Civil Rights

Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land?

People who reflexively blame the wrong party for criminal acts are either misinformed or disingenuous. The sad truth is that in the Palestinian territories, Christians are forced to live like dhimmis — second-class citizens who survive largely by the… Source: Why Are Christians Leaving the Holy Land? Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. counterpart Barack Obama of going behind his back for criticizing Turkey’s press freedom record and linked it to efforts to “divide” Turkey, media reports said on Sunday… Source: Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom | Reuters Read More »

Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening

Two decades of praying, planning and building came to fruition Saturday as thousands from across the country and beyond gathered to celebrate the official opening of a $110 million facility in suburban Maryland designed to support and honor Turks and those of the Muslim faith living in the United States… Source: Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening – The Washington Post Read More »

Defending free speech on college campuses

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Free expression is not faring well on American college campuses these days. In some places, the problem is students taking grave offense at opinions that merit only minor umbrage or none at all. In others, it’s official speech codes that chill discussion. In still others, it’s administrators so intent on preventing sexual harassment that they avoid open discussion of gender-related matters… Source: Defending free speech on college campuses – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer

Azerbaijan has opened a criminal case against a prominent author who has been a target of a state-approved intimidation campaign after publishing a novel he says was intended to build bridges with arch-foe Armenia… Source: Azerbaijan opens probe against prominent writer – CAUCASUS Read More »

Aboriginal Justice Agency seeks High Court appeal to set safeguards around police powers

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The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) today sought permission from the High Court to appeal a Northern Territory decision concerning police powers of ‘protective custody’. NAAJA’s principal lawyer, Jonathon Hunyor, said that in the Northern Territory, the protective custody powers are used approximately 10,000 times each year, with over 90 percent of the people locked up being Aboriginal. “Locking drunk people up cannot simply become routine. Standards should be in place to ensure police turn their mind to other ... Read More »

History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right

The erosion of Safe Schools has echoes of a similar program undermined by religious conservatives 20 years ago, but the issue of LGBTI rights isn’t going away. Almost 20 years ago in 1997, a federal youth suicide prevention program aimed at gay and lesbian teenagers was scrapped after a backlash from the religious right… Source: History repeats: 20 years of political homophobia from the religious right | Brian Greig | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone

History shows hopes of Home Rule settlement were baseless John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a supporter of John Redmond and his policies rather than those of Pearse and his colleagues… Source: Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone Read More »

There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work

OPINION: Critics say opposition to racial profiling hampers police, and accuse activists of being politically correct. But as the evidence makes clear, the discriminatory practice in fact lowers the success rate of searches. On top of harming minority groups it also wastes time and resources, writes Tamar Hopkins. Victoria Police’s zero tolerance policy on racialMore… Source: There’s Nothing ‘PC’ About Objecting To Racial Profiling, It Just Doesn’t Work – New Matilda Read More »

Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres

Egypt’s increasing intolerance of dissent and diversity is often obscured by the regional challenges facing this country of 90 million people. But new attempts to curb foreign funding of non-government organisations (NGOs) and other human rights groups have again brought it into sharp international focus…. Source: Egypt’s human rights in the firing line amid crackdown on NGOs, cultural centres – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father

Victoria’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson has revealed that her father was a violent alcoholic, who beat her mother and siblings. Ms Richardson, who is also the state’s Minister for Women, returned to her birth country of Tanzania with her family for an ABC TV Australian Story program about her violent family history. The program was aired just a day before the… Source: Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father Read More »

Turkey violated right to a fair trial in anti-terror case, says ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled Turkey violated the right to legal assistance and the right to examine witnesses in a 2003 court ruling which sentenced an alleged member of a terror organization to 18 years and nine months of imprisonment… Source: Turkey violated right to a fair trial in anti-terror case, says ECHR – CRIME Read More »

The democratic case for splitting Queensland in two

As state governments do less and less, there ought to be more and more of them. The renewed push to split Queensland into two states should be just the beginning, writes Chris Berg. “Most persons think that a state in order to be happy ought to be large,” wrote Aristotle in his Politics, “but even… Source: The democratic case for splitting Queensland in two – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro system that killed 31 and wounded almost 300, the world reeled and commentary from global leaders, the media and various social analysts poured forth. On the one hand, you have those exacerbating the fear and uncertainty, while on the other, you have moments of extraordinary clarity, and reports of humanity and kindness…. Source: Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks | ... Read More »

Opponents petition Malaysian royalty to oust prime minister Najib Razak

An influential group of political rivals and activists plans to petition Malaysia’s Islamic royalty to remove scandal-plagued prime minister Najib Razak from office. The group comprising members from Malaysia’s ruling and opposition parties and civil society organisations says it will send the petition after obtaining one million signatures… Source: Opponents petition Malaysian royalty to oust prime minister Najib Razak Read More »

What the 1916 Easter Rising means for Ireland today

Al Jazeera spoke to Ireland’s president and other prominent society members on the occasion of Easter Rising centenary. Dublin, Ireland – This week Irish people mark the centenary of the Easter Rising with commemorations across the country lasting until April 24. The uprising against the British Empire, which took place in Dublin and other cities and towns in Ireland during… Source: What the 1916 Easter Rising means for Ireland today – Al Jazeera English Read More »