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Friday 28th of April 2017 (UTC)

Human Rights – Page 2

2,000 photos of torture by the US military in Iraq, Afghanistan just the tip of the iceberg

Abu Ghraib was both set up by and an indictment of the darkest dwells of inhumanity. It was set up to ‘justify’ the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, to signify ‘American anger’ at ‘terrorists’. But most right-minded people know that the wars were long planned. The circumstances that our world finds itself in today were […]

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Moral imperatives keep us safe and economic imperatives are the death of humanity

Economic imperatives have taken much of humanity into the haze of despair and into a sense of unconquerable hopelessness. Economic imperatives which are not grounded in the fibre of moral reasoning will be skewed exclusively to the interests of the authors. Valid moral imperatives are categorical principles grounded in reason – pure reason, as opposed to irrational self-interest. From within categorical imperatives […]

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White Flower Memorial speech – Craig Wallace

My friend and colleague Craig Wallace delivered this speech this week at the White Flower memorial. That memorial in Sydney was significantly organised by powerful disability activists Samantha Connor and Suzy Keene with assistance from some others. I commend Craig’s speech to all who weren’t aware of the level of death and violence perpetrated to people with disability. Thank you to all […]

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On the Bus

It is so frustrating. Destroy the Joint are counting dead women, mostly women who are killed by men. Destroy the Narrative are counting dead men, only those who have been killed by women. For both those groups, they are counting the people who have been killed ‘this year’. But for many people with disability, nobody […]

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#Enough! We can respond to the tears of Kunduz refugee, Abdul Fatah

Now – Kabul, Afghanistan We live in a World at War, and as fellow human beings, what can we do for refugees like 45-year-old Abdul Fatah, who has been crying lately, who doesn’t have a home in his own home? World at War is the title of a report UNHCR released in June 2015, in […]

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Who said poetry serves no useful purpose? Samantha Connor’s poem of complaint

Samantha Connor’s poem of complaint has had the desired effect, yielding a refund and a response from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and a promise to address the problem. Earlier in the week I wrote this piece (and published here about Samantha’s  response to her attempt to book a ticket for a Stephen Fry gig at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, only […]

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A complaint about disability discrimation written as a poem

My colleague and friend Samantha Connor is a renowned and fearsome Western Australian disability activist, advocate, writer and campaigner. Samantha is one of the most committed and innovative campaigners and activists I know. You can read about Samantha here and here.  Her writings on disability issues on The Stringer are here. This week Samantha tried to book […]

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They Built A Wooden Coffin

She locked him in a cage, in the corner, because he wouldn’t do what she wanted him to do. He tied her to the bed so that she wouldn’t leave the room. Every night, for two years. They built a wooden coffin, with a padlock, and soundproofed it with egg cartons so they wouldn’t hear […]

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Fear not persecution, be fearless in what matters in our days on this earth

Telling the truth said Paolo Coelho is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. Only from an informed context can there be a legitimate political reality engaging with the ways forward in the name of the common good. Our days on this earth are however many they will be and in those days […]

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“States which are based on religion confine their people in the circle of faith and fear”.

There are many things that the United Nations does that cause me to shake my head in disbelief. I have to say that their latest feat leaves me completely nonplussed. “States which are based on religion confine their people in the circle of faith and fear”. – Raif Badawi (about Saudi Arabia) To set the […]

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