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Ask Them About Their Neighbours – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ask Them About Their Neighbours – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Electoralism, Multi-culturalism, Psychology

One night Binder asked, “Do you think your neighbors would be willing to vote for an African-American for president?” Some of the voters answered no, and Strasma watched them closely. Something in that response—perhaps a feeling of being liberated to publicly share an unpopular opinion—convinced him that the people who acknowledged their neighbors’ racism might […]

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NESB – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on NESB – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Multi-culturalism, Politics, Queensland

Their original homeland was very important to the Bjelke-Peteren family, and for a long while Danish was spoken at home most of the time. When Joh’s sister Neta went off to school for the first time, she could speak only Danish. Christian and Joh however soon got in the way of speaking English (although the […]

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Culinary Demarcation Agreements – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney

September 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Culinary Demarcation Agreements – “Stiff”, Shane Maloney · Food, Multi-culturalism

By some obscure culinary demarcation agreement, Chinese restaurants are prohibited from serving decent coffee.

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Ataturk on the Veil – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk on the Veil – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Culture, Islam, Multi-culturalism, Religion

In some places I have seen women who put a piece of cloth or a towel or something like it over their heads to hide their faces, and who turn their backs or huddle themselves on the ground when a man passes by,” Kemal (Ataturk) said in one speech. “What are the meaning and sense […]

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Surveillance at the Kingo – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers 

May 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Surveillance at the Kingo – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers  · Australiana, Multi-culturalism, Politics, Security Policy

Like other pubs in Canberra, the Kingston Hotel in Canberra Avenue was home to a number of journalists and was well known to me. Directly opposite the ‘Kingo’ was the Soviet Embassy—a few hundred metres east of Manuka. From a first-floor window in the pub, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) agents kept a watchful eye […]

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One of Us – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

April 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on One of Us – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, Immigration, Multi-culturalism, Politics, US Politics

To Jesse Helms, politics and ideology were simple, black and white. He saw it as right versus wrong, good versus evil. His slogan for the 1972 Senate campaign was “He’s one of us.” It appeared in television ads and in flyers distributed around the state…. It also implied that the opponent was not “one of […]

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He was No Longer a Professor – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on He was No Longer a Professor – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Humanism, Immigration, Multi-culturalism, Philosophy

(Kovchenko) looked at Viktor. Viktor felt that at any moment Kovchenko might come out with the words that had been hovering between them all along, brushing against his eyes, hands and brain like an invisible mist. He bowed his head. He was no longer a professor, a doctor of science, a famous scientist who had […]

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Bombay: The Acclimatisation Station for India – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Bombay: The Acclimatisation Station for India – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Culture, India, Multi-culturalism, Travel

The Gateway of India, a domed arch of yellow basalt surrounded by four turrets, was built in Bombay in 1927 to commemorate the arrival, sixteen years earlier, of the British King, George V; instead it marked his permanent exist. In 1947, the British left their Empire under this same arch, the last of their troops […]

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For All Of Us – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on For All Of Us – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Campaigning, Democracy, Multi-culturalism, Political Communication, Politics

We spent the campaign circling the issue of race, knowing that our opponents had engaged in a campaign of dog-whistling, although we did not know the term at that stage and without it could not describe with much assurance what was going on. It was the unspoken message which rafts of Australians, many of whom […]

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Foreign Accents – “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua

February 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Foreign Accents – “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism

“Never ever make fun of foreign accents,” I’ve exhorted them on many occasions. “Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery. Those are people who crossed an ocean to come to this country.

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