Humanity

The time has come for a new international migration system

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If unaddressed, the current flow of refugees and migrants from Africa and Asia headed toward Europe might well turn into a major uncontrolled population movement for which Western governments will only… Alexander Casella  Asia Times And the consequences in Europe where immigration has become a domestic political issue are liable to be far… Historically refugee movements were essentially regional and did not overflow their… The time has… Read More »

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkish President could face arrest in Sweden over ‘genocide’ lawsuit

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Complaint is country’s first to be lodged against head of state, which could see him arrested if pursued by prosecutor’s… Lucy Pasha-Robinson Independent Swedish lawmakers have filed a complaint against the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war… Five MPs filed the lawsuit with Sweden’s public prosecutor for Mr Erdogan’s role in the bloody conflict between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants since… Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Read More »

Islamophobia is still raising its ugly head in Australia

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The existence and scale of Islamophobia in Australia has been hotly debated. While Muslims insist it is real and of significant scale, it has been either denied or downplayed in wider circles. Mehmet Ozalp The Conversation The main reason why Islamophobia has not been taken seriously could be due to the lack of quality data on the… Most research to date focused on surveys conducted on the negative sentiments of non… But our new study reports on actual Islamophobic incidents, ... Read More »

KKK marchers in Virginia town met by throngs of counter-protesters

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Supporters of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan marched in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8 to protest the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who oversaw Confederate forces in the… Hurriyet The Klan marchers were met by hundreds of jeering counter-protesters in this quiet university town, where the protest by the notorious white power group was authorized by officials in… Dozens of marchers – some carrying Confederate flags, a… KKK marchers in… Read More »

What are they so afraid of? I’m just a young brown Muslim woman speaking my mind

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By asserting my identity in a way that challenges my ‘place in the world’, I inadvertently challenge those who feel entitled to their privilege and status Yassmin Abdel-Magied The Guardian Given that I am now the most publicly hated Muslim in Australia, people have been asking me how I am. What do I say? That life has been great and I can’t wait to start my new adventure in London? That I’ve been overwhelmed with messages of support? Or do ... Read More »

Viewpoints: should euthanasia be available for people with existential suffering?

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Euthanasia debates often focus on people experiencing unbearable physiological or psychological… Xavier Symons Udo Schüklenk The Conversation But research suggests “loss of autonomy” is the primary reason for requesting euthanasia, even among patients with terminal… There have also been suggestions existential suffering could be one of the main motivations behind such… Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a… Viewpoints: should euthanasia… Read More »

ATO fraud scandal: just how big is the public service’s nepotism problem?

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Public servants’ conflicts of interest remain ineffectively monitored. Richard Mulgan The Canberra Times The recent resignation of Tax Office deputy commissioner Michael Cranston, along with allegations of impropriety against other senior ATO officials, raises important questions about public sector ethics and… The accusations arose out of extensive inquiries into a tax fraud involving Plutus Payroll Australia, a company providing payroll services for large… ATO fraud scandal… Read More »

Border Force illegally sent two Australian citizens to Christmas Island

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New Zealand-born men released when error was realised in episode reminiscent of Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon cases Ben Doherty The Guardian Australian Border Force illegally detained two Australian citizens and sent them to Christmas Island in an episode reminiscent of the Cornelia Rau and Vivian Solon cases of more than a decade ago. Guardian Australia understands the two men are New Zealand-born but hold dual Australian… Border Force illegally… Read More »

‘Migration will become a human right’ – interview with Mohsin Hamid

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The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist talks to Graeme Green about extremism, the refugee crisis and feeling at home in… New Internationalist In your new novel, Exit West, you write: ‘Geography is destiny’… In geopolitical terms, geography can be a matter of life and death. When relations between people start to break down, when suspicion and xenophobia grow, and when schisms… Very often, we experience political events in a particular way because of who we… •‘Migration will become… Read More »

‘I’m doing something good’: From construction worker to people smuggler

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Omar* is a husband and father of four. He used to work in construction, but these days he’s a people smuggler. The Age * Under the cover of darkness, he and his small band of fellow smugglers guide their Syrian customers along paths through the mountains where they sit and wait for precisely the… “Theoretically, it’s wrong to have a job like this, and illegal. But from a practical… ‘I’m doing something… Read More »

Could there be a link between genocide and suicide?

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Genocide and suicide are connected in some contexts. Sometimes the connection is direct; occasionally it is indirect. Colin Tatz The Conversation This relationship hardly figures in suicide studies. Only a handful of case studies are to hand – and they tell us little. We can start with Namibia (1904 to 1906), then the Armenian genocide (1915 to 1923), move to the Holocaust (1933 to 1945), and then to Rwanda and Bosnia in the… We know very little about suicide and ... Read More »

Indonesian boy wrongfully jailed in WA adult prison for people smuggling has conviction overturned

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Ali Jasmin was 13 when detained by Australian authorities for cooking on a boat carrying asylum… Australian Associated Press The Guardian A young Indonesian man who served time in a Western Australian adult prison for people smuggling despite being a child at the time has had his conviction… Ali Jasmin, also known as Ali Yasmin, was a crew member on a boat transporting 55 Afghan asylum seekers and was aged 14 in December 2010 when he was sentenced as an ... Read More »

Who is responsible if a brain-controlled robot drops a baby?

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Neuroethics: Neurotech experts call for new measures to ensure brain-controlled devices are beneficial and safe Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering EurekAlert! Wyss Center, Geneva, Switzerland – As brain-controlled robots enter everyday life, an article published in Science states that now is the time to take action and put in place guidelines that ensure the safe and… Accountability, responsibility, privacy and security are all key when considering ethical dimensions of this emerging… Who is responsible… Read More »

We’re quick to label refugees as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but they’re all entitled to protection

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A refugee I met last year in Canada has been charged with beating his wife. The ensuing coverage has encapsulated the extremes of the immigration debate. Amos Roberts  The Guardian Man who beat wife said he didn’t know it was against the law,” read the headline. Underneath, a photo of a man I knew very well – a man I’d once sympathised with. A distinctive underbite, thick salt and pepper hair, olive skin. I read on, with mounting… We’re quick ... Read More »

Why do politicians get away with peddling porkies and ‘alternative facts’?

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Analysis In my house, if you claim to know something, you’d better be correct. It’s become a common reflex to ask whether the dispenser of facts is 100 per cent certain of their veracity. Emma Alberici ABC Such is the quest to be first with knowledge that serious familial opprobrium rains on those who dare to insist they’re right when they are not. So when I recently declared that I was 110 per cent confident that Uluru was the town ... Read More »

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

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China’s jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer told AFP on June… Hurriyet Liu, who had about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed on May 23 and was released days later, said lawyer Mo… The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang. “He has no special… China releases Nobel… Read More »