Humanity

Germany to review over 500 asylum applications over security risk

Migrants wait for a first registration at the registration point for asylum seekers in Erding near Munich, southern Germany, on November 15, 2016. 
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Authorities have lost track of three people who may post a threat, MP said. Cynthia Kroet Politico Authorities are investigating 547 asylum seekers who may pose a security threat to Germany, according to the country’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, Reuters reported Thursday. De Maizière told parliament… Germany to review over… Read More »

Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years

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(CNN) – The Dalai Lama has some advice for anyone who is looking for happiness, no matter what their circumstances. Jen Christensen CNN The Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people in exile, spoke about the incoming administration in an interview with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The “president, of course, (is a) very… Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in… Read More »

In light of dangerous inequality, it’s time for “dangerous unselfishness”

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Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, his words ring more clearly than… Minor Sinclair is the director of Oxfam’s US program Oxfam The year my (white) family moved to Auburn, Alabama was the year that the school system was desegregated. It was 1971. I entered the… In light of... Read More »

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an… Pan Pylas Associated Press Presenting its findings on… Stark inequality: Oxfam… Read More »

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

Germany comes to terms with its forgotten Namibian death camps

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Decades before the Nazis, thousands of men, women and children were exterminated on the direct orders of the leadership in Berlin David Olusoga The Guardian One morning last summer, I was ushered into a little office in the BotswanaNational Archives. I’d asked the archivists to… Germany comes to terms with… Read More »

Rodrigo Duterte approves free contraception in mostly Catholic Philippines for millions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other… The Washington Post The Canberra Times The executive order implements a landmark legislation signed by Mr… Rodrigo Duterte approves… Read More »

I swam for my life, I swam in the Olympics, and now I want dignity for all refugees

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My name is… Yusra Mardini World Economic Forum  Yes, I’m the girl who swam for her life, then swam at the… But I guess you’ve heard that… It’s about my other name, my other… You see, my name is… At least, that’s what they call… I swam for… Read More »

Manus Island refugee who had breakdown found ‘hungry and homeless’

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Behaviour of Hamed, who has been released from Lorengau prison following an acute mental health episode, described as erratic and bizarre Ben Doherty The Guardian A refugee jailed following an acute mental breakdown in the Manus Island detention centre has been released from prison, only for… Manus Island refugee who… Read More »

Is Humanism Really Humane?

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This is the tenth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on the question of violence. Natasha Lennard and Cary Wolfe The New York Times This conversation is with Cary Wolfe, who is the director of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University and the founding editor of the Posthumanities book series at the University of Minnesota Press. Natasha Lennard: “Posthumanism”… Is Humanism Really… Read More »

When the mind doesn’t fit the body and your daughter becomes a son

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Kirsty Donohue’s eldest child told her he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. She tells Claire O’Sullivan about the journey her family has been on since that day. By Claire O’Sullivan Ιrish Examiner Reporter For some time, Kirsty Donohue’s eldest had a sketch hanging up on the wall. Kirsty didn’t take… Kirsty Donohue’s eldest… Read More »

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

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Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis in UK hospitals

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Charity calls on government to make more funds available as it helps NHS cope with increased demand for health services. Al Jazeera The Red Cross has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” in the British National Health Service (NHS) as it struggles to cope with overcrowding and… Red Cross warns… Read More »

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

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NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Humanity may self-destruct, but the universe can cope perfectly without us

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Chances are that the cosmos neither treasures nor regrets humans. Lionel Shriver The Guardian It permits us, with marvellous neutrality, and could do without our interference. In a Scandinavian hotel a… Humanity may self… Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »