Sri Lanka - Paradise Lost?

2008 - Volume 11 Number 3

Since independence in 1948, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) has been the site of escalating violence between the majority Sinhalese community and minority Tamils. The current ethnic conflict has deep historical, racio-religious, geo-political and economic roots intermingled with local power politics.

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Buddhism and Human Rights

2008 - Volume 11 Number 2

Buddhism is an ancient belief system which focuses on personal spiritual development and the pursuit of harmony, wisdom and compassion. The importance of showing concern for others and living a morally responsible life lie at the heart of Buddhist teachings. While the Buddhist faith is thriving in Australia, this peaceful religion and its homeland of Tibet are threatened by Chinese Government repression and control.

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Climate Change and Conflict

2008 - Volume 11 Number 1

Climate change and war are intimately related. Future generations will ask us: “What did you do to diminish climate change by trying to stop the invasion of Iraq? What did you do to prevent the terrible effects of climate change such as rising sea levels, desertification, drought, cyclones and the collapse of vulnerable societies?” No longer can these be called ‘acts of God’. They must be called by their true name: ‘acts of people’. Working for peace is integral to overcoming climate change – and peace movements and environmental groups need to work together.

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Private security companies - the fat cats of war

2007 - Volume 10 Number 9

The use of private military contractors needs to be re-evaluated, especially when used in armed roles. The reevaluation needs to determine what roles are appropriate for private companies and what is necessary in public service, especially armed roles within counterinsurgency and contingency operations. More and more roles are being outsourced which has consequences for the overall mission.

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Human Trafficking in Australia

2007 - Volume 10 Number 8

Human trafficking is a complex crime that transcends national boundaries and impacts on many different countries, including Australia. The purpose of trafficking is sexual or labour based exploitation where the victim is usually deceived about the type and conditions of work they are being recruited for. Australia’s effort to tackle this crime has come from both the government and the community, however combating this phenomenon is no easy task – especially since there is widespread disagreement as to the types of conduct that amount to trafficking.

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