Young Generation

Success Is No Longer Foreign to East Timor, but the Players Are

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MELBOURNE, Australia — With so little to cheer in their nation’s brief soccer history, fans of East Timor’s national team would be correct to consider this the squad’s golden era. East Timor, which did not play a World Cup qualifying match until 2007 and did not win one until this year, has advanced to the second round of World Cup qualifying for the first time. The New York Times – By JACK KERROCT Under normal circumstances, the team would be ... Read More »

Finally, 241 women and children abducted by Boko Haram are free.

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Wonderful news. Military forces have rescued 241 women and children kept captive by Boko Haram. Mamamia – Nigeria’s military said on Wednesday they had freed the prisoners following a raid on two camps controlled by the radical Islamist terrorist group, CNN reports. The raids took place on Tuesday and destroyed both camps, army spokesman Col. Sani Usman told Nigerian newspaper Punch. CNN reports the raids also resulted in the arrests of 43 Boko Haram militants including local leader Bulama Modu. The rescue mission is wonderful news, particularly ... Read More »

Ignoring Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan

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The incidents of sexual assault on children described by American service members who served in Afghanistan are sickening. Boys screaming in the night as Afghan police officers attacked them. Three or four Afghan men found lying on the floor of a room at a military base with children between them, presumably for sex play. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD No less offensive is that American soldiers and Marines who wanted to intervene could not. According to ... 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 »

Alan Kurdi: Why one picture cut through

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Nilufer Demir, a Turkish press photographer, was snapping a group of Pakistani migrants by the coast when she noticed the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi at the water’s edge. By Joel Gunter BBC News Ms Demir reacted as any photographer would – she clicked her shutter. The starkest image she took – which the BBC has not published – showed the three-year-old Syrian boy lying dead and alone, face down in the sand, his small palms open and upturned. “I ... Read More »

Liberty Victoria welcomes removal of religious instruction from classrooms

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Liberty Victoria has welcomed the Victorian government’s decision to remove Special Religious Instruction (‘SRI’) from scheduled class time at government schools. The government has announced instead that SRI will only be available before or after school or at lunchtime. The government’s move comes just weeks after Liberty Victoria released a detailed report on the SRI programme, available at, on 30 July 2015. Liberty’s report highlights problematic aspects of the SRI programme, concluding that the programme potentially violated international human ... Read More »

Some German universities will educate refugees for free

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Migrant crisis: full coverage From Syria to Turkey: a migrant’s story While affordable tuition for undocumented immigrants is a remote prospect in some parts of the world, about 60 German universities are employing a radical strategy. The Sydney Morning Herald – Rick Noack They are offering refugees the chance to attend courses as guest students, without charging tuition fees. In fact, they even pay for transport and offer scholarships to pay for books, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported. Germany’s higher education system ... Read More »

Religious groups warn students will leave state schools after SRI is dumped

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Axing religious instruction from the Victorian curriculum could drive students away from state schools and into the non-government system, religious providers have warned. The Age – Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks The state government’s announcement on Friday that special religious instruction would be moved out of regular class times from 2016 was warmly welcomed by the Australian Education Union and many public education advocates, who have long argued that the current arrangement was at odds with a secular public school system. ... Read More »

Report says children as young as seven sexually abused, exploited in state care

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No steps taken to protect Turana boys from abuse, Commission hears ​Child sexual abuse is rife in Victoria’s residential care units with more than 120 reports of sexual assaults in the past 10 weeks. Benjamin Preiss, State Political Reporter for The Age Commissioner for Children and Young People Bernie Geary said the reports pointed to a flawed system that was supposed to protect Victoria’s most vulnerable young people. His comments came after his inquiry, titled As a Good Parent Would and ... Read More »

Age of consent for anal sex: Queensland to consider joining rest of Australia

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There are claims the state’s higher legal age for anal sex is discriminatory and the government has set up an expert panel to consider lowering it The Guardian – Australian Associated Press Queensland’s government is considering making 16 years the legal age of consent for anal sex to bring it in line with the law for vaginal sex. The state attorney general, Yvette D’Ath, says an expert panel has been appointed to consider lowering the age from 18. Queensland is ... Read More »

Former state ward alleges staff took turns raping him

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A victim of alleged child sexual abuse at a now-closed centre for state wards has spoken out about how staff “tag-teamed” in raping him, despite his pleas for them to stop. The Age – Alana Schetzer Norman Latham, 69, appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Monday, where a friend read out his statement of the alleged systematic abuse he suffered in the 1960s. Through his statement, Mr Latham told the commission that two senior staff ... Read More »

Social media advertising leads to gambling in young people: report

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Online betting companies are reaching out directly into the feeds of adolescents on social media, prompting fears it is encouraging children and teenagers to gamble, research has shown. Brisbane Times – Alana Schetzer and Benjamin Preiss A Southern Cross University study reported there were few regulations restricting gambling companies from advertising on social media, meaning they reach many more people than traditional outlets, such as television. The study showed that posts showcasing brands and encouraging people to place bets online ... Read More »

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

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Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool. Written by RUKMINI CALLIMACHI; Photographs by MAURICIO LIMAAUG. 13, 2015 QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not ... Read More »

When Success Leads to Failure

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The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning TheAtlantic Jessica Lahey I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together. I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time together. She’s a conscientious mother who obviously loves her children with all of her heart. I’ve always been honest with her about their strengths and ... Read More »

Why you shouldn’t tell children they can be whatever they want

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Instead of telling children they are special and can be superstars, we should emphasise self-control and hard work The Guardian – Tim Lott I return here to one of my favourite themes – the gap between reality and expectation for children. This is prompted by an excellent article in the online magazine, Aeon, headlined You Can Do It Baby – the implication being that you probably can’t do it, baby. The article explores the myth that, “You can be anything ... Read More »

Authorities issue warning as young girls vanish during ‘cutting season’

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EVERY year around June, thousands of girls disappear from homes and schools for extended holidays never to return the same again. New.Com.Au – It’s a part of the annual “cutting season” where girls younger than 15 are sent to visit relatives only to have their genitalia mutilated using knives, scissors or pieces of glass and sometimes sewn up using thorns. Now a new report on female genital mutilation (FGM) shows just how widespread the practice is with victims in every ... Read More »