Humanity

Rohingya refugees ‘forcibly returned’ to Myanmar

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Rights group asks Bangladesh not to turn away refugees, and slams Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘unacceptable response’ to crisis. Al Jazeera Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned at least 90 Muslim Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, as thousands of civilians from the ethnic minority area, on the other side of the border, attempt to escape from continuing violence that has killed scores of people. At least 20 Rohingya were caught on Sunday and sent back after crossing the Naf river, ... Read More »

Democrats exploit GOP ethics woes in battle for the House

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Some longtime Republicans are dogged by ethical questions, and Democrats believe their seats are now within reach. ELENA SCHNEIDER and AUSTIN WRIGHT Politico Duncan Hunter’s Southern California district isn’t normally a serious target for Democrats. But a criminal investigation into allegations of campaign funds for personal use — including flying his pet rabbit across the country — isn’t exactly normal either. Hunter is one of a handful of House Republicans in ethical hot water that could put their typically safe seats at ... Read More »

Myanmar Tips into New Crisis after Rakhine State Attacks

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The Rohingya insurgent attacks that killed twelve Myanmar soldiers and officials and perhaps 77 of their own number is a serious escalation of a ten-month-old crisis. ICG They make implementation of this week’s recommendations to address Rohingya grievances from Kofi Annan’s Advisory Commission both harder and more urgent. In the early hours of 25 August, militants from Harakah al-Yaqin– a Rohingya insurgent group that now refers to itself in English as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) – mounted coordinated attacks ... Read More »

Ben Quilty: it’s time to acknowledge our colonial terrorism

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For the past few days I have listened to people I admire and people I don’t, talk about the challenge of facing up to our colonial past. Ben Quilty The Age One comment that struck me the hardest on radio was that “none of Australia’s first Europeans were as bad as their Confederate counterparts in the United States”. John Batman is widely known as the founder of Melbourne. He makes the American Confederates look friendly. As a bounty hunter in ... Read More »

Tamie Fraser to continue legacy of late husband and former Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser

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The ASRC is thrilled to announce that Tamie Fraser, widow of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, stands beside us as a Patron. Mr Fraser, who served as the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia between 1975 and 1983, was himself an active ASRC patron until his death in March 2015 (and he is still honoured as a Patron now). Mrs Fraser has long been an advocate for the rights of people seeking asylum, and a critic of offshore detention and other ... Read More »

Gillian Triggs labels Turnbull government ‘disgraceful’, accuses it of peddling ‘alternative facts’

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Gillian Triggs has unloaded on the Turnbull government, labelling its actions “disgraceful”, and accusing it of abusing executive power and manipulating the truth. Eryk Bagshaw The Age In her first public speech since stepping down as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission in July, Professor Triggs attacked Coalition government ministers for interfering with the judicial system and for destroying the integrity of Parliament by peddling “alternative… ” A culture of post-truth has allowed politicians and Parliament to reject evidence ... Read More »

Governments that pay people smugglers should face legal action, Indonesia’s UNHCR rep says

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) representative in Indonesia, Thomas Vargas, has warned people smugglers remain active in the region and said legal action should be taken against governments that make payments to smugglers. By Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC An Australian official is alleged to have given six crew members $US30,000 ($37,000) to turn a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers back to Indonesia in May 2015. In an interview with the ABC, Mr Vargas said any nation that ... Read More »

Garden designed to trigger memories in dementia sufferers opens in Port Macquarie

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The first dementia-friendly garden in Australia has opened in Port Macquarie, providing a sensory experience that also reduces anxiety. Carla Mascarenhas ABC A retirement haven, Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast has one of the highest rates of dementia in the country. The garden features a number of sensory components including a texture wall, water features, a gathering space, and a pick and sniff plant area. While dementia sufferers say the garden evokes all kinds of memories, their experience ... Read More »

Society Should ‘Filter’ Information Based on Moral Principles – Putin

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Society should by itself create a system of moral and ethical principles which would help filter information published by the media, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. Sputnik  BAKALSKA KOSA (Sputnik) – Speaking about censorship at the 2017 Tavrida International Educational Youth Forum in Crimea, Putin said that only publication of information prohibited by law must be restricted, while other things must be “filtered” by society… This can be done only one way, through filtration by the means of the creative community itself. It would be right if society ... Read More »

UNAMA Human Rights Report on Mass Killings in Mirza Olang

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KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released today the initial findings of its human rights fact-finding into the 3 to 5 August attack on Mirza Olang village in Sayyad district of Sari Pul… UNAMA verified allegations that Taliban and local self-proclaimed Islamic State / Daesh fighters killed at least 36 persons, including civilians and person hors de combat, during the attack on Mirza… At least half of the killings took place on Saturday 5 August when Anti-Government Elements ... Read More »

Malta ‘denies’ Defend Europe anti-migrant boat

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Aid groups applaud Maltese government, saying snub sends ‘a clear message against the politics of hate and extremism’. Al Jazeera Malta has said a vessel carrying anti-migrant and anti-refugee activists was “not welcome”, allegedly denying the boat from docking on its shore. Far-right members of the Defend Europe group, who were aboard the C-Star vessel, said they were denied port access and a request for water sent out to the vessel, according to a statement on the group’s Facebook page. ... Read More »

Grooming the globe: denying fairness, complexity and humanity

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“I know it makes you sick to think of that word fairness,” Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, told the Conservative Political Action Conference in March 2013. Julianne Schultz The Conversation But he went on to tell the heads of Washington’s most influential right-wing think-tanks, who were still shocked by Barack Obama’s continuing appeal, that Americans “universally believe it’s right to help the vulnerable”. He continued: If you want to win, start fighting for people! Lead with ... Read More »

‘It’s time to act’: Liberal MP calls for Australia to take refugees from Manus and Nauru

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Russell Broadbent says impassioned article by the Guardians David Marr has inspired him to call for refugees to be brought to mainland once US deal ends Katharine Murphy Political editor The Guardian The Victorian Liberal moderate Russell Broadbent has called for ”œgenuine refugees” in offshore detention to be settled permanently on the Australian mainland once the US resettlement deal has run its course. Broadbent signalled his intention to break ranks with government policy in a short speech to parliament just ... Read More »

Turks celebrate 1964 napalm bombing of Cyprus

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Cyprus is Turkish, after all. Turks can do whatever they want there. They can even celebrate dropping napalm on Greeks and slaughtering them. Uzay Bulut Arutz Sheva On August 8, Muslim Turkish Cypriots and illegal settlers from Turkey celebrated the 53rd anniversary of Turkey’s napalm bombing of Greek Cypriot civilians in the Turkish-occupied enclave of Kokkina in Cyprus. Mustafa Akıncı, the president of the..In August 1964, Turkish warplanes dropped napalm bombs on Kokkina in the Tillyria peninsula, hitting residential areas ... Read More »

Peter Dutton abandons detention centre secrecy rules amid High Court challenge

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Exclusive The Turnbull government has quietly abandoned strict secrecy provisions governing Australia’s immigration detention system, in a major victory for refugee advocates who challenged the laws in the High… Adam Gartrell The Age Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has put forward amendments to the 2015 Australian Border Force Act that will effectively strip out rules that threatened detention centre workers – including teachers, lawyers and social workers – with two years in prison if they spoke out about neglect or… The ... Read More »

Is The World’s Resources Not Enough for Everyone?

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Today, nearly 8 billion people live in the world. Each year, 4.5 billion tons of food is produced. Our world’s food production has enough capacity to easily feed humanity, even with an overproduction of 50%. In other words, enough food is produced every year to feed 10 billion people. HARUN YAHYA American Herald Tribune This statistic proves that famine is not the reason behind the wars of the world. No one is attacking or slaughtering others to survive; no one’s ... Read More »