Humanity

Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’

François Hollande to meet faith leaders after murder of priest by Islamic State supporters.. Lara Marlowe Paris Correspondent President François Hollande will meet leaders of all French religious communities this morning in the hope of preventing a war of religion after… Source: Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’ Read More »

Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing

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Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing | Liberty Victoria A human rights group has swung behind doctors who want the right to disclose what happens in detention centres. Doctors for Refugees has filed a High Court challenge to the secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act, contending that the laws inappropriately curtail people’s freedom to participate in political communication around conditions and care in detention. Liberty Victoria welcomed this critical development. The harsh laws were the subject of ... Read More »

Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court

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Section 42 carries a two-year jail term for anyone who makes an ‘unauthorised disclosure’ about conditions in the camps.. Doctors working in immigration detention are challenging the government’s contentious Border Force Act in the high court for their right to speak out publicly on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers they treat… Source: Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

The man hired to have sex with children

In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”. However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing – a way of spreading disease… Source: The man hired to have sex with children – BBC News Read More »

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can

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It’s time to pour our creative energies into imagining a new global economy. Infinite growth is a dangerous illusion. Jason Hickel The Guardian Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking… March broke all the… Clean energy won’t… Read More »

Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year

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Nicole Breeze says Australia’s offshore processing system is ‘in crisis’ and Coalition should appoint minister for children.. The UN’s children’s agency has called on the Turnbull government to commit to a timetable that would see all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru by the end of the year… Source: Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Dear volunteers in Africa: please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions

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Recently, research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Sian Ferguson Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend… Dear volunteers in… Read More »

Dick Ahlstro: the genetically modified human – has its time come? 

It should be possible to improve our immunity against viruses and cancer.. Learning how to read DNA, the blueprint for life, has revolutionised science and medicine. It gave us new ways to intervene in disease, a deeper understanding of evolution and relatedness and the potential to introduce modifications in humans, animals and plants. Now a group of US scientists argue it is time to move on from just reading an existing genome, to writing the genetic code… Source: Dick Ahlstrom: ... Read More »

30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border

Nearly 70,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, are being denied food and water by Jordanian authorities.. More than 30,000 Syrian children are facing starvation in Jordan after authorities in Amman suspended life-saving food and medical aid to refugees living along its northeastern border with Syria… Source: 30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Why it is right to legalise physician-assisted death

The path to legalising physician-assisted death is now open.. The Victorian Parliament’s upper house committee of inquiry into “End of Life Choices” has produced a remarkably comprehensive and erudite report. The public and institutional response to the inquiry has been greater than for any previous inquiry. There were 925 individual submissions and 112 from organisations. In addition, the majority of committee members took the trouble to visit countries where jurisdiction allowed some form of assisted dying. Notably, the dissenting members of ... Read More »

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.. By Brandon Ambrosino / Images by Ignacio Lehmann “You can’t be gay.” She was on top of me… Source: BBC – Future – ‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’ Read More »

Creationism Banned From UK Schools

The United Kingdom government has banned the teaching of creationism as a scientific theory in free schools and academies, which are the equivalent of a ‘public’ school in the United State. The move was done in the interests of having a “broad and balanced curriculum,” according to UPI. The remarkable decision was part of a document published on June 9th that laid out new clauses for church academies and stated that creationism is not widely accepted as a scientific theory. ... Read More »

A more humane Australian foreign policy

Australia is committed to a better world,” said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in announcing Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council last year. The bid was originally launched by the Labor government and is for a two year term commencing in 2018. In announcing support for the bid, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stressed Australia’s record of support for human rights, and spoke of five pillars underlying the bid: “freedoms of expression and of religion; good ... Read More »

Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.. Pope Francis has denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking strong reaction from Turkey as he met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan… Source: Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes

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Australian politicians are studiously ignoring the reality that the PNG Supreme Court’s 26 April ruling that the detention of asylum seekers in Manus was illegal and unconstitutional will force a change to the offshore processing policy and remove a key plank of Australia’s deterrence strategy in managing irregular migration… Source: We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes Read More »