Humanity

Giant ‘Dead Whale’ Is Haunting Reminder of Massive Plastic Pollution Problem

Greenpeace Philippines recently created a real… whale of a public art piece (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves), to address one of the world’s most serious problems: plastic pollution. Expand Your Consciousness In an effort to motivate the public to consider the impact this plastic trash has on our planet and illustrate why we need to recycle, use alternative biodegradable containers (like hemp or glass) when possible, and participate in local clean-up projects, Greenpeace Philippines created a powerful visual and global message ... Read More »

Remembering the Holocaust in Ukraine

Some countries in Eastern Europe, like Ukraine, remain reluctant to fully confront the darker aspects of their nation’s World War II history. Josh Cohen The National Interest With Holocaust Remembrance Day dawning last Saturday, it’s important to remember that the Nazis could not have implemented the Shoah without widespread assistance from local collaborators. While Western European nations have largely come to grips with the fact that some of their citizens collaborated with the Nazis, some countries in Eastern Europe remain ... Read More »

Celebrated and beloved Age journalist Michael Gordon dies aged 62

Michael Gordon, a giant of Australian journalism and one of The Age’smost loved, respected and lauded writers, has died at the age of 62. Debbie Cuthbertson The Sydney Morning Herald He is believed to have suffered a heart attack while taking part in an ocean swim at Cowes, on Phillip Island, on Saturday morning. He was pulled from the water and brought to shore shortly before 10.30am. Despite the best efforts of emergency services, who spent more than an hour trying ... Read More »

Illustrating the Nauru files: ‘We have to fight with something’

Artistic depictions of detention, based on Guardian Australia’s publication of leaked files, make you feel a deep kind of horrible about what happened on Nauru Naaman Zhou The Guardian The incident report that Melbourne artist Angela Brennan read had all the names redacted. It said that at 1.35pm one day on Nauru in March 2015 someone told a staff member two children had become upset in maths class. Another family had been medically evacuated to Australia and the children felt left behind. ... Read More »

The refugee crisis isn’t about refugees. It’s about us

I was a child refugee, writes the Chinese artist and activist. I know how it feels to live in a camp, robbed of my humanity. Refugees must be seen to be an essential part of our shared humanity Ai Weiwei The Guardisn I was born in 1957, the same year China purged more than 300,000 intellectuals, including writers, teachers, journalists and whoever dared to criticise the newly established communist government. As part of a series of campaigns led by what ... Read More »

The Economics Of Slavery: Spending Power Is Linked To People Power

We might not be as free as we think we are, writes Matthew Clark. Edward Santow – Australia’s newest Human Rights Commissioner – has noted that more people live in slavery today than at any previous time in world history. Matthew C. Clarke New Matilda How is that possible? Some of the most detailed and credible estimates of how many slaves are in the world today come from Australian research by the Walk Free Foundation. After producing The Global Slavery ... Read More »

Anti-Abortion Democrat Loses Key Support To Progressive Challenger

Marie Newman’s campaign against Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) is getting a big boost from EMILY’s List By Daniel Marans HuffPost EMILY’s List, the fundraising group that backs pro-abortion rights Democratic women, on Friday endorsed Illinois progressive Marie Newman’s campaign against Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress. Support from EMILY’s List, a fundraising powerhouse closely aligned with Democratic Party leadership, gives Newman a major boost in her effort to unseat Lipinski in the March 20 ... Read More »

Images of mutilated female Kurdish fighter spark outrage

A video captured in Syria shows the body of a female Kurdish fighter which has been mutilated by a group of Turkish-backed rebels, the British Daily Mail newspaper reports. Ahval The woman, identified by Kurdish officials as Barin Kobani, was reportedly a fighter from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a mainly-Kurdish fighting force that Turkey is fighting against in the northwest Syrian region of Afrin. The video shows a dozen men around her mutilated body, which has been partially stripped ... Read More »

Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor?

New Database Helps Retailers Combat Abuse The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, known best for its red, yellow and green sustainable seafood-rating scheme, is unveiling its first Seafood Slavery Risk Tool on Thursday. npr It’s a database designed to help corporate seafood buyers assess the risk of forced labor, human trafficking and hazardous child labor in the seafood they purchase. The tool’s release comes on the heels of a new report that confirms forced labor and human rights abuses ... Read More »

How Canada is inspiring Scandinavian countries on immigration

As a wave of “Scandimania” sweeps the world, Canada is serving as an inspiration for Scandinavian countries dealing with the challenges of increased immigration and ethnic diversity. Trygve Ugland The Conversation Scandinavia has, for a long time, been portrayed as a model for other countries. The international fascination with Scandinavia derives from a broadly shared impression that Denmark, Norway and Sweden have successfully combined private capitalism and economic growth, on the one hand, with state intervention and social equity on ... Read More »

Why have mildly erotic nymphs been removed from a Manchester gallery? Is Picasso next?

Hylas and the Nymphs is no masterpiece. But if it has to be removed from a gallery, will the nudes of Titian and Picasso be next? My, what a utopia Jonathan Jones The Guardian Manchester Art Gallery says it has removed JW Waterhouse’s 1896 painting Hylas and the Nymphs from its displays “to prompt conversation”. Yet the conversation can only really be about one thing: should museums censor works of art on political grounds? There can only be one answer ... Read More »

An immigrant’s life as a bargaining chip in US politics

On the one-year anniversary of his presidency, Donald Trump tweeted, “If there is no Wall, there is no DACA,” pitting his longtime promise to build a fence along the southern US border against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, introduced by former President Barack Obama in… by Khaled A Beydoun AlJazeera For Trump, his base, and a cohort of Republican leaders in states where xenophobia is resonant and the Latinx population is yet to emerge as a political force, ... Read More »

Israel criticises Poland over proposed Holocaust law

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticised a proposed bill that would make it illegal to describe Nazi death camps as Polish. BBC “I strongly oppose it. One cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied,” he said in a statement. Under the bill, which is an amendment to an existing Polish law, anyone who suggests Poland was responsible for Nazi crimes could face a prison term. It is expected to pass in the Senate before being signed by ... Read More »

Invasion Day Post

A line comes to mind in contemplating those who have come to our shores over the past two centuries ‘They came from the old world to the new, only to discover it was far more ancient than the old.’ Arnold Zable Twenty-two years ago, 1995. I am standing in front of a map of the State of Victoria as seen through Aboriginal eyes. Dated 1836 till 1853, titled The Massacre Map, it marks over sixty sites of known killings of ... Read More »

30 migrants drown after boat sinks off Yemen: UN

At least 30 African migrants drowned when their boat capsized off war-torn Yemen this week with reports of gunfire being used against those on board, the United Nations said Jan. 26. ADEN – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemen on Jan. 23, the U.N. refugee and migration agencies said in a joint statement. The vessel is believed to have been operated by unscrupulous smugglers who were ... Read More »

Rohingya crisis: US diplomat quits advisory panel

Veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson has resigned from an international panel set up by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise on the Rohingya crisis He claimed the panel was a “whitewash” and accused Ms Suu Kyi, his long-time friend, of lacking “moral leadership”. BBC Myanmar said he should “review himself” over the “personal attack”. More than 650,000 Rohingya people, from a mostly-Muslim minority in Buddhist Myanmar, fled to Bangladesh last year in the face of a military crackdown. ... Read More »