17 November 2018 – New, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

17 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 look at the situation for Rohingya refugees, racism, the Russian revolution, native title and lots more!


1. This is a very interesting article from Amnesty International about why the many Rohingya refugees should not be sent back to Myanmar under a new agreement with Bangladesh. More than 720,000 Rohingya have fled since August 2017 and there is now a possibility for some to return – but if forced, their lives may be at risk.


2. The Guardian has a new series, The Age of Extinction, and in this first article the wonderful Jane Goodall share her ideas about how we can stop the destruction of our environment and the extinction of so many species.


3. We have a new Race Discrimination Commissioner and in his first speech in this role Chin Tan has warned of a resurgence of racial extremism in Australia. In his new role he has said that he wants to focus on the relationship between race, racism and economic and social opportunity and inequality.


4. And following on, Amnesty International has a short two minute video explaining the Racial Discrimination Act.


5. We have featured some of the stories from The Conversation’s World Politics Explainer in earlier posts. This one features the Russian Revolution and explores the important events in Russia during this time. And while we’re in Russia, there was recently a moving commemoration of the victims of Stalin’s Great Terror in 1937-1938 and Human Rights Watch has provided an interesting article on these events.


6. Kofi Annan was a major advocate for social change and his death recently was a sad moment for us all. If you’re interested in knowing more about this great leader, this article talks about some of his most significant achievements.


7. Last week we ran a story on what it means to be intersex. This week Amnesty International has a short video on what is means to be ‘genderqueer’, ‘gender fluid’ or ’non-binary’. It’s well worth a watch.


8. If you’d like to educate your children about the issues facing refugees in our world, then this article from The New York Times will help. They review a number of books for children that focus on stories about heroic young refugees.


9. Here’s some great news from Kakadu – the traditional owners of the Jabiru township, the Mirarr people, have finally been awarded native title. Their battle began in 1997 and it has been one of the longest running land claims in the Norther Territory’s history.


10. This is the story of a 12 year old Syrian refugee, Zain Al Rafeaa who has recently starred in the new film Capernaum. Film director Nadine Labaki has made this film about a young undocumented Lebanese boy and his experiences in a refugee camp as he tries to survive and also to help others. Zain is now living in Norway with his family and the film has been nominated for the Academy Awards.


Great to have your company again this week.