Category Archives: human rights

I defended my daughter’s right to get a haircut. This is what happened next – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The hard work by so many before us to improve gender equality sits on a precipice. We are still nowhere near being able to tell our daughters that they can grow up confident in enjoying everything their male counterparts have with absolute equality, and safely for that matter. Violence against women, harassment, slut-shaming, pay disparity, the under-representation of women in politics, professional sport and management are just the tip of the iceberg. What I have learnt is that we need to throw our support behind those who speak out and find themselves at the back end of a social media dump truck. We have a very long way to go before we enjoy a world without discrimination on a daily basis. That path is not one to tread quietly.

Source: I defended my daughter’s right to get a haircut. This is what happened next – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump misses cemetery visit as Macron and Merkel vow unity | World news | The Guardian

The US president, who had flown in to the French capital on Friday, had been due to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery yesterdayon Saturday, where American and French troops repelled the Germans in 1918, but called it off because of the rain. Advertisement That sparked incredulity among some of Trump’s critics: Nicholas Soames, the Conservative MP and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, tweeted: “They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen #hesnotfittorepresenthisgreatcountry.” The US political commentator David Frum tweeted: “It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary – and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow.”

Source: Trump misses cemetery visit as Macron and Merkel vow unity | World news | The Guardian

Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times – cut throat politics in the midst of tragedy

Trump approved a state-of-emergency declaration but on Saturday once again attacked California, claiming erroneously that poor forest management policies caused the fires, even though the Woolsey fire didn’t occur in a forest. “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump wrote. Trump has threatened to cut off funding over fire policy before, but has never been specific. California officials have rejected his criticism and said he’s playing politics. Environmentalists believe Trump is trying to use fire prevention as an excuse to raid California’s forests. They contend he is making a move to open ecologically sensitive public land for timber production, as well as for potential solar, wind, broadband infrastructure, mining, off-road vehicles and grazing uses.

Source: Woolsey fire explodes to 70,000 acres overnight; 2 deaths reported amid fight to save hillside communities – Los Angeles Times

Deployed Inside the United States: The Military Waits for the Migrant Caravan – The New York Times – Fool sends well serving women and men on fool’s errand.

The Defense Department’s fiscal 2019 budget had already carved out funds for fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, continuing the endless war in Afghanistan and preparing for a potential conflict with a foreign nation, such as China, Russia, North Korea or Iran. There has been no money set aside to combat the men, women and children who are bound for the American border, many of them fleeing violence or corruption, nearly all seeking better lives. The troops are tasked with the same types of logistical, support and even clerical jobs that National Guard soldiers sent to the border earlier this year are already doing. The military’s morale issue is almost as worrisome. The deployment orders last until Dec. 15, meaning the troops will be on the border over Thanksgiving. They will have little to do beyond providing logistical support, unless Mr. Trump declares martial law. The troops will not be enforcing United States immigration law — that would run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, unless a special exception is made.

Eighty years after Kristallnacht, why my family has become German again | News | The Guardian

I was born and brought up in Britain, as a British citizen. I am not blind to its faults, nor do I deny its many virtues. But ask me how I identify myself and I will reply with a long list: I’m British, I’m European, I’m a Londoner, I’m a male, I’m a journalist, I’m a father and a husband. Less than two weeks before I acquired my German citizenship, a gunman in Pittsburgh murdered 11 Jews in a synagogue. The following day I received an email from a woman I met four years ago on a visit to Germany with my father. She wrote from Magdeburg, an ancient university town where some of my father’s family had lived, and from where three of his cousins were deported to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. This is what she said: “It is 80 years since the synagogues were attacked here, and we all know that it was the prelude to millions of murders. Since 1945, and every year since then, when we remember what happened, we realise how important it is to fight back from the beginning.”

Source: Eighty years after Kristallnacht, why my family has become German again | News | The Guardian

Marie Colvin: ‘She illuminated the cost of war through individuals’ pain’ | Media | The Guardian

I went to see it with another veteran journalist, who knew Colvin and had worked in several of the places she reported from. He went in braced for cliches, but emerged shaking.While Colvin might have been bemused to see herself celebrated on such an incredible scale, she would almost certainly have been glad to see the terrible suffering in Syria brought to wider attention again. She was killed there because she cared and wanted others to as well. “Part of me thinks Marie is looking down saying, ‘Hey, what’s all the fuss, this is what we do,’” said Hilsum. “But I also think she would be glad that people were talking about Homs again, and hope that maybe some of the attention would be focused on Yemen and other under-reported conflicts and the people suffering in them.”

Source: Marie Colvin: ‘She illuminated the cost of war through individuals’ pain’ | Media | The Guardian

The Gravest Crisis – Groundviews – Sri Lanka Crisis for Democracy

President Sirisena’s unrepentant violation of the constitution raises very serious questions about the political choices he is making now. He can only plunge the country from one crisis to another and take the country down the path of Myanmar, or turning it into a banana republic where the law and the constitution do not matter. People of the country should unite and fight together to save democracy from the gravest threat it is facing since independence. Yet, public option would be sharply divided on this issue and not everyone would be interested in saving democracy. A broad democratic front of political parties, civil society and citizens need to be formed to defend Sri Lanka’s democracy.

Source: The Gravest Crisis – Groundviews

SPLC lawsuit: Family detained, searched in Mississippi because they ‘looked’ Latino | Southern Poverty Law Center

This Latino family was detained by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for approximately four hours, without any reason to believe that they had committed a crime. During the detention, the deputy – who announced that he was looking for “illegals” – confiscated the family’s passports and valid immigration documents, and repeatedly threatened the father, Marcos Martinez, with losing his lawful permanent residency if he did not admit to possessing drugs. Despite two invasive searches and extensive questioning during last year’s stop, no drugs or any other evidence of criminal activity was found. The family’s only “crime” was that they looked Latino.

Source: SPLC lawsuit: Family detained, searched in Mississippi because they ‘looked’ Latino | Southern Poverty Law Center

British journalist Victor Mallet denied entry to Hong Kong as tourist | South China Morning Post – See what China and Trump share – hate free press!

Post learns that former Financial Times editor was turned away after nearly four hours of questioning, with ‘no explanation given’ by authorities

Source: British journalist Victor Mallet denied entry to Hong Kong as tourist | South China Morning Post

Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing border illegally | World news | The Guardian  – Put a black armband on the Statue of Liberty while these racists are in power!

Homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker issue new restrictive regulation

Source: Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing border illegally | World news | The Guardian