Dutton blames Nauru crisis on everything but his rigid policy

20/8/16; Lenore Taylor @lenoretaylor Contact author Immigration minister leaves no room at all to take a softer stand on settling refugees, thereby turning a difficult situation into an intractable impasse – Of the 854 men on Manus Island, 98% of those who have had their claims assessed have been found to be refugees who have […] read more…

Gaza headed for ‘environmental catastrophe’

20/8/16 Ylenia Gostoli Source: Al Jazeera Water crisis in the besieged Palestinian territory is putting Palestinian lives at risk, analysts say. – Many Palestinians in Gaza buy water from small-scale desalination plants Gaza City – Water may be a highly valued commodity the world over – but in al-Shati refugee camp north of Gaza City, […] read more…

Drone: Inside the CIA’s Secret Drone War

25/4/16 Drone strikes, Pakistan, CIA, Science & Technology, September 11 Tonje Hessen Schei From drone operators to strike victims, we examine the impact of remote-controlled killing and the future of warfare. – In 2001, the White House concluded that it was legal to use armed drones to kill senior al-Qaeda leaders. Within weeks of the […] read more…

How do people die from cancer? You asked Google – here’s the answer

17/8/16; Ranjana Srivastava @docranjana Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries – ‘Contrary to popular fears, patients attest that awareness of dying does not lead to greater sadness, anxiety or depression.’ Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images Our consultation is nearly […] read more…

Power, patriarchy, and men’s contradictory attitudes to women

19/8/16 Robert Hogg Men’s interest in maintaining patriarchy is so strong that it often overrides the respectful relationships they have with their mothers, wives, and daughters – A confluence of events in recent weeks raise questions about men’s contradictory attitudes towards women, and point to the need for a better integration of the sexes. On […] read more…

Jenny Salesa: Child poverty in New Zealand is sensationalised? Not where I sit

19/8/16; Jenny Salesa is a New Zealand MP for Manukau East. Every day I am reminded by the constituents coming to my office that poverty and inequality in New Zealand is systemic. We must choose a better way I know this will come as a shock to many, but New Zealand, the land we called […] read more…

– Excessive force and prolonged isolation alleged at Queensland youth detention centre

18/8/16; Joshua Robertson; @jrojourno Report on Townsville’s Cleveland centre also details rising suicide attempts, allegations of stripping naked and use of handcuffs – A boy on suicide alert who was held down, cuffed, stripped naked and put into isolation after refusing to take a shower is among the cases of alleged mistreatment in a Queensland […] read more…

We have to stop the bulldozers’: swaths of koala habitat lost, say activists

17/8/16; Joshua Robertson; @jrojourno Queensland’s relaxed land-clearing laws have allowed 84,000ha of habitat to be destroyed and must be rolled back, say WWF and Australian Koala Foundation – A relaxation in Queensland’s tree clearing laws led to the destruction of 84,000 hectares of critical koala habitat in the two years after the national icon was […] read more…

Justice for Canada’s indigenous women

27/2/15; Andrew [email protected]; Andrew Mitrovica is an award-winning investigative reporter and journalism instructor The remedy cannot simply be an apology or an official acknowledgement that these women have been wronged – Each number has a name, a family, a life story and, tragically, an unresolved ending. One of those stories belongs to Danita Faith BigEagle […] read more…

‘They want to uproot me and bring a Jewish citizen’ (2)

18/8/16; Nigel Wilson Al Jazeera] The “unrecognised” Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran will be demolished to make way for up to 10,000 Jewish Israelis. – Umm al-Hiran, Israel – With a sudden whoosh, a cloud of dust blew through the courtyard outside Raed Abu al-Qian’s home in Umm al-Hiran. “This has been happening for three […] read more…

Israel to demolish Bedouin school near Jerusalem (1)

18-8-16; Jinan Aldameary; Israeli authorities issued an order to close down the local primary school of al-Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank; Majdi Mohammed/AP The Jahalin school opened its doors a week earlier than scheduled, in protest at Israeli orders for its closure. – A protest is due to take place outside a school in […] read more…

Oxfam calls for Australia to triple humanitarian migration intake (4)

Friday 19 August 2016 Ben Doherty; @bendohertycorro Charity says Australia should resettle 42,000 humanitarian applicants a year from 2020 to ‘address the global migration crisis’- Oxfam has called for Australia to bring detainees from the Manus Island detention centre to be brought to Australia and for Canberra to triple Australia’s humanitarian migration intake. Photograph: Reuters […] read more…

WA premier says children in detention ‘unacceptable’, welcomes refugee families (3)

18/8/16; Paul Karp; @Paul_Karp Colin Barnett says ‘as long as they don’t present a security or safety risk’ Western Australia would accommodate refugee families – Western Australian premier, Colin Barnett, has said holding children in detention is “unacceptable” and he would welcome refugee families coming to Australia. Barnett’s comments increase the pressure to bring families […] read more…

Australian Immigration Minister: No third option for asylum-seekers on Manus Island (2)

19/8/16; Papua New Guinea World; NZHerald Minister Peter Dutton has been working with the PNG Government to close the immigration detention centre on Manus Island. The 854 asylum-seekers on Manus Island only have two choices: settle in Papua New Guinea or return home. That’s the message from Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who has been […] read more…

Australia to close Manus Island refugee prison camp (1)

18/8/16; Australia, Refugees Australia agrees to shut Manus Island island, but it is unclear where the 800 refugees held in it will ultimately end. Australia and Papua New Guinea have agreed to close a controversial Australian-funded prison camp for asylum seekers on Manus Island, although the ultimate fate of 800 refugees held in the camp […] read more…

Syrian refugees, pope reconnect over lunch at the Vatican

11/8/16; The Francis Chronicles Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Vatican City Refugees walk to board Pope Francis’ plane to Rome at the international airport in Mytilene, on Lesbos, Greece, April 16. At a luncheon Aug. 11, Francis reconnected with 21 Syrian refugees living in Rome. (CNS/Paul Haring) At a luncheon that was part reunion and […] read more…
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