Letters

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Artists protest against Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s detention

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Group of 14, including four Turner prize winners, condemns arrest and legal charges over free speech performance piece in Havana Hannah Ellis-Petersen The Guardian Fourteen of the world’s most prominent artists, including Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor and painter Howard Hodgkin, have publicly condemned the detention of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. In an open letter to the Guardian on Monday, the ... Read More »

Eight former Australians of the Year call for release of asylum seeker children

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Indefinite detention of children, who are not accused of any crime, is ‘inhumane and unnecessary’, write former winners in an open letter The Guardian – Ben Doherty @bendohertycorro Eight former Australians of the Year have used Australia Day to call for the immediate release of all refugee and asylum seeker children from immigration detention. In an open letter published on Monday morning, ... Read More »

Legal scholars’ statement in support of Gillian Triggs

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Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs has been the subject of unusually fierce criticism by sections of the media and government, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Senior Australian academics in human rights law have jointly drafted a letter in support of Gillian Triggs and expressing their disgust at the public attacks. The letter is published here in full. John ... Read More »

Open Letter to the French President

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By A Palestinian Journalist in Ramallah Gatestone Institute Your Excellency, many Palestinians nearly fell off their chairs upon seeing their president march at the front row of a rally in your capital to protest against terrorism and assaults on freedom of the media. Undoubtedly, you are unaware of the fact that President Abbas is personally responsible for punishing Palestinian journalists who ... Read More »

What is our crime?

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Open Letter From A Mother Who Is To Be Deported From Detention In Australia To Nauru With Her Australian Born Baby 25 babies born in Australia – and their siblings – (making up 44 children) are to be deported to Nauru as per the recent passing of the Migration Bill by the Senate. Open Letter: What is our crime? What ... Read More »

Stella Young’s letter to herself at 80 years old

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I learned the truth at 17. That I was not wrong for the world I live in, writes Stella Young. This piece was originally published in late November, we are republishing it now in light of the news of Stella Young’s death. Dear eighty-year-old me, Eighty, hey? Eighty. Eighty is a long way from where I write to you now. ... Read More »