Opinion

Australia’s response to Syrian refugee crisis labeled “shamefully inadequate”

Australia should reverse its “shamefully inadequate” response to the global refugee crisis by accepting 10,000 Syrians, Amnesty International says. The human rights group has released its 2014 annual report which gives Australia poor marks for its hardline asylum-seeker policies, children in detention and high indigenous incarceration rate. Amnesty International spokeswoman Claire Mallinson said Australia had the capacity to do more ...

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Beauty queen helps raise over six thousand dollars for charity

Newly crowned Miss Lebanon Emigrant Australia 2014/15 Nicole Eljed has recently helped raise over six thousand dollars for Branardos Australia after hosting a Victorian Style Lunch in Peakhurst in Sydney’s south. The 23-year-old legal secretary is an active supporter of Barnardos and has worked closely with pageant creators the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) to fundraise for the charity. ‘I ...

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Former Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Reflects: ‘Lebanon is a Part of Me’

He has been held at gunpoint in Beirut, seen the brutal aftermath of war firsthand and even shakes his head at Lebanese disunity but as he reflects on his time as Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Lex Bartlem OAM says he feels nothing but love for Lebanon and can’t wait to go back. Queensland born Lex Bartlem always dreamed of ...

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A Cry for Peace: Religion, Politics, War and The Middle East

Bombs in Gaza, a civilian plane goes down in what Russia and Ukraine deem a warzone and in Mosul, Iraq, Christians are experiencing the wrath of Islamic extremism. Welcome to the world you live in. While the western media continues to fight for the secular ‘free world,’ Middle Eastern media outlets place religion at the forefront of almost all reporting. ...

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