Humanity

Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations

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Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and thinktanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate… Michael Slezak The Guardian With the US-Australia refugee deal now in doubt, an unprecedented coalition of more than 70 organisations has joined forces to call for immigration camps… Close Manus and… Read More »

Why Middle Eastern nations support Trump’s immigration halt

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The US president’s measure has had precisely the result he intended, giving succour to those engaged in an existential war against jihadist elements Spengler Asia Times Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.” The much-criticized measure… Why Middle Eastern nations… Read More »

On refugees, Trump and Turnbull compete in a race to the bottom

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As the former Australian immigration minister said about Trump’s border plans: ‘Really, the rest of the world is catching up to… Oliver Laughland The Guardian The fallout between President Donald Trump and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, on the resettlement of refugees is not only an… On refugees, Trump… Read More »

The Australia government is playing Russian roulette with women’s lives

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The case of a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia on Nauru is sadly representative of a broader risk women face on the island Katie Robertson The Guardian While much focus this week has been on whether President Trump will honour the covert deal made by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Obama administration to accept some of the refugees held in Australia’s… The Australia government… Read More »

Lives turned upside down at the stroke of US President Donald Trump’s pen

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The absurdity of the perceived threat posed by refugees and immigrants from ‘banned’ countries is about politics not US security, writes Tania Karas. Tania Karas Irish Examiner Farah Marcolla’s life has been upended by the stroke of US President Donald Trump’s pen. The United States government… Lives turned upside… Read More »

Here’s how incredibly difficult it is for a refugee to get admitted to the US

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It’s unclear how Trump’s “extreme vetting” would change it. Zeeshan Aleem Vox President Trump on Saturday justified his executive order suspending the US’s refugee admissions program on national security grounds, calling for a more thorough form of “extreme vetting” to replace the current screening… Here’s how incredibly… Read More »

Israeli-Palestinian solidarity overcomes politics

Women take part in a rally, the closing event of the March of Hope, a 2-week-long event organised by Women Wage Peace, a non-political movement calling for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and women's participation in such a solution, outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner - RTX2PJSP

With cement walls and electric fences making a comeback, with the word “Muslims” becoming synonymous with terrorists, with racism enjoying a revival, the recommendation of the Talmud-era sage Hillel the Elder takes on new meaning: “In a place where there are no humans, one must strive to be human” (Pirkei Avit 2:5). Akiva Eldar Al Monitor It is harder, still, to be a decent human being — in Yiddish, a “mensch” — in a fraught relationship between occupiers and the occupied. Despite the abundance ... Read More »

#MyFreedomDay: Students stand up to slavery on March 14

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(CNN) – Right now, between 21 and 45 million people are trapped in slavery. At least 5.5 million of those are children. CNN Although slavery is outlawed in every country, criminals earn more than $150 Billion every year from enslaving people. But you can do… #MyFreedomDay: Students… Read More »

Australia cannot be complacent with ‘evil’ of xenophobia on the rise, says Tim Soutphommasane

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Australia cannot afford to be complacent in a growing climate of xenophobia around the world, according to the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. Caroline Winter ABC As the parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech continues this week, Dr Soutphommasane said Australia needed strong leadership to maintain cultural harmony. “What I’m hearing from… Australia cannot be… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

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(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »

No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

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It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a… By Greg Miller and Philip Rucker The Washington Post Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and… No ‘G’day, mate’… Read More »

Bangladesh plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to prevent ‘intermingling’

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Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from “intermingling” with Bangladeshi citizens. ABC The United Nations says around 69,000 people have fled the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine to Bangladesh since attacks that killed nine Myanmar border police on October 9. The attacks, believed to… Bangladesh plans to… Read More »

People with disabilities are not a diagnosis. They are human

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Underfunded services are not the only problem. Paddy Connolly Irish Examiner Worse is a culture that labels people as ‘severe’ or ‘profound’, or something similarly dehumanising, says Paddy Connolly. IN the aftermath of… People with disabilities… Read More »

Poland’s refugee challenge: Play ball or sit on the sidelines

epa05711310 Chairman of the Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during the press conference on the corridor in Sejm in Warsaw, Poland, 11 January 2017. The 34th Sejm session was planned to be opened on Wednesday, 11 January at noon in the plenary hall. Since 16 December 2016 the plenary hall is occupied by opposition parties members in protest against among others the ruling Law and Justice party voting in a non-standard way.  EPA/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT

Warsaw risks losing out if it’s not seen as a team player. Adam Traczyk Politico WARSAW — If Poland wants to play a major role on the European stage, it will have to make a U-turn on its approach to migration policy. Polish Minister of… Poland’s refugee challenge… Read More »

Australia will support Donald Trump on strong border protection policies: Julie Bishop

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Turnbull government will support Donald Trump’s “strong immigration and border protection policies”, as the leaders of Britain and Germany criticise an executive order banning entry to the… Tom McIlroy The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking in Los Angeles after events promoting Australian business and… Australia will support… Read More »

Turnbull news conference an exercise in avoidance and obfuscation

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There were several take-outs from Malcolm Turnbull’s rather odd Monday news conference, which followed his Sunday telephone conversation with Donald Trump. Michelle Grattan ABC First, Australians are still not to be given any detail about the agreement – forged under the Obama administration and now confirmed by Trump – that the US will take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island. Second, Turnbull appears to… Turnbull news conference… Read More »