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The FBI resorts to unconventional means to crack down on child pornography: hosting a child pornography website

March 1, 2016 ·  By MARCO D'SOUZA for


The FBI used extreme measures to locate child pornography perpetrators on the Dark Web–using a hacking tool that revealed their true identity In what can only be deemed highly unusual, it was recently revealed on Motherboard that the FBI had to resort to actually hosting a website containing child pornography in order to locate and […]


The hard reality of Bangladesh’s child laborers

March 1, 2016 · 


There are 3.45 million child workers in the impoverished nation, says survey It’s Friday morning in Dhaka and 13-year-old Muhammad Sohel waits inside a public transport van to begin another day’s work as the driver’s assistant. Sohel’s job is to attract passengers and to their collect fares as the vehicle moves through the streets of […]


Hussain brothers jailed in Rotherham abuse case

March 1, 2016 ·  By England for

Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court

Three brothers who groomed, raped and sexually assaulted 15 teenage girls in Rotherham have been jailed. Arshid Hussain, 40, was jailed for 35 years while siblings Basharat, 39, and Bannaras, 36, were jailed for 25 and 19 years respectively. Their uncle, Qurban Ali, 53, who was found guilty of conspiracy to rape, was jailed for […]


Australia’s Cardinal Pell testifies from Rome in abuse inquiry

February 29, 2016 · 


  Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell has said the Catholic Church has made “enormous mistakes” in dealing with claims of sexual abuse. He is giving evidence from Rome via video link to an Australian inquiry into child sex abuse. Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, will be asked whether he knew if paedophiles were active […]


Experiential museum reminds Filipinos of horror of martial law

February 29, 2016 ·  By Eloisa Lopez, Manila, Philippines for

In the "Hall of Orphans," children hold photographs of missing loved ones, while asking visitors about the whereabouts of their parents in the Journey Toward Light museum in the Philippine capital of Manila. (Photo by Eloisa Lopez)

Journey Toward Light stages scenes from life under the dictator Marcos Thelma Vinoya was a 31-year-old government worker when the Philippine People Power Revolution broke out in 1986. “Without hesitation, we ditched our jobs and joined the revolution after hearing Cardinal Sin on the radio,” Vinoya recalled. The late Cardinal Jaime Sin, who was then […]


How to raise a brilliant child without screwing them up

February 29, 2016 · 

The Polgár sisters, all chess prodigies, were encouraged to see the game as fun from early childhood

Forget tiger mother techniques, the best way to make sure your children achieve their full potential is to nurture their interest gently, says psychologist Oliver James Where does the drive to succeed come from? And if it results in exceptional achievement (as defined by external norms such as power, status and wealth) does that have […]


Slavery and trafficking continue in Thai fishing industry, claim activists

February 26, 2016 ·  By

fish-seller sorts shrimp at Klong Toey market in Bangkok. Activists claim that government measures have failed to end labour abuses in Thailand’s seafood industry. Photograph: Barbara Walton/EPA

Environmental Justice Foundation says abuses in Thai seafood sector persist despite government insistence that new legal measures are working Slavery, trafficking, murder and corruption at all levels of government still pervade Thailand’s billion-dollar fishing industry, activists claim, despite recent arrests linked to human rights abuses and the threat of an EU-wide boycott. The Thai government […]


Day and Night of Terror – Tropical Cyclone Winston

February 26, 2016 ·  By


Columban Fr. John McEvoy, 2/25/16. Dear Readers Never before did I find it so hard to write a few lines about a given situation or to send on some photos. As I said with a dispatch of photos recently sent, ‘The nation is numb, shell-shocked and overwhelmed, so are we. The situation has emotionally affected […]


BBC abuse reports: Staff ‘knew of Savile and Hall complaints’

February 26, 2016 ·  By UK for


The BBC missed opportunities to stop “monstrous” abuse by DJ Jimmy Savile and broadcaster Stuart Hall because of a “culture of fear”, a report says. The Dame Janet Smith review identified 72 victims of Savile – including eight who were raped – and 21 victims of Hall, over five decades from 1959. She said BBC […]


Australian Royle Commission investigates Child abuse

February 24, 2016 ·  By Frank Brennan, SJ for


Cardinal George Pell still has a lot of questions to answer before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. On medical advice he has decided not to risk the long plane flight home from Rome. This makes things much harder for victims seeking closure. It makes things harder for others, including members […]

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