Archive for April 21st, 2016

Seeking Justice for Flint Residents

Thursday, April 21st, 2016:

The residents of Flint, Mich., have been let down repeatedly by government officials at every level. On Wednesday, however, they finally received some small measure of justice when Michigan’s attorney general filed criminal charges against three government workers for their role in the city’s water contamination crisis. Criminal charges are rare in environmental cases, which is what makes this announcement significant. The attorney general, Bill Schuette, accused the workers — two state Department of Environmental Quality officials and Flint’s utilities manager — of felonies and misdemeanors, including misconduct in office and tampering with evidence. Mr. Schuette also said his office’s […] Read More →

Voices From the Island Where Australia Deports Asylum Seekers, Cont'd

Thursday, April 21st, 2016:

Lukas Schrank Earlier this month, our video team posted a long harrowing animation that “explores Australia’s controversial immigration policy of transferring asylum seekers arriving by boat to remote detention centers on Pacific islands.” The video features voices of detainees who were present for the February 2014 riots on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, during which Iranian refugee Reza Barati was killed. “Reza tried so hard to achieve his dream,” says a fellow detainee: The incident sparked a parliamentary inquiry in Australia, which—back in December—found that “the Australian government failed in its duty to protect asylum seekers including Mr. Barati from […] Read More →

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