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Monashian Diplomats in New York City

September 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

After months of research and preparation, a 30 hour flight, and some super speedy last minute packing (i.e. the night before), 14 Monash students set off to New York in April to participate in the five day National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN).

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The Non-Funny ISIS

June 16, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

In the mayhem of the Iraqi Civil War, the preeminent threat to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Shiite government is the militant Sunni group, ISIS. Actually, truth be told, the fledgling state is a threat to the entire status quo of the middle east – the frontier moves through Syria and Iraq, because ISIS isn’t concerned with what it sees as artificial divisions designed to suppress the creation of an Islamic state.

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Ego Politics: Identity, Religion, and Criticism

July 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

In the course of my interactions with the members of various religious and political ideologies over the years, I have noticed a fascinating phenomenon pertaining to identity, ideology, and criticism. I tend to call this phenomenon ‘Ego Politics’ (courtesy of James Fodor); in a nutshell, people who are emotionally invested in an ideology—people whose ideology forms an integral part of their self-perceived identity—have a tendency to defend their belief-system at all costs, and to perceive any criticism of their ideology as some kind of personal attack.

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Political Consciousness: An Interview With Dr Nick Economou

July 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Following ten months of political instability and chaos at the hands of “one of the world’s most unpopular prime minister’s” (The Washington Post), political knowledge is fast becoming an indispensable commodity for all Australians. With so many people being affected by recent government propositions, it seems as though ordinary citizens will have to become more politically astute to recognise when and how their rights and their voices are being forsaken.

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