Humanity

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

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SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

EU’s New Consensus on Development needs support

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With national discourse becoming increasingly insular, few politicians are brave enough to make the case for multilateralism on the domestic stage. Werner Hoyer Euractiv But the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater, argues Werner Hoyer. Werner Hoyer is… EU’s New Consensus… Read More »

Brexitland: Pessimism is toxic in Britain’s coastal towns. But decline isn’t inevitable

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As he continues his journey around leave-voting areas, Owen Jones finds that run-down high streets, low-paid jobs and a sense of loss plague South Thanet Owen Jones The Guardian If Britain’s coastal towns simmer with resentment, there’s little wonder: they’ve been the victims of protracted economic decline under successive governments. Like other coastal… Brexitland: Pessimism is… Read More »

Balkan migration route is ‘not closed’

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One year on from when the borders were sealed, refugees are still using South East Europe to enter the… By Andrea Dernbach | Der Tagesspiegel | translated by Sam Morgan EURACTIV But now the journey is more difficult, expensive and brutal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports. Despite the Balkan migration route having been officially closed for 12 months, Austrian Interior Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil and his Slovenian counterpart, Boštjan Šefic, have complained that it is still… Balkan migration route… Read More »

UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

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The number of Syrian children maimed, killed or recruited to fight increased dramatically over the past year. Al Jazeera News On a winter morning in January, Majed, 13, and his friend Omar, 11, were heading to a public park near their homes in eastern Aleppo to play and ride their bikes. It was only… UNICEF: 2016 was… Read More »

In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

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Six times in recent days, Marco Antonio Cabachuela, his wife, Irma, and their 3-year-old, Valerie, walked up to federal immigration officers at the Hidalgo, Texas, port of entry and asked for asylum. John Burnett npr And every night, they returned to an immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, where men and women sit listlessly in a shady courtyard. “They rejected it… In Their Search… Read More »

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming

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Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous… Lorenzo Tondo and Annie Kelly The Guardian Every night for almost three years, Nicoleta Bolos lay awake at night on a dirty mattress in an outhouse in Sicily’s Ragusa province, waiting for the sound of footsteps outside the… As the hours passed, she braced… Raped, beaten, exploited… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

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Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »

What is the absolute worst aspect of the Trump presidency? The institutionalization of dishonesty.

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Every minute President Trump is in office, more damage is done to the United States. Tom Toles The Washington Post We are supposed to be comforted by the institutional checks and balances. We are supposed to derive solace from the fact that there will be future elections. We are supposed… What is the… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

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GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

‘Crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar – UN rapporteur

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A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Jonah Fisher BBC News The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi… ‘Crimes against humanity’… Read More »

Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse

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When a man in the Turkish town of Cizre was told his sister had been killed, his family was invited to pick up her remains from the… BBC But all they received were three small pieces of charred flesh – and no information on how she… His February 2016 account is included in a new UN report on… Turkey-PKK conflict: UN… Read More »

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

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Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

Ani Choying Drolma: Nepal’s rock star nun

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(CNN) – Ani Choying Drolma was not stabbed as a teenager by her Tibetan sculptor father in one of his many fits of rage. Jenni Marsh CNN That, says Drolma, is an urban legend which has been amplified during the two decades in which she has been telling her incredible story to journalists around the world. Not that her… Ani Choying Drolma… Read More »

Rwanda Rugby: Sport helps heal wounds in ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’

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(CNN) – Kamanda Tharcisse’s voice is barely a whisper as he recalls the events of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Matt Majendie CNN An estimated one million people were killed during a 100-day period, among them Tharcisse’s father and two brothers. Aged 13, he… Rwanda Rugby: Sport… Read More »

Humanity’s problem with Germany

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Germany is behind the EU’s indecisiveness in an unpredictable economic and political crisis today. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah Germany’s direct and indirect intervention in Turkey’s political process nowadays is undoubtedly a result of the policy of indirect annexation it initiated in the early 1990s. The year 1989… Humanity’s problem with… Read More »