28February2017

Top official accused of failing to protect Tamils opposed in bid to lead UN

A senior UN official who led its development programme during the massacre of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka's war is reported to have met with heavy opposition from within the world body itself in her bid to lead the United Nations. UNDP chief...........

  • Athula Vithanage

Australia dangerously close to the abuse of fleeing Sri Lankans

Sri Lankan authorities intercepted Vaathini*, a Sri Lankan Tamil mother, in late 2012 while she was fleeing to Australia. She was travelling to a nearby port with a group who had paid people smugglers to arrange their passage to Australia.....

  • Emily Howie

Australia's 'stop the boats' policy is cynical and lawless

The election campaign in Australia is being fought with the lives of men, women and children. Some drown, others are banished without hope to malarial camps. Children are incarcerated behind razor wire in conditions described.....

  • John Pilger

Australia's PNG Deal: Vulture capitalism at its worst

The Australian government’s decision to send all refugee boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a political earthquake. It has nothing to do with alleviating the suffering of asylum seekers – if Canberra cared about it, a regional....

  • Antony Loewenstein

In Defence of Dictatorship: Abbott goes it alone at CHOGM

As Tony Abbott arrived in Colombo to attend CHOGM and to pay homage to a brutal dictatorship, his leaky boat diplomacy was fast taking on water. Abbott is a desperate man, his regional foreign policy driven by a domestic political slogan.

  • Trevor Grant

Australia's new refugee policy: How we justify our cruelty

Over the last week Australians have formed opposing camps on the question of asylum seekers in response to Kevin Rudd’s resettlement deal with PNG. The jingoism of the main political parties has confused intentions between.....

  • Liz Conor

After Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala as "the Darling of the West"?

Being a father of 2 girls - 4 and 13 - and an educator, I love what Malala Yousafzai stands for and salue her for raising her voice. My young one Nilah has just started reading, and she is surrounded by all kinds of reading materials.....

  • Dr. Maung Zarni
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