Jamaica’s Silent Children

3; 10/15; | Human Rights, Jamaica, Rape, Abuse, Sexual assault An investigation into the high rate of child sex abuse in Jamaica and the government’s failure to protect its children – Jamaica likes to portray itself as a tropical paradise – its sunshine and laid-back atmosphere attracting millions of tourists every year. But behind this […] read more…

10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry

04-30-2012 Eugene Cho In light of some recent intense posts – Ultimate Fighting Jesus and Conversation with Rob Bell (re: women in ministry), this list is too funny not to share. But the brutal fact is that the matter of gender violence isn’t all that funny either. Statistics about gender inequality via UN and UNICEF […] read more…

Dreaming big and chasing dreams: helping Indigenous mothers finish school (2

12/4/16; Natalie Walker Approximately 90% of Indigenous teenage mums won’t finish school, but there is a way for them to realise their dreams – Most people have that one teacher. Like Sidney Poitier’s Mark Thackeray in To Sir, With Love or Robin Williams’s John Keating in Dead Poets Society. The one who inspired, opened our […] read more…

Gurrumul: is this a case of racial profiling or a symptom of rushed medicine? (1)

11/4/16 Ranjana Srivastava Contact author; @docranjana Gurrumul’s story may not represent racial profiling so much as a failure of the medical system to adequately consult patients and take thorough histories ‘The talented and multi-award winning Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu made the news for another reason when his nephrologist alleged that his patient’s care at […] read more…

Students in Gaza watch world’s first virtual reality operation

20/4/16 Middle East, News, Palestine, Region, Videos & Photo Stories In a world first, British surgeon Dr. Shafi Ahmed live-streamed an operation using Google glasses allowing students around the world to get a doctor’s view of the procedure last Thursday. Medical students and staff in Gaza were among some 13,000 viewers who watched the doctor […] read more…

The Uluru decision highlights what’s so wrong with Indigenous policy

21/4/16; Helen Davidson for the Guardian, Harry Hobbs @HarryUNSW; Aboriginal Constitutional recognition will be null and void if non-Indigenous Australians continue to ignore what Indigenous Australians are saying On 12 April, environment minister Greg Hunt announced his decision not to ban the Uluru climb. On Tuesday, Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles declared his support […] read more…

Threatened Australian wildlife at grave risk from habitat loss, study finds

9/7/15 AEST Oliver Milman; @olliemilman Habitat loss is seen as the primary threat to at-risk species but recovery plans avoid addressing it and governments have entrenched the extinction process – Successive Australian governments have failed to protect the habitat of the country’s most endangered creatures, with 90% of the 120 most endangered animals having no […] read more…

Pope makes scathing attack on Vatican ‘ills’

22/12/14; Europe, Vatican, Religion Catholic leader tells stony-faced cardinals, bishops and priests of church’s ’15 ailments’ in unusual address. Pope Francis has harshly criticised Vatican bureaucracy in a Christmas speech, saying that some in the church suffered from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and a lust for power. The Curia is called on to always improve itself and […] read more…

Refugee crisis: Pope pleads for ‘common humanity’

16/4/16; Human Rights, Pope Francis, Greece, Syrian Refugees, Refugee Visit expected to turn spotlight on Europe’s controversial deal with Turkey to end the unprecedented refugee crisis. Pope Francis is visiting Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of Europe’s refugee crisis for people seeking to reach Western Europe on boats from Turkey. Francis, who took […] read more…

Drone strikes passenger plane coming in to land at UK’s Heathrow airport

18/18/16; British Airways plane hit by drone A pilot bringing a passenger jet into land at England’s Heathrow airport has reported a drone striking the craft as it was approaching the runway. British Airways plane struck an object believed to be a drone on Sunday as it was coming in for landing at Europe’s busiest […] read more…

Mike Baird’s motherhood statements on Palestine dilute the politics (3)

18/4/16; Antony Loewenstein @antloewenstein; Australian Some activists celebrated Mike Baird’s trip to the West Bank as a victory for Palestinian recognition but there remains a lack of honesty in public discourse about Israel’s stranglehold on the Palestinian territories\. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird recently visited Israel and Palestine, the first for a sitting leader […] read more…

17/4/16; Patrick Strickland Human Rights, War & Conflict, Middle East, Israel, Syria’s Civil War Prime Minister Netanyahu holds cabinet meeting in occupied territory to send message that Israel “will never” withdraw – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has for the first time held his weekly cabinet meeting in the occupied Golan Heights, amid criticism from […] read more…

UNICEF: Israel’s child poverty rate worst in developed world (1)

15/4/26; Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine, Region Israel has the highest level of child poverty in the world’s 41 most developed countries, according to a United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report released yesterday. Israel has the highest level of child poverty in the world’s 41 most developed countries, according to a United Nations Children’s […] read more…

Asylum seeker in Nauru convicted for suicide attempt

16/4/16;| Human Rights, Asia Pacific, Australia, Refugees, Humanitarian crises Iranian man held in Australian-run detention centre on Pacific island reportedly ordered to pay a $155 fine – Australia’s government has been criticised over its treatment of asylum seekers in offshore facilities – Australian refugee advocates and opposition politicians have condemned the conviction of an Iranian […] read more…

Syrian Refugees Sheltered by Pope Francis Describe ‘Miracle’ Journey (2)

19/4/16: Rosie Scammell, Religion News Service; Sojurners Three Syrian families flown to Rome by Pope Francis are calling their trip from the battle lines of a five-year civil war to safety in the shadow of the Vatican a “miracle” journey. The heart of Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, with its picturesque cobbled streets and vine-covered walls, could […] read more…

Patrick Dodson’s Senate mandate

14/4/16 Frank Brennan On 15 April 1991, 25 years ago this Friday, Elliott Johnston QC, Patrick Dodson and their fellow commissioners signed off on their final reports for the long running royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. That commission was set up by the Hawke government at the end of 1987 to investigate 99 […] read more…
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