June 2011

Women tend a garden under the gaze of history. FROM LEFT: Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. © Reuters/Stringer Shanghai

International politics

Bitter fruits

China’s twelfth five-year plan

Shi Zhengrong and his wife, Vivienne, with Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, atop the Sydney Theatre Company, which is 70% powered by Suntech's Pluto technology, November 2010. © Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Environment

The sun king

Shi Zhengrong

Healthabitat director Paul Pholeros'work is warmly received. © Paul Pholeros. Courtesy of Sue Williams.

Indigenous Australia

Home improvement

Indigenous housing

Michael Ebeid, the new managing director of SBS. Courtesy of SBS.
Suresh Nair leaving court after being denied bail in December 2010. © Nick Moir/Fairfax Photos

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Dick Smith (with friends) reveals $1 million to be awarded to a person under 30 who shows leadership in tackling Australia's "population crisis", 2010. © Paul Miller/AAP Image
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Food

Expert appetite

The plight of the connoisseur

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Family and relationships

Where the heart is

The home hospice

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

The silk road

Silk farming

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Director Benedict Andrews in rehearsal for the Belvoir Street Theatre's current production, 'The Seagull'. © Heidrun Löhr

Theatre

Under surveillance

Meeting Benedict Andrews

Ever unforgiven

Books

Ever unforgiven

Craig Sherborne’s ‘The Amateur Science of Love’

Ai Weiwei, 'Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn', 1995. Courtesy private collection, USA.
Rowland S Howard and Mick Harvey at the Electric Screen, London, 1985. © David Arnoff

Music

After they are gone

Mick Harvey’s ‘Sketches from the Book of the Dead’

Shipped Down Under

Film

Shipped Down Under

Jim Loach’s ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ and Mark Lewis’ ‘Cane Toads: The Conquest’

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'Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial', By Janet Malcolm, Yale University Press, 155pp; $32.95
'The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution', By Francis Fukuyama, Profile Books, 585pp; $59.95
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