Humanity

Multiculturalism: not an ideal, but a reality

We need to create human societies from people of many different backgrounds.. I’m reading Stan Grant’s book Talking To My Country. A journalist with Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Grant wrote an article last year at the height of the Adam Goodes drama, which proved very telling. The story was both simple and complex. In expressing the historic principle at stake with dignity and clarity while also illuminating the complexities of the issues of Aboriginal identity it raised, Grant was in ... Read More »

Why is the cost of hosting refugees falling on the world’s poorest states?

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As long as rich nations pay lip service to meeting the needs of the world’s displaced, they cannot blame Kenya for closing refugee camps like Dadaab.. The government of Kenya says it plans to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, which hosts approximately 330,000 people, as well as shutting theDepartment of Refugee Affairs (DRA). The announcement, on Friday 6 May, was… Source: Why is the cost of hosting refugees falling on the world’s poorest states? | Global development | ... Read More »

This Man Will Make You Question Everything You Know About The Refugee Crisis

‘We’ve forgotten that this happened before’.. Journalists and politicians are wilfully ignoring the facts about Muslims and migrants, a senior figure in the UN has claimed, leading to a complete misrepresentation of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, argues… Source: This Man Will Make You Question Everything You Know About The Refugee Crisis Read More »

If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist

As Europe contemplates taking a path forged by Australia, the lives of those who flee conflict now and in the future hang in the balance, writes Paul McPhun. This week Europe celebrated unity and peace on Europe Day. But in 2016 we fear its leaders, like Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader BillMore… Source: If Europe Turns Its Back Now The Concept Of ‘Refugee’ Will Cease To Exist – New Matilda Read More »

80 percent of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air, says UN

Over 80 percent of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned May 12. Urban residents in poor countries are by far the worst affected, WHO said, noting that nearly every city (98 percent) in low- and middle-income countries has air which fails to meet the U.N. body’s standards… Source: 80 percent of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air, says UN – ... Read More »

Comment: Australia’s victim-blaming culture needs to end

Let’s get one thing straight: there’s only ever one person who is responsible for rape or a sexual assault. The perpetrator. Never the victim.  It’s as simple as that. It takes only one person to commit a sexual offence, and this policy remains the same no matter what the gender or the sexual orientation of the people involved. It is astounding that in 2016 there is still such a culture of victim blaming when it comes to sexual crimes, particularly ... Read More »

Meet the Greek writers revolutionising poetry in the age of austerity

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A new group of poets is changing the arts landscape in Greece. Fearless, global and with an artistic fervour unseen since the dictatorship, they tell us their hopes, the culture that excites them – and the Greek myths they’d like to debunk.. A new kind of poetry is flourishing in Greece’s streets, bars and cafes. It is popping up not just on magazines, small presses and websites, but on… Source: Meet the Greek writers revolutionising poetry in the age of ... Read More »

Explainer: why protecting the Red Cross emblem matters

The Red Cross is a symbol we all know well – we see it everywhere, on pharmacy signs, children’s dress-ups, toy sets, Halloween costumes, even ads for mobile phone repairers. The Red Cross has become a generic sign of medical aid, a universal logo for health and help. Except that it isn’t, and shouldn’t be – at least, not how you might think. The Red… Source: Explainer: why protecting the Red Cross emblem matters Read More »

OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson | Julian Burnside

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On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson (NewSouth Publishing, 2016, paperback) Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law It is a terrific book.  Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?” Here is my speech at the launch. I have launched quite a few books in my time.  I always read a book before launching it.  It can be a chore, at times. I have ... Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya

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The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar that has been systematically denied the most elemental rights: citizenship, freedom of worship, education, marriage and travel. THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Tens of thousands of the Rohingya were driven from their homes by violence in 2012; last year many tried to flee persecution and… Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly… Read More »

In pictures: The last nomadic people of Nepal

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The Raute are the last nomadic people of Nepal. Now numbering fewer than 150, they live in the forests of Accham’s middle hills, where photographer Andrew Newey caught up with them. The Raute people live in temporary camps, hidden away from the villages, in remote parts of the forest. Their dwellings are basic tents made from wooden branches covered with leaves and cloth… Source: In pictures: The last nomadic people of Nepal – BBC News Read More »

Slovak customs officers shoot and injure Syrian migrant woman

Slovak customs officers injured a Syrian woman on May 9 when they shot at a car carrying migrants from Hungary into Slovakia, authorities said.. Police in Europe have sometimes used water cannon and tear gas to prevent migrants from crossing borders but this may be the first reported incident inside the continent’s passport-free Schengen zone where migrants have been shot at… Source: Slovak customs officers shoot and injure Syrian migrant woman – EUROPE Read More »

Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, Stoking ISIS’ Anger

As the military and political battle against the Islamic State escalates, Muslim imams and scholars in the West are fighting on another front — through theology. Imam Suhaib Webb, a Muslim leader in Washington, has held live monthly video chats to refute the religious claims of the Islamic State, also known asISIS or ISIL. In a dig at the extremists, he broadcast from ice cream parlors and called his talks “ISIS and ice cream.”… Source: Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, ... Read More »

Zimbabwe is trying to sell its wildlife because of severe drought

First, it sold its elephants to China. Now, the Zimbabwe government has placed an ad in its state-run newspaper asking members of the public – at least those who have the money and space – to buy some more of the country’s wild animals. The reason is a devastating, relentless El Nino-induced drought that has left as many as 4 million Zimbabweans in need of food aid and ravished the country’s natural resources… Source: Zimbabwe is trying to sell its ... Read More »

Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers

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SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s immigration minister accused human rights advocates on Tuesday of giving “false hope” to asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers, suggesting that they bore some responsibility for two recent protests in which asylum seekers set themselves afire. The minister, Peter Dutton, spoke a day after a 21-year-old Somali woman set fire to herself on the Pacific island nation of Nauru, where hundreds of.. Source: Australia Chides Rights Advocates for Giving ‘False Hope’ to Asylum Seekers – The ... Read More »

It’s official! Australia in court re Crimes Against Humanity

A case has been lodged against the Australian Government for Crimes Against Humanity. No, not in the International Criminal Court – that’s still live, see Appendix below – but in the High Court in Australia and in relation to those hundreds of men detained illegally, as per the recent Supreme Court ruling in Papua New Guinea. The case has been raised by Russell Byrnes solicitors as a class action. It has been lodged successfully. but is yet to be formally listed. ... Read More »