More Than Just Bread

‘Darfur: The Genocide the World Got Tired of’

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On August 5, 2014 the displaced persons of El Salam camp in South Darfur were brutally assaulted by military and security forces of the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime in Khartoum. Tens of thousands of civilians, mainly women and children, were terrorized during this ferocious operation; a great many were beaten, humiliated, and robbed. Dozens were arrested, only to ... Read More »

The Most Wanted Man in the World

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. (photo: Guardian UK)

he message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ¶ ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, ... Read More »

AFL says ‘help children of Gaza’ ad is too political to run during games

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Adelaide café owner barred from buying three 30-second ads on AFL big screens urging people to donate to World Vision  Jump to comments The AFL has used its name and its big screens during matches to support advertisements calling for an end to homophobia, campaigns criticising racism, and rallies for natural disaster relief donations. But its social causes do not extend to ads to raise ... Read More »

Latham’s call to abolish compulsory voting is flawed

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In Mark Latham’s latest book, The Political Bubble, he calls for Australia to abolish compulsory voting. When promoting the book last week, Mr Latham suggested that Australia adopt voluntary voting because then “parties would have to come up with genuine policies that matter to people to encourage them to go out and vote” and it would “make parties more courageous and ... Read More »

Letter to Barack Obama from a Swaziland jail cell

Barack and Michelle Obama tour Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was once jailed. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko has been imprisoned for criticising Swaziland’s judicial system. He writes to the US president, who he cites as his inspiration, asking for help ahead of a summit of African leaders at the White House President Barack Hussein Obama President of the United States of America The White House Washington DC USA Dear Mr President: Re: Appeal for support from the American ... Read More »

Low testosterone could be what made us civilized humans

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No, this isn’t some jab at dudes. According to a study published in Current Anthropology, our transition into modern civilization might have coincided with our species’ drop in testosterone. The hormone, associated with both biologically male characteristics and aggression, makes skulls grow those heavy brows we associate with our evolutionary ancestors. Lead author Robert Cieri, a graduate student of biology at the University of ... Read More »

Heartbreaking drawings by asylum seeker refugee children held in Australia’s detention centres, as the Head of Immigration faces reveals there are 652 kids in detention

The third hearing into the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry on asylum seeker and refugee children will be held in Sydney on Thursday

An inquiry was launched in February by the Australian Human Rights Commission into children held in Australian detention centres The third public hearing started in Sydney on Thursday Children aged four to 17 desperately plead for their release through their drawings Australia is holding 659 children in immigration detention, the commission has heard. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is also set to ... Read More »

An open letter to PM Abbott: the choice of a lifetime

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Dear Prime Minister Abbott, Respectfully I am extending my hand of hope on a matter that confronts and challenges our deepest philosophical convictions about the meaning and purpose of life. The matter is readily shaped and influenced by our religious and moral upbringing. It is also a matter that usually lies dormant until unexpectedly, one’s foundation is rocked by the ... Read More »