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The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks

Christopher Hitchens

70 years ago today. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1948 Dr Herbert Vere Evatt ( 'Doc') was elected President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the only Australian to have ever held the position.   He presided over the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the cornerstone of human rights protection throughout…


  or   "Look, you who think the gods have no care of human things, what do you say to so many persons preserved from death by their especial favour?", to which Diogenes replied: "Why, I say that their pictures are not here who were cast away, who are by much the greater number." - Diogenes

Be Bold

Add your voice Top countries leading commitment to bold action are: #1 US, #2 Australia, #3 UK, #4 India #BeBoldForChange #IWD2017 — Women's Day (@womensday) March 8, 2017

Christopher Hicthens

Sam Harris on the fifth anniversary of Christopher Hitchen's death. Missing Hitch It has been five years, my friend. Five short years since you taught us how to die with wisdom and wit. And five long ones, wherein the world taught us how deeply we would miss you. Syria. Safe spaces. President Trump. What would you have made of these…

Barbed Wire

Thirty Years ago today, Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I remember this well. His words resonated for a young teacher... ... and the boy asks: "What have you done with my future..." And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never…