Humanity

It’s time to re-think how things are done

The Examiner

It strikes me that we all need to stop, pause, take a breath, look around and re-think the way we’re doing things. Piia Wirsu The Examiner From education to environment, to energy production, to agriculture, it feels as though we are on some nightmarish merry-go-round of rhetoric and policies that descends a little further each time it does a revolution. The pressures of… It’s time to… Read More »

Private Contractors Force Feed Refugees To States That Quit The Program

The Daily Caller

The Thomas More Law Center has initiated a lawsuit on behalf of the Tennessee General Assembly. Jim Simpson The Daily Caller The suit charges that the government is violating both the U.S. Constitution’s Spending Clause and the 10th Amendment by forcing Tennessee to cover the costs of refugee resettlement in the state even though Tennessee… Private Contractors Force… Read More »

Justin Trudeau’s #WelcomeRefugees policy to be assessed in live study

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A four-year study is beginning in Canada to assess the successes and failures under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policy to welcome refugees from Syria. Zoe Daniel ABC About 40,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada over the last year, with roughly a third sponsored by Canadian citizens motivated to bring people to safety. Professor Jill Hanley… Justin Trudeau’s #Welcome… Read More »

Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims

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The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the… Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald The government has co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nation’s top human rights body in Geneva to send a… Turnbull government reverses… Read More »

Leadership through ethics

Arab news

The call for ethics and transparency seems to have become a fairly standard issue, with just about every person in a leadership position — regardless of their background, affiliation, stance, independence or even qualification… Khalid Abdulla-Janahi Arab News It is so common, that it has become expected, almost required. These often loud… Leadership through… Read More »

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

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UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in… Al Jazeera The leading United Nations rights body has agreed to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya… Tens of thousands of people have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the… UN to probe… Read More »

Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ‘what terrorists want’, says Turnbull

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Terrorists’ objective is ‘to get broader society to turn on Muslims at large’, says PM after One Nation leader calls for… Australian Associated Press The Guardian The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim… The prime minister was critical of the… Pauline Hanson’s Muslim… Read More »

We are all chained to policies that are toxic and inhuman. History will judge us

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In this foreword to They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories of Detention, Christos Tsiolkas writes of the destructive national debate about asylum… Christos Tsiolkas The Guardian We read for pleasure and we read for knowledge. And there are some books we read because we must, for in not reading them we are in danger of not understanding our world and… We are all… Read More »

Why we need the humanities more than ever, by the President of Yale

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In our complex and interconnected world, we need leaders of imagination, understanding, and emotional intelligence—men and women who will move beyond polarizing debates and tackle the… Peter Salovey World Economic Forum To cultivate such leaders, we must value and invest in the… I am a psychologist by training, and I study human… Art, literature, history, and… Why we need… Read More »

The Origin of “Fake News” in Holocaust Denial

Gatestone Institute

“Fake news” has become a subject of real news. Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute But there’s nothing new about “fake news.” Holocaust deniers have… The Origin of… Read More »

The tax I pay should be for peace, not war

Peace not war - The Guardian

I have the right not to kill during military conflict. Mark Rylance The Guardian So why am I forced to pay for others to do so on my behalf? A young man… The tax I… Read More »

Urgent Messages to the Muslim World

Muslim world

A dangerous message is being sent to the Muslim world by the West: There is nothing that moderate Muslims or anyone else should fear from radical Islamic terrorism! Nonie Darwish Gatestone Institute Look at us Western governments! We are bringing… Urgent Messages to… Read More »

Why denying refugees the right to work is a catastrophic error

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It’s not just fleeing conflict that makes victims out of refugees – it’s also denying them the means to become autonomous and… by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts The Guardian From the 1980s on, a dominant international approach has been taken towards the majority of the world’s… Concentrated in a small number of host countries, close to… Why denying refugees… Read More »

Will Turkey abandon the refugee deal and risk losing a bonanza of money?

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Last week Turkey threatened Europe to reinstate capital punishment and to drop the EU-Turkey pact which was signed one year ago. Chris Anyfantis European Sting The desperate need of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to gain more power has forced Turkish officials to release accusations to Europe and especially to the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels in view of the upcoming… Will Turkey abandon… Read More »

‘We’re all human beings’: Harmony Day celebrated across the country

Humanity - SBS

Australians have marked Harmony Day with events highlighting the nation’s cultural diversity across the country. SBS Harmony Day is celebrated on the same day as the annual United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark the… ‘We’re all human… Read More »

The largest humanitarian crisis since the UN’s creation

Arab news

UN officials are usually known for their measured and understated approach, even in the face of major crises and upheavals. Yossi Mekelberg Arab News Hence we must take with the utmost gravity the warning by Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, that “we stand at a critical point in history. Already at the… The largest humanitarian… Read More »