Humanity

No news from Öcalan, concerns grow

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For almost one year now, there have been no news on the condition of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan and three prisoners with him. ANF – SEDAT SUR They have been under absolute isolation. Lawyer Eren Keskin said there are serious concerns. Human rights defender and lawyer Eren Keskin stated that there is no legal basis for the isolation imposed upon Öcalan and stressed that this needs to end immediately and… No news from… Read More »

Adelaide couple face deportation because of daughter’s disability

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An Adelaide mother and father are pleading for an eleventh hour intervention as they face deportation because of their daughter’s disability. 9news Mary George was born with a neurological disorder in 2014 at Lyell McEwin Hospital in the city’s north. She was on life support for 28 days and didn’t leave hospital for almost a… Adelaide couple face… Read More »

Let’s call child sexual abuse in the church what it is: Catholic extremism

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I’m taken with Abbott’s notion that we need to correctly name a challenge in order to meet it. Kristina Keneally The Guardian Bland labels allow abusers to hide behind their institution. Call it the Abbott Test for Moral Action. We can’t defeat a threat until we properly identify and name it, and the most important threats are those that have already proven… Former prime minister Tony Abbott led a chorus of voices last week demanding that political leaders define recent ... Read More »

Gulf states announce humanitarian gesture to help families with Qatari members

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JEDDAH: As the week-long Qatari crisis drags on without a clear commitment from Doha to renounce terrorism, three Gulf states announced on Sunday a humanitarian gesture to help families with… AISHA FAREED Arab News Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE announced hotlines to help affected families, as Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin… Kuwait, which is trying to mediate a solution to the regional crisis, on… Gulf states announce… Read More »

Merkel indirectly criticizes Trump, says walls won’t solve problem in Mexico visit

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday indirectly criticized US President Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. GERMAN PRESS AGENCY – DPA Daily Sabah Building a wall won’t solve the problem, Merkel said, adding that it’s more important to address the reasons why people flee. Merkel, who is on a three-day trip to Latin America that has already taken her to Argentina, spoke in Mexico City at a business forum with… Merkel ... Read More »

The Greek Word that can’t be translated

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‘Love of honour’, its official translation, is a utilitarian yet insufficient attempt to convey the constellation of virtues squeezed into the word’s four syllables. Stav Dimitropoulos BBC In his second summer in the lonesome Greek village of Tolo on the east coast of the Peloponnese, German senior civil servant and writer Andreas Deffner committed a cultural blunder that led him to the celebrated concept of Greek philotimo. “Good morning, how are you?’ Grandma Vangelió, owner of the pension where he… ... Read More »

Melbourne lawyers act out

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A group of Victorian lawyers are set to star in a thought-provoking play. Tom Lodewyke LawyersWeekly The barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel will perform in BottledSnail Productions’ A Conversation. The play, written by Australian playwright David Williamson, presents a “moving and dramatic” mediation between the family of a young woman, who was raped and murdered, and the family of her… Melbourne lawyers act… Read More »

Big Business Welcomes Anti-Slavery Legislation

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A coalition of Australian big businesses has backed calls to introduce Australia’s first anti-slavery legislation. Rachel McFadden Pb The Modern Slavery Act, introduced by the federal opposition to Parliament on Monday, will mean big business will be forced to clamp down on slavery in their supply chains. If passed, the policy will mean that major Australian companies will have to publicly report all of their efforts to identify and… Labor’s legislation also called for the Read More »

Far right raises £50,000 to target boats on refugee rescue missions in Med

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Aid charities have saved more than 6,000 from drowning this year. Now anti-Islam ‘Identitarians’ are crowdfunding to pay for vessels to chase them down. Mark Townsend The Guardian Far-right activists are planning a sea campaign this summer to disrupt vessels saving refugees in the Mediterranean, after successfully intercepting a… Members of the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant “Identitarian” movement – largely twentysomethings often described as… Far right raises… Read More »

What Happens When You Die?

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We watch our loved ones’ age and die and assume that’s the end of the story. We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Biocentrism Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. But biocentrism — a new theory of everything — tells us death may not be the terminal event we think. Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles ... Read More »

Uluru statement: Aborigines prefer the horizon to the foreground

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Delegates to the Aboriginal constitutional convention probably did themselves, as well as indigenous Australians, a great favour last week by making some perfectly reasonable, but… Jack Waterford Brisbane Times They have given the government an excuse to walk away from a promise to conduct a referendum “recognising” prior… It’s a proposal, like so many gestures on Aboriginal affairs, of some symbolic significance but devoid of any capacity to make an… Uluru statement: Aborigines… Read More »

Uluru summit delivers clear message to Australian lawmakers

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Lawyers and legal academics have weighed in on new calls for constitutional reform to empower Australia’s first peoples as part of the nation’s next serious step towards Indigenous… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly A group of Indigenous Australians have issued a statement following three days of meetings at Uluru last week, with many describing it as a national way forward for serious… Two propositions were expressed in the Statement from the Heart to come from the Uluru National… Uluru summit delivers… Read More »

Ethics office will press White House on undated conflict-of-interest waivers

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The Office of Government Ethics plans to press the White House to clarify when it issued a slew of ethics waivers giving its staffers permission to interact with their former employers or clients, an indication that the… Matea Gold  The Washington Post Ten of the 14 waivers publicly disclosed this week by the White House are undated and unsigned, raising questions about when they… Particularly troubling, ethics experts said, was a… Ethics office will… Read More »

Australian government’s citizenship test moves political, not practical

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No better than the old police gag: And when did you stop beating your wife, Sir? Editorial The Age There is consensus across the political spectrum that immigration has been a boon for this country. Australia is often, and rightly, held up as one of the most successful multicultural communities. We have long derived huge social and economic benefits from diversity. So the recent posturing, and… Australian government’s citizenship… Read More »

98 environmental defenders have been killed so far in 2017

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the defenders while protecting their community’s land or natural resources This year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian will attempt to record the deaths of all these people, whether they be wildlife rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or indigenous land rights activists in Brazil. At this current rate, chances are that four environmental defenders will be killed this week somewhere on the planet. Some of the latest to have died… 98 environmental defenders… Read More »

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

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When we think about refugee children’s health, we tend to assume bad news. But refugee children are highly resilient. Karen Zwi The Conversation This means they can thrive, mature and develop despite poor circumstances, and can adapt despite severe and long-term hardship. Our newly published research is the first of its kind to track the long… How we can… Read More »