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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 […]


Vatican’s Commission for Child Protection: ‘WE FACE A CHALLENGING TASK’

February 22, 2016 ·  By Sheila Hollins for


British abuse survivor Peter Saunders has taken leave of absence from Pope Francis’ special commission on child protection and has complained that it is flawed and secretive. Here a member of the commission, who worked closely with Saunders, highlights its struggles and achievements The most important part of our mandate as members of the Pontifical […]


Rochdale child sex gang ringleader appeals against deportation

February 17, 2016 · 

Shabir Ahmed, who has lived in England since the age of 14, faces deportation after his conviction for child sex offences. Photograph: Greater Manchester police/Press Association

Shabir Ahmed tells tribunal his trial was ‘institutionally racist’ as he resists efforts to deport him to Pakistan The ringleader of a Rochdale child sex grooming gang cited human rights laws as he launched an appeal against deportation from Britain. Shabir Ahmed, 63 – described by a judge as a “violent hypocritical bully” – has […]


Paedophiles use secret Facebook groups to swap images

February 15, 2016 ·  By Angus Crawford, BBC News for


Paedophiles are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, the BBC has found. Settings on the social network mean the groups are invisible to most users and only members can see the content. Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield said Facebook was not doing enough to police the groups […]


PAKISTAN : Christian and Hindu girls are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam

February 7, 2016 · 


PAKISTAN : Christian and Hindu girls are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam By Paolo Affatato, Rome (Vatican Insider via CNUA) Young women are forced into Muslim marriages with the complicity of the police and the judiciary. The government refuses to approve a law on “forced conversions” Her name is Saima Bibi, she is […]

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