16 June 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

16 June 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we visit North Korea, Darwin, look at some great films and literature and much more too!


1. There has been a lot of media attention on possible advances in North Korea this week so it’s important to remember the history of human rights abuses in this country, one of the most repressive regimes in the world. Human Rights Watch is providing an excellent summary in this article.


2. If you’ve got some spare time this Sunday you might want to tune in to Radio National at 12.00pm and listen to Part 1 of In the Shadow of Terra Nullius: Invisibility to Survival. If is the first of three programs tracing “the story of Australia’s relationship with its indigenous people – from the time of Federation in 1901 through to the Uluru Statement in 2017. And of course you can tune in later through their app or web site.


3. The Refugee Food Festival is in full swing in the UK, Europe and America. Around 90 chefs from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Rwanda are cooking up a storm and helping to change attitudes at the same time. Might be time for an Australian version!


4. The United Nations Development Program has released their annual report for 2017. It’s worth having a flip through if you’re interested in programs that help parliaments work better (UNDP is the largest contributor to this), help countries to access grants for climate initiatives (140 countries assisted), and they’re ranked number 1 in terms of value for money and aid transparency.


5. Human Rights Watch has some important information on their 2018 Film Festival including a summary of 15 films that “shine a bright light on bravery and resilience in challenging times”. This is the 29th year of the festival and this year there is a particular focus on “strong women who take great risks to push back against powerful forces within their respective societies”.


6. This is a fascinating article from The Conversation advocating for the inclusion of traditional Aboriginal healers working alongside doctors to help address long standing health issues for Indigenous people.


7. OK all you fitness freaks, now it’s time to exercise and generate clean energy for the world at the same time. Vedas Fitness has worked out a way to feed energy from bikes and treadmills back into the grid. So a single spin class of 20 people can charge 2 iPhones for a whole year!


8. If you’re looking for holiday ideas in August this year, what about heading up to Darwin for the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair being held from the 10-12 August. Check out the program – looks like a fantastic event.


9. This is a must read! Marcia Langton has written a new book – Welcome to Country: A travel guide to Indigenous Australia. It’s available for purchase now and it covers some of the most important questions that non-Indigenous Australians and visitors from overseas often ask.


10. And a little more light reading to leave you with this week – Oxfam has a list of 18 books that will change your perspective on poverty!


Thanks again for coming along to read our little blog. Hope to see you again next week.