Immigration won’t reveal Ebola refugee ban advice because of ‘national security’

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Assistant minister says Senate order to table reasons for west-African refugee visa suspension has been refused to ‘limit risk’ Jump to comments The government has refused an order by the Senate to reveal the reasons behind its ban on accepting refugees from Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, saying to disclose its advice would risk national security. On Monday the ... Read More »

The UK is now turning its back on migrants dying at sea – have we learned nothing from Australia?

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The end of British support for search and rescue operations in the southern Mediterranean is appalling. Yet again, the British Conservatives have filched policy from their former colony Jump to comments And so, another wealthy, developed nation – this time, the United Kingdom – has decided to turn its back on people dying at sea. Sneaked out quietly in a ... Read More »

The Pistorius Trial Is a Parable About Celebrity, Not South Africa


ven as the world’s media began to converge on Pretoria’s High Court for the final act in the Oscar Pistorius drama, officials of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority were considering their options in a hauntingly similar case. Pistorius, as we know, was charged with murder after discharging four bullets into a locked toilet cubicle. He believed an intruder was lurking ... Read More »

North Korea executes members of Workers’ Party for watching South Korean soap operas

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Allies of Kim Jong-un’s ousted uncle among the victims of firing squads, some for watching South Korean television As many as 50 senior members of the North Korean government and military have been publicly executed so far this year, according to South Korea’s intelligence agency. The victims of the purges – which the National Intelligence Service believes are continuing – ... Read More »

Mapping the European Union’s Massive Crackdown on Immigrants


This month saw the largest single-operation crackdown on undocumented immigrants in European Union history. Dubbed “Mos Maiorum” (a Latin phrase referring to the “ancestral custom” of the Roman Empire), the initiative, which ran from October 13 to October 26, saw EU member states join forces to clamp down on illegal immigration and the organized criminal syndicates that facilitate it. Operations ... Read More »

Arts Education Transforms Societies

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Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans’ President Kevin Bailey credits the brand’s creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken. At her promotion and swearing-in ceremony a ... Read More »

Open letter: Living in the hell called Nauru

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I am writing as a mother in Nauru house of detention. After 10 months of being detained on Christmas Island, my three-member family was brought here: myself and my husband and my son who is not yet three. As I knew we were going to be forcefully taken to Nauru, I felt sadness and spent all the night crying in ... Read More »