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Monday 29th of May 2017 (UTC)

Human Rights

From Afghanistan to my mother

Dear mom and fellow members of the human family, I love my 77-year-old frugal, hardworking, self-sacrificial Han Chinese Singaporean mother, so when Trump’s military/government dropped what they nicknamed the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ ( MOAB ) on Achin District in Afghanistan, I knew I had to do something about this psycho-social disease of ‘war’. I mean, […]

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“If confirmed a terrorist incident…” – terrorism is terrorism

During the last hundred years terrorism has been used as a primary means in the express purpose to entrench fear and to subordinate people to fear. Terrorism is intentional in its indiscriminate violence. Ideologue, whether political, religious, whatever the exploitative force cannot justify terrorism. It is often argued that who one describes as a terrorist […]

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Medicare, the PBS and the NDIS denied to the incarcerated but a stroke of the pen can fix

In a just society human rights must remain inalienably universal but for 40,000 Australians this is not so, with Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme denied to them. Incarceration is a situational trauma that degenerates into a constancy of trauma with the majority of former inmates coming out […]

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Shocked to his bones – the Yemeni crisis

The ruins carpeted the city market, rippling outwards in waves of destruction. Broken beams, collapsed roofs, exploded metal shutters and fossilized merchandise crumbled underfoot. In one of the burnt-out shells of the shops where raisins, nuts, fabrics, incense and stone pots were traded for hundreds of years, all that was to be found was a […]

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The Shame of Killing Innocent People

On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack.  One leaflet read: “Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the suffering of our gracious Yemeni people. […]

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Yemeni famine but “made in the USA”

  This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war. Sabia recently returned from Kabul where she helped document […]

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Angry, Desperate, Rejected

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his boldest and perhaps most defining speech. It alienated liberal allies in the North and the Northern press, plus many in King’s own civil rights movement, and prompted President Johnson to withdraw King’s secret service detail. Exactly one year later, forty-nine years ago on April 4, he […]

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Humanitarian deeds define Shaoquett Moselmane’s stretch as a parliamentarian

Shaoquett Chaher Moselmane thrives in the common good as an Australian politician, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2009. His stretch as a politician has been defined by deeds and not words alone. He has intertwined his political calling with humanitarian deeds, one after another. I have known Shaoquett since 2012 […]

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Who killed Faysal Ishak Ahmed?

I have delayed writing this piece because I have been concerned that the story would get swamped in the season of goodwill and not inconsiderable libation that we have been indulging in during the last few days here in Australia. I have left the cudgels of this particular issue to be taken up by those […]

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Australia has signed but flaunts the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons

The gloves have to come off at some stage. We need everyone in Australia to make this a priority issue for the new government. I have written about this so many times in the last few months that it is becoming repetitive. However until any government agrees to list this as a priority issue for […]

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