28 January – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

28 January 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place. 
In this week’s Top 10 our feature story takes us to the global marches for equality. We also check out the latest update to the doomsday clock, visit the Mununjali people, Nigeria, Jordan and much more!


1. In a world dominated by social media it’s great to see that we’re still prepared to take it to the streets. The women’s marches on 23 January reached record numbers. In the United States 3.5 million people, most of them women, marched and over 2 million others marched in cities all around the world. One of the most talked about speeches came from academic and activist Angela Davis and you can read the full transcript of her speech here. The ABC asked some of the protesters to talk about what the march has meant for them. The New York Times has some great pictures from the marches from countries all around the world and check out these photos of banners used in the marches, specifically by black women to get their voices heard.


2. It’s a little depressing but not unexpected – the doomsday clock has been wound back a full 30 seconds given the Trump presidency other global tensions.


3. Lots of ideas now come to fruition through crowd funding. This is an interesting project being run by the Australian group ThinkInc.  The book, ‘Islam and the Future of Tolerance’ is being turned into a documentary.  “This film chronicles the initial clash and ultimate collaboration between the prominent atheist author and neuroscientist Sam Harris and the former Islamist Maajid Nawaz.” The producers are hoping to raise $100,000 to cover the costs of sound production and editing. You can check out their breakdown of costs and what your donation will get.


4. Here’s a bit of local (Brisbane) news. A little parcel of land that has great significance to the Mununjali people has just been handed back to them on a leasing arrangement. The President of Maibin Jahyilah Yahgilah, Germaine Paulson said “It is the first time outside of funding or native title that our indigenous group has been granted use the land as we wish, so to come to this agreement without having to go through a massive legal process has been great.”


5. This is an excellent story from the Washington Post, ‘Raising Barriers: A New Age of Walls’. There are three separate episodes in this series and all of them are fascinating and well worth checking out. “In 2015, work started on more new barriers around the world than at any other point in modern history. There are now 63 borders where walls or fences separate neighboring countries.”


6. This is a feature article from New Internationalist about corruption in Nigeria and the recent reports from investigative journalists from the International Centre for Investigative Reporting about appalling conditions camps for the internally displaced.


7. Check out this great map of Indigenous Australia!


8. This story from the United Nations Development Program highlights the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by looking at the work that is happening in Peru with rising levels of inequality and urbanisation.


9. In our next blog from MSF workers “Australian psychologist Johanna van Grinsven shares her recent experiences working with Syrian refugee children in Northern Jordan. “I first met seven-year-old Samir in my second week in Jordan. He is one patient that I will never forget.”


10. Here’s a list of good news stories from 2016 to encourage us in believing that change is possible – and happening!


Thanks again for your company this week. And just in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out our Special Edition Top 10 for Survival Day and our blog post for 26 January 2017! See you all again next week.