1June 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

1 June 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we sound the alarm about the ongoing war crimes in Myanmar and Iran, and we visit the Cook Island, Zambia and China – and much more too!


1. The situation in Myanmar remains critical despite mainstream media no longer featuring these issues. In January this year there was an escalation in conflict leading Amnesty International to investigate. It was found that war crimes and human rights violations are still occurring against the Rohingya people. There is a petition you can sign on their web page.


2. Here is another depressing story about the failure of government to protect our natural resources. It seems that many of Australia’s nature reserves are being opened up for business use. A new study from Monash University has shown that 13,000 sq km has been removed from conservation areas since 1997.


3. In Reconcilation Week, SBS has an important reminder about the things you shouldn’t ask or say when in conversation with Indigenous people. While it might be pretty obvious – you’d be surprised!!!


4. Iran’s compulsory veiling laws are further evidence of the way in which the state heavily controls women’s bodies. Amnesty International has info and a petition you can sign to seek freedom for Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer who was detained for 38 years after an unfair trial.


5. The Final Quarter, is a documentary about Adam Goodes’ football career and particularly his experience of racism that led to his retirement in 2015. It is screening in select cinemas around the country.


6. Life has been hard for farmers in Zambia since the downturn in the tobacco industry. This story explores some of the creative opportunities that farmers are exploring to provide an alternative to traditional farming.


7. This feature story from The Guardian looks at the past seven decades since Mao ruled China – and the formation of a modern nation that no one predicted.


8. Here’s another story from the crew at Medecins Sans Frontieres. Antoine Clogne shares his story of providing medical support in the Central African Republic – and it’s not quite what you’d think!


9. The Cook Islands are feeling the impact of climate change and are using their traditional knowledge of the environment and combining this with science to create the Cook Islands Meteorological Service. Check out the story and the beautiful images of these magnificent islands.


10. And we leave you again this week with the wisdom of First Dog on the Moon as he revisits the horror that is Manus Island.


Great to have you with us again this week.