Humanity

‘I’m Carmen. Nice to meet you again’: why I faced my rapist in prison

Thirty-three years after she was raped, Carmen Aguirre travelled to meet the man who attacked her. It is the last day of summer, and I am walking under a blue prairie sky through the grounds of a medium-security prison in Alberta, Canada. It has been 33… Source: ‘I’m Carmen. Nice to meet you again’: why I faced my rapist in prison | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse

‘You bet, they die.’ Animal rights campaigners shouted “shame on you” to racegoers attending the final day of the Grand National meeting on Saturday. Dozens of protestors stood outside Aintree Racecourse, holding placards that read “National disgrace” and “You bet, they die”… Source: Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse Read More »

British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby

In what can be called a strange love story a 51-year-old woman has reportedly fallen in love with her biological son, who has left his wife in Colorado to pursue a relationship with his mother. Kim West, who grew up in Islington, London, had given up her son for adoption soon after his birth, but they… Source: British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby Read More »

The Problem With the One-for-One Refuge Policy

The ‘one for one’ refugee policy means we’re picking and choosing among desperate people.. As the journalist Wolfgang Bauer reminds us, the Syrian people witness the horrors of the Paris and Brussels attacks every single day… Source: The Problem With the One-for-One Refuge Policy Read More »

EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security

LONDON – England – The EU Frontex border report shows serious flaws in European security that are a major danger to Britain.. Fostering the free movement of people has been an important objective of European integration since the 1950s. Free movement of goods, persons, services and capital… Source: EU Frontex Report Shows Major Flaws in European Security – Daily Squib Read More »

Hopes of Coexistence in Syria

Does Samar Yazbek’s diary of the Syrian civil war merely represent the dreams of an exile? By Frederick Deknatel In the spring and summer of 2011,
 Samar Yazbek, an outspoken Syrian writer and journalist in Damascus from a prominent Alawite family, kept a diary of… Source: Hopes of Coexistence in Syria | The Nation Read More »

‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Two detainees received medical treatment following an alleged riot involving children at the Nauru detention centre overnight, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the remote Pacific island.. ‘ We have been kept in hell for three years ‘ Video footage obtained by Fairfax Media appears to show frightening scenes including young people crying and saying “they are hitting us”, before screams and loud banging can be heard… Source: ‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children ... Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Fears As Gold Logie Might Go To Non-White Person

The mainstream media is in a panic today over fears that the coveted Gold Logie award might be given to someone who isn’t white.   Nominations of The Project’s Waleed Aly and The Feed’s Lee Lin Chin for the award have created ripples in the media as commentators struggle to deal with the notion that someone may be celebrated for their work even if they aren’t technically white and in some cases might controversially have an entirely different cultural background… ... Read More »

EU outlines options for change to asylum system

BRUSSELS: The European Union executive made proposals on Wednesday to reform EU asylum rules in response to the chaotic arrival of over a million migrants and refugees last year that has strained the bloc’s cohesion. Reflecting divisions among member states, the European Commission offered options for amending what is known as the… Source: EU outlines options for change to asylum system | Arab News Read More »

Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report

The U.S. ranks fifth worldwide for annual executions. Worldwide use of the death penalty rose sharply last year, with 2015 tallying the highest number of executions in 25 years, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International… Source: Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report Read More »

EU Turkey pact and the fate of Syrian refugees

The ongoing NATO terror war led by the Pentagon has at least to negative consequences: one, acceleration of climatic change though deadly environmental pollution and, two, ever increasing number of hapless refugees driven out of the occupied cum attacked Arab nations… Source: EU Turkey pact and the fate of Syrian refugees Read More »

Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends girls back to school

‘ Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing… Source: Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends ... Read More »

Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan

The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S… Source: Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan – The Washington Post Read More »

The EU’s deal with Turkey on refugees is inhumane

The forcible return of refugees from Greece to Turkey violates international humanitarian law and standards of decency.. The first boatload of refugees sailed from Greece to Turkey Monday, forcibly expelling refugees and migrants who fled their homelands for sanctuary in Europe. The deportations are part of a controversial deal with the European Union, an agreement… Source: The EU’s deal with Turkey on refugees is inhumane – The Boston Globe Read More »

The “Drowning” Argument

Abbott, Morrison, Turnbull and Dutton are not to be believed when they express concern about people drowning in their attempt to reach safety.  Their policy (which Labor basically supports) seems to be this: “We are so concerned about you drowning, that we will punish you if you don’t drown.” The Federal election campaign of 2013 was the first time in our political history that… Source: The “Drowning” Argument | Julian Burnside Read More »