14 April 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

14 April 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we feature some key stories about the important issue of the death penalty; we also look at torture, foreign aid and much more!


1. Amnesty International’s report, Death Sentences and Executions 2017, has just been released and it suggests that death sentence rates have declined in recent years after some record-high peaks were recorded in the past few years. This is partly due to changes in some sub-Saharan countries such as Guinea who has just become the 30th abolitionist state in that region. And countries such as Iran and Malaysia have reduced the death penalty for drug related cases.


2. Amnesty International has a comprehensive list of answers to pretty much any question you might have about the death penalty.


3. And following on from Amnesty International’s report, The Conversation has a feature article on the death penalty arguing that while the number of executions have reduced, there is still very slow progress being made to abolish the death penalty.


4. You would think that in 2018, torture would be a thing of the past. However in this expose from the United Nations Human Rights Office, it’s clear that we have a long way to go.


5. Australia’s overall foreign aid commitment has fallen for three years in a row and there is now suggestion that further cuts are being planned. At the moment we rank 19th behind other wealthy nations even though we’re the 13th largest economy.


6. It is predicted that by 2030 the world’s richest 1% will own two-thirds of the wealth – if we don’t act soon! “World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation of wealth at the top will fuel growing distrust and anger over the coming decade unless action is taken to restore the balance.”


7. Congratualtions to Nathan Jarro – the first Indigenous Judge to be appointed by the Queensland Attorney-General. He will be a District Court Judge in Brisbane.


8. Alexis Wright is the winner of the Stella Prize for her novel Tracker. High on my list of novels to read, it uses “the voices of many people to reflect on the life of Tilmouth, a central and visionary figure in Aboriginal politics”.


9. This is a lovely story from the UNHCR about Adrian, a refugee from Jamaica who fled because of concerns regarding his sexuality, to the Netherlands. His journey lead him to relationships with some wonderful Dutch people who have supported him to now live his life in freedom.


10. Here’s the best idea we’ve heard for a long time!!! Disposable plates made from leaves!! These biodegradable leaf plates are a combination of German engineering and east Asian leaves! Leaf Republic tableware is now available around the world! Check it out for your next BBQ!!


We’re off on a short break now and will look forward to seeing you back again with our Weekly Top 10 on Saturday 5 May!