Letters

An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

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Dear Bernie: I know you and I have had our differences over the past few months, so perhaps I’m not the person you’re most inclined to listen to about your political future. But please, hear me out. You’ve had a pretty good run so far. A year ago, you were trailing Hillary Clinton by 50 points in the polls. No one… Source: An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders – The Boston Globe Read More »

Assange supporters condemn UK and Sweden in open letter

Five hundred prominent names, including Ai Weiwei and Mairead Maguire, accuse countries of undermining UN human rights covenants Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have published an open letter signed by 500 prominent artists, Nobel prize winners and human rights organisations accusing the… Source: Assange supporters condemn UK and Sweden in open letter | Media | The Guardian Read More »

A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

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Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, I write this letter to you with a heavy heart as it pains me deeply to see the beautiful dream of a strong and proud Israel, the country that was expected to embrace what is virtuous, moral, and just, now losing its reason for being—as a free and secure Jewish state living in peace and harmony with its neighbors… Source: A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu – Alon Ben-Meir Read More »

 Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age: An Open Letter to the American People

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North Korea’s nuclear test reminds us that the danger of nuclear war is not an abstraction but a continuing menace that we ignore at our peril. The Nation – By Richard Falk, David Krieger and Robert Laney Dear fellow citizens: By their purported test of a hydrogen bomb early in 2016, North Korea reminded the world that nuclear dangers are not an abstraction, but a continuing menace that the governments and peoples of the world ignore at their peril. Even if ... Read More »

Greek islands potential Nobel Peace Prize winner

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An excellent  and worthy suggestion Costa Cosmas The past year I was in Greece for 3 months, where I personally experienced the arrival of thousands of refugees during my stay and specifically on the island of Lesbos during the great, continuing, economic crisis. To witness thousands of refugees with their children and babies walking behind each other, without knowing  actually to where they were  heading or how they would be received was a sadness for me, but to them an ... Read More »

A Christmas letter from Manus

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On 30 November 2015, Six hundred men in Manus RPC, PNG, wrote the following letter to Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Julian Burnside The importance of this letter is that it sets a challenge for all of us who are preparing to celebrate Christmas. Read the letter and ask yourself: by treating people this way, are we being true to the Christian spirit, or are we betraying it?  Christmas ... Read More »

This week’s column is a public response to an email sent to me from Darwin resident Ian*.

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Maria, I am fed up with looking at your smug face in the newspaper you ugly Greek hag. Did somebody tell you that your wog bitch opinion is important? F*ck off. Ian, Darwin Dear Ian, Thanks for your email. I always appreciate fan mail. I also make it a priority to respond to readers who have taken the time to send me a message, no matter how ideologically opposed our views may be. But the thing is Ian, it appears ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani urged to release student activist Bahareh Hedayat

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Leading academic figures write open letter to Iranian president asking for jailed student activist to be released The Guardian – Saeed Kamali Dehghan More than 30 leading university professors have signed an open letter urging Iran’s president and its chief of judiciary to release the respected student activist Bahareh Hedayat, who has spent more than six years in jail. Hedayat, arrested in 2009, was expected to be released this summer after serving her original sentence in full, but it has ... Read More »

Obama: The Courage to Say ‘We Were Wrong’

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This article is cross-posted on thecommunity.com. Some months ago 11 other Nobel Peace Prize laureates and I co-signed an open letter to President Obama on the use of torture by the U.S. Two days ago I received a response from the President. (See both letters here.) The Huffington Post – José Ramos-Horta, Former President, East Timor, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Most of Obama’s letter contained information we already know. One of his first acts in office was to sign ... Read More »

 Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter From Thomas Piketty to Angela Merkel

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” Five leading economists warn the German chancellor, “History will remember you for your actions this week.” The Nation – By Thomas Piketty, Jeffrey Sachs, Heiner Flassbeck, Dani Rodrik and Simon Wren-Lewis The never-ending austerity that Europe is force-feeding the Greek people is simply not working. Now Greece has loudly said no more. ””” Global campaign group Avaaz organized this open letter to Angela Merkel on the back of a petition, signed by over half a million Europeans, demanding an end to the ... Read More »

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ article in Der Tagesspiegel: German taxpayers are not paying for Greek pensions

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ article in Der Tagesspiegel: German taxpayers are not paying for Greek pensions During a negotiation, an exchange of arguments is legitimate so long as there is sincerity and good faith between the parties. Otherwise, when the dialogue is ongoing with no end in sight then the methods used are akin to those described by the great German philosopher Schopenhauer in “The Art of Always Being Right”! For example, it is unfair to selectively use statistical indexes ... Read More »

You Are Not a North Cyprus Girl

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An open letter in response to Martina Cole’s recent article in Woman and Home Magazine, where she discusses her home in the north of Cyprus. My quotations are from Martina Cole’s 2012 Daily Mail article and her 2015 feature in Woman and Home magazine, (both concerning Cyprus) and from her Twitter account. I address her portrayal of Occupied Cyprus as a charmed land and a tourist destination. By rhiannoneva My grandmother was a North Cyprus girl. Her village was as far north ... Read More »

Nick Xenophon’s plea to Indonesia on Bali nine clemency

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Nick Xenophon has written an open letter in Bahasa Indonesia to our northern neighbours calling for clemency for the Bali nine duo. The Age – Nick Xenophon Permohonanku kepada Rakyat Indonesia Tetangga kami yang baik, Bangsa Indonesia, Anda tidak mengenal saya, namun di antara umat manusia yang berpihak pada kemauan baik, kita tidak mengenal istilah “orang asing”, kita hanyalah teman-teman yang belum pernah bertemu. Minggu yang lalu, saya berada di negara Anda yang indah bersama Mufti Agung Australia, Yang Mulia Profesor ... Read More »

An Open Letter On Mandatory Data Retention To Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

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How are you? Good? I hope you’re well — it looks like you’ve been in a good mood lately. Seems like the opinion polls are treating you kindly. Keeping all those zingers warm and ready for Tony’s next fumble, hopefully. Either way, I hope you’re feeling better than a lot of your supporters are right now. Junkee. – By Jeremy Stevens It’s a little disappointing to learn that you and your colleagues within the Labor Party are helping the Coalition pass ... Read More »

Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

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This story appears in the March 23, 2015 issue of Forbes. By Steve Forbes, Forbes Staff DEAR PRIME MINISTER Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors is a fraction of what it once was. Businesses, banks and others have had plenty of time to prepare for ... Read More »

Open Letter To The German Readers

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Greece president Alexis Tsipras’ “open letter” to German citizens was published first in Handelsblatt, a leading German language business newspaper. The Moroccan Times Most of you, dear Handesblatt readers, will have formed a preconception of what this article is about before you actually read it. I am imploring you not to succumb to such preconceptions. Prejudice was never a good guide, especially during periods when an economic crisis reinforces stereotypes and breeds biggotry, nationalism, even violence. In 2010, the Greek ... Read More »