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Women in Modern China

June 19, 2012 by

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BY JESS MARSHALL. In recent history, China and its people have undergone a remarkable change in identity. Undeniably, the role of women has been an area of rapid change and development, with women playing an integral role in the shaping of modern China. From the physical oppression of foot binding in a patriarchal world, to gendered sameness in a communist state, to the modern rhetoric of equality of the sexes, Chinese women have instigated and experienced rebellion, revolution and reform.

Charles de Gaulle and the French Republic During the Cold War

June 2, 2012 by


BY JESS MARSHALL. With numerous streets, an airport, and France’s only airline named after him, Charles de Gaulle was a man of immense historical and political significance, and occupies an almost mythical status in French consciousness. Rejecting the notion of bipolarity in the Cold War period, de Gaulle advocated the national independence and strength of France as the Western Alliance’s major ally, and pursued foreign policy based on politique de grandeur. De Gaulle’s concept of France “as dedicated to an exalted and exceptional destiny” has its roots in his background, and directly impacted the development of French foreign policy during the Cold War.

TRAVEL DIARY: My 2001 Visit to Southern China

May 4, 2012 by


BY FRANK McCLELLAND. I flew from Melbourne to Hong Kong and thence straight to the city of Nanchang in the Jiangxi province. This is my analysis of what I saw and heard while resident, principally in the city of Nanchang with a few days’ travelling – first, south to Chen Ren, then north to the city of Juijiang on the Yangtze River and to the hill resort of Lushan. I left China (after a 17 hour train journey from Nanchang) via Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Hyper-nationalism, Contested Histories & the China-Japan Relationship

October 14, 2011 by

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BY SEANIAD CONROY. Both China and Japan have accused each other of encouraging fierce nationalism and the corresponding anti- Chinese and anti-Japanese feeling. Their failure to address the past has meant that it is an ongoing divisive issue in the present, though some attempts are being made to rectify this.

VIDEO REVIEW: ‘Lester Brown – The Planet’s Scarcest Resource is Time’

September 11, 2011 by


In a recent class activity, members of the second/third year undergraduate subject International Politics of Climate Change: Triumph or Tragedy at La Trobe University's Albury-Wodonga campus engaged with a video presentation delivered by emminent American environmentalist Lester Brown. The following excerpts are a summary of the class discussion on what Lester Brown has to say in the video clip.

YOUR SAY: A Question of Bias – The ABC & the Gaza Flotilla Affair

August 25, 2011 by

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BY DAVID MACILWAIN. When Israeli navy commandos attacked the humanitarian aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea last May, shooting dead nine Turkish civilians and injuring many more, there was widespread condemnation of this act of violent piracy. A number of enquiries were set up to find out what really happened, as despite the presence of numerous journalists in the flotilla Israel had jammed transmissions from them and then seized cameras and laptops while holding the participants in Israeli detention...

PODCAST: The Virtuous Circle of Sustainability & Community — Interview with Jenni Huber

July 11, 2011 by

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We are joined on this addition of the Politics Albury-Wodonga podcast by Jenni Humber, who was a key member of Wodonga's victorious entry in the Origin Energy Sustainability Drive competition. Twenty households in Jenni's street - Central Place, Wodonga - put together an outstanding entry in the competition showcasing not only their sustainability credentials, but also the sense of connection and community that can come from consciously living lightly.