Humanity

The “Drowning” Argument

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Abbott, Morrison, Turnbull and Dutton are not to be believed when they express concern about people drowning in their attempt to reach safety.  Their policy (which Labor basically supports) seems to be this: “We are so concerned about you drowning, that we will punish you if you don’t drown.” The Federal election campaign of 2013 was the first time in our political history that… Source: The “Drowning” Argument | Julian Burnside Read More »

Asylum seeker children still in detention despite claims all have been released

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Peter Dutton tells News Ltd all children released after immigration department reclassifies sections of centres as ‘community detention’. The government has reclassified sections of detention centres as “community detention” in order to be able to claim that all children have been released from immigration detention… Source: Asylum seeker children still in detention despite claims all have been released | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career

From refugee to CPA, Denis Yengi has overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve success.. By Louise McCabe and Stephen Craft Denis Yengi has faced struggles most of us couldn’t begin to imagine. His happy childhood in South Sudan ended abruptly at age seven, when he and his family were forced to flee the… Source: INTHEBLACK – How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career Read More »

Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers

Will this be a fleeting, aberrant positive moment in the overwhelmingly bleak story of Australia’s treatment of those who seek protection by coming on boats without an invitation? Or will it be a tipping point?… Source: Time for a new conversation on asylum seekers Read More »

Kenya to honor Muslim hero who protected Christian bus passengers

Muslim teacher Salah Farah stood in the way as Islamist militants stormed his bus in Kenya in December — refusing their demands to split from the Christian passengers and instead taking a bullet that would later kill him. Now, three months after the attack, Farah will be honored posthumously by Kenya for his act of courage… Source: Kenya to honor Muslim hero who protected Christian bus passengers | Fox News Read More »

European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees

Struggling to cope with the influx of Syrians, the European Union has drafted confidential plans to send 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees back to the war-torn country. Afghanistan’s Government opposes the plan, saying it cannot guarantee their safety and does not have the resources to resettle them… Source: European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community

A decision to install monument honouring the victims of genocide in a Melbourne park has angered a host of ethnic groups – even prompting the Turkish Consulate General to demand that the project be scrapped… Source: Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community Read More »

Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows

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Exclusive: A ReachTel poll of Victorian seat of Indi, New England in NSW and voters in South Australia finds just 26% support policy of sending all boat arrivals to offshore detention. The majority of voters in key marginal electorates want the federal government to take a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by… Source: Voters in marginal seats want more compassionate asylum policy, poll shows | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo

Carmen Lazar is used to receiving thanks from Syrian refugees, including digital bouquets of flowers posted on her Facebook page, but now the tireless president of the NSW based Assyrian Resource Centre has been called a “liar” by those who had hoped to call Australia home by now. As well as managing disappointment, other refugee organisations have been forced to lay off… Source: Refugee organisations lay off staff as 12,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in Australia in limbo Read More »

Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk

Syria and Colombia serve as an example of the consequences more than 87 million children face for growing up in conflict zones… Source: LatinAmerican Post – Growing up in a conflict zone puts brain development at risk Read More »

‘Lahore, Lahore hai’: the attack on my hometown has rocked me to the core

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Every innocent life taken by a terrorist’s bomb is as precious as the next, whether it happens in Lahore or Brussels. They all leave lifelong horror and grief in their wake… Source: ‘Lahore, Lahore hai’: the attack on my hometown has rocked me to the core | Mehreen Faruqi | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »

Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father

Victoria’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson has revealed that her father was a violent alcoholic, who beat her mother and siblings. Ms Richardson, who is also the state’s Minister for Women, returned to her birth country of Tanzania with her family for an ABC TV Australian Story program about her violent family history. The program was aired just a day before the… Source: Fiona Richardson tells Australian Story of violent alcoholic father Read More »

A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden

European countries’ acceptance rates say more about where migrants come from than where they are headed. THE latest European asylum statistics seem to offer good news for refugees. They show the acceptance rate jumping by ten percentage points to 60% in the final quarter of 2015—the highest rate ever. Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands all granted asylum in record numbers… Source: A proper comparison might show Italy is more hospitable to refugees than Sweden | The Economist Read More »

Migrant crisis: Chaos on Greek islands as aid workers quit refugee camps

Scenes of chaos awaited thousands of EU staff due to start arriving on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday to begin processing asylum seekers under a controversial EU deal to deport them back to Turkey… Source: Migrant crisis: Chaos on Greek islands as aid workers quit refugee camps Read More »

Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro system that killed 31 and wounded almost 300, the world reeled and commentary from global leaders, the media and various social analysts poured forth. On the one hand, you have those exacerbating the fear and uncertainty, while on the other, you have moments of extraordinary clarity, and reports of humanity and kindness…. Source: Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks | ... Read More »