Humanity

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

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Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international… Al Jazeera A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico‘s west coast, according to the organisation which… The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on… Dutch ‘abortion boat… Read More »

Secret aid worker: we’ve lost our humanity to jargon and statistics

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Aid workers are referred to as humanitarians, but acronyms and infantalising policies mean that is not a worthy description of our… Secret aid worker The Guardian I can’t stand it when people refer to my work as humanitarian Any humanity has long disappeared from the aid and development… Somewhere along the way, with our technical jargon, sophisticated statistical… Secret aid worker… Read More »

Churches demand Manus Island asylum seekers be evacuated

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Advocates want those detained brought to Australia after violent clashes alleged between asylum seekers and naval personnel on… Guardian staff and agencies With Australian Associated Press The Guardian Churches and refugee advocates are calling for asylum seekers on Manus Island to be evacuated to Australia after shots were fired… The Human Rights Law Centre, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and Amnesty International have said the… Churches demand Manus… Read More »

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

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Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

Hollywood ‘Classic Love Story’ Does Double Duty as Armenian Genocide Whitewash

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‘WHAT REALLY HAPPENED’ A tale of two WWI love-triangle war films out within a month of each other—the first serving as Turkish propaganda, the second telling the… Michael Daly The Daily Beast Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett and Hera Hilmar surely would not have signed on to star in The Ottoman Lieutenant if they even imagined they… And screenwriter Jeff Stockwell—who is by every indication a very decent person—says that… Hollywood ‘Classic Love… Read More »

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

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A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

Enough is enough – Manus attacks show Turnbull must immediately evacuate the Manus centre and bring the men to safety in Australia

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The terrifying and violent attack on the men in the Manus Island regional processing centre last night is further proof that Prime… Human Rights Law Centre Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to investigate conditions on the… “Enough is enough. The men on Manus must immediately be… Enough is enough… Read More »

The Refugee King of Greece

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“No risk, no life,” a teenage migrant told me, before jumping on a freight train. ASHLEY GILBERTSON The New York Times Syrian refugees fish and drink coffee near the Skaramagas refugee camp in the port area of Northern Athens in March. Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson/VII Photo for UNICEF In the village of Ritsona, 50 miles north of Athens, razor wire… The Refugee King… Read More »

Good Friday essay: Passion plays and the ethics of spectacular violence

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In 1985 Filipino carpenter Ruben Enaje fell three storeys and remarkably, survived. Paul Megna The Conversation To give thanks for this good fortune, he has, for the past 30 Good Fridays, dressed up as Jesus and allowed actors portraying Roman soldiers to nail his hands and feet to a… Passion plays are dramatic renditions of Christ’s arrest, trial, lashing, and… Good Friday essay… Read More »

An atheist at Greek Easter

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The paradox. I do not believe in god, yet I can never escape him on Πάσχα, Pascha, Pesach or Easter. By Fotis Kapetopoulos Daily Review The bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt last week on Palm Sunday is one more sectarian atrocity in the Middle… However, the considered silence from much of the Left as Christians burn in the Middle East angers… An atheist at… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Demand for legal help from asylum seekers driving rise in pro bono work

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Lawyers in Australia are working for free more than ever before with pro bono legal work at an all… Amanda Copp SBS Pro bono legal services have increased by almost 10 per cent from 2014 to 2016 according to the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey. On average, lawyers did almost 35 hours of pro bono work each in… A key factor driving that increase is a rise in demand from asylum seekers and… Demand for legal… Read More »

Politicians with a ‘winning at all costs’ mentality are damaging Australia

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Australia is a representative democracy Citizens who are equal, with a shared responsibility for good government, elect people of different backgrounds and perspectives to… Tony Fitzgerald Brisbane Times Those elected are not obliged to tell the truth or act in the public interest or forbidden to act in their own interests or the interests of their… They can also enact unjust… Politicians with a… Read More »

Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut

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Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to thrive while saving the… George Monbiot The Guardian So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear… Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the… Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to… Finally, ... Read More »

When children see war as better than peace

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Children born of wartime rape in northern Uganda endure post-war violence, stigma, social-exclusion McGill University Eurek Alert For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not… When children see… Read More »

Organ Donation: A Modern Act of Heroism

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“Live a Legacy of Life. Be an Organ Donor” Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Marios Prikis University of Vermont Whether, it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others. When it comes to donating an organ however, many consider this form of selflessness as… Organ Donation: A… Read More »