10 June 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

10 June 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we hear about the latest Mabo lecture, visit the Central African Republic and South Sudan – and much, much more!


1. As part of the National Native Title Conference in Townsville this week June Oscar, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, delivered the historic Mabo lecture. In her speech she linked “Constitutional reform and a treaty with Australia’s First Peoples to the “unfinished business of the 1967 Referendum and the Mabo decision.” Her full speech is available online and well worth a read.


2. There has been a lot of tragedy around the word this week as terrorism and war take more lives. While it is inevitable that we will feel more deeply affected when people or places we know are involved, it also important to remember that hundreds of people regularly die because of war and terrorism in other countries around the world and we need to pay our respects to them as well. The UK media source, Independent, asks us to also give a minutes silence for the 90 people who were murdered by terrorists this week in Kabul.


3. Human Rights Watch have a feature story on the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic. It again highlights the hidden nature of these conflicts that continue to be invisible to the rest of the world. The United Nations has just released a new ‘Mapping Report‘ on the situation in the CAR and it leaves no doubt as to the devastation still occurring there.


4. The United Nations Development Program is hoping to educate us all about our oceans and the things that we can do to protect them. Check the 10 things you need to know about the state of our oceans as well as the 10 things you can do  to save them.


5. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is in full swing around the world over this coming week. Although you may not be able to participate in your city it is well worth checking out the movies they have selected and keeping an eye out for them at your independent cinemas – or online.


6. The Conversation finds more archaeological evidence linking Indigenous Australians to coastal regions of the country and suggesting that they were seafarers. A remote island cave off the coast of northwest Australia has revealed information normally not accessible given rising sea levels which has submerged the coast line of those times. It’s a fascinating read!


7. Another inspirational story from a member of the MSF team, this time in South Sudan. Dr Alan Hughes is an obstetrician-gynaecologist and he talks about his experiences of attempting to improve the health of women and new borns – with great success!


8. The situation in Israel and Palestine is certainly not improving with many ongoing violations of human rights law. Human Rights Watch has a feature story on this complex issue and the importance of focusing on “increasing the protection of the rights of the population of the occupied territory”.


9. Some think it’s a waste of time, others dismiss it as navel-gazing, but according to Angie Hobbs in The Conversation, teaching philosophy can combat extremism. She argues that “the teaching of philosophy can help young people think for themselves, challenge misinformation and resist attempts to indoctrinate them”.


10. Satire may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but here at WITADA we are big fans of The Guardian’s First Dog on the Moon cartoon series and this one is a particular favourite – First Dog on the Moon’s adventures as Ambassador of Refugees Legal!


Great to have your company again. See you all next week!