Humanity

UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target

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Negotiators’ statement omits promise to move 10% of refugees to developed world but praises shared responsibility principle World leaders are set to reject a concrete target for the number of refugees that should be resettled within developed countries, dashing hopes of a solution to the world’s unprecedented displacement crisis… Source: UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Urges Israeli Government to Also Formally Recognize the Crime JERUSALEM, Israel (A.W.)—Israel’s Knesset’s (Parliament) Education, Culture, and Sports Committee announced on Aug. 1 that it recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the government to formally acknowledge the crime as such. “It is our moral obligation to recognize the Armenian genocide,” said committee chair Yakov Margi… Source: Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide | Armenian Weekly Read More »

The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid

Feeling bad for Kevin Rudd? The men held on Manus Island aren’t too worried that Rudd’s last shot at glory has gone down in flames, writes Max Chalmers. For perhaps the first time, and almost certainly the last time, Eric Abetz and the people detained on Manus Island agree on… Source: The Other People Opposed To Kevin Rudd’s UN Bid – New Matilda Read More »

Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz

OSWIECIM, Poland Pope Francis on July 29 walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate as he visited the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Free for once of his security entourage or cardinals, he sat on a bench among the trees and bowed his head in prayer, remaining at length in silent contemplation before meeting Holocaust survivors… Source: Pope Francis walks alone through horrors of Auschwitz – EUROPE Read More »

Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration

Massive deportations from Mexico and the U.S. have not stopped Central Americans fleeing endemic poverty and epidemic violence. Erecting more barriers and forcing migrants and refugees underground deepens the humanitarian crisis – and strengthens the illegal networks turning much of Central America into a criminal battleground… Source: Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration | International Crisis Group Read More »

Mums, Grandmums And Kids Have Just Invaded Tanya Plibersek’s Office Over ALP Refugee Policies

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, if you support cruel and inhumane treatment of refugees then Mums 4 Refugees will target you. Chris Graham reports She might be considered an icon of the ‘Labor left’, but right now, Tanya Plibersek is a target of a group of mothers, grandmothers and kids… Source: Mums, Grandmums And Kids Have Just Invaded Tanya Plibersek’s Office Over ALP Refugee Policies – New Matilda Read More »

Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’

François Hollande to meet faith leaders after murder of priest by Islamic State supporters.. Lara Marlowe Paris Correspondent President François Hollande will meet leaders of all French religious communities this morning in the hope of preventing a war of religion after… Source: Normandy attack: France aims to prevent ‘war of religions’ Read More »

Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing

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Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing | Liberty Victoria A human rights group has swung behind doctors who want the right to disclose what happens in detention centres. Doctors for Refugees has filed a High Court challenge to the secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act, contending that the laws inappropriately curtail people’s freedom to participate in political communication around conditions and care in detention. Liberty Victoria welcomed this critical development. The harsh laws were the subject of ... Read More »

Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court

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Section 42 carries a two-year jail term for anyone who makes an ‘unauthorised disclosure’ about conditions in the camps.. Doctors working in immigration detention are challenging the government’s contentious Border Force Act in the high court for their right to speak out publicly on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers they treat… Source: Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

The man hired to have sex with children

In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”. However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing – a way of spreading disease… Source: The man hired to have sex with children – BBC News Read More »

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can

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It’s time to pour our creative energies into imagining a new global economy. Infinite growth is a dangerous illusion. Jason Hickel The Guardian Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking… March broke all the… Clean energy won’t… Read More »

Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year

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Nicole Breeze says Australia’s offshore processing system is ‘in crisis’ and Coalition should appoint minister for children.. The UN’s children’s agency has called on the Turnbull government to commit to a timetable that would see all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru by the end of the year… Source: Unicef urges Coalition to resettle asylum seeker children from Nauru by end of year | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Dear volunteers in Africa: please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions

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Recently, research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Sian Ferguson Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend… Dear volunteers in… Read More »

Dick Ahlstro: the genetically modified human – has its time come? 

It should be possible to improve our immunity against viruses and cancer.. Learning how to read DNA, the blueprint for life, has revolutionised science and medicine. It gave us new ways to intervene in disease, a deeper understanding of evolution and relatedness and the potential to introduce modifications in humans, animals and plants. Now a group of US scientists argue it is time to move on from just reading an existing genome, to writing the genetic code… Source: Dick Ahlstrom: ... Read More »

30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border

Nearly 70,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, are being denied food and water by Jordanian authorities.. More than 30,000 Syrian children are facing starvation in Jordan after authorities in Amman suspended life-saving food and medical aid to refugees living along its northeastern border with Syria… Source: 30,000 Syrian children ‘starving’ on Jordan border – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Why it is right to legalise physician-assisted death

The path to legalising physician-assisted death is now open.. The Victorian Parliament’s upper house committee of inquiry into “End of Life Choices” has produced a remarkably comprehensive and erudite report. The public and institutional response to the inquiry has been greater than for any previous inquiry. There were 925 individual submissions and 112 from organisations. In addition, the majority of committee members took the trouble to visit countries where jurisdiction allowed some form of assisted dying. Notably, the dissenting members of ... Read More »