Refugees

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

America’s loss will be our gain

It was Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island since August 2013, who first alerted me to the story of Mehdi Savari. Arnold Zable The Age Short in stature, 31 years old, in Iran Savari was a stage actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, and the host of a popular… America’s loss will… Read More »

Australians protest in support of refugees

Protests have continued around Australia, as the White House confirmed the US President will honour a refugee resettlement deal with Australia – in some way. Sonja Heydeman and Biwa Kwan SBS Under the deal, the United States would take up to 1,250 asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru. In return, Australia… Australians protest in… Read More »

Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia

The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic. Roj Amedi The Saturday Paper Once basic values of human life and human rights are eroded by propaganda and falsehoods, society becomes accustomed to performing and entrenching oppression. The voices of… Systematic racism, dehumanisation… Read More »

Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations

Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and thinktanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate… Michael Slezak The Guardian With the US-Australia refugee deal now in doubt, an unprecedented coalition of more than 70 organisations has joined forces to call for immigration camps… Close Manus and… Read More »

Why Middle Eastern nations support Trump’s immigration halt

The US president’s measure has had precisely the result he intended, giving succour to those engaged in an existential war against jihadist elements Spengler Asia Times Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.” The much-criticized measure… Why Middle Eastern nations… Read More »

On refugees, Trump and Turnbull compete in a race to the bottom

As the former Australian immigration minister said about Trump’s border plans: ‘Really, the rest of the world is catching up to… Oliver Laughland The Guardian The fallout between President Donald Trump and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, on the resettlement of refugees is not only an… On refugees, Trump… Read More »

The Australia government is playing Russian roulette with women’s lives

The case of a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia on Nauru is sadly representative of a broader risk women face on the island Katie Robertson The Guardian While much focus this week has been on whether President Trump will honour the covert deal made by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Obama administration to accept some of the refugees held in Australia’s… The Australia government… Read More »

Two children, two faiths, one message

(CNN) – A photo of two kids — a Muslim girl and Jewish boy — rallying for the same cause alongside their dads, warmed the hearts of audiences across social media. Gisela Crespo CNN Both children are pictured hoisted high above the crowd on their father’s shoulders, holding handmade signs. Seven-year-old Meryem looks across at Adin, 9, who is smiling back at her. Her father, Fatih… Two children, two… Read More »