Humanity

Farmer on Trial Defends Smuggling Migrants: ‘I Am a Frenchman.’

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NICE, France — At times it was hard to know who was on trial, the smuggler or the state. By ADAM NOSSITER  The New York Times The defendant, Cédric Herrou, 37, a slightly built olive farmer, did not deny that for months he had illegally spirited dozens of migrants through the remote mountain valley where he lives. He would do… Farmer on Trial… Read More »

Humanity may self-destruct, but the universe can cope perfectly without us

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Chances are that the cosmos neither treasures nor regrets humans. Lionel Shriver The Guardian It permits us, with marvellous neutrality, and could do without our interference. In a Scandinavian hotel a… Humanity may self… Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »

End violence in Myanmar, Nobel laureates urge U.N. Security Council

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a dozen Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to end “ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State. By Sebastien Malo At least 86 people have been killed in a… End violence in… Read More »

Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action?

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After a year of surprising election results and referendums, and violence in protests, terrorism and war, the term “empathy” has been cited by many as a key component to helping groups of people that have little in common, or disagree, come together. The New York Times Jamil Zaki and Paul Bloom But does empathy actually increase the ability of opposing parties to understand each other better, or otherwise inform correct moral action? Empathy Can Lead to… Does Empathy Guide or… Read More »

3 Humanitarian Crises The World Needs To Pay More Attention To In 2017

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This year we watched Aleppo, Mosul and the refugee crisis unfold, but there are many other conflict stories that went untold. Michael Bowers  The Huffington Post As 2016 comes to a close, we watch as bloodied and injured civilians evacuate Aleppo; innocent families struggle to survive in the… 3 Humanitarian Crises… Read More »

Greater transparency can restore trust in charities

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Australians donate almost $7 billion a year to charities. Editorial The Age But that is not the important figure. What’s far more significant – and far more difficult to find out – is how… Greater transparency can… Read More »

Refugees Welcome

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Ordinary Canadians, trying to intervene in one of the worst problems on earth. Desperate Syrians, shocked that strangers were adopting them for a year. We spent a year asking: How will this work out? A series by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn The New York Times Refugees Welcome… Read More »

Europe is failing to help a generation of traumatised children

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Eight million child refugees is a mental health time bomb. The Guardian Joan Smith Ignoring it now would be a terrible mistake Everyone knows there’s an… Europe is failing to help a… Read More »

Daily Bread Food Bank behind on food donations by large margin

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It may be because more people are choosing to donate money over food, according to executive director. By FAKIHA BAIG Staff Reporter The Star The Daily Bread Food Bank is behind on its food collection goal for the holidays by about 900,000 pounds as… Daily Bread Food… Read More »

Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by BBC deemed inadmissible to Canada

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An activist praised for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan” from Pakistan has had her asylum hearing suspended by Canadian border-enforcement authorities. The Star Nicholas Keung A refugee named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016 has had her asylum claim suspended by Ottawa because of her activism. Karima Mehrab was recognized by… Refugee praised as ‘inspirational’ by… Read More »

Muslim choir girls sing Arabic Christmas carols in touching video from Beirut

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Footage captured at a December concert in the Lebanese capital warms hearts all over the world Bethan McKernan Independent Footage of a Muslim girls’ choir singing Christmas carols at a church concert has emerged from the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The ensemble of around 40 girls can be seen in a video singing ‘Silent Night’ in Arabic at St Elie Greek Catholic Church, located in a majority Muslim neighbourhood of the… The Imam Sadr Foundation choir was taking part in a… Muslim choir girls… Read More »

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

Nigel Farage hits out after Archbishop says 2016 has left world ‘awash with division’

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FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hit out at the Archbishop of Canterbury, after he said the past year had left a world “awash with division and fear”. Sunday Express In his Christmas Day sermon, the Most Rev Justin Welby said 2016 had left people facing a future that… Nigel Farage hits… Read More »

Drexel Professor Has A History Of Hating White People And Wishing For Their Genocide

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Drexel associate professor of political science George Ciccariello-Maher has a long history of espousing racist views towards white people on Twitter and has at times supported genocide. Alex Pfeiffer The Daily Caller Cicariello-Maher, a white man who specializes in race and racism among other topics, has been the… Drexel Professor Has… Read More »

The White Envelope

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It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. As told by Nancy W. Gavin ‘becomingmimimalist‘ No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the… The White Envelope… Read More »