Humanity

Manus Island asylum seekers to sue Australia over illegal detention

Refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus Island under Australia’s off-shore processing system will seek hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in compensation after Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court found they were illegally imprisoned. A lawyer representing the men on Manus Island has told SBS they will pursue the… Source: Manus Island asylum seekers to sue Australia over illegal detention | SBS News Read More »

Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe

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In 2015, on April 25, Kartok Lama was in her teashop in the upper Langtang Valley. Nestled against a monolithic boulder which formed its back wall, her teashop in the Himalayas was a natural resting point for trekkers hiking through the 4,000 metre high valley she calls home. She… Source: Nepal’s Hard Rock Cafe Read More »

Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability

This is the sort of thing that happens in Mel Brooks movies, but not–at least until now–in geopolitics: Turkey’s claim upon the support of Western Europe comes from its own propensity to collapse. If it does so, the Europeans fear, the refugee stream that inundated Europe during 2015 will acquire another zero. That is why West Germany is willing to humiliate itself in order to prop up the regime of Turkey… Source: Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability – Asia ... Read More »

George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech

‘Refugees are people like you and me,’ star says after presenting humanitarian Aurora Prize. Refugees are “people, like you and me”, Hollywood star George Clooney has said during a speech in Yerevan, Armenia… Source: George Clooney cites Irish Famine in refugee speech Read More »

Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there. The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the… Source: Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Read More »

Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan

If repatriation goes ahead, 27-year-old will be fifth Hazara to face forcible deportation back to Afghanistan after seeking asylum.. A Hazara man has said he is set to be deported to Afghanistan from an Australian immigration detention centre after a lawyer failed to lodge an appeal for his… Source: Hazara asylum seeker says he is being sent back to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty

As their economy stalls, more Russians are being pushed into poverty. Over 19 million were living below the poverty line last year, making less than $180 a month. In St. Petersburg, CBC’s Susan Ormiston and Corinne Seminoff met a group of social workers trying to feed and house the homeless. Source: Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty – World – CBC News Read More »

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective?

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Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? Robert Fisk @indyvoices In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. No autopsies for them… Source: ... Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind

Instead of being imprisoned and harassed, deserving detainees should be welcomed and granted asylum in Australia. His name is Behrouz Boochani. He was born in Ilam city in west Iran on July 23, 1983. He graduated from Tarbiat Madares University in Tehran with a masters degree in political… Source: Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani tells of the horrors of Manus Island: out of sight, out of mind Read More »

New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status. Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire slept through his alarm on the morning of his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. He was so late for the bus to Dublin he didn’t have… Source: New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’ Read More »

“The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help

Last month, the schools closed on a group of islands off Papua New Guinea’s coast. Climate change has claimed their crops, and large portions of the low lying atolls. A square meal is increasingly rare. “They closed because the children weren’t concentrating,” Pais Taehu tells New Matilda. “Instead of concentrating, they were falling asleep becauseMore… Source: “The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help – New Matilda Read More »

Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch

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The barbarous treatment of Iraq and Syria’s religious minorities should be called what it is. Our relationship with Turkey shouldn’t even come into it. Sawsan is a middle-aged Syrian woman from al-Hammidiya, which is just north of the Lebanese border. She describes how her nephew was crucified… Source: Why won’t the government recognise Isis atrocities as genocide? I have a hunch | Giles Fraser | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story

Aisha’s story of life in Australia amid a climate of Islamophobia and fear about terrorism. “It is vital that we have frank conversations about why terrorist groups are so alluring.” Source: Islamophobia & Anti Muslim Discrimination in Australia – Aisha’s Story Read More »

1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN

Their chances of reaching their 5th birthdays have been drastically reduced. One in eight babies was born into a conflict zone this year, putting them at heightened risk for fatal complications that would otherwise have been avoided under normal circumstances, UNICEF reported on Thursday… Source: 1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN Read More »

Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies

Right-wing party accused of abusing Islam to tap into fears arising from terrorist attacks.. Germany’s leading Muslim organisation has likened the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) to the Nazis for demanding a total ban on burkas, mosque minarets and… Source: Germany’s populist AfD steps up anti-Muslim policies Read More »