Michael Curtotti

Ocho millones de niños menores de cinco años mueren cada año por causas en gran medida prevenibles.  Un billón de personas viven en extrema pobreza.  Miles de personas que huyen de la guerra de la pobreza o la persecución mueren cruzando fronteras internacionales. Los países ricos continuamente fortaleciendo las leyes y medidas para impedir que la…

Abolir étrangeté

Huit millions d’enfants sous l’âge de cinq meurent chaque année de causes en grande partie évitables. Dans certains pays 20 % d’enfants meurent avant qu’ils atteignent l’âge de cinq ans. Des milliers de personnes fuyant la guerre, de la pauvreté ou de persécution meurent franchissent les frontières internationales. Les pays riches renforcent continuellement des lois et…

Abolire Estraneità

Otto milioni di bambini sotto l’età di cinque muoiono ogni anno in gran parte per cause prevenibili. In alcuni paesi il 20% dei bambini muore prima di raggiungere i cinque anni. Migliaia di persone in fuga da guerre, persecuzioni o povertà muoiono attraversando le frontiere internazionali.  Paesi ricchi continuamente rafforzano leggi e misure per prevenire che le persone…

Villawood Protests

What is a “protest”? In the context of democracy we think of them as citizen action – citizens speaking to their government – expressing their dissatisfaction with a policy or state of affairs. What then are we to make of the actions of a few non-citizens protesting on the roof of the Villawood detention centre…

What ended chattel slavery in the British Empire?

The question of how legal chattel slavery in the British Empire came to an end is an important question to ask.  It is far from a historical curiosity.  The end of legal slavery in the British Empire potentially contains lessons on how the human rights abuses of our own time might be addressed.  Given the…

Abolire Estraneità

“Quando … le nazione …, sono state trovate, attraverso una lunga successione di età, di concorrere ne le stesse usanze e abitudini, ci sembra sorgere una presunzione, che tali usi non  solo sono eminentemente utili, ma si fondano anche sui principi di giustizia. Tale è il caso per quanto riguarda la schiavitù … “Thomas Clarkson 1785…

“Crossing Over” – Harrison Ford stars as ICE Agent

Crossing Over is a 2009 American independent film drama exploring the lives of illegal immigrants attempting to “cross the border” literally and metaphorically to achieve legal status in the United States.   The film deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter-terrorism and the clash of cultures. …

Australia seeks to process asylum seekers in East Timor

In a policy announcement echoing the discredited ‘Pacific solution’ of the previous Liberal Government, the new Australian government has decided to seek to detain asylum seekers in a ‘regional processing centre’ in East Timor.  The new Australian policy reflects a general hardening of policies towards asylum seekers in the lead up to national elections.   ABC…