Teach your children to rebel, Teach your children to doubt

At school, Bruce Pascoe was taught Aboriginal people were backward wanderers. Today, the Dark Emu author argues for curiosity and doubt Bruce Pascoe The Guardian 2 June 2, 2019 ‘We, the quiet people, need to rebel’: Bruce Pascoe. Photograph: Vicky Shukuroglou A million fish died in our rivers last summer because billionaires dammed the upper reaches of several major Australian…

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Three minutes captured 60,000 years of connection

Dean Parkin Sydney Morning Herald May 27, 2019 The tension is rippling through the room; you can almost see it shimmer as more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples pause for a heavy, silent moment. Professor Megan Davis, an indomitable Cobble Cobble woman, pro-vice chancellor at the University of NSW and member of the Referendum Council, has just…

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Nuclear age: Humanity is flirting with extinction

  The most stunning and frightening truth about the nuclear age is this: Nuclear weapons are capable of destroying civilization and most complex life on the planet, yet next to nothing is being done about it. Humanity is flirting with extinction and is experiencing the “frog’s malaise.” It is as though the human species has been placed into a pot…

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Truth-telling: 80% say past injustices against Indigenous people should be recognised

A biennial report shows attitudes shifting in support of key aims of the reconciliation movement Ben Smee The Guardian February 11, 2019 Four out of five survey respondents supported a formal truth-telling process to acknowledge past injustices against First Nations people. Photograph: Glenn Hunt/EPA An overwhelming majority of Australians support a formal ‘truth telling’ process to acknowledge past injustices against…

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The Motives For Meaningful Peace Work

By Fr. Paul Lansu Senior Policy Advisor, Pax Christi International Catholic social teaching provides a critical framework from where to search values and norms and to contribute to justice, peace and care for the creation. The social ideas of the Church,[1] which have developed over decades, offer an almost inexhaustible richness of points of reference for peace work. Especially concerning the…

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Raising the West Papuan Flag

Last Friday, for the hopes of the Indigenous West Papuan people, its flag, with the Morning Star, was raised at Leichhardt Town Hall, and flew all the weekend. In West Papua this is a dangerous activity, unlike raising the Australian flag or even the Aboriginal one, here in Australia. More than 300 West Papuans were arrested and taken on their…

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Slaughter Occurring Right Now in Afghanistan Hazaras Targetted by Taliban

Media Release, November 13 2018 We condemn in the strongest possible terms the killings of Hazaras in Jaghori, Malistan and Khas Uruzgan. In recent days we have seen Afghan Special forces slaughtered by the Taliban and a massive increase in murders of innocent Hazara civilians”, ERC Director Phil Glendenning said “These districts, bordered by the Taliban controlled areas in southern…

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Five Reasons to Support a Total Ban of Nuclear Weapons Today

The date, September 26, is the United Nations’ International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. One year has now passed since the historic adoption of an international treaty which aims to make these weapons illegal. In an article published by Greenpeace International on September 26 this year, Jen Maman provides five reasons as to why these weapons of…

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