Humanity

Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika

Nobody should be surprised when the present House of Representatives, dominated by penurious reactionaries, produces a stingy response to a danger that calls for compassionate largess. But for sheer fecklessness it’s hard to top the House’s response this week to the Zika virus. The salient feature is that in providing money to fight one health menace, it steals from other funds meant… Source: Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika – The New York Times Read More »

Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world

In a sane world, shouldn’t the right to life trump political expediency? Apparently not: given the addiction of some countries to the death penalty, and the possible re-introduction of capital punishment by some of our neighbours in the region… Source: Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world | SBS News Read More »

Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner

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Patients, like my son Ben, don’t have time to wait. Catherine Jacobson, Neuroscientist, director of clinical research at Tilray The debate can no longer be about whether to provide access.. In 2012, when other parents were trading stories about the difficulties of balancing homework with football training or swimming lessons, I was in my garage… Source: Cannabis Helps My Epileptic Son. If Only We Had Known Sooner Read More »

How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News

When Australia’s immigration minister spoke out about the level of literacy and numeracy among migrants late on Tuesday, he was addressing what has become one of the hot potatoes of this election season. With the build-up to the 2 July vote now in full swing, Peter Dutton responded to proposals by the opposition Labor party to increase annual refugee numbers from 13,750 to 27,000. Source: How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News Read More »

In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home

Life for asylum seekers inside the former prison of De Koepel in Haarlem, Netherlands. With crime declining in the Netherlands, the country is looking at new ways to utilise its prisons, and some, such as the former prison of De Koepel, in Haarlem, are being used as centres for asylum seekers… Source: In pictures: The Dutch prison asylum seekers call home – BBC News Read More »

Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades

IT was near midnight on October 6, 1998 when the dilapidated 40-foot clinker pushed off from northern Lebanon into the eastern Mediterranean. There were 75 passengers on board, including 10 adult women and 24 children (one born just two days earlier). Each person had been charged $2,000 per head. People traffickers promised them safe passage and refuge in Italy. Their mode of transportation was later described as “barely a floating coffin”… Source: Western governments have mishandled refugee crisis for decades – ... Read More »

Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process

There is this idea that Alzheimer’s is a gentle sort of process. Old people, smiling in a friendly, confused fashion at family members they recognise but can’t quite place or name. That there is, perhaps, more quietness, instead of chatter. A growing confusion that is mild and curious. This couldn’t be further from the truth. My experience of Alzheimer’s was violent and chaotic… Source: Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process Read More »

Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers

Debates on Australia’s policies toward asylum seekers have made an early appearance in the 2016 election campaign. Several current and retiring Labor MPs, as well as some candidates, have spoken out against the party’s support for offshore processing and turning back asylum-seeker boats. Both major parties support offshore processing and boat turnbacks. But… Source: Changing the conversation can lead to a better way on asylum seekers Read More »

Over 800 Intellectuals and Academics Condemn Coup in Brazil

Humanity Against the Coup in Brazil has said that the government of Michel Temer is illegitimate, and calls on UNASUR to suspend the coup against Dilma.. A group of over 800 international academics and intellectuals calling itself “Humanity Against the Coup in Brazil” released a statement Monday that condemns the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by right-wing elements… Source: Over 800 Intellectuals and Academics Condemn Coup in Brazil | News | teleSUR English Read More »

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 »