Humanity

The Threshold Choir: Singing for people on the cusp of death

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Do you find comfort in music? The Threshold Choir sings for people on the cusp of death, hoping to alleviate some of their anxieties… Fiona Pepper ABC The concept of a Threshold Choir first began in America in 2000; a book of ‘comfort’ songs were written and local chapters… Now there are more than 130 choirs worldwide… The Threshold Choir… Read More »

The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems

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In yet another move intended to increase migrant returns, the European Commission has presented new measures for an “efficient and credible” return policy in the European Union. Daniela DeBono The Conversation One might read the March 2 2017 announcement as part of the perennial performance put on by EU member states to demonstrate control and assert their authority to affect deportations. Various official speeches… The EU’s emphasis… Read More »

The Pursuit of Happiness in Work

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Money can’t buy you happiness, but what you actually do for a living is key, according to new research which found not-for-profit workers were among the… Wendy Williams  Pb Curtin University in collaboration with mwah (Making Work Absolutely Human) has launched a new report to find the happiest and unhappiest workers in… The report, Happy Workers: How Satisfied are Australians at… The Pursuit of… Read More »

Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

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Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s… Steven Viney ABC Although many now identify as Arabs, Copts do not historically believe themselves to be of Arab origin, but are instead… The word Coptic is derived from the ancient Greek word for… Who are Egypt’s… Read More »

‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

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To my dear students, as of this month, I have resigned from my teaching position at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre after… Rosemary Brennan-Herrera The Sydney Morning Herald I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being students any teacher would hope… I will miss… I won’t miss the teaching… You attended classes in what can only be described as… ‘I don’t understand how… Read More »

Egyptians respond to ISIS church bombings: ‘Your terrorism brings us together’

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Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian church bombings hundreds… Emanuella Grinberg and Sarah Sirgany CNN The attacks left at least 43 dead and dozens more injured, amid grim scenes of hollowed-out churches, with body parts and… Outraged Egyptians posted messages of solidarity with members of the… Egyptians respond to… Read More »

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

The obscure religion that shaped the West

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It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and… Joobin Bekhrad BBC So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the… At the same time, Christianity has frequently been used to define the identity and values of the US and Europe, as well as to contrast those values with those of a… Yet, a brief glance at an… The obscure ... Read More »

Banks Join NFP Job Programs to Help Refugees

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Two major Australian banks are pushing their social responsibility activities into assisting refugees into work – and while one is celebrating a… Pb Welfare not-for-profit the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ are celebrating a 10 year partnership which has supported 170 people from refugee and… Brotherhood executive director Tony Nicholson said the… Banks Join NFP… Read More »

Britons expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring

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Study finds three-quarters of consumers throw away rather than recycle or donate unwanted… Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent The Guardian A predicted 235m items of Britons’ unwanted clothing are expected to end up in landfill unnecessarily this spring, according to new… Three-quarters of consumers admit to binning their discarded garments, usually because they do not realise that worn-out or… Britons expected to… Read More »

Recognising Aboriginal Australia is still in the too-hard basket

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Julia Gillard started it, Tony Abbott vowed to “sweat blood” to finish it, and Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are committed to it, but the task in question is proving more daunting than… Michael Gordon Brisbane Times More than six years after Australia began a process to finally recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, there is a very real prospect that… Recognising Aboriginal Australia… Read More »

We had slavery in our supply chains, says Andrew Forrest

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The Fortescue Metals chairman says he was appalled by the conditions of some workers connected to… Paul Farrell The Guardian One of Australia’s best-known business figures says he uncovered slavery in at least 12 suppliers as he tried to… Speaking at a forum in Sydney, Andrew Forrest said he told suppliers to his Fortescue Metals Group that they had to… We had slavery… Read More »

The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’

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Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum… But as she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally… The Guardian A few weeks ago I dusted off my expired Iranian passport photo, an unsmiling eight-year-old version of me – stunned, angry… The ungrateful refugee… Read More »

African Nations Turn Human Rights Scanner on ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ India

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NEW DELHI: The African missions, after several days of discussions with each other and more importantly with officials in the… The Citizen Bureau In a statement issued by the office of the Dean of the African Group of… After a special meeting, the African missions said that they expected the strongest condemnation from the government of India at… African Nations Turn… Read More »

Details of Australia’s asylum seeker boat turnbacks released in FoI battle

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Partially redacted papers include Morrison’s order to force turnback… Tribunal rejects Guardian journalist’s bid for full disclosure of… Previously classified documents about Australia’s asylum seeker turnback missions have been released during a landmark court… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The administrative appeals tribunal has ruled that many documents sought under freedom of information laws on boat turnbacks will remain secret in… Details of Australia’s… Read More »

Australia’s government muddles its way through to hide details of boat turnbacks

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Documents on turnbacks are the official record of one of the most important and divisive issues of our time, and they should be… Paul Farrell The Guardian It has been three years since the Australian government began turning back asylum seeker vessels at sea, and in that three years it… When the operations began in November 2013 under then immigration… Australia’s government muddles… Read More »