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The education crisis and the depletion of democracy

The education crisis and the depletion of democracy 

By Martha Nussbaum | 15 Feb 11

We are in the midst of a crisis of massive proportions and grave global significance. I do not mean the global economic crisis that began in 2008. At least everyone knows that that crisis is at hand, and many world leaders worked quickly and desperately to find solutions. I mean …More

Education and the internal clash of civilizations

Education and the internal clash of civilizations 

By Martha Nussbaum | 16 Feb 11

Education and American exceptionalism

Education and American exceptionalism 

By Martha Nussbaum | 17 Feb 11

Blog

Through the practices of prayer, mutual regard, communal celebration, patriotism and non-violence, the Egyptian protesters have opened up an entirely new political space

Fear and loathing in Cairo

Scott Stephens | 7 Feb 2011

In their recent appearance on Al Jazeera, Tariq Ramadan and Slavoj Zizek both focussed on the hypocrisy of the West's response to the current unrest in Egypt. There is, in fact, little about the West's intervention in the politics of the Middle East that is not hypocritical - whether it be the discrepancy between elevated foreign policy rhetoric and the wanton pursuit of strategic interests abroad, or the incessant call for human rights reform and the creation of an independent judiciary, all the while propping up petty despots who are vaguely pro-Western.More

Opinion

The miracle of Tahrir Square

The miracle of Tahrir Square 

By Slavoj Zizek | 14 Feb 11

News

Witness describes Libyan crackdown

Witness describes Libyan crackdown 

News Online | 18 Feb 11

Internet spells the death of bookstores

Internet spells the death of bookstores 

News Online | 18 Feb 11

Features

There is nothing blind about faith

There is nothing blind about faith 

By Alister McGrath | 14 Feb 11

Egypt: the Voice of the People and History

Egypt: the Voice of the People and History 

By Tariq Ramadan | 08 Feb 11

Why Science Can Determine Human Values

Why Science Can Determine Human Values 

By Sam Harris | 07 Feb 11

The virtues of moral scepticism: Against Sam Harris

The virtues of moral scepticism: Against Sam Harris 

By Russell Blackford | 11 Feb 11

Audio

Anti-government protesters killed in Bahrain 

The United States has reached out to Bahrain after at least three anti-government protesters were killed in clashes with police there. The Obama administration is expressing 'deep concerns' with high level officials calling their counterparts in the Gulf state to urge restraint.…

AM | 18 Feb 11

Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sayyid Qutb 

The Society of the Muslim Brothers, otherwise known as the Muslim Brotherhood, has been banned in Egypt for many years. Nevertheless, after the recent upheavals, the Brotherhood was among the opposition groups invited to talk with Vice President Omar Suleiman. So today on The Phi…

Philosophers Zone | 14 Feb 11

Violence at protests in Middle East 

Several protestors in Libya and Yemen have been killed in clashes with security forces. Meanwhile, In Bahrain, police raided a camp where protestors were sleeping. Eyewitnesses say the raids were completely unprovoked and came without warning.

PM | 17 Feb 11

Bahrain eyewitness 

Ebrahim Sharif is secretary general of Bahrain's opposition Wa'ad Party, and he saw what happened after the riot police attacked sleeping protesters in Manama. He talks about what he saw there, and in the hospital, where at least two people died of gunshot wounds.

PM | 17 Feb 11

Democracy in Egypt 

The Egyptian revolution came not from the intellectual elite or opposition parties, but via Facebook and the Twitterverse, from the young men and women of Egypt fed up with autocratic, geriatric rule. Nor are they interested in a theocracy. Does this mean we've seen the end of an…

Late Night Live | 15 Feb 11

Ethics and Evolution 

How does understanding evolution help us to understand ethics? Peter Singer discusses this and also talks about some of the scientific research that's been carried out over the last decade that suppports the case for a biological rather than cultural basis to our ethics.

Late Night Live | 08 Feb 11

Video

The people must stand up: Ramadan

The people must stand up: Ramadan

Lateline | 17 Feb 11

Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, says the popular uprising in Egypt could be imitated anywhere. More

The people must stand up: Ramadan

The people must stand up: Ramadan 

Lateline | 17 Feb 11

Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, says the popular uprising in Egypt could be imitated anywhere. More

Protest violently crushed in Bahrain

Protest violently crushed in Bahrain 

Lateline | 17 Feb 11

Four people are dead after police fired teargas and rubber bullets into pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain's capital, Manama.More

Multiculturalism back on the agenda

Multiculturalism back on the agenda 

7.30 Report | 17 Feb 11

As the debate intensifies at home and around the world, the Federal Government confirms its commitment to multiculturalism.More

Salma in the Square

Salma in the Square 

Foreign Correspondent | 15 Feb 11

It's an extraordinary feat of endurance and will. Salma el Tarzi is a popping, fizzing bundle of energy and exuberance who was in Cairo's Tahrir Square from the outset, leading a corner of the protest. Despite the violent counter-attacks, the cold nights and the fear of governmen…More