Humanity

A guide to humanity’s greatest challenges

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Over the next month, BBC Future Now will explore the biggest issues of our age – informed by a panel of 50 experts. Douglas Heaven BBC News What’s the biggest challenge facing the world today? In many ways… A guide to… Read More »

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope

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In all the attention rightfully given to the new US administration and Brexit, one could be forgiven for forgetting that other difficult political situations exist around the world. Susan Harris Rimmer The Conversation But they do exist, and in the uncertainty that surrounds global governance in 2017, this risk of human suffering is great. One London School of Economics… War, conflict, economic… Read More »

‘I spent the night at my Muslim friends”: Christians flee Islamic State in Sinai

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Ismailia, Egypt: Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them… Omar Medhat and Laura King WAtoday Los Angeles Times For a fourth day on Sunday, Coptic Christians – one of Egypt’s most vulnerable minorities – sought safe haven after a series of sectarian killings in and… ‘I spent the… Read More »

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

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Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. Mary Anne Kenny The Conversation In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people… Explainer: how Australia… Read More »

True friendship prevails

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The students of Ayios Georgios Lyceum in Lakatamia, Nicosia will take on the challenge of performing the play Across the Barricades for the first time in Cyprus at the Cultural Centre indoor amphitheatre of the… MARIA GREGORIOU CyprusMail This is not only the first time that the play will be presented on the… The play, based on the… True friendship… Read More »

After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

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In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country: “INFORMATION WANTED By a mother concerning her children. Ari Shapiro npr “Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, who now resides in Marysville, California was formerly owned to-gether with her children, vis: Lydia, William, Allen, and Parker, by one John Petty, who lived about six miles from the town of Woodbury… After Slavery, Searching… Read More »

Populists blame migrants – but hateful discourse starts at the top

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An Amnesty report about toxic language in politics warns of its dehumanising effect. Suzanne Moore The Guardian It is rightwing leaders who have fomented this People just ain’t… Populists blame migrants… Read More »

UNICEF warns that 1.4 million children could die from famine in four countries

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Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children’s agency has warned. Deutsche Welle Famine has been declared in South Sudan. UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency, said on Monday that in… UNICEF warns that… Read More »

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

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Majority of Canadians praise the government’s resettlement efforts, but 41% want intake to… Peter Zimonjic CBC News  A “significant segment” of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel… Those are just two of the… 1 in 4… Read More »

Tearful Nazeem talks ISIS, Sydney Siege and Pauline Hanson

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COMEDIAN Nazeem Hussain shows a different side of himself in tonight’s episode of I’m A Celeb, breaking down in tears as he opens up about life as a… Nick Bond   news.com.au Enlisted by Steve Price to speak to the campmates about himself for the broadcaster’s “Jungle Radio” segment, Hussain reflects on the… “One of the things that… Tearful Nazeem talks… Read More »

Famine declared in South Sudan

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‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the… Ben Quinn The Guardian Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000… A further 1 million people were classified as being on the… Famine declared in… Read More »

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

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‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation

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LONDON — Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their… SEWELL CHAN  The New York Times During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by… ‘Last Night in… Read More »

Hello, again, Dolly

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Twenty years ago the world met the first adult clone, a sheep called Dolly. Her legacy lives on.. The Economist IN THE summer of 1996 Karen Mycock, a cell biologist, was attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands. Returning to her hotel to change her hat, she found a fax pushed under her door.. It said: “She’s been born and… Hello, again, Dolly… Read More »

Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more refugees

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators march following mayor’s call to challenge the government over its failure to accept country’s quota of.. Agence France-Presse The Guardian Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of.. Protesters in Barcelona… Read More »

Opinion: Aid workers are not a target, and never should be

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On February 8, six Red Cross workers were killed when their convoy came under fire in Afghanistan. Andrea Lunt SBS When humanitarians are a target, it’s the locals – in desperate need of help – that suffer, writes, Andrea Lunt. Last Thursday, I… Opinion: Aid workers… Read More »