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  • It’s hard to work out if the 1997 movie Gattaca presents a vision of triumph or failure of humanity. It presents a dystopian future which echoes the dystopian elements of our present and past. In this future, people are judged solely by their genetic scorecard.  Those whose parents do...

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  • On or around 14 November 2010 another 97 men, women and children lost their lives as asylum seekers crossing the sea to Australia. The recent Four Corners  report (which focussed also on the people smuggler network involved) explored something of the lives of those lost. We here record their...

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  • Sometimes our musicians capture in few words ideas at the heart of human rights.  This article is dedicated to the song “United”, which was produced by a group of musicians “Playing for Change”.  They wrote the song in cooperation with 7 billion actions, bringing together musicians from around the world. Where...

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  •   Everyone, without discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 23(4) This idea is hard to argue with.  It appeals to our sense of fairness. It appears in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other human rights treaties, as well...

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  • Sometimes, there is no need for words. This, I think, is one of those times. This video says it all.

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Gattaca: a dystopian past, present and future

October 10, 2013
View from the Space Port

It’s hard to work out if the 1997 movie Gattaca presents a vision of triumph or failure of humanity. It presents a dystopian future which echoes the dystopian elements of our present and past. In this future, people are judged solely by their genetic scorecard.  Those whose parents do not engineer them for success before birth are marked out...
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A Fitting Memorial

June 15, 2012
A Fitting Memorial

On or around 14 November 2010 another 97 men, women and children lost their lives as asylum seekers crossing the sea to Australia. The recent Four Corners  report (which focussed also on the people smuggler network involved) explored something of the lives of those lost. We here record their names, and what few details that Four Corners published concerning their lives.  ...
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We have to bring the world together and learn to live as one

January 21, 2012
United We have to bring the world together and learn to live as one 7 billion

Sometimes our musicians capture in few words ideas at the heart of human rights.  This article is dedicated to the song “United”, which was produced by a group of musicians “Playing for Change”.  They wrote the song in cooperation with 7 billion actions, bringing together musicians from around the world. Where some might see the figure of 7 billion as a...
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Equal Pay for Equal Work

December 28, 2011
Money

  Everyone, without discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 23(4) This idea is hard to argue with.  It appeals to our sense of fairness. It appears in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other human rights treaties, as well as in international labour conventions.  Its history and elaboration is...
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‘We will always remember you’

December 12, 2011

Sometimes, there is no need for words. This, I think, is one of those times. This video says it all.
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How old is the idea of abolishing foreignness?

October 31, 2011

Today it is entirely natural to think that every person in the world is endowed with certain rights, ones that transcend foreignness and apply absolutely universally. We call these...
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The Duty of Kindness and Sympathy Towards Strangers and Foreigners

October 18, 2011

It is hardest to write of those things about which we feel most deeply. Today I wish to write about someone whose words and life have profoundly influenced and...
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