10 November 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

10 November 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we revisit the tragedies unfolding in Yemen, elections in Brazil, horse racing, gender stereotypes, and much more!


1. The situation in Yemen has reached crisis point with an escalation in violence and as a result, a worsening of the famine. It is now predicted that the famine in Yemen could be the worst famine the world has seen in over 100 years. And medics in Yemen are pleading for assistance from the international community to deal with the shortage of medicines. The New York Times has created a list of the best ways that we can all help the terrible situation in Yemen.


2. At times celebrities can use their power for good and Angelina Jolie seems to be doing this as she urges the world to take action about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. She is advocating for other countries to accept Yemeni refugees (and all refugees for that matter!) and for international intervention to end the conflict.


3. The Melbourne Cup has received a lot of negative press over the last few weeks as animal rights activists raise awareness of the cruel and torturous practices employed in all forms of horse racing. It seems that the message is getting through with most of the major newspaper carrying headlines such as The Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Why the Melbourne Cup is actually one of the cruellest days on Australia’s calendar’ and the ABC’s ’Should the Melbourne Cup be stopped on animal cruelty grounds?’. This article from Jeff Dowsing from The Guardian highlights the extent of cruelty to horses in the racing industry.


4. As the political situation around the world seems to be in crisis, The Conversation has a series, Reclaiming the Fair Go, that looks at how we can “break the cycle of power and greed to enable all peoples and the planet to flourish”. This article, ‘Don’t give up on politics. It’s where the fight for the fair go must be won’ is a very good read.


5. The newly elected president of Brazil is causing fear in many communities and individuals as his far-right, pro-gun, pro-torture, pro-homophobia, (etc, etc) views create an even more divided society. The Guardian looks at what this means for democracy around the world.


6. Many people don’t understand the ‘i’ in LGBTQI so if you’d like to know more about what it means to be intersex, this article from Amnesty International is well worth a read.


7. Did you know that the ethnic Sulaliyyate women of Morocco have just received equal land rights after their grass roots movement started in 2007. A recent distribution of land plots has levelled the playing field. It is a complex system of distribution in Morocco and this article explores the impacts of that system on women.


8. This is a great story from The Guardian Labs (no it’s not about Labradors unfortunately!) that looks at developments in a small village in Myanmar where gender stereotypes are being challenged through an innovative savings group.


9. We have featured this amazing web site before – Our World in Data. In this article Max Roser looks at the ways in which global living conditions are changing by exploring developments in poverty, literacy, health, freedom, population, education, and more.


10. In amongst some bad political news this week, here’s some good news. Ilhan Omar, who moved to the US with her family as a refugee from Somalia in 1997, received 78% of the vote in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the recent US elections. This is particularly impressive given that two years ago Trump told an audience in Minnesota that their state had suffered at the hands of too many Somali refugees having settled there in the 1990s. Clearly the people of Minnesota disagree!


Thanks for coming along to read our Top 10 this week. Hope to see you again next week.