human rights issues
Surrogacy: a global trade in women’s bodies
Sweden’s leading feminist lobby regards surrogate motherhood as a revival of serfdom for women.
How we justify a market in children
Third-party reproduction inexorably leads to violations of human rights.
Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.
Why we should keep the cult of youth out of politics
Only someone at home with the humdrum of life is qualified for political activity.
On July 23, 1944, Soviet troops found 800,000 pairs of shoes
This was the day that the world finally realised that the horror of the extermination camps was real.
Mothers in shackles
It’s not only in Sudanese prisons that women give birth chained.
Brown v. Board of Education turns sixty
The new world of civil rights turns the old one on its head.
Will Joe Biden stop the tide of child “refugees”?
The flood of unaccompanied children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala is partly America's own doing.
New data shows drones killed hundreds of Pakistani civilians
There is a heavy humanitarian cost to US strikes.
Eurosceptics and family values
What does the new European parliament augur for human dignity and the family?
Surrogate motherhood creates an ethical minefield
A gay couple’s government-funded IVF twins have created a storm of controversy in Canada.
The curse of slavery lingers in Africa
Nothing is new about the abduction of Nigerian girls. Tens of thousands of people are bought and sold every year.
Teaching under siege in Nigeria, gripped by fear of Boko Haram
Finally the world has woken up to the senseless savagery of this insurgency.
It’s true, denying IVF to gay men is unfair discrimination
The rights of the child have already been swept aside for others.
Is climate change a threat to democracy?
Two recent proposals suggest that the Ivory Tower has lost faith in the wisdom of democracy.
Is it OK to be a bigot?
Australia's Attorney-General thinks so.
How we treat the vulnerable is a moral test beyond politics
Australia is not an exclusive club for the comfortable and wealthy.
Trampling on youthful hopes, Russia radicalizes Ukraine
Putin's bullying transforms mere idealism into a real independence movement.
Democracy is broke. Here’s how to fix it
People are dying in the name of democracy while others are disenchanted. What has gone wrong?
“Above all liberties”
Free speech is at the heart of a self-governing society.
Democracy in times of crisis
| 26 February 2014 |
Without strong leaders democracies can only muddle through.
Being and Being Bought
A new feminist book sees both prostitution and surrogacy as anti-woman.
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