Humanity

Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence

In an entertaining and somewhat chaotic episode of ABC’s Q&A (Monday 15th August) pitting science superstar Brian Cox against climate contrarian and global conspiracy theorist and now senator Malcolm Roberts, the question of cause and effect and empirical data was raised repeatedly in regard to climate change. Watching I pondered the question – what would I need to change my… Source: Our planet is heating – the empirical evidence Read More »

Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts

One Nation senator-elect asks repeatedly for ‘empirical data’ – and the celebrity physicist has plenty at hand The celebrity physicist Brian Cox came prepared to the ABC’s Q&A on Monday night with graphs, ready to counter claims by his co-panellist, the climate denier and Australian senator-elect Malcolm Roberts. Roberts, one of four… Source: Q&A smackdown: Brian Cox brings graphs to grapple with Malcolm Roberts | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Israel’s World Vision Allegation, Part 2: Shin Bet And The Civilians Of Gaza

The agency has a record of targeting activists to help sustain the inhumane siege of Gaza, writes Michael Brull. (Read Part 1 here.) As almost all Palestinians facing military courts are convicted, and most of those convictions are based on confessions, either Palestinians have a bizarre propensity to incriminate themselves, or the… Source: Israel’s World Vision Allegation, Part 2: Shin Bet And The Civilians Of Gaza – New Matilda Read More »

Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age

EUGENE, Ore. — Aug. 15, 2016 – Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. People give to charity for numerous non-altruistic reasons, such as showing off their generosity to others. To isolate pure altruism from other motivations, researchers triangulated methods from the… Source: Signs of Pure Altruism Converge in the Brain And Increase with Age – ScienceNewsline Read More »

Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees?

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Since the publication of the Nauru files, plenty of legal advice has surfaced on how to redress the abuse of refugees and asylum seekers in offshore detention Richard Ackland What can be done to redress the horrible mistreatment of people held in offshore detention? Can Peter Dutton or any of his servants or agents… Source: Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees? | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

We should give the Olympics back to Greece, permanently

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In a spirit of international cooperation and common sense I think we should promote the idea of just giving the Summer Olympics to… Amanda Vanstone * The Age Permanently. By all accounts they made a reasonable fist of it when they last had them and could do so time and time… It has a… We should give… Read More »

Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the northern town of Chibok. Some 50 girls are shown with a gunman who demands the release of fighters in return for the girls, and says some girls died in air strikes. The government says it is in touch with the militants behind the… Source: Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives – BBC News Read More »

Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines

Many turn to panning for black-market gold in the watery pits of mines, where mosquitoes infect them. Once they return home to recover, the disease spreads… THE ALBINO MINE, Venezuela — The 12th time Reinaldo Balocha got malaria, he hardly rested at all… Source: Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines – The New York Times Read More »

Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty

Brazil’s first gold-medal winner at Rio 2016 came from the City of God favela where youngsters have found hope. Brazil’s first gold medal at this years Olympic Games came in judo when Rafaela Silva overcame top-seed Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to the women’s -57kg event… Source: Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies

The UN high commissioner for human rights raised concern on Aug. 11 about Bulgaria s policies and practices relating to migrants and refugees.. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s remarks came in a written statement after the second of two visits to Bulgaria by his staff in the past eight months… Source: UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

More than Charity

Why is the tag of being a “cost to society” so hard to shake for charities, asks Emma King the CEO of VCOSS on the release of the organisation’s latest research, More Than Charity.. Forget everything you think you know about community sector charities and Not for Profits. Those loss making “welfare” organisations run by do-good amateurs? It turns out they’re actually lean, well run and highly professional businesses… Source: More than Charity – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia

The Australian Government has refused to explain why it has added a second refugee resettlement agency in Cambodia, when only one person has resettled there from Nauru. Under the $55 million Australia-Cambodia deal, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was contracted to provide services for the Nauru refugees…. Source: Australia engages second agency for sole refugee in Cambodia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files

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British and NZ governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault The UK and New Zealand governments are facing calls to summon Australian high commissioners to explain revelations of child abuse and sexual assault in more than 2,000 reports… Source: Australian diplomats in UK and New Zealand may be called in to explain Nauru files | News | The Guardian Read More »

Nauru files reveal cases of alleged sexual violence and child abuse not disclosed to parliament

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Exclusive: Wilson Security, contracted to protect asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru, did not tell an Australian Senate inquiry about at least 16 serious allegations 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in offshore detention • Read the Nauru files The global security company employed to protect asylum seekers held on Nauruand Manus Island did not disclose at least 16 cases of sexual violence and child abuse to the Australian parliament… Source: Nauru files reveal cases of alleged ... Read More »

Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million

Children in the Syrian city of Aleppo are at “grave risk” of disease unless water supplies are immediately repaired, the UN children’s agency says. The United Nations says an immediate pause in fighting is needed to allow the water and electricity networks to be fixed… Source: Syria conflict: UN says water and power cuts threaten two million – BBC News Read More »

Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Iraqi youth who came of age during the post-2003 turmoil share a sense of hopelessness and disempowerment. Across the political spectrum, they feel trapped: join a protest movement or militia, or emigrate. Even amid the severe challenges the government and its partners face, this generation must be prioritised, lest Iraq’s most important resource… Source: Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000” | International Crisis Group Read More »