Humanity

Argentina Dirty War: Killer Etchecolatz gets house arrest

A court in Argentina has granted house arrest to an 88-year-old former police officer who was serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity BBC Miguel Etchecolatz headed police investigations in Buenos Aires province from 1976 to late 1977, when Argentina was ruled by a military junta. Etchecolatz confessed to killing political opponents under military rule although he never said how many. He was also found guilty of stealing the baby of two Uruguayan militants. The court ruled that because ... Read More »

Italy’s ‘minister of fear’

Interior Minister Marco Minniti credits his ‘desert diplomacy’ with stopping the flow of migrants to Italy. By GIULIA PARAVICINI Politico To his admirers, Marco Minniti, Italy’s powerful interior minister, is the mastermind who solved Europe’s migration problem. To his critics, he’s the unscrupulous architect of a secret deal with North African militias and thus responsible for severe human rights violations of refugees trapped in Libyan detention centers. Since he took office in December 2016, the 61-year-old former communist from Calabria, ... Read More »

Learning by giving: How today’s students can become tomorrow’s philanthropists

If someone asked you to picture a philanthropist, chances are a billionaire like Bill Gates or John D. Rockefeller Sr. would come to mind. Jodi Benenson David Campbell Lindsey M. McDougle The Conversation But not all philanthropists are billionaires, or even millionaires for that matter. People who make modest gifts of time or money can make a big difference in their communities. We are professors who teach and do research about philanthropy, the practice of expressing generosity by giving away ... Read More »

Israel has transferred Ahed Tamimi to three different detention facilities in the last five days even though she has not yet been charged with a crime

The recent arrest of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi by Israeli soldiers from her family home in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh has sparked protest around the world and refocused light on Israel’s unjust treatment of Palestinian children Jesse Rubin  Mondoweiss In the five days since her arrest, Israeli authorities have attempted to coerce confession from Ahed, a minor, without access to a lawyer or a parent (her mother Nariman was herself arrested when she arrived to accompany her daughter ... Read More »

Rohingya: 500,000 unlikely to receive schooling in 2018

A humanitarian organisation has warned of a “lost generation” with more than 500,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh unlikely to receive schooling in 2018. AlJazeera The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said unless interventions are “urgently funded”, the humanitarian needs of children will only increase. “Education in emergencies is a life-saving and life-changing intervention – helping children recover and cope with the continuing adversity they face,” said Sarah Smith, the… “This is incredibly urgent for Rohingya children; no… Rohingya: 500,000 unlikely… Read More »

‘This republic breaks all borders’: a dialogue with Behrouz Boochani on Manus

I have known Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani since 2014. Arnold Zable He fled Iran in fear for his safety as an advocate for Kurdish rights and culture. The Age He has been detained on Manus Island since August 2013. Over the years we have often discussed his predicament, and how it has changed the way he views the world. Behrouz combines political insight with philosophical reflection, but at heart he is an artist: a writer and poet with an eye for both ... Read More »

Dani Garavelli: What pride in a blue passport represents

If you want an end-of-year snapshot of the UK’s descent into a basket case of distorted values, you need look no further than the juxtaposition of two statements made by Theresa May last week. Dani Garavelli The Scotsman On Wednesday, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons and talked down the plight of 2,500 homeless children in a London borough. They would not, she explained with teeth-gritted forbearance, actually be sleeping on the streets; they would instead spend ... Read More »

New Genome Scores Predict Breast Cancer Odds for Any Woman

Drawing on giant population studies, the diagnostics company Myriad Genetics introduces a novel type of DNA test to predict cancer. Antonio Regalado MIT Technology Review The actress Angelina Jolie prompted droves of women to seek genetic testing after she revealed, in 2013, that a “faulty gene” called BRCA1 had given her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. In the face of those odds, Jolie had decided to have her breasts removed. “I chose not to keep my story private because ... Read More »

STM opening metro stations as shelters for homeless during freezing weather

STM metro stations will serve as shelters for the homeless during the cold winter months STM has teamed up with several other organizations to provide those in need with a warm place to stay and social services at various metro stations. DH Montreal Staff The initiative has been in place for five years. Social workers will also be on site offering those in need a shuttle service when the stations close for the evening. “Homelessness is a complex social phenomenon that challenges ... Read More »

This man died sleeping on Birmingham streets. What happened to his life?

Father of Paul Williams, who died in sub-zero temperatures outside a restaurant in the Bullring centre, searches for answers Caroline Davies The Guardian Two days after his son’s death, Bob Williams made his way to a semi-industrialised street in central Birmingham to start an emotional journey to discover his missing years. “This is as close as I can get to where he was,” said the 65-year-old retired telecoms engineer, surveying piles of donated food, clothing and bedding at the Birmingham Homeless Outreach (BHO) drop-in ... Read More »

Venezuela crisis: Farmers struggle as people go hungry

The state of Portuguesa is Venezuela’s breadbasket – full of crops like rice, beans, soya and sunflowers. Katy Watson BBC It is also where Venezuela’s staple corn is grown – the raw material for much-loved corn patties or arepas. Imposing metal silos stand tall on the horizon. At a time when people in the country are going hungry, Portuguesa is a strategic part of the economy. But the breadbasket is looking a bit emptier these days. Ronald Lakra and his family ... Read More »

’Swastika Trail’ street name to remain in Ontario township

A street in southern Ontario will retain the name “Swastika Trail” after Puslinch Township council voted 4-1 against changing the privately owned street name during a meeting on Wednesday evening Canadian Press The matter arose last month when B’nai Brith Canada launched an online petition calling on the township about 75 kilometres west of Toronto to change the street name. Nearly two months ago, members of the neighbourhood association held their own vote in which a slight majority of residents ... Read More »

A former Israeli diplomat answers 5 questions about Jerusalem

Editor’s note: Professor Dan Arbell of American University, who spent 25 years in the Israeli Foreign Service, answers five questions about Jerusalem, which President Donald Trump recently recognized as the capital of Israel. Dan Arbell The Conversation 1. What is Jerusalem like today? Jerusalem has a growing high-tech sector, a diverse, multicultural and multiethnic population, and bustling business centers and marketplaces that attract millions of tourists annually. Jerusalem is situated in a mountainous region, at 2,650 feet above sea level, ... Read More »

Socialism is still popular in U.S. despite the Venezuelan

It’s a puzzle. Over the last decade, Venezuela has supplanted Cuba as the Shangri-La of the American left. Not long ago, self-declared socialist Sen. Jonah Goldberg Tribune Content Agency Chicago Tribune Bernie Sanders insisted that the American dream was more achievable in the Bolivarian Republic than in America. A string of Hollywood luminaries made the pilgrimage to visit the socialist mecca to say ponderous and stupid things. Today, the praise is more muted because events have illuminated that stupidity. The ... Read More »

Myanmar: UN human rights investigator barred from entering country amid Rohingya crisis

The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar’s military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her… ABC Reuters Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur, had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar, including alleged abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. But Myanmar had told her she was no longer welcome, she said, adding in a statement that ... Read More »

Tamil asylum seeker to be deported after failing to meet deadline

Detainee struggled to fill out 41-page application form in English – and was not able to access legal assistance in time Ben Doherty The Guardian A Tamil asylum seeker has become the first person slated for deportation – without having his claim for protection even assessed – after falling foul of the ministerial deadline of 1 October to apply. The man, who has been given the pseudonym Rajah because he remains at risk of being deported, was placed in handcuffs ... Read More »