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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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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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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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Nationalist, Not Ethnic Conflicts – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny

February 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Nationalist, Not Ethnic Conflicts – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny · Ethnicity, Genocide, Multi-culturalism, War, WW2

From the beginning of the conflict in Croatia, one question above most others has exercised minds inside and outside the country: what causes this depth of hatred which has provoked atrocities and slaughter on such a wide scale over such a short period of time? In retrospect, it seems clear that the wars of the […]

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Mostar – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny

February 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mostar – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism, War

Mostar is famous above all for its Ottoman architecture symbolised by the old footbridge which arches high over the Neretva River… Hercegovina is divided by the river Neretva, whose moth is in Croatian territotyr but which soon enters Hercegovina. The Serbs consider the Neretva the dividing line between Serb and Coat territory. The Croats however […]

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Serb Unity – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny

February 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Serb Unity – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism

The great motor behind Serbian nationalist politics is the search for unity. The most powerful example of Serbian iconography is the symmetrical cross adorned with four Cs (the Cyrillic letter S), the two left-hand ones being printed as mirror images. This is an acronym for the phrase ‘Samo Sloga Srbina, Spasava’(Only Unity Can Save the […]

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