistan.

Arnold Heredia. The total fabric of Pakistan changed with its engagement in the United States’ proxy war against USSR in Afghanistan in the 1980s, a war to vindicate US humiliation in Vietnam. Pakistan was carved out of undivided India in 1947 as a homeland for Indian Muslims. Even so, the Father of the Nation, Jinnah, […]

October 29th, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »