Humanity

Is Humanism Really Humane?

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This is the tenth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on the question of violence. Natasha Lennard and Cary Wolfe The New York Times This conversation is with Cary Wolfe, who is the director of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University and the founding editor of the Posthumanities book series at the University of Minnesota Press. Natasha Lennard: “Posthumanism”… Is Humanism Really… Read More »

When the mind doesn’t fit the body and your daughter becomes a son

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Kirsty Donohue’s eldest child told her he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. She tells Claire O’Sullivan about the journey her family has been on since that day. By Claire O’Sullivan Ιrish Examiner Reporter For some time, Kirsty Donohue’s eldest had a sketch hanging up on the wall. Kirsty didn’t take… Kirsty Donohue’s eldest… Read More »

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

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Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis in UK hospitals

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Charity calls on government to make more funds available as it helps NHS cope with increased demand for health services. Al Jazeera The Red Cross has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” in the British National Health Service (NHS) as it struggles to cope with overcrowding and… Red Cross warns… Read More »

Being ‘Poor’ Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

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It’s time we recognised retirees for their holistic contribution Kasy Chambers  The Huffington Post Mahatma Ghandi famously said that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable… Australia, while a democratic and economically prosperous nation, is still home to many… Being ‘Poor’ Is… Read More »

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

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NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Humanity may self-destruct, but the universe can cope perfectly without us

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Chances are that the cosmos neither treasures nor regrets humans. Lionel Shriver The Guardian It permits us, with marvellous neutrality, and could do without our interference. In a Scandinavian hotel a… Humanity may self… Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »

End violence in Myanmar, Nobel laureates urge U.N. Security Council

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a dozen Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to end “ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State. By Sebastien Malo At least 86 people have been killed in a… End violence in… Read More »

Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action?

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After a year of surprising election results and referendums, and violence in protests, terrorism and war, the term “empathy” has been cited by many as a key component to helping groups of people that have little in common, or disagree, come together. The New York Times Jamil Zaki and Paul Bloom But does empathy actually increase the ability of opposing parties to understand each other better, or otherwise inform correct moral action? Empathy Can Lead to… Does Empathy Guide or… Read More »

3 Humanitarian Crises The World Needs To Pay More Attention To In 2017

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This year we watched Aleppo, Mosul and the refugee crisis unfold, but there are many other conflict stories that went untold. Michael Bowers  The Huffington Post As 2016 comes to a close, we watch as bloodied and injured civilians evacuate Aleppo; innocent families struggle to survive in the… 3 Humanitarian Crises… Read More »

Greater transparency can restore trust in charities

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Australians donate almost $7 billion a year to charities. Editorial The Age But that is not the important figure. What’s far more significant – and far more difficult to find out – is how… Greater transparency can… Read More »

Refugees Welcome

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Ordinary Canadians, trying to intervene in one of the worst problems on earth. Desperate Syrians, shocked that strangers were adopting them for a year. We spent a year asking: How will this work out? A series by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn The New York Times Refugees Welcome… Read More »

Europe is failing to help a generation of traumatised children

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Eight million child refugees is a mental health time bomb. The Guardian Joan Smith Ignoring it now would be a terrible mistake Everyone knows there’s an… Europe is failing to help a… Read More »

Daily Bread Food Bank behind on food donations by large margin

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It may be because more people are choosing to donate money over food, according to executive director. By FAKIHA BAIG Staff Reporter The Star The Daily Bread Food Bank is behind on its food collection goal for the holidays by about 900,000 pounds as… Daily Bread Food… Read More »

Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by BBC deemed inadmissible to Canada

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An activist praised for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan” from Pakistan has had her asylum hearing suspended by Canadian border-enforcement authorities. The Star Nicholas Keung A refugee named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016 has had her asylum claim suspended by Ottawa because of her activism. Karima Mehrab was recognized by… Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by… Read More »