Letters

Open letter: Living in the hell called Nauru

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I am writing as a mother in Nauru house of detention. After 10 months of being detained on Christmas Island, my three-member family was brought here: myself and my husband and my son who is not yet three. As I knew we were going to be forcefully taken to Nauru, I felt sadness and spent all the night crying in ... Read More »

Who’s afraid of the Marquis de Sade?

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The radical 18th Century libertine left a profound mark on our culture. He’s everywhere – but why does he still scare us? Jason Farago explains. “Either kill me or take me like this, for I will not change,” wrote the imprisoned Marquis de Sade to his wife in 1783. It could only be one or the other for the most ... Read More »

The Scottish Referendum and Cyprus

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Mr. David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom London Mr Prime Minister THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM AND CYPRUS We write to you on behalf of the Greek Cypriot refugees and displaced people from the District of Kyrenia, in Cyprus. We became refugees and displaced , following the Turkish invasion and occupation of 37% of Cyprus,  in 1974. Please be reminded that ... Read More »

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane

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Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The statement is as follows: ... Read More »

Nurse says she’s tired of treating ISIL terrorists

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A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the “Islamic State.” Comments The nurse, who was ... Read More »

An open letter to Prime Minister of Germany

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To the Hon. Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Dear Chancellor Merkel We have been informed that Germany has decided to represent the views and arguments expressed by subsequent governments and people of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (The FYROM) in the name dispute between the latter and the people of Greece. The views that Germany ... Read More »

Turkey pulls its weight in the fight against terrorism

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I REFER to your editorial (“Block the Jihadist Highway”, 26/8), and to set the record straight concerning Turkey’s fight against terrorism in the context of Syria and Iraq. While Turkey’s geographical location makes the country a valuable partner for counter-terrorism initiatives, it also renders it a target of terrorist groups. Thus, Turkey is the country most affected by the dire ... Read More »

A letter from Lisa Collyer to Scott Morrison MP

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Dear Minister I can only assume that you have never been to Cambodia independently nor have been briefed on the nation’s recent history and current issues. I’d like to begin with Prime Minister Hun Sen whom you are currently negotiating with to send 1000 refugees to Cambodia. Here are some facts quoted from the text ‘Cambodia: Report From a Stricken ... Read More »

An open letter to Senators Brandis and Abetz

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To the Honourable George Brandis and Eric Abetz, By TOBY HALLIGAN AND MAT KENEALLY It’s been a rough week for both of you. Eric, you fell into that classic trap of suggesting abortion and breast cancer are connected. We’ve all been there. George, you had some trouble dealing with one of those “tech-heads”, David Spears, and now you’ve gone “viral”. No, George, the fact ... Read More »