Humanity

What makes a life? It’s more than just breathing

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When all the things that we live for are denied us, never to return, we should be able to be assisted to depart. The Age - Julie Landvogt “Dying with dignity” … the idea should be reframed. What about “living with dignity”, and when that is no longer possible, it’s time to make an end. My mother is a Holocaust survivor; ... Read More »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

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“Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary.” –Martin Luther King Jr. The Huffington Post – Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these ... Read More »

Myanmar’s Kokang refugees caught between army, aged warlord and a pipeline to China

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Nansan, China: When news of the military’s rapid advance filtered through to the sugarcane plantations in the remote reaches of northern Myanmar, Ying Onn and her family made the decision to run. Brisbane Times – Philip Wen, China correspondent for Fairfax Media Gathering a few blankets and clothes, they joined a crowd of thousands fleeing by car, motorcycle and foot, all heading ... Read More »

Burnside calls for Clooney’s support to make politicians face ICC

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Prominent barrister Julian Burnside QC (pictured) is looking to international lawyers to back his appeal for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Prime Minister Tony Abbott and minister for social services Scott Morrison. Lawyers Weekly – Felicity Nelson Mr Burnside told Lawyers Weekly it was his personal view that Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison, as well as politicians responsible for ... Read More »

Highest number of asylum applications submitted from Pakistan in 2014: report

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GENEVA: Over 26,000 applications were submitted for asylum from Pakistan in 2014, the highest-ever number of such applications on record from the country, making it the sixth largest source of asylum seekers. The Express Tribune – By Ismail Sheikh / Reuters According to a report published by the UNHCR titled “Asylum Trends 2014”, as many as 26,300 applications were submitted by asylum ... Read More »

Turkey, Armenia and beyond

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In 2003-04, the late Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink wrote a series of articles on the psychology of the Armenian diaspora. Hurriyet – William Armstrong – william.armstrong@hdn.com.tr The series, titled “On Armenian Identity,” caused a stir by suggesting that diaspora Armenians were blinded by such hatred that it had become like “poison in their blood.” Rather than waiting for Turkey to change, ... Read More »

Pope Francis Warns Large Hadron Collider Could ‘Open Gates Of Hell’ 

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Pope Francis pleaded the scientific community to halt operations on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this morning in an official Vatican release as scientists at the Large Hadron Collider next week are hoping to experiment with a possible connection with a parallel universe outside of our own. WorldNewsDaily - by Bob Flanagan The Pope’s criticism comes days after scientists at the CERN ... Read More »

Aboriginal legal services call on Federal Government to reverse funding cuts

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Aboriginal legal services that help some of Australia’s most vulnerable people – including a huge number of family violence clients – are facing deep cuts in this year’s federal budget. The Age – Miki Perkins and Jane Lee The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is bracing for a $500,000-plus funding cut as part of wide-ranging, national cost cutting to indigenous legal assistance ... Read More »