Humanity

Explainer: the evidence for the Tasmanian genocide

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At a public meeting in Hobart in the late 1830s, Solicitor-General Alfred Stephen, later Chief Justice of New South Wales, shared with the assembled crowd his solution for dealing with “the Aboriginal problem”. Kristyn Harman The Conversation If the colony could not protect its convict servants from Aboriginal attack “without extermination”, said Stephen, “then I say boldly and broadly exterminate!” Voluminous written and archaeological records and oral histories provide irrefutable proof that colonial wars were fought on Australian soil between ... Read More »

Freedom House reduces Turkey’s status to ‘not free’ in annual report

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U.S.-based non-governmental organization Freedom House has reduced Turkey’s status from “partly free” to “not free” in its latest annual report. Hurriyet The “Freedom in the World” 2018 report, published on Jan. 16, ruled that Turkey’s “political rights rating” had declined from 4 to 5 and its “civil liberties rating” had declined from 5 to 6. Specifically referring to the “deeply flawed” April 2017 referendum on shifting to an executive presidential system, the report also blasted the mass dismissals of state ... Read More »

‘Every day I am crushed’: the stateless man held without trial by Australia for eight years

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A UN body says Said Imasi should be released and compensated. But he still faces a potentially limitless detention Ben Doherty The Guardian Said Imasi is a man without a past: a man, it seems, without a future. He doesn’t know where he was born, or when. He has few documents to demonstrate who he is or where he comes from. He believes, but cannot prove, he was born in Spain’s Canary Islands, to a mother from Western Sahara – ... Read More »

African states demand Trump apologise for racist remark

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The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has demanded an apology from Donald Trump, after the US president reportedly aimed a racist remark at some Caribbean nations and Africa. AlJazeera Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group “shithole countries” at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to US media. “The African Union mission to the UN is extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist ... Read More »

Deadly ‘long-lost disease’ diphtheria rages through Rohingya camps

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In a makeshift bamboo clinic, small children struggle to draw breath through surgical masks, victims of a forgotten but deadly disease that has torn through the teeming Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. UKHIA, Bangladesh Hurriyet Diphtheria had been all but eradicated in Bangladesh until last year, when more than 650,000 Rohingya poured across the border fleeing a bloody military crackdown in neighboring Myanmar. Packed into an area meant for a much smaller number of refugees and with little sanitation or ... Read More »

Meet the theologian who helped MLK see the value of nonviolence

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After this last tumultuous year of political rancor and racial animus, many people could well be asking what can sustain them over the next coming days: How do they make the space for self-care alongside a constant call to activism? Paul Harvey The Conversation Or, how do they turn off their phones, when there are more calls to be made and focus instead on inward cultivation? As a historian of American race and religion, I have studied how figures in ... Read More »

Trump calls Haiti a ‘shithole’as Haitians remember anniversary of devastating earthquake that killed thousands

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On the day Haitians everywhere remembered the thousands of lives lost and the devastation caused by the earthquake eight years ago, President Donald Trump delivered another blow to the country, reportedly calling it a “shithole.” Beatrice Dupuy Newsweek The remark, the latest disparaging comment from the president about Haiti, did not fall on deaf ears. Haitians and Haitian Americans were once again outraged by the president who had reportedly once said Haitians “all have AIDS.” Haitian government officials Friday said the president’s comments reflected ... Read More »

Cypriot veterans win right to claim damages over UK torture claims

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Government’s arguments against claim rejected, paving way for ex-guerrillas to sue for alleged abuse during independence fight Helena Smith The Guardian A high court judge has opened the way for 34 Greek Cypriots to seek damages from Britain, following claims of torture and human rights abuses at the hands of colonial forces during the island’s struggle for independence in the 1950s. Passing judgment at the Royal Courts of Justice, Mr Justice Kerr dismissed the British government’s argument that Cypriot law applied in ... Read More »

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio: Do Not Tear Salvatorian Families Apart

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UPDATED | This week, the federal Department of Homeland Security announced it was ending a humanitarian program called Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador. Bill De Blasio Newsweek TPS has provided these men, women and children the ability to live and work legally in the United States since 2001, when a series of earthquakes destabilized their homeland. This is not American. This is not what conforms to our longstanding values and our beliefs. We should not accept it, ... Read More »

Global warming will expose millions more to floods

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Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers have said. MIAMI – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years. Unless actions are taken – such as enhancing dykes, boosting building standards, relocating settlements and ... Read More »

Down the Aisles, a Secret Shelter for the Homeless

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Between the racks of canned beans and rolls of toilet paper in a bodega in Borough Park, Brooklyn, a staircase hides beside the shelves. Written by SARAH MASLIN NIR; Photographs by VICTOR J. BLUE The New York Times It leads to a cavern where, for the past 14 years, the bodega owner has quietly housed scores of homeless men, some with violent pasts and mental illness. He takes them in, from local park benches and street corners, unable to bear the idea ... Read More »

‘Proven to work’: scheme tackling alcoholism helps keep young offenders out of jail

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At one time Domac Gile-Lul was drinking four litres of wine a day Experts say the program that rescued him saves lives Charlotte Grieve The Guardian “I’ve been very stressed. I’m very relieved that it’s all over. I know it was my fault.” Domac Gile-Lul was told he will not be going to jail and his debt of more than $7,300 in infringement notices has been wiped. It was his fifth driving offence, this time driving without a licence. “You’ve ... Read More »

‘Not the way they wanted to die’: Final wishes of thousands of Australians going unmet

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The desire of thousands of gravely ill Australians to die without pain and surrounded by family is going unmet because palliative care services fall badly short, the national peak body has warned. Nicole Hasham Brisbane Times Just one palliative medicine specialist is available for every 704 deaths each year, according to Palliative Care Australia. It has called on the Turnbull government to make palliative care a national health priority, appoint a ‘national palliative care commissioner’ and ensure health workers can ... Read More »

Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis: A Tale of 3 Myths

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The refugee problem is universal and growing; it needs to be addressed clearly. Arie Kruglanski The National Interest According to UN sources, we are witnessing these days the largest refugee crisis since World War II, as approximately 65 million refugees roam the planet in search of a safe haven and a respite from bedlam. Their massive relocation sends tremors across continents fomenting a “refugee crisis,” and fueling the politics of fear across the globe. I recently returned from a visit to Uganda where I ... Read More »

Mystic Mantra: Swami Rama Tirtha and his secret law

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Talking on the phenomenon of happiness and contentment, Osho introduced a certain law that only some mystics have known. Swami Chaitanya Keerti The Asian Age Swami Rama Tirtha was a mystic saint of India who travelled to the US, preceded by Swami Vivekananda, during the last century. He was a great teacher of practical vedanta who used to call himself Baadshah Ram, Emperor Ram, even though he had renounced his family and all worldly belongings. It is reported that somebody ... Read More »

Somaliland passes first law against rape

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For the first time in its history, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape. BBC In the past, a victim’s family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed. Rapists now stand to face at least 30 years in prison. Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognised as a country. There is still no law against rape in Somalia. Somaliland’s speaker of parliament, Bashe Mohamed Farah, told ... Read More »