Encountering Conflict
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Encountering Conflict
A compilation of material relevant to the idea/context of Encountering Conflict as explored in VCE English, as established by the VCAA English/ESL study guide. I hope that it will be thought-provoking and stimulating for everyone who stumbles across it.
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Maya Angelou endures through literary legacy, activism

Maya Angelou endures through literary legacy, activism | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
"Maya Angelou, an iconic voice of our generation famed for her bold autobiographical work as well as her poetry, passed on May 28, 2014. Important still were her significant contributions in speaking up for civil rights through her political activism as well as through her work that shed light on the pressing issues of her time."
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How best to tackle racism, Australian style

How best to tackle racism, Australian style | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
We can confront this scourge from a position of strength, comfortable in our own skin.
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This is a really insightful and positive article. Constructive response is what is needed here. 

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Five inconvenient truths about Kosovo - TransConflict

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Five inconvenient truths about Kosovo TransConflict Memories of the war and years of oppression by the Milošević government still run deep in Albanian collective memory, and this animosity has only been reaffirmed by what many Albanians regard as...
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Despite most of us in the west thinking that this conflict had been put to sleep, there are still undercurrents of conflict and unrest.

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Asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat to be resettled in Papua New Guinea - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat to be resettled in Papua New Guinea - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees.
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This makes me so angry.
I am so ashamed to see Australia trying to palm off its responsibilities to the people of the world in this way.

As far as I know, our national anthem still says "For those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share".  Apparently, that's no longer true.
Perhaps it's time to choose another song. 

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Tell Them (Army) What We (Kashmiris) Think Of Them – OpEd - Eurasia Review

Tell Them (Army) What We (Kashmiris) Think Of Them – OpEd - Eurasia Review | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
Tell Them (Army) What We (Kashmiris) Think Of Them – OpEd Eurasia Review The question amid this whole disarray and incessant turbulence is whether the army as a credible institution of the nation has lived up to the mirror image of goodwill...
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Africans in America: Judgment Day (1831-1865) Part 1

http://thedropsquad.com/ When captive Africans first set foot in North America, they found themselves in the midst of a thriving slave society. During most o...
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Obama praises Mandela, encourages world leaders to follow his example - globalnews.ca

Obama praises Mandela, encourages world leaders to follow his example - globalnews.ca | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
Obama praises Mandela, encourages world leaders to follow his example
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But many other African nations are embroiled in religious, sectarian and other conflicts. Obama ...
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Mandela is truly an inspirational example for the world leaders of today.
He is also a stark contrast to the way in which most of them conduct themselves and participate in politics. 

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Tufts Magazine / fall 2013

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An interesting and thought-provoking article about the divisions and differences across North America in response to gun control and other significant issues. 

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Great Australian refugees - Sunrise

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Some of Australia's greatest people share their refugee stories.
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Highly topical and relevant story from Sunrise on Channel 7, July 29, 2013.

This gives some context to the history of refugees coming to Australia. 
Year 12 students: Watch with reference to the context of Encountering Conflict, and with reference to the life story of Najaf Mazari. 

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Protection Stressed As Speakers in Security Council Sound Alarm Over Number ... - AllAfrica.com

Protection Stressed As Speakers in Security Council Sound Alarm Over Number ... - AllAfrica.com | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
Protection Stressed As Speakers in Security Council Sound Alarm Over Number ...
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A timely reminder that it's not just the soldiers who endanger their lives in times of conflict. Journalists take risks so that the world will know what's happening and where. 

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'No choice' for asylum seekers after suffering | theage.com.au

'No choice' for asylum seekers after suffering | theage.com.au | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
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Why is it so hard for Australians, and more specifically, the Australian government, to understand that these people don't just make these journeys on a whim? They love their children just like we do... and they want to live in peace, just like we do.

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10 Years After the Fall of Saddam, How Do Iraqis Look Back on the War? - The Atlantic

10 Years After the Fall of Saddam, How Do Iraqis Look Back on the War? - The Atlantic | Encountering Conflict | Scoop.it
10 Years After the Fall of Saddam, How Do Iraqis Look Back on the War?
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It's become tough for Americans to reflect on the U.S.
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Africans in America: The Terrible Transformation (1450-1750) Part 2

http://thedropsquad.com/ When captive Africans first set foot in North America, they found themselves in the midst of a thriving slave society. During most o...
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South Africa: Statement by Zuma at News Conference with President Obama - AllAfrica.com

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South Africa: Statement by Zuma at News Conference with President Obama AllAfrica.com We would like to cooperate with the US in enhancing peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development cooperation, under the umbrella of the United...
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South Africa is certainly a nation that has experienced conflict on many levels.
We see proof there that conflict may seem insurmountable but it can be resolved.
This just reminds me of the amazing influence of Nelson Mandela - once the oppressed, he rose to lead his nation as President. His agenda was only ever peace, resolution, reconciliation, and the prosperity of the nation. What an inspirational man.  

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