“The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart. We sightless children had the best of eyes that day in our hearts and in our finger-tips. We were glad from the child’s necessity of being happy. The blind who have outgrown the child’s perpetual joy can be …

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  The UK government is welcoming 30,000 people to London. They include arms dealers from the biggest weapons manufacturers in the world and buyers from repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) arms fair takes place as thousands of refugees fleeing wars and repression are seeking sanctuary …

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Demand an end to child labour in the mining industry • author: Michael Taylor • target: Switzerland’s Metalor, Dubai’s Kaloti, and India’s Kundan Coughing up blood, exposed to toxic amounts of mercury and working in dangerous pits that often collapse – this is the life of child labourers working in artisanal gold mines. Despite mining being …

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A veteran Labour peer will not stand trial for historic sex abuse allegations because of the “severity” of his dementia. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the allegations against Lord Greville Janner QC, 86, are “extremely serious” and the evidence against him would have warranted a criminal trial. But his poor health means they have …

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