Humanity

Merkel says faults made in refugee crisis

Germany and other European Union countries turned a blind eye to the refugee crisis building on its external borders for too long, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a German newspaper interview published on Aug. 31. Merkel, who has faced criticism in Germany for launching her policies of welcoming refugees a year ago, also told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that Germany and the EU will need patience and… Source: Merkel says faults made in refugee crisis – EUROPE Read More »

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour

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Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used for Aditya Chakrabortty I never expected to leave a food bank feeling optimistic. To visit a kitchen serving hundreds of free summer-holiday meals to kids who might otherwise… Source: Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into a New Epoch

The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a group of experts assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this week. After seven years of deliberation, members of an… Read More »

Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers

In the hands of school children the old adage, a picture can speak a thousand words, has been proven once more. Hundreds of students across Victoria have used art to express their views and show support for those seeking asylum in Australia. As part of an art competition, the Saint Vincent de… Source: Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers | SBS News Read More »

Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award

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Cartoonist Rights Network International says Mr Eaten Fish’s work pushes through secrecy surrounding detention centre Helen Davidson An Iranian man currently detained in the Manus Island detention centre has won an international cartooning award for courage… Source: Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania do more for asylum seekers

NEW Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania’s refugee intake increase during his time serving in the role. MATT MALONEY Senator McKim on Thursday was given the key party portfolio in a post-election reshuffle by leader Richard Di Natale who said he wanted to reinvigorate his team… Source: Up refugee intake: McKim | The Advocate  Read More »

I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen such high rates of trauma as on Nauru

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The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example. Anna Neistat The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example… Source: I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen ... Read More »

“Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant crisis

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called on attendees of the United Nation’s World Humanitarian day last week to rethink the refugee crisis. Lily Kuo “Nobody is ever just a refugee,” said the novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at the event in New York. “Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the… Source: “Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant ... Read More »

No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal

Eminent Australians have called for compromise from activists on the turnback of refugee boats. It’s never going to happen, writes Mark Goudkamp, Sadie Grant Butler and Nick Riemer. The scale of the response to the Guardian’s revelations of abuse on Nauru should reasonably spell the… Source: No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal – New Matilda Read More »

Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal

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Defence officials balked at letting Scottish army band perform at ‘blatantly political’ Aberdeen ceremony backing jailed leader Luke Harding A decision by Aberdeen’s Labour council to give Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city caused turmoil inside the Ministry of Defence because of a dance performance by the… Source: Nelson Mandela and the Gay Gordons put MoD in a spin, archives reveal | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health

Germán Velásquez is the Special Adviser for Health and Development of the South Centre. By Germán Velásquez In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the… Source: Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health | Inter Press Service Read More »

Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs has been appointed as the acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner for three months while a selection process is undertaken to replace former commissioner Mick Gooda. Indigenous advocate Gooda resigned to take up his appointment as one of two royal commissioners investigating child protection and… Source: Triggs to Act As Indigenous Social Justice Commissioner – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Australia, the sunny pariah

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An ongoing series of odious policy decisions is damaging Australia’s international reputation. Cameron Steer Australia’s actions have often fallen beneath its rhetoric, and white Australia has not atoned for its crimes against indigenous Australians. There are nonetheless many moments in Australia’s history in which Australians can take pride, and which bolstered Australia’s reputation as a good global citizen. The Fraser government resettled over… Read More… Read More »

Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath

Six people arrested after man, believed to be Romanian, fled house to raise alarm Thursday was an uneventful day at Cassidy’s Tyre Centre, at the side of the R162 in Castletown, near Nobber in Co Meath – until a middle-aged man made a run for the garage from a cottage over a kilometre away, clutching a piece of paper… Source: Distressed man leads to discovery of 23 ‘slaves’ in Meath Read More »

Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah

Dozens killed, thousands evacuated after second day of Syrian government air raids on Kurdish-controlled areas of city.. Syrian government jets have continued to pound Kurdish-controlled parts of the northeastern city of Hasakah for a second day, killing at least 22 residents and forcing thousands to flee… Source: Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

World Humanitarian Day: Some Things to Consider

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August let us reflect that while international respect for humanitarian principles have regressed in recent years, the impetus and momentum created by the UN’s World Humanitarian Summit offers an opportunity for progress. Let us grasp this opportunity before it is too late. The world is experiencing a series of compounded, prolonged and increasingly conflict-based humanitarian crises. In 2015, over 125 million people required daily emergency food, water and shelter for… Source: World Humanitarian ... Read More »