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Editor's note

Racism is on the rise once more in many parts of the world. So is the dehumanisation – and demonisation – of our enemies. Such developments, writes philosopher Raimond Gaita, test our understanding of what it means to share a common humanity with all peoples of the earth.
In Australia, argues Gaita, this idea of "a common humanity" is hampered by the lack of understanding of the crimes that have been committed against Indigenous peoples. When people’s souls have been lacerated by the wrongs done to them, he writes, "openness to their voices requires humbled attentiveness".
Also, catch up on this week's coverage of the census meltdown, the government's decision toblock the sale of NSW energy provider Ausgrid to Chinese bidders and, of course, the Olypmic Games. Have a great weekend.
Suzy Freeman-Greene
Arts and Culture Editor

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Aboriginal elder Max Eulo holds a baby in front of a sea of 70,000 multi-coloured paper hands at the Sydney Opera House in December 2000. David Gray/Reuters

Friday essay: reflections on the idea of a common humanity

Raimond Gaita, University of Melbourne
Racism is again on the rise in many parts of the world. So is the dehumanisation of our enemies. What hope is there, then, for notions of a common humanity?

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