Via the Global Mail, this is a cartoon-illustrated account by an ex-guard of working in one of Australia’s migration detention centres. This is very tough to read, but worse not to know.
A Federal election in September, violence in Egypt and Syria, Obama proposes immigration reforms and appoints John Kerry his new Secretary of State, deaths and damage are being tallied in Tasmanian/Victorian fires and Queensland floods. What has piqued your sociopolitical media interests lately? Please share your bouquets and brickbats.
Disgusted. As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.
“Virginity tests for immigrants ‘reflected dark age prejudices’ of 1970s Britain”
Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed.What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
what I’m particularly interested in is GetUp!’s call for volunteer activists to be part of GetTogethers aiming to coordinate local action within their electorates, focussing on 3 main issues for the 2010 Federal election
…so much of this “population” debate is really about the crap nature of services and infrastructure in the outer suburbs of our cities
Helen posted a link to a fact sheet from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in one of the LP comment threads. The fact sheet is in PDF format, making it un-indexable by search engines and inaccessible to some readers with disabilities, so I have transcribed it below.
“at the current rate of arrivals it would take about 20 years to fill the MCG with boat people”
As no doubt the editors hoped, this cover for Ms. Magazine’s Special Inaugural Issue has generated a lot of controversy. Many feminists feel that Obama’s feminist credentials are not nearly as strong as they could be, while the cover has generated an escalation in panic-mongering and shrill we-told-you-so’s from the religious right plus a great deal more snark about Obamessianic visions and rainbow unicorns from the neocon right.
This fairly blunt profile of Caroline Chisholm presents her as an impressive but uncomfortable woman due to her uncompromising standards, and came as a bit of an eye-opener to me in terms of sanitised school history: the fact that the young immigrant underclass women that she was training had been lured to the Australian colonies where they were left to fend for themselves and would have no options other than prostitution or crime to earn a living was very heavily glossed over
Further to the story on a doctor working in rural Victoria denied residency because he has a son with Down Syndrome, CBC News Canada has reported that a critical care doctor’s residency status has been up in the air because he has a daughter with a disability. Here’s the kicker: Stanley Muwanguzi’s daughter doesn’t even live with him. She lives… Read more →
I’m seeing red. This is downright unconscionable. And in the face of a massive workforce shortage, too? This guy CAME to Australia answering the call for rural doctors in the first place. “Son’s Down syndrome forces doctor out of town” A German physician working in rural Victoria (Wimmera) has been denied permanent residency in Australia – because his teenage son… Read more →
As usual, you may match one and only one of the people below to each fate. So, who shall it be? Russell T. Davies, who masterminded the return of Doctor Who to our screens in 2005? Steven Moffat, who has written some of the most acclaimed episodes ever? Or veteran Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks (and oh so much… Read more →