Compassion

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

COPENHAGEN — Lise Ramslog was out for a barefoot amble on the warm day last September that Europe’s refugee crisis came to her remote village in southern Denmark. The 70-year-old grandmother had planned a simple stroll. What she found in her quiet, coastal community were hundreds of… Source: Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees – The Washington Post Read More »

Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows

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Exclusive: A ReachTel poll of Victorian seat of Indi, New England in NSW and voters in South Australia finds just 26% support policy of sending all boat arrivals to offshore detention. The majority of voters in key marginal electorates want the federal government to take a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by… Source: Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Show some compassion, refugee protesters say

Public opinion about Australia’s offshore detention policy is shifting, advocates say, as thousands of people attend large rallies around the country in support of asylum seekers. Daniel Webb, of the Human Rights Law Centre, says doctors refusing to discharge baby Asha from the Lady Cilento hospital in Brisbane is just one example of the changing attitude… Source: Show some compassion, refugee protesters say Read More »

Church Groups, Campaigners Train To Protect Asylum Seekers Looking For Sanctuary

In the peaceful heart of Mary MacKillop Place, near where the tomb of Australia’s first saint rests, people — including nuns — gathered on Sunday to learn the principles of non-violent resista… Source: Church Groups, Campaigners Train To Protect Asylum Seekers Looking For Sanctuary Read More »

Refugee crisis: how Greeks opened their hearts to strangers

Despite six years of economic hardship, ordinary people have shown astonishing generosity in helping the 42,000 migrants stranded in their country. Compassion, kindness, generosity of spirit: all three apply to Panayiota Drougas and her husband, Dimitris, as they pace the platform of the train station at Idomeni… Source: Refugee crisis: how Greeks opened their hearts to strangers | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Empathy for refugees lasted no longer than a like or retweet

Sub-contracting responsibility for refugees to Ankara sees refugees as a threat to be kept out, not human beings in need of shelter. September 2015, we were told that publishing the image of the drowned body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was a turning point, spurring empathy for the plight of refugees… Source: Breda O’Brien: Empathy for refugees lasted no longer than a like or retweet Read More »

LNP only pretends to be compassionate

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On 3 February 2016, the case of Plaintiff M68 was decided in the government’s favour. So here was the great moral challenge: should women, children and Australian-born infants be sent to Nauru where, on all the evidence, the conditions constitute child abuse. PM Malcolm Turnbull responded with fine rhetoric. In a doorstop interview on 8 February he said: “All of us are anxious, are anguished at the plight of children in detention. … The one thing we know we must ... Read More »

If we can’t be emotional about the plight of desperate people, what have we become?

We are often told not get emotional about the issue of asylum seekers. But is emotion an obstacle to clear thinking about serious ethical and political issues? Source: If we can’t be emotional about the plight of desperate people, what have we become? | Michael Jensen | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Cricket-mad Sister Brigid Arthur goes into bat for refugee rights

Feisty Sister Brigid Arthur, 81, is at the forefront of Christian social action. Being a cricket fan, Sister Brigid Arthur was killing time by listening to Test match commentary on her car radio while she waited for friends to return to their North Melbourne home. It was March 2001, a few months before the watershed Tampa crisis and children-overboard scandal altered the course of the 2001 federal election campaign and Australia’s political… Source: Cricket-mad Sister Brigid Arthur goes into bat ... Read More »

This is Manus Island. My prison. My torture. My humiliation

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Iranian Kurdish journalist Behrouz Bouchani writes from Manus Island, where he has been held for 28 months, experiencing ‘profound and annihilating mental torture’ Twenty-eight months ago, with a shattered body which was ravenously hungry and deeply wounded, with bare feet and exhausted soul, I made the trip to the soil of… Source: This is Manus Island. My prison. My torture. My humiliation | Behrouz Bouchani | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Refugees are just like you and me

When you think about Australia sending asylum seekers to Nauru, it’s very easy to get swept up in the politics, fear and mud-slinging… Source: Refugees are just like you and me | Australian Women’s Weekly Read More »

Dan Andrews: It wasn’t a political stunt, it was a moment of clarity

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Remove politics from kids being returned to Nauru and the answer becomes clear. The Age – Dan Andrews * A week ago, my wife Cath and I were at home celebrating our son Joseph’s ninth birthday. Another year of comfort and safety had passed him by, and another such year awaited him. Joe was no doubt focused on his birthday cake, but my mind was elsewhere. Sitting on the kitchen bench was a newspaper filled with stories of a hundred ... Read More »

A container of love from the City of Angels

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Two containers of wheelchairs worth some €250,000 were gifted to Cyprus patients by the American humanitarian organisation “Global Hope in Action” via Cypriot charity EV-ZO. Cyprus Weekly The gesture will be commemorated with an event honouring the US-based GHA at Theatro Skala in Larnaca, February 11. The story, featured in Phileleftheros on Wednesday, began a few years ago with the establishment of EV-ZO, a volunteer organisation supporting adult patients with neurological disorders, by Despo Mavromichali-Neokleous. The organisation collects plastic caps ... Read More »

Child protection workers urged to consider adoption in forums across NSW

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NSW government aims to boost adoption numbers National adoption rates to an all-time low Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard​ is challenging the state’s “anti-adoption sentiment”, encouraging child protection caseworkers to give greater priority to adoption. The Sydney Morning Herald – Social Affairs Reporter ””” It’s about providing children with a family for life as opposed to carers until they turn 18. Lisa Vihtonen ””” A series of forums around NSW directed at caseworkers will emphasise the benefits of adoption ... Read More »

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets

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Food banks and other charities welcome law making large shops donate unsold food and stop spoiling items to deter foragers The Guardian – Angelique Chrisafis in Paris France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before ... Read More »