Humanity

Dani Garavelli: Duty to refugees is bigger than politics

The plight of Syrian children is far more important than politics, but Sturgeon richly deserves to tower over the Prime Minister from the moral high ground, writes Dani Garavelli The Scotsman One of the criticisms frequently levelled at the SNP is that it suffers from a “mora… The idea, promulgated by its opponents, is that the… Dani Garavelli: Duty… Read More »

Peaceful Protests Are Not a Crime

A bit of silver lining at the onset of the Trump administration has been the groundswell of activism by hundreds of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to face off against a president, and a Republican establishment, they see as reckless, divisive and destructive. The Editorial Board The New York Times But Republican lawmakers have been so alarmed by the size and intensity of the demonstrations — for women’s rights, immigrants and the environment — and by protests around ... Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

What will Donald Trump mean for America’s half a million homeless people?

Bad weather has been forecast — high winds and freezing rain — but today Daniel is lucky: he has the sun on his face and a spot at the entrance to the famous Santa Monica Pier, one of LA’s premier beachside… RN – By Antony Funnell ABC It’s a commanding view, but Daniel’s not there for the sightseeing, he’s there to beg. What will Donald… Read More »

When a president fights the law, there’s only ever one winner

Donald Trump’s fury at a federal judge who overturned his immigration order betrays his deep – and dangerous – ignorance of the constitution Richard Wolffe The Guardian There’s no point in judging Donald Trump by the standards of others. He obviously doesn’t care for ethics, the truth, allies, women or minorities. So let’s judge… When a president… Read More »

S Sudan not facing ‘genocide’, but violence is constant

Constant talk of genocide blurs more prevalent forms of violence that are prolonging the bloodshed in the country. Zachariah Mampilly Al Jazeera News On New Year’s day, I boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Entebbe, Uganda. Formally dressed members of the South Sudanese diaspora crowded the propeller plane alongside businessmen from Uganda, Kenya and South India. We were headed… S Sudan not facing… Read More »

America’s loss will be our gain

It was Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island since August 2013, who first alerted me to the story of Mehdi Savari. Arnold Zable The Age Short in stature, 31 years old, in Iran Savari was a stage actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, and the host of a popular… America’s loss will… Read More »