Last Friday, the US Supreme Court ruled by the narrowest possible margin (5 to 4) that the American Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.
In essence, it means that we are ruled by the law of the people, not by the arbitrary law of a superior individual or power group operating above the law.
The main crisis of human rights is not about perceptions, but about its complicity with domination.
The debate over same-sex marriage should be an opportune time to look at the whole question of marriage and whether or not it is a natural and reasonable thing for humans to do at all.
Overall, recognition of self-identity is a matter that is taken very seriously by some people, and non-acceptance can result in an emotionally charged reaction.
There is, nonetheless, a genuine 'right to know'. It too is embodied in legislation, and it is available to us all.
Censorship is a tool governments use to establish and maintain control and power. The Abbott Government is using that tool to the greatest possible extent in relation to detention centres.
Not weak, vulnerable, bleaters, but remarkable lambs with the spirit and savvy to get out of whatever hellhole they've escaped from.
Facebook encourage us all to become completely open in a sort of cult of transparency. Churches should be leading the call for greater protections on privacy.
Draconian laws are being rushed through parliament that will effectively turn the concept that all men are equal before the law on its head.
Remarkably, terrorism co-opts credulous authorities who need to constantly dramatize the magnitude and imminence of the threat in order to justify exceptional government actions to protect the community.
We recognise in theory that human rights are universal, but we have yet to apply this impartially in practice.