Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

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Rupen Savoulian

A few months back, I wrote of a constant refrain in my life – being told to go back to where I come from. I elaborated the reasons why this particular slogan keeps recurring, why it is totally unnecessary, counterproductive and irritating, and why it should stop. This phrase taps into the deep recesses of white Australian racism and privilege, and is indicative of the level of political thinking currently predominating in Australian society.

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The Smuggling Game: Playing with life and death to reach Europe

Marko Djurica

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Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi

In the dead of night, as wild animals howled nearby, Syrian migrant Aras Mahmoud clung to his children as they slept on damp grass in the Bulgarian mountains en route to Serbia, praying that his family would live another day.

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South Sudan refugee crisis escalates: Uganda and region in urgent need of assistance

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Male Daniel

Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

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Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan ‘hellholes’

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Lin Taylor

Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

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How the Muslim Ban is going to affect my gastronomical life

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Ahmed Tharwat

Donald Trump our new Czar, the political ISIS of American politics, the one who beheaded more than a dozen career politicians on national TV during GOP debates. In his crusade against Muslims and Islam, the leader of the civilized world, replacing the leader of the free world, called for “a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

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With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello

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Umberto Bacchi

After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

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