Russia threatens force in Ukraine


KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian police liberated a small town in the east of the country from pro-Russian separatist groups Wednesday, a day after Ukraine’s president revived a military offensive. Police took back Svyatogorsk, a small town close to the city of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian separatists still occupied government buildings in major eastern cities such as Donetsk and Luhansk. President Oleksandr Turchynov ... Read More »

‘Palikari,’ a Greek migrant’s story destined to echo in eternity


The documentary was filmed in a number of locations, including Oakland, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois. The filmmakers also visited a number of sites in Colorado, where the Ludlow Massacre took place. These included Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs It could have been a scene from Orthodox Easter anywhere in Greece: Relatives, friends and co-workers gathering ... Read More »

Four Chinese rights lawyers allege torture by police

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Lawyers were investigating detention centre in Jiansanjiang when they say they were seized and beaten Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room, his head covered in a black hood, and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air. “I got hoisted with my head ... Read More »

Torture victim says he will never trust humans again

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A hostage humiliated, degraded and tortured with a blow torch-heated fork pressed into his flesh while chained during a 24-hour ordeal in a suburban garage has spoken of never again trusting humans. The victim of what a Melbourne judge deemed protracted and virtual torture described how it ”kills me to know that humans are even capable of such activities”. The ... Read More »

Jihadists Seize ‘Brides’ From Syrian Schools


Jihadists are seizing girls from Syrian schools and colleges to serve as “brides”, claim activists. In the town of Raqqa, northern Syria, liberal rebels have been driven out, and fighters from the Islamist groups Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) hold sway. Many are foreign-born, and are promised brides by recruiters in return for fighting under the black flag ... Read More »

US human rights record chastised in UN report

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UN human rights committee raises concerns over torture, drone strikes, the death penalty and NSA data collection The UN committee also criticised Barack Obama for failing to keep his promise to close Guantánamo Bay. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images – Jump to comments The UN has delivered a withering verdict on the US’s human rights record, raising concerns on a series of ... Read More »

The Limits Of Political Common Sense


A new film that explores Hannah Arendt’s experience at the 1960 trial of top Nazi Adolf Eichmann should prompt us to revisit her work on the nature of evil, writes Janna Thompson In Margarethe von Trotta’s film, recently released in Australia, Hannah Arendt is portrayed as a philosopher who tells truths that no one wants to hear. The cost is ... Read More »

Changes to act would allow Scott Morrison to ‘play God’


Labor opposes ministerial power Shadow Citizenship Minister Michelle Rowland tells Fairfax that granting Immigration Minister Scott Morrison power to grant or withhold humanitarian visas is a retrograde step. Australian politics: full coverage The Pulse Live with Judith Ireland Changes to a core migration act, which critics argue could allow Scott Morrison to “play God” and decide the fate of asylum ... Read More »