Humanity

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It

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Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening, writes Michael Brull. Michael Brull New Matilda Yemen is being destroyed. Perhaps half a million children face severe malnutrition. Almost seven million… The War In… Read More »

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’

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The visionary historian, author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind, takes questions from Lucy Prebble, Arianna Huffington, Esther Rantzen and a selection of our readers Andrew Anthony The Guardian Last week, on his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans read out the first page of Sapiens, the book by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari. Given that radio audiences at that time in the morning are not known for their appetite for intellectual engagement – the previous segment had ... Read More »

What Canada’s ‘Yellow Peril’ teaches us about this migrant moment

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History has plenty to tell us about this moment of fraught borders—and about the consequences of racist government… Christine Sismondo MacLeans It’s September 7, 1907, and a parade has just started on Main Street, just outside Vancouver’s City Hall, with hundreds marching to the tune of “Rule… The song was a strange choice, given that the… What Canada’s ‘Yellow… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

Yemen at ‘point of no return’ as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine

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Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen, where two-thirds of the population face severe food… Les Roopanarine, Patrick Wintour, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary in Ibb The Guardian Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is “at the point of no return” after new figures released by the UN indicated 17 million people are… Yemen at ‘point… Read More »

George Soros: When Hate Surges

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President Trump has wasted no time in cracking down on… George Soros The New York Times He pledged to build a wall, hire 15,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents and speedily deport millions of undocumented… He justified these actions by claiming that immigrants regularly flout the… George Soros: When… Read More »

Break unjust laws and cut the working week

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SALLY MCMANUS, the newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, last night said – to the consternation of Malcolm Turnbull and various huffy media “commentators” – that it was alright to break unjust laws. John Passant Independent Australia The Fair Work Act, which makes it illegal for workers to strike outside a very narrow bargaining period, is one such unjust law. Workers could not… Break unjust laws… Read More »

EU’s New Consensus on Development needs support

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With national discourse becoming increasingly insular, few politicians are brave enough to make the case for multilateralism on the domestic stage. Werner Hoyer Euractiv But the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater, argues Werner Hoyer. Werner Hoyer is… EU’s New Consensus… Read More »

Brexitland: Pessimism is toxic in Britain’s coastal towns. But decline isn’t inevitable

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As he continues his journey around leave-voting areas, Owen Jones finds that run-down high streets, low-paid jobs and a sense of loss plague South Thanet Owen Jones The Guardian If Britain’s coastal towns simmer with resentment, there’s little wonder: they’ve been the victims of protracted economic decline under successive governments. Like other coastal… Brexitland: Pessimism is… Read More »

Balkan migration route is ‘not closed’

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One year on from when the borders were sealed, refugees are still using South East Europe to enter the… By Andrea Dernbach | Der Tagesspiegel | translated by Sam Morgan EURACTIV But now the journey is more difficult, expensive and brutal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports. Despite the Balkan migration route having been officially closed for 12 months, Austrian Interior Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil and his Slovenian counterpart, Boštjan Šefic, have complained that it is still… Balkan migration route… Read More »

UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

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The number of Syrian children maimed, killed or recruited to fight increased dramatically over the past year. Al Jazeera News On a winter morning in January, Majed, 13, and his friend Omar, 11, were heading to a public park near their homes in eastern Aleppo to play and ride their bikes. It was only… UNICEF: 2016 was… Read More »

In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

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Six times in recent days, Marco Antonio Cabachuela, his wife, Irma, and their 3-year-old, Valerie, walked up to federal immigration officers at the Hidalgo, Texas, port of entry and asked for asylum. John Burnett npr And every night, they returned to an immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, where men and women sit listlessly in a shady courtyard. “They rejected it… In Their Search… Read More »

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming

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Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous… Lorenzo Tondo and Annie Kelly The Guardian Every night for almost three years, Nicoleta Bolos lay awake at night on a dirty mattress in an outhouse in Sicily’s Ragusa province, waiting for the sound of footsteps outside the… As the hours passed, she braced… Raped, beaten, exploited… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

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Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »

What is the absolute worst aspect of the Trump presidency? The institutionalization of dishonesty.

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Every minute President Trump is in office, more damage is done to the United States. Tom Toles The Washington Post We are supposed to be comforted by the institutional checks and balances. We are supposed to derive solace from the fact that there will be future elections. We are supposed… What is the… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

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GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »