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We are living in the post-Copenhagen world. In hindsight, the thinking seems oh so wishful. Some feared a greenwash outcome of superficial gains masking weak commitments, but few predicted the absolute extent of the summit’s malfunctioning.
Lost all too often in the climate debate is an appreciation of the delicate balance between the physical and chemical state of the atmosphere-ocean-land system and the evolving biosphere, which controls the emergence, survival and demise of species, including humans.
Perceived foreign enemies of Pakistan are directly or indirectly blamed both by state authorities and much of the population. Avoiding the role of militant, political Islam may help rally the population behind the state’s war against the Taliban, but it prevents Pakistani society from confronting the very real and serious infiltration of militant, political Islam into mainstream society.
Permanent decline and fall or imaginable resurrection? The fate of History at UWA as viewed from the edge of retirement
I have to confess that I find my returns to Australia vexing, all the more when I try to integrate the present into my memories of the First Year Teacher and so of my version of my past. One major problem is the country’s ‘howardisation’ which two years of cautious Labor government have done little to amend.
I trust it is clear that I believe passionately in history as an international enterprise, and have been arguing for and practising this approach for some considerable time. It was in this spirit that I co-wrote, with John Docker, Is History Fiction? (UNSW Press and University of Michigan Press, 2005). The last chapter ponders the influence of the growing trend towards transnational, international, global, comparative, world and other forms of supra-national history on the long-standing debates over truth and fiction in history.
There is a pervasive sense that modern life is artificial or false, which has contributed to a fetishisation of authenticity; the descriptor is used for a variety of consumer goods from powdered soup to ‘peasant food’ and the concept is played out in debates on the politics of identity.
At times, I wasn't sure whether this was 'native title: warts and all' or just the warts! But Ritter also criticises some of his own previous observations. He presents a realistic assessment of how native title is working and urges the adjustment of expectations that have grown from native title 'myths'. But he also has some suggestions for how the situation might be improved.