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Articles from the June 20, 2019 edition

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  • Report: Australia's immigration detention 'more and more like prison' increasingly using restraints, such as handcuffs

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 20, 2019

    Canberra (dpa) - Australia's onshore immigration detention is becoming "harsh and restrictive" and "more and more like prison" with the average stay longer than any other developed country, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said Tuesday in a new report. "We have grave concern about how risks are managed in Australian immigration detention centers and the human rights consequences for detainees," said Edward Santow, one of the commissioners for AHRC that inspected detention...

  • A Devout Muslim Advocates for Gender Equality, Freedom of Conscience and Expression. And People Hate Him

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 20, 2019

    Normally, there is one security guard standing outside the door of Kehillat Ma'arav Synagogue in Santa Monica. For this Sunday morning lecture, however, there were two guards. The reason: the speaker was Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a medical doctor and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). Jasser, a devout Muslim, began AIFD in order to advocate for Muslim communities around the world to embrace the principles of gender equality, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech and...

  • Article 34: California Voters to Decide Against their Right to Decide

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Jun 20, 2019

    A bill proposed by Santa Monica's State Senator Ben Allen would repeal Article 34 of the California State Constitution. On June 4, Allen's bill was approved unanimously by the California State Senate's Housing Committee. It will now move to the State Senate floor. If approved there, the proposal to change the State Constitution will be put to the voters on the 2020 ballot. Article 34 was passed in 1950 as Proposition 10. The legislation requires a local ballot referendum to approve any...

  • Oh the Places You'll Go: 670 seniors graduate at Samohi

    Phil Brock, Observer Writer|Jun 20, 2019

    With shouts of "19" echoing across the stage, the Santa Monica High School Class of 2019 flipped their tassels from right to left and exuberantly took their final steps as high school students. This was the 165th graduation ceremony at Samohi, and 670 seniors took part in this time-honored tradition. As the students strode into the Memorial Greek Theatre the crowd of over 3500 parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and friends clapped, cheered and waved signs as the seniors, resplendent in...