7 January 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

WITADA Top 107 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 looks at the life of Ute Bock who does more than most to make the world a better place. We also feature giraffes, Waleed Aly, rare birds, social media and much more!


1. This is a feature story on an amazing Austrian woman, Ute Bock, who has spent much of her life simply being a kind person to refugees. She has won awards and is well known but remains humble about her achievements. “Is she religious? Does she have a philosophy? She shakes her head. It is simple humanity that has motivated her over a long career of caring for the less fortunate. “If someone comes, needing help, I do not tell them to go and see the Pope first.”


2. In this part of the world (Australia) we may not spend a lot of time thinking about giraffes but Bill Laurance from The Conversation is encouraging us to do just that. Reports are emerging that giraffes may be at risk of extinction. There are lots of interesting, and unfortunately disturbing, facts about giraffes in this article.


3. MSF staff share their wishes for 2017 from far away places such as Jordan, Liberia and Belarus including more widely available drugs to treat tuberculosis, more effective tests to diagnose the cause of fevers, cheaper vaccines for pneumonia, a pill-based system to treat people with sleeping sickness, and a vaccine to protect against all strains of ebola.


4. If you have a little spare time this weekend you might want to tune in to the ABC interview with Waleed Aly. Richard Fidler interviewed him for his radio program, Conversations, and it is a great way to spend your lazy afternoon!


5. The New Internationalist has collated their most read top 10 articles of 2016. There are some super reads here including the top article by John Pilger, ‘The Coming War on China’.


6. And relatedly, one of the New Internationalist’s top articles explores the issue of corporations running the world. The web site Good Health has an infographic showing how only 10 corporations own all the world’s food brands. Scary!


7. Always good to have some fresh ideas about ways we can make a difference in the world and Amnesty International is offering 5 ways you can make a change for human rights in 2017.


8. Here’s some good news for those of us who love nature. A rare bird that was thought to be extinct has been sighted in Eastern Nepal. It was last seen 178 years ago!


9. This is an interesting article about social media and its impact on ‘the truth’. “Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism.”


10. We leave you this week with the powerful words of Chinaka Hodge as she reads her original poem, ‘What will you tell your daughters about 2016?’ “With words like shards of glass, Chinaka Hodge cuts open 2016 and lets 12 months of violence, grief, fear, shame, courage and hope spill out in this original poem about a year none of us will soon forget.”


Thanks for your company again this week and we look forward to lots of new adventures together in 2017!