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What it means to be a refugee in Australia

Younis Yousefi, My House, 2004, unfired clay handpainted Pictures in my Heart: Seeking Refuge – Afghanistan to Australia Fiona Hamilton Wakefield Press Noted French novelist Marcel Proust once claimed that “only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees”. In Fiona Hamilton’s book Pictures in my Heart, Seeking Refuge –…

War Through a Womans Eyes: Book Review

Book review by Samaya Borom Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam | Jeannine Baker | NewSouth Publishing War reporting has traditionally evoked images of fearless and iconic men like Ernest Hemingway, Neil Davis and Father Francis Timoney, who reported directly from the battlelines, took risks and waxed lyrical about the destruction they witnessed…

Aboriginal Human Rights Trajectory Crucial Reading

Originally published at Right Now : Human Rights in Australia Book review by Maya Borom No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia | UQP In 1967, a successful referendum was held to determine whether the Australian constitution should be altered to remove references that discriminated against Aboriginal people. Momentum has since been…

The Coal Face, book review.

Originally published at Right Now : Human Rights in Australia Book review by Samaya Borom The Coal Face | Penguin Books Australia On 9 February 2014, a fire started at the Hazelwood coal mine and would continue to burn almost unfettered for nearly two months. During this time, the residents of Morwell and the greater…

The Normality Beyond A Disability

This article was originally published at Right Now: Human Rights in Australia Ugly: My Memoir | Hachette When Robert Hoge was born he did not spend his first month bonding, as babies do, with his parents, in particular with his mother. Instead, he spent the first month and five days in the nursery in a hospital in…

Bursting Veil Misconceptions

This article was originally published at Right Now: Human Rights in Australia Book review by Maya Borom What is Veiling? | Edinburgh University Press In the past month Australia has appeared preoccupied with ‘the veil’. The burqa, the niqab and the hijab have been catapulted somewhat unkindly into mainstream media due to misinformed political opinions, fear…

Book Review of The Tribe

This article was originally published at Right Now: Human Rights in Australia STORIES OF A MISUNDERSTOOD, FAMILIAR TRIBE Book review by Maya Borom The Tribe | Giramondo Publishing Much has been made in the past couple of weeks of Muslim cultures in Australia, pointing towards their difference rather than similarities. Rhetoric that encourages an attitude of ‘us’…