Global issues

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again


The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Human Rights Commission compels workers caring for asylum seeker children in detention centres

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Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs is using her powers to compel witnesses to appear at a hearing into children in immigration detention. Professor Triggs has been refused permission to visit Nauru to inspect conditions for asylum seekers and their children, but she has been to the centre at Christmas Island. To overcome the problem of not being allowed to ... Read More »

Ukraine crash highlights risks of standalone systems for Ankara

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Turkey’s intentions to build a Chinese long-range anti-missile system may pose security risks, analysts say, claiming the tragic shooting of a Malaysian jetliner by pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels reveal the dangers of a stanalone system that is not connected with central radar systems Military experts agree that the rebels in Ukraine who shot down a Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, may have made ... Read More »

Israel and Hamas trampling on humanitarian law in Gaza conflict

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A legal propaganda war surrounds the sickening violence of the real war in Gaza and Israel. Israel righteously says it is defending itself against Hamas’ rockets and tunnels. Hamas likewise claims it is defending Gaza from Israel’s crushing blockade, and Israel’s occupation and illegal settlements of the West Bank. Apologists for Israel and Hamas live in parallel moral universes. Looking ... Read More »

When It’s Cool To Have Nothing


Ditching your possessions is hip right now. The “tiny house” is popular enough that it has its own conference — the next one, in Portland, Ore., promises to be “the biggest Tiny House Conference yet.” An environmental science professor recently gained Internet fame (and some ridicule) for his decision to sell most of his belongings andlive in a Dumpster. And Joshua Fields ... Read More »

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is about inequality. The elite knows it

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What prominent tycoons really fear is a pro-democracy movement which will convert demands for increasing suffrage into robust demands for redistribution  Jump to comments Popular analyses of burgeoning political agitation around universal suffrage in Hong Kong often side-step an inconvenient reality – that the underlying story is not simply about relations with the mainland or concerns over its authoritarian ways, ... Read More »

Cabinet Reshuffle, Legal Aid Residence Test and DRIP – the Human Rights Roundup

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Welcome back to the UK Human Rights Roundup, your regular fracktastic frisson of human rights news and views. The full list of links can be found here. You can find previous roundups here. Links compiled by Adam Wagner, post by Celia Rooney. In recent weeks, the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle has sparked fears of human rights reform, while Parliament has come under fire ... Read More »