Humanity

Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S

Today, yet again, a Parliamentary committee will hear how commercial landlords are failing asylum seeker tenants. And then what? JOHN GRAYSON A few days ago I was chatting with Jean, the mother of three small children, in the back yard of her Sheffield home. Jean pointed to rat poison boxes, the… Source: Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S | openDemocracy Read More »

Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse

After the Greek economic crisis struck in 2010, public sector funding was aggressively slashed and unemployment reached 30%. A new study suggests that—to cope with the stress—Greeks may have been turning to both legal and illegal drugs, Chemical and Engineering News reports. Researchers analyzed wastewater in Athens between 2010 and… Source: Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse | Science | AAAS Read More »

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

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Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

The tragedy of Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist on Manus Island

His cartoons will some day he recognised as important, world-class chronicles of the worst human behaviour since the World War II concentration camps. Thus spoke Robert Russell, executive director of Cartoonists Rights Network International, after awarding the 2016 international award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. The cartoons Russell is referring to are the work of a 25-year-old Iranian… Source: The tragedy of Eaten Fish, the award-winning cartoonist on Manus Island Read More »

Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees claims that its mission ishumanitarian, apolitical, and dedicated to non-violence. Yet UNRWA’s critics claim otherwise, citing evidence of resistance to resettling refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, a conflict which resulted in an unprecedented legal claim to the… Source: Uncovering the Truth about a West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camp :: Middle East Forum Read More »

Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants

The story of the week: in fact the story of the summer, has been the displacement of people from war-torn and impoverished parts of the Middle East and Africa to Europe. It’s been described as the biggest refugee crisis since World War 2. Britain has a long tradition of helping people fleeing their… Source: Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants | The Shakespeare blog Read More »

Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’

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Hauliers, farmers and business owners lift blockade on Channel Tunnel and ferry terminal after French government says ‘Jungle’ camp will be dismantled Kim Willsher in Calais French demonstrators blocked access to the Channel Tunnel and the Calais ferry terminal on Monday, causing severe transport disruption, to protest at the… Source: Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’

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Independent MP says ‘only conclusion’ is that the government doesn’t want truth about detention regime to come out Ben Doherty Nauru’s secrecy over the Australian-run immigration detention centre on its island continues to deepen, with the independent parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie denied a… Source: MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon

Two years ago, the Cameroonian government declared war on Boko Haram. Despite some progress, the group’s violent impact is still seen and felt deeply in the remote north of the country… Source: In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon | International Crisis Group Read More »

Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty

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Melbourne woman Jasmine Pilbrow found guilty of interfering with an airline crew member for refusing to sit down during protest over the deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker A Melbourne university student who protested against the deportation of an asylum seeker on an interstate flight has been found guilty of interfering with an… Source: Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

We all have bloody hands

Every Christian who is prepared to give an account of his or her faith – and the Apostle Peter tells us this should be all of us – has heard the charge that religion is behind most wars and that it promotes violence. BARNEY ZWARTZ  Both accusers and defenders often get this fatally wrong. The former tend to exaggerate and conflate all sorts of complex political and… Source: We all have bloody hands | Eternity News Read More »

The complicated ways that money messes with your morals

A string of studies appeared to show that rich people are more tight-fisted and less trustworthy – but what’s the truth in the claims? Claudia Hammond investigates. By Claudia Hammond At some time or another you’ve probably found yourself in a bar where the richest person present seems to be the slowest to reach for their wallet when it’s time to buy a round. You might wonder whether they were always this mean, and… Source: BBC – Future – The ... Read More »

Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report

An audit of health care services in Australia’s onshore detention centres reveals the Government asked operators to reduce the costs of treating asylum seekers. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reportexamined the delivery of health care services in immigration detention… Source: Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru

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‘I would consider it a privilege to live out my final years in either Nauru or Manus Island in his or her stead,’ Jim Macken says Ben Doherty An 88-year-old retired judge has offered to swap places with a refugee held in offshore detention, volunteering to live the rest of his life on Manus or Nauru in… Source: Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

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 »