Young Generation

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

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The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Marriage falls out of favour for young Europeans as austerity and apathy bite

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Experts blame economic and cultural changes for decline in weddings Marriage rates have fallen dramatically in most major European countries over the past decade, as austerity, generational crisis and apathy towards the institution deter record numbers of young people from tying the knot. The number of weddings has fallen to historical lows in France and Spain and has tumbled in other Catholic countries such as ... Read More »

Abuse scandal — it’s time all parents did their job

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REFERRING to the latest state care sex abuse scandal Premier Jay Weatherill said “thinking about this situation is difficult”. I agree. Thinking about the sexual abuse of any child is difficult, but when the children in question are among the most vulnerable in the state, already neglected, abandoned or abused by their biological parents, my despair was magnified. The headline on Wednesday ... Read More »

The cruel and degrading policy of detention

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Ten years ago, the Human Rights Commission released a lengthy report examining the Howard government’s practice of holding children in immigration detention. The opening page cited the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that detention of a child ”shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time”. ... Read More »

UK prime minister David Cameron calls for end to female genital mutilation, child marriages

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British prime minister David Cameron wants female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages to stop globally within a generation, starting with Britain. FGM – the partial or total removal of external female genitalia – is a tradition practised widely in many African and Muslim countries. It is often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent ... Read More »

Football superstars donate their World Cup prize money

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The World Cup may be over for Germany and Argentina, but players on both teams are putting their cash winnings to good use by donating them to worthy causes. According to the UK-based Express, 25-year-old German football star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money – totaling more than $400,000 for winning the tournament – to various charity projects ... Read More »

How Cultures Around The World Think About Parenting 

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What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain — and beyond. The crisis of American parenting, as anyone who has looked at the parenting section of a bookstore can attest, is that nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. Yet despite this lack of confidence and apparent absence ... Read More »