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November 1, 2009 | On October 31 2009 there was a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Margaret Holmes. It took place at a packed St Luke's Anglican Church, Mosman, NSW (where Margaret and her late husband "Tag" had been active members). I was among the speakers who were asked to say a few words about her. I spoke on her involvement in the peace and social justice movements. I had reviewed her biography on Radio 2GB when she turned a 100 earlier this year and I spoke at an event to mark her 100th birthday at the Women's International League for Peace... Full article »
October 16, 2009 | A few points on the asylum seeker issue: The basic problem is that the conflict has gone on for over half a century (with roots going even further back) with no clear system for now resolving it. The Hindu Tamil dominated north should have been given a measure of local autonomy when the country became independent of Britain in 1948. Instead, an increasingly nationalistic majority Buddhist Sinhalese government in Colombo has ignored the local community demands. This has brought on its own adverse reaction from the Tamil community. As with other localized conflicts, one thing led to another in a... Full article »
October 1, 2009 | Witchcraft is now on the agenda of the United Nations. The UN itself - as a secular organization on the church/state split of the United States Constitution -cannot get involved in the official propagation of witchcraft or any other sort of religion. But witches who are persecuted for their religious belief may become "refugees" and so very much a matter for the UN. Like all other humans, they have basic human rights. In my current radio interviews I am making three points 1. Witches as Victims The current media interest (September/ October 2009) comes from discussions at the UN refugee... Full article »
September 25, 2009 | We are lucky enough to be able to share with you some of the wonderful success stories coming out of Africa. The charity African Action on Aids is committed to improving the lives of African's touched by this disease, to support their children and families and to bring hope in times of need. This week we share in the story of how AAA is encouraging orphan girls to study nursing and why a good education can be a lifesaver. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Why do we encourage girl orphans who wish to pursue nursing studies? Because there is a shortage of 1.5 million health... Full article »
September 25, 2009 | There is controversy again over some people seeking to arrive in Australia. People have been on the move since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden - and so this is a continuing issue with a very long history! It is necessary to make a distinction: "migration" (whereby Australia currently accepts about 170,000 people per year) and "refugees" (whereby Australia accepts about 13,500 people per year). Migration" is based on each country's own requirements. In Australia's case, the two main categories of migrants are those arriving to do particular jobs where there are shortages of labour (such... Full article »
September 11, 2009 | Reader Barbara Ferguson shares with us her pictures from the "Train The Trainers" councelling program she is establishing in the DRC. Barbara recently returned from the Congo and is lobbying the Australian government in hope of increasing our aid to this beautiful region. Barbara's train the trainer program will provide support and assistance for those women and young girls tortured and raped during the decade long war. If you can help please contact us and we will put you in touch with Barbara's organisation. Demonstrating Councelling Techiques. Celebration Time. Listening. Sunday School.... Full article »
August 25, 2009 | Below is the latest update from the charity African Action against Aids. The theme of this news brief that celebrates the African Woman's Day is Fighting Spirit & Resiliency - The capacity to bounce back no matter how life treats you. A fighting spirit is needed in the struggle against AIDS. It is essential to a healthy/happy life. On 31st July 2009, the African Woman's Day was celebrated in Cameroon where AIDS definitely has a woman's face - 61% of the 500,209 people living with AIDS here are women! At the same time, women are the main caregivers for people... Full article »
August 25, 2009 | Back on 17th July we visited Barbara on the set of her training DVD as she prepared for her DRC trip to "Train the Trainers." This program has been set up by Barbara to address the Social-psychological conseling needs of survivors of war and torture in the Congo. We join Barbara on her return to Australia after her first training trip. I arrived home yesterday pm - still processing my experiences in the DRC at HEALAfrica - the faith and courage of the people was inspiring - they sing like angels - my favourite moment was on the first day at... Full article »
August 19, 2009 | The International Commission of Jurists Australia and the Community Justice Coalition are hosting a seminar on 5 September 2009. The seminar "Our Prisons - Human Rights, Mental Health & Privatisation" will take place in the elegant surroundings of the State Library of NSW. This is the first of a series of seminars on the custodial system for adults and juveniles. The Hon John Roberston MLC, Minister for Corrective Services will open the seminar with Mr Victor Dominello MP who is speaking on behalf of Shadow Attorney General Greg Smith SC MP. Featured speakers also include Dr Eileen Baldry, Associate Dean... Full article »
August 17, 2009 | HIV/ Aids: The Impact of Narcotic Drugs. Submitted by Ruth Bamela Engo, President AAA. Just like AAA sees health as an all-encompassing concept, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs has started looking at the inter-relationship between illicit drug use and HIV/AIDS. The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is now mandated to share regularly relevant decisions of the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS with the Commission's members. When the Commission met in March 2009 - a session attended by over 1,400 participants representing Governments and civil society... Full article »
Oxfam: Gifts that give Twice
- WEA. 2009 The Year In Review
- Driving On The Left
- Barbara Ferguson's Diary - Pictures From The Congo
- Disorder in the Courts - Friday Fun!
- Australia's contribution to the ICJ's Report on terrorism, counter-terrorism and human rights.
- The Friday Mash - May 1st
- Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
- Controversial Owner at the Melbourne Cup