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‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison

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Syria’s most notorious jail has been a journalistic blank spot. Now ex-detainees and architects have built an accurate model, using ‘ear-witness’ testimony, of the president’s hellish torture house Samer al-Ahmed remembers the size of the small hatch near the bottom of his cell door because he was regularly forced to squeeze his head through… Source: ‘The worst place on earth’: inside Assad’s brutal Saydnaya prison | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files

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Minister accuses news organisations of ‘trivialising’ grave issues ‘by trying to promote the 2,100 reports as somehow all being serious when they’re not’ Australia’s immigration minister has launched a wide-ranging attack on the Guardian and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, saying he wasn’t going to… Source: Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Vietnam rejects rocket launcher report, says it believes in peaceful self-defense

Vietnam says the recent Reuters report on its alleged deployment of rocket launchers to its bases in the Spratly islands is inaccurate. Even if it had done so, such an act only reflects… Source: Vietnam rejects rocket launcher report, says it believes in peaceful self-defense – Asia Times Read More »

Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees?

The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre – one of the two key sites of Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime – will close. A date is not set, nor any arrangement confirmed for resettling the 854 men still detained there. In April 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court found the detention arrangement on Manus Island was unconstitutional. PNG… Source: Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees? Read More »

Oxfam calls for Australia to triple humanitarian migration intake

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Charity says Australia should resettle 42,000 humanitarian applicants a year from 2020 to ‘address the global migration crisis’ Australia could comfortably triple its humanitarian migration intake to 42,000 people a year, Oxfam has said in a statement, as the fallout from the Nauru filesand the… Source: Oxfam calls for Australia to triple humanitarian migration intake | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

South Sudan’s Risky Political Impasse

International actors are struggling to respond to the evolving situation in South Sudan, meanwhile regional actors are busy creating facts on the ground.. One year ago, the main warring parties in South Sudan – the government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) signed a peace agreement designed to end South Sudan’s nearly two-year civil war. The… Source: South Sudan’s Risky Political Impasse | International Crisis Group Read More »

Diaspora Jews Are Joining Palestinians in Nonviolent Resistance to the Occupation

There’s a power in using our privilege as American Jews to stand for peace and justice. By Ilana Sumka I,ve always wondered if a day would come when there would be a cause so important that I would be willing to get arrested for standing up for what Source: Diaspora Jews Are Joining Palestinians in Nonviolent Resistance to the Occupation | The Nation Read More »

Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have Sex With CHILDREN After Lowering Age of Consent to 12

The Constitutional Court has ruled to annul a provision that punishes all sexual acts against children under the age of 15 as “sexual abuse,” stirring outrage from academics and women’s rights activists who warn that the decision will lead to cases of child abuse going unpunished. The Constitutional Court discussed the issue upon an application from a district court, which complained that the current law does not discriminate between age groups in… Source: Turkey Has Made it Legal to Have ... Read More »

The Ottoman Caper Part II

A month has passed since the ill-fated coup d’état in Turkey of 15 July. By Dr Bruce Mabley Tens of thousands of suspected Gulenists have been rounded up and either charged by the justice system or relieved of their employment. However, removing Gulenists from the upper-level professions has left the Turkish economy vulnerable to future troubles and could potentially weaken the… Source: The Ottoman Caper Part II – AIIA Read More »

Amnesty charged with sedition under ‘archaic’ Indian law

Human rights group Amnesty India says charges of sedition laid against it in India are an attempt to stifle free speech. The human rights group held a weekend event in the southern Indian city of Bangalore discussing alleged rights abuses by Indian forces in disputed Kashmir… Source: Amnesty charged with sedition under ‘archaic’ Indian law – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Atauro Island: scientists discover the most biodiverse waters in the world

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Conservation International finds 643 species around Timor-Leste island, some of which are believed to be entirely new A small island, a short boat trip from Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, appears to have the most biodiverse waters anywhere in the world. There is a push for the site to… Source: Atauro Island: scientists discover the most biodiverse waters in the world | World news | The Guardian Read More »

European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all

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In dealing with the influx of asylum seekers, it’s clear that hiding behind the sovereignty of another state is becoming increasingly untenable Last week’s publication in the Guardian of over 2000 files from Nauru, a small Pacific island nation that accepts asylum seekers who try to come to… Source: European politicians take note: the ‘Australian solution’ is no solution at all | Nikolas Feith Tan | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Revealed: Peter Dutton’s extensive briefings about risks and harm to children on Nauru

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Exclusive: Save the Children provided immigration minister with detailed analysis well before Dutton referred to allegations in the Nauru files as ‘hype’ Paul Farrell Read the letters in full Australia’s immigration minister was extensively briefed about the impact prolonged detention was having on children held on Nauru, official… Source: Revealed: Peter Dutton’s extensive briefings about risks and harm to children on Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey: New wave of arrests against journalists leave renowned author Aslı Erdoğan in prison

7 August 2017 – PEN International is very concerned about the detention of Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist, in Turkey following a police raid into her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Two further journalists from IMC TV, ... Read More »

Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you?

It seems obvious that your friends would agree they are your friends. But recent findings published in the journal PLOS ONE call this into question. At least that’s the message you would take if you went with popular media coverage of the… Source: Research Check: is it true only half your friends actually like you? Read More »

Manus Island detention centre to close, Australia and Papua New Guinea agree

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Immigration minister Peter Dutton offers no details on plans for the 854 detainees, but says none will be resettled in Australia Australia and Papua New Guinea have agreed to close the Manus Island detention centre, PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill has said, but he has offered no detail on… Source: Manus Island detention centre to close, Australia and Papua New Guinea agree | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »