Humanity

‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia

A protester wears a yellow shirt reading "Malaysian" to protest against racism during the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections rally, also known as Bersih, near the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Malaysian security forces tightened control of Kuala Lumpur, deploying water cannons and riot police as thousands of protesters headed to the historic Independence Square to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Australia is experiencing a rapid rise in refugee claims from Malaysian nationals as the country’s ongoing political corruption scandal drags on against a backdrop of ethnic and religious tensions. SBS Robert Burton – Bradley The number of Malaysians seeking asylum in Australia has increased dramatically in the last year due to increasing political instability, ethnic tensions and rising Islamic fundamentalism. They now make up 43 percent of all claims for asylum. ‘We are living like a dog’: Explosion in Malaysians… Read More »

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism

Haull 1a

One of the key questions facing both journalists and loyal oppositions these days is how do we stay honest as euphemisms and trivializations take over the discourse? Can we use words like “fascism,” for example, with fidelity to the meaning of that word in world history? The term, after all, devolved decades after World War II into the… Umberto Eco Makes a… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

Zure 1a

Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »

Australia is paying for Malcolm Fraser’s immigration mistakes, says Peter Dutton

Dato 1a

Immigration minister says many foreign fighters involved in conflict zones are descendants of migrants who came in the 1970s under former prime minister Helen Davidson Malcolm Fraser made mistakes in bringing some migrants to Australia and the country is paying for that now, Peter Dutton has said. The immigration minister made the… Australia is paying… Read More »

Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru

Maul 6f

The United States Government says the United Nations will decide how many refugees it accepts from Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek and political reporter Stephanie Anderson The statement from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration comes two days after the head of… Refugee deal: United… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

Maul 3c

Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »

I’m a rabbi, and I’m applying for a German passport. Here’s why

Joo 2b

My parents’ homeland has dealt with its Nazi past. After the Brexit vote, I want to embrace my continental European origins Julia Neuberger As a child I had German au pairs, and my refugee mother spoke German to her parents, as their English was not entirely fluent. But I was aware that… I’m a rabbi, and… Read More »

NFPs Protest Lifetime Ban on Refugee Visas

Tres 9i

The Uniting Church in Australia has described as “immoral” the proposed legislation for a lifetime ban on visas for refugees who have arrived by boat since 2013. UnitingJustice Australia has written to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the proposed legislation, saying the ban served no purpose and… NFPs Protest Lifetime… Read More »

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention

Muxe 1a

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detentionEvery Australian prime minister from John Howard onwards should be investigated for crimes against humanity in relation to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, according to a group of international… Heath Aston The Sydney Morning Herald The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers ... Read More »

Paris refugee shelter opens to take migrants off street

Shet 1a

A refugee shelter with beds for 400 single men opened in Paris on Nov. 10, part of an ongoing drive to take asylum-seekers off French streets after the demolition of the Calais “Jungle” camp. PARIS – Agence France-Presse The center in a disused railway yard near Gare du Nord station will take in 50-80 people a day – the estimated number of migrants who… Paris refugee shelter… Read More »

A Day In The Life Of An Ethical Hacker

Eton 2b

With an onslaught of cyber breaches taking place daily, companies of all sizes are now hiring ethical hackers to test their ability to withstand targeted attacks. Robert Page  As a lead penetration tester, it’s my job to rigorously challenge the defences of some of the… A Day In… Read More »

NXT member Rebekha Sharkie will not support Coalition’s proposed immigration laws

Skai 1a

South Australia’s Nick Xenophon Team MP Rebekha Sharkie has announced she will not be supporting the Federal Government’s proposed immigration laws, contrary to the party leader. By Michael Coggan The Government is proposing a life-time ban on asylum seekers being held on Manus Island and Nauru from entering Australia. In a… NXT member Rebekha… Read More »

Australia’s fall from Lucky Country to Cruel Country

Saem 1a

They were young men – call them Liam and Ben – best mates, far from home, full of chutzpah and crazy self-belief. Elizabeth Farrelly They’d been through a lot together and landed on this idyllic-looking tropical island. One day they were swimming near a waterfall when, stupidly, Liam drowned. He was a poor swimmer, got stuck under a… Australia’s fall from… Read More »

Amnesty can return to Moscow office after eviction: Russian rights official

Pesa 1a

MOSCOW: Amnesty International, a strong critic of Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, will be able to return to its office in Moscow after being evicted for alleged non-payment of rent, Russia’s state human rights council said Thursday. Reuters Staff at Amnesty’s Moscow office had told Reuters Wednesday that they arrived at work to find the locks had been changed, official seals placed over the doors and the… Amnesty can return to… Read More »

Italy abused migrants’ rights due to EU pressure, Amnesty says

Onb 1a

Italy has committed human rights abuses that may amount to torture in some isolated cases as it tries to process the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees arriving by boat, Amnesty International says. Italy’s Interior Ministry had no immediate comment on the Amnesty report, which included allegations of beatings, electric shocks and… Italy abused migrants… Read More »

Humans arrived in Australian interior 49,000 years ago, archaeologists believe

Aeri 1a

Site yields artefacts including tools and a bone from huge wombat-like creature that indicate humans activity 10,000 years earlier than previously thought Nicola Davis Humans arrived in the arid interior of Australia 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, archaeologists working at a… Humans arrived in… Read More »