Posts Tagged ‘Refugees’

Turnbull visit: important test for Bill English Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Tomorrow Bill English has his first pyjama party with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull in Queenstown. This style of diplomacy has been going on for a number of years. Whether it’s morning-after kayaking on Sydney harbour or taking in our own Southern Alps, the annual Prime Ministerial sleepover says a lot about the relationship between New Zealand Read more

Christmas cards showing modern day flight from war Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Christmas cards showing a different reality from the traditionally peaceful Nativity scene are on offer from Doctors of the World. In one scene, a missile flies over the Holy Family. The humanitarian group’s website says they want the cards “to remind people that war has forced millions from their homes this year, and they need Read more

Asia’s forgotten refugees — the big picture Comments 0

Friday, November 11th, 2016

As waves of refugee crises continue to make international headlines, Southeast Asian nations face their own challenges to support and protect millions of refugees and asylum seekers. Across the region, people continue to flee conflict and political persecution and have sought to make new homes with varying degrees success or failure. For some nations the Read more

Time for NZ tell Aussies to “close your open air prison on Nauru” Comments 0

Friday, October 21st, 2016

“It’s time to revive the Tampa spirit and rescue the refugees our Australian neighbours have sent off to rot in hellish prison camps on remote islands like Nauru and Manus,” says columnist Brian Rudman. Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand to take a lead in exerting international pressure on Australia over its detention centre Read more

Jesuit Refugee Service: accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

As representatives from the Society of Jesus gather in Rome from all over the world for their General Congregation, there is a relatively new ministry that they can be very proud of — the Jesuit Refugee Service. This program was initiated by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the Jesuit superior general, who had seen the devastating impact Read more

Treatment of refugees in Australia cruel and evil Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull told the UN that our treatment of refugees is world’s best practice. Only a guilty conscience could allow such self deception. In her book ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’, published in 1963, Hannah Arendt refers to the ‘banality of evil’. Her thesis was that Eichmann was not a fanatic or sociopath, but an extremely stupid Read more

Welcoming refugees protects us from terrorism, Pope says Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Welcoming refugees with authentic hospitality is “our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism”, Pope Francis says. He was speaking to alumni of Jesuit schools in Europe who were in Rome for a conference on refugees. The pope said: “I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience Read more

Bishop Viard has more refugee students than any other Wellington school Comments 0

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Rose Sawaya, principal of the Porirua’s Bishop Viard College,  says her school has more refugee students than any other Wellington school. And she is incredibly proud of her school and its students. At a recent mufti day which coincided with International Refugee Day, students shared stories, food and performed cultural dances. Sawaya says a lovely Read more

Germany takes stock a year after refugees begin arriving Comments 0

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

“We can do it.” These are the four words that are dividing Germany. It has now been exactly one year since Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her motto for overcoming the refugee crisis. Even though many of her critics can no longer stand to hear her “approach to tackling the problem,” as she recently described it Read more

German priorities: Christians, ‘socially integrated’ Muslims Comments 0

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Christian migrants should be given priority over non-Christians in moving to Germany and Islamic face veils should be banned, say German chancellor Angela Merkel’s political allies. The Christian Social Union (CSU), which works alongside Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, has demanded the tougher immigration rules and also said that new arrivals must socially integrate and Read more