human rights issues
Is Obama’s immigration plan reasonable?
Executive authority on immigration has bipartisan precedents.
Men of blood and iron
700 years ago a Christian counterpart to ISIS emerged in Europe.
Freedom in the scales on the Western side of the Wall
There are battles to be fought in the countries which won the Cold War.
Children in care: Australia’s adoption challenge
A rethink of adoption would help thousands of children in foster care, among others, says a new report.
Life to the full: the dangers of material wealth and spiritual poverty
In helping developing countries, we must remember that human welfare cannot be reduced to a rising GDP.
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.
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