Helen Lobato reviews a collection of new Palestinian writing on exile and home.
Around two million Australians use cholesterol-lowering medication to ward off cardiovascular disease. Helen Lobato ponders if we would be better off ditching the drugs and focussing on healthy..
According to a recent government report Australians would prefer to live in their own homes as they get older. However, as Helen Lobato discovers, many elderly citizens aren't prepared for the..
The release of Christine Nixon's autobiography has sparked fresh debate about the media's treatment of women in positions of authority. Helen Lobato examines the former Victoria Police Chief..
While scientists and environmentalists are blaming cattle for the rising levels of methane, Helen Lobato says there's another culprit which is just as dangerous.
Is economic growth as we've known a thing of the past as the impact of climate change kicks in? Helen Lobato considers the arguments raised by former Greenpeace head, Paul Gilding.
Finding a dumping ground for convicts is the usual reason given for British colonisation of Australia in the 18th century. However, Helen Lobato says that new research by La Trobe University's Alan..
The opportunity for a serious conversation about women was missed last week, says Helen Lobato, who attended the Melbourne SlutWalk rally on Saturday.
The Svalbard seed vault exists to protect the world's food supply in case of a global disaster. But what happens when genetic modification becomes an intrinsic part of the world seed market? Helen..
Who will care for us in our old age? The release of the Productivity Commission’s report on aged care fails to address some key issues, says Helen Lobato.
Activists in Africa, Asia and the Middle East are campaigning hard against female genital mutilation so why are Australian women voluntarily undergoing the procedure? Helen Lobato reports on a..
For over 30 years Melbourne's 3CR has maintained its alternative voice despite limited funding. Helen Lobato takes us inside the world of the much loved community radio station.
Bread fortified with folate is coming to a supermarket aisle near you. Advocates say it will reduce the incidence of spina bifida, but not everyone is convinced it's a good thing. Helen Lobato..
The precariat describes those who are forced to take low paying insecure jobs because they have to. But the real issue is the way in which politicians still report that employment has risen, without..
It's goodbye to yet another editorial team here at upstart. Here's a few words from the outgoing team, and our thanks to our regular contributors.
Most weekends the papers are full of stories about childbirth and caring for babies, whilst the other inevitable life journey — death — rarely rates a mention.
After reading Karen Kissane's book on the Black Saturday bushfires, Helen Labato visits Kinglake and hears one man's incredible story.