Justin Bieber: Messiah and anti-Christ

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Culture
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While Justin Bieber trails Katy Perry by 1.5 million followers, he tweets at roughly five times her rate, making him possibly the most heard person in the world and the leading author of the digital age. During our epoch’s high noon of the idols, to shine as its true zenith is no slight accomplishment.  Why does he so thoroughly enter our consciousness?

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Reflection
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Politics

A blizzard from Oz

In those conservative Cold War days of the early 1960s, the days of Prime Minister Menzies and bowing and curtsying and grovelling to Lords and Ladies and Royals, when trade unions were enemies and communists the scum of the earth …

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Culture
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Immigration, Jack London and Monsieur Ebola

Ebola’s been one of pop culture’s favourite doomsday scenarios for decades. Thanks to Hollywood, everyone has a vivid idea of what an outbreak ought to look like. It starts with a poor sod – our ‘Patient Zero’ – who hops on a connecting flight and spreads the bug around the world. More and more people contract it, shrieking horribly as their organs are liquefied. Soon, most of humanity is finished.

Children
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Article
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Politics

The overseas adoption option

Gammy’s story highlights several areas of human rights concern, including commodification and trafficking of children in the baby market created by demand from well-off westerners; exploitation of vulnerable young women and their children; and denial of children’s rights to have information about or ongoing contact with their surrogate or biological parents and siblings.