Humanity

Modern myths about cancer – from ‘chemicals’ in food to wifi

The idea that lifestyle changes have made the disease more common is a gross exaggeration – but increasingly prevalent. We separate fact from fiction Naomi Elster The Guardian Cancer is not up there with the most likely explanations for what caused the mass extinction 66m years ago of the T rex and the triceratops. That said, at least one species of dinosaur suffered from blood-vessel tumours – and a 1.7m-year-old toe with bone cancerwas discovered in 2016 at a South African world heritage site. Cancer ... Read More »

Nauru hunger strike: Border Force abandons multiple attempts to move child to Australia

Australian Border Force refuses to allow boy, who has refused food for 19 days, to travel with stepfather Ben Doherty The Guardian Efforts to move a 12-year-old refugee boy on hunger strike on Nauru to a hospital in Australia failed at the weekend, after the Australian Border Force refused to allow his stepfather to travel with him. The 12-year-old boy weighs just 36kg and cannot stand up, after more than two weeks refusing food. He is at risk of death within days, ... Read More »

Who owns the moon? A space lawyer answers

Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the first U.S. flag planted on the Moon. Frans von der Dunk The Conversation For those who knew their world history, it also rang some alarm bells. Only less than a century ago, back on Earth, planting a national flag in another part of the world still amounted to claiming that territory for the fatherland. Did the Stars and Stripes on the moon ... Read More »

Rohingya refugees remain a heavy burden on Bangladesh

The Rohingya people of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. The Myanmar government doesn’t consider them as citizens and deprives them of basic rights such as… Mehdi Chowdhury The Conversation To avoid persecution, waves of Rohingya people have taken refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh in recent decades, with particular flash points in 1978, 1992 and 2012. The latest and largest mass exodus to Bangladesh took place in late August 2017. Within a month, around half a ... Read More »

You don’t have to look far to find human trafficking victims

Many people think that human trafficking means kidnapping and moving victims across state or national borders. Laurie Charles The Conversation After working with human trafficking victims as a forensic nurse and now while teaching at Texas A&M University’s College of Nursing, I know that this often is not the case. I have found that many perpetrators find, entice and sell their victims right in their own backyards. Victims are often hidden in plain sight, leading everyone from police to health ... Read More »

Bikies infiltrator ‘outed by Australian authorities’ given Canadian refugee status

A man who infiltrated the Bandidos bikie gang has become the first known refugee from Australia after an overseas tribunal found he was abandoned by local authorities who blew his cover. Josh Robertson ABC The ABC can reveal that former outlaw motorcycle gang insider Stevan Utah won the landmark asylum claim in Canada. Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) accepted evidence that there were murder contracts placed on Mr Utah’s life after he was recruited by the Australian Crime Commission ... Read More »

‘We are real’: Saudi feminists launch online radio

Operating out of a small room in an unknown country, a new internet radio station broadcasts a programme aimed at campaigning for greater women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Alma Hassoun BBC With melancholy music playing in the background, the presenter of Nsawya FM (Feminism FM) addresses the issue of domestic violence in the Gulf kingdom. The presenter’s voice shakes with emotion as she discusses the fate of Sara, a woman she says was killed by a male relative. She was ... Read More »

Who says the most liveable city is in the west? Culture doesn’t just live in museums

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index claims Vienna is more cultured than Lagos. But it is flawed and subjective Chibundu Onuzo The Guardian A few months ago, I stepped out one morning and saw a coil of animal poo on the doorstep. My mother and I spent a long time trying to figure out what sort of animal had done the deed. We decided, in the end, that a fox was the culprit. But it could also have been a racist. ... Read More »

If anyone should want to ban Muslims it would be me – but I don’t

Why is a Queensland senator with a 19 first-preference vote so obsessed with banning Muslim immigration? Alpha Cheng Brisbane Times If anyone should be spiteful at Muslims, many would say that it would be me. A 15-year-old Muslim shot my dad in cold blood outside the NSW Police Headquarters in Parramatta. If anyone should be marching upon Parliament House to demand an end to Muslim immigration, it would be me because a 20-year-old Muslim was sentenced to 44 years for planning the attack. ... Read More »

Countless refugees have been saved at sea by their life jackets — now a Minnesota startup is selling them as bracelets to spread messages of hope

The striking orange life jackets have protected hundreds of thousands of refugees who have braved the Mediterranean Sea on packed, flimsy boats, seeking safety in Europe. Michelle Mark Business Insider Now, the mountains of used jackets discarded on Greek shores have been repurposed — carefully handcrafted into bracelets and bearing a message of hope imprinted on the wristband: “Building humanity piece by piece.” That’s the idea Mohamed Malim, a 22-year-old entrepreneur and former Somali refugee, wants to share with Americans. ... Read More »

Crime gangs: Facts, fiction and furphies

First, an admission – this story is a waste of time. For it relates to the issue of Sudanese crime gangs, where everyone seems to have a firm opinion and no one shows the slightest inclination to change theirs. John Silvester The Age This is not a black-and-white topic. Those who say there is a problem are not necessarily paid-up members of the KKK and those who say there isn’t are not, by definition, ABC sympathisers who believe tofu should ... Read More »

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, dead at age 80

(CNN) – Kofi Annan, the first black African to lead the United Nations, has died at age 80. By Laura Smith-Spark, Richard Roth and Joe Sterling, CNN He served as Secretary-General at a time when worries about the Cold War were replaced by threats of global terrorism, and his efforts to combat those threats and secure a more peaceful world brought him the… Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938, served as the seventh UN Secretary-General, from 1997 to 2006, ... Read More »

Euthanasia bill defeat: former territory leaders say Malcolm Fraser’s promise broken

Paul Everingham says former prime minister had given him an undertaking not to override territory laws Ben Smee The Guardian Amid a fresh push to allow the territories to legalise euthanasia, the Northern Territory’s first chief minister and deputy have revealed – for the first time in more than 40 years – they were promised the… The Senate rejected on Wednesday night a bill from Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm to allow territories to pass their own laws on voluntary ... Read More »

Could different cultures teach us something about dementia?

Picture two different families, each dealing with a diagnosis of dementia in one of its members. Authors: The Conversation In one case, the patient is a retired executive, whose family tries as long as possible to keep the diagnosis secret, relying primarily on professional caregivers and eventually a nursing home. In another case, the patient is a grandmother. As soon as the diagnosis is suspected, her family pulls together, bringing her into their home and surrounding her with affection. These ... Read More »

Bans on full-face Muslim veils spread across Europe

Washington: Earlier this month, Denmark became the fifth country in Europe to introduce a ban on face coverings in public places. Rebecca Tan The Age Washington Post The policy is widely viewed as being targeted at Muslim women who wear veils such as the niqab. Despite protests in the capital, Copenhagen, police have started enforcing the law in earnest. On August 3, a 28-year-old wearing the niqab, which covers the entire body except the eyes, was attacked by another Danish woman ... Read More »

DV victims need funding before cross-examination ban: LCA

The Law Council of Australia has called on the Australian government to accept recommendations from a report which said a guarantee of additional funding for legal aid is necessary before a… Grace Ormsby Lawyers Weekly The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee’s Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 [Provisions] bipartisan report was released earlier this week and… The report said “the committee believes there should be a commitment to additional funding for legal aid ... Read More »