Humanity

Apple iPhone factory working conditions exposed in documentary

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A video documentary about Chinese factories that assemble Apple products has refocused public attention on labour issues like excessive work hours. The Sydney Morning Herald - Brian X. Chen The documentary, which was produced by the BBC and shown last week, involved a number of undercover reporters working in factories run by Pegatron, a supplier that assembles iPhones and iPads, among ... Read More »

Detainees: the injustice remains, the vigil goes on

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The Bladin and Wickham Point detention facilities are 35 kilometres south of Darwin. Every Sunday afternoon, 74-year-old Richard Davis conducts a lone vigil outside the centres. A tall, slim man, with a straggly white beard, he perches on a stool beside his white four-wheel drive. In front of him rests a knee-high placard, captioned: “Until we are all free, none ... Read More »

China grandfather defends petition to expel HIV-positive boy: report

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The grandfather of a Chinese HIV-positive boy has defended his support for a petition to banish him from their village, media reported Saturday, in a case that has sparked intense soul-searching in China. SBS Some 200 residents – including the eight-year-old’s own grandfather – signed a petition to expel him from their village in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, in a ... Read More »

Tony Abbott commits to free vote on euthanasia

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a dying man that he will allow Liberal Party members to vote with their conscience on a euthanasia bill being developed by a Greens senator. The Age – Kate Hagan Peter Short, 57, said receiving the commitment during a half-hour phone conversation with the Prime Minister on Friday was like reaching “the top of a ... Read More »

Stories of Armenian survivors of 1915 compiled in new book

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The stories of Armenians who survived the mass killings of the late Ottoman era have been gathered in a book titled “100 years… Real Stories.” Hurriyet The 47 stories inside the book – which were collected as part of the “Turk Who Saved Me” project supported by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and realized by the Armenia-based Armedia Agency ... Read More »

War’s many victims

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Atrocities, culture and religion Erasmus, Religion and public policy / Τhe Economist – BY B.C IF YOU know anything about the laws of conflict, you probably know that destroying or stealing the cultural and spiritual heritage of an enemy or an occupied land can be a war crime, especially if it’s done in a systematic way. That principle is laid out with ever-growing clarity in every modern document that aspires to ... Read More »

Child soldier recruitment soars in Central African Republic: Save the Children

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A new report by aid agency Save the Children estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) – a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago. ABC – Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy Recruitment there started when violence broke out in 2012 between majority Christian and Muslim ... Read More »

International Migrants Day

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“On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants.” UN Ban Ki-moon Message for International Migrants Day, 18 December 2014 On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world,proclaimed 18 December as International ... Read More »

New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II

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When Japanese soldiers did it to GIs, the United States prosecuted them for war crimes. Mother Jones – Luke Whelan * Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States ... Read More »