President Trump, before you meet Pope Francis, read this letter

22/5/17; Steven A. Krueger NCR An Open Letter to President Trump on the Occasion of His Meeting with Pope Francis Dear Mr. President: For the sake of the common good – a foundational principle of the Catholic social justice tradition that has informed our nation’s conscience for over a century — our faith calls us […] read more…

President Trump, before you meet Pope Francis, read this letter

22/5/17; Steven A. Krueger NCR An Open Letter to President Trump on the Occasion of His Meeting with Pope Francis – Dear Mr. President: For the sake of the common good – a foundational principle of the Catholic social justice tradition that has informed our nation’s conscience for over a century — our faith calls […] read more…

Pakistan in denial over scale of illegal organ harvesting

20/5/17; F.M. Shakil A recent raid on a network involved in trading human organs made headlines but legislators have ignored a report showing extent of the problem and who is complicit – Last month, Pakistan’s federal investigation agency (FIA) busted a gang involved in trading human organs. Dozens of doctors, agents and suppliers who had […] read more…

Revelations, grievances of a Vietnam War spy

13/5/17;By Richard Ehrlich James Parker, the last CIA officer to evacuate after the April 30, 1975 fall of Saigon, tells his secret side of a war he reckons history will eventually look kindly upon When the US-Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer’s two best military sources committed suicide. […] read more…

The White House crack-up

21/5/17; Elizabeth Drew Asia Times On both sides of the White House fence, near-nervous breakdowns abound. The White House staff is said to be in a state of near collapse – bouncing from one presidential crisis to another, trying all the while to hide from a screaming president. On the other side of the White […] read more…

Sister of rape victim Theo: ‘Police consider us rats’

22/5/17; Anealla Safdar @anealla; Source: Al Jazeera Eleanor says her younger brother Theo, who was attacked by French police, suffers mentally as family waits for justice. Aulnay-sous-Bois, France – Eleanor says her brother Theo, who was assaulted with a police baton in February, has not recovered physically or mentally Raymond Bobar/Al Jazeera “He still excretes […] read more…

Palestinians expect nothing good from Trump (2)

15//5/17 Omar Barghouti Aljazeera Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian human rights activist and a founding member of the BDS movement. Despite a White House more pro-Israeli than ever and a morally bankrupt PA leadership, BDS gives Palestinians hope. As President Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on May 3, Palestinians held their […] read more…

How Lonely Planet and Airbnb are burnishing Israeli occupation (1)

19/5/17; Asa Winstanley @AsaWinstanley Article, Inquiry, Israel, Middle East, Opinion, Palestine, Syria Three of the world’s most famous travel websites are treating the illegally occupied Golan Heights as if it were genuinely a part of Israel, research by a Syrian human rights group has found. The Golan Heights is a sector of Syria which was […] read more…

Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry

10 04-30-2012 Eugene Cho In light of some recent intense posts – Ultimate Fighting Jesus and Conversation with Rob Bell (re: women in ministry), this list is too funny not to share. But the brutal fact is that the matter of gender violence isn’t all that funny either. Statistics about gender inequality via UN and […] read more…

Dreaming big and chasing dreams: helping Indigenous mothers finish school (2

12/4/16; Natalie Walker Approximately 90% of Indigenous teenage mums won’t finish school, but there is a way for them to realise their dreams – Most people have that one teacher. Like Sidney Poitier’s Mark Thackeray in To Sir, With Love or Robin Williams’s John Keating in Dead Poets Society. The one who inspired, opened our […] read more…

Students in Gaza watch world’s first virtual reality operation

20/4/16 Middle East, News, Palestine, Region, Videos & Photo Stories In a world first, British surgeon Dr. Shafi Ahmed live-streamed an operation using Google glasses allowing students around the world to get a doctor’s view of the procedure last Thursday. Medical students and staff in Gaza were among some 13,000 viewers who watched the doctor […] read more…

The Uluru decision highlights what’s so wrong with Indigenous policy

21/4/16; Helen Davidson for the Guardian, Harry Hobbs @HarryUNSW; Aboriginal Constitutional recognition will be null and void if non-Indigenous Australians continue to ignore what Indigenous Australians are saying On 12 April, environment minister Greg Hunt announced his decision not to ban the Uluru climb. On Tuesday, Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles declared his support […] read more…

Refugee crisis: Pope pleads for ‘common humanity’

16/4/16; Human Rights, Pope Francis, Greece, Syrian Refugees, Refugee Visit expected to turn spotlight on Europe’s controversial deal with Turkey to end the unprecedented refugee crisis. Pope Francis is visiting Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of Europe’s refugee crisis for people seeking to reach Western Europe on boats from Turkey. Francis, who took […] read more…

Asylum seeker in Nauru convicted for suicide attempt

16/4/16;| Human Rights, Asia Pacific, Australia, Refugees, Humanitarian crises Iranian man held in Australian-run detention centre on Pacific island reportedly ordered to pay a $155 fine – Australia’s government has been criticised over its treatment of asylum seekers in offshore facilities – Australian refugee advocates and opposition politicians have condemned the conviction of an Iranian […] read more…

‘Deplorable’: Refugees Face Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets at Greece-Macedonia Border

Patrick Dodson’s Senate mandate 14/4/16 Frank Brennan On 15 April 1991, 25 years ago this Friday, Elliott Johnston QC, Patrick Dodson and their fellow commissioners signed off on their final reports for the long running royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. That commission was set up by the Hawke government at the end of […] read more…

What does Boko Haram want? (2

11/6/14; Andrew Noakes analyses the movement’s origins and looks at possible solutions for Nigeria. Tim Green under a Creative Commons Licence. Web exclusive Finally, over two weeks after it first made headlines and brought rare hope to the parents of the abducted Chibok girls, the supposed ceasefire deal between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government […] read more…
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