Terror : Extremism’s weapon against those who live …

The acts of destruction and death, committed by extremists are horrifying. As bad, if not worse, are the effects on those who survive these events but lose their loved ones, their friends, their neighbours, their homes. These acts of terror seem senseless and almost incomprehensible to most people, regardless of their race, nationality, religion, gender or age. They work for the extremists who commit them because they develop a climate…

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7 Things You Should Know About The Death Penalty, Even If You Support It

No one with a developed and exercised intellect will support the death penalty. The death penalty is simply legalised murder. The death penalty is vengeance – not sanction. For the religious, it is just more hypocrisy for: “Vengeance is mine”, said the Lord and “Judge not others lest you be judged” For the non religious, it is no less a hypocrisy for: Many, many, completely innocent people have been convicted…

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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

I often refer to our time as the “age of euphemism”. “Polite society”, of course, has always used euphemisms to refer to bodily parts and functions or anything considered risque, rude or disturbing. Children are taught to do “a number two”, people “pass away” rather than die, and no one has genitalia, let alone a penis, a vulva or a vagina. Today, however, it seems to me that it has…

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What about Nagasaki? The bombings were a tale of two cities

Every year I am saddened by the lack of remembrance for the horror that was the dropping of A-Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII. These crimes are excused on the grounds that they were necessary to prevent the loss of millions more lives had the Japanese continued to fight. That may or may not be the case but it is not a justification for this deed. In fact, it…

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The Government Won’t Track Police Killings, So This 24-Year-Old Took the Lead

The originators of the modern police forces intended that they be there to serve the interests of the population. They were supposed to protect the innocent and vulnerable from the malevolent and strong, to see that all citizens were given the same treatment under the law and to support community and society in which mutual respect and tolerance of citizens, within the law, was seen to be desirable. Most modern…

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Dying Like An Animal: The Price Of Empathy And How Governments Use Yours Against You

It has long interested (and horrified) me that people will produce outpourings of grief, anger or hysteria at some events and yet appear to be either unaware or not to care about similar events, often of far greater proportions. A recent examples of this phenomenon was the extraordinary response to the accidental death of cricketer Phillip Hughes. Phillip’s death was, of course regrettable and a tragedy deeply felt by his…

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