WITADA’s Weekly Top 10 – 4 July 2015

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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 capitalism, Mozambique and gay rights, attacks in Mail, the wonderful Archie Roach and Adam Briggs – as well as the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. And of course, much more great reading!


1. Today we start with a great story from Spain. In a little town called Galdakao they are cutting food waste by use of a Solidarity Fridge. The idea is that anyone, residents or businesses, can drop off unwanted food in the fridge and then others can collect whatever they want. Apparently it’s become popular with tradies who stop off and grab some lunch!


2. Same sex marriage has been in the headlines a lot over the past few weeks and months. This story comes from Mozambique where gay and lesbian relationships have just been decriminalised. This makes Mozambique one of only a few African countries where same sex relationships are legal.


3. On the same topic, an interesting article from CNN highlights the ways in which homophobia is being used as a tool for political ends in some countries. This is a disturbing look at the way that some politicians attempt to stir up homophobic views, especially to serve their political gains at election time. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has just released a report that explores these issues, particularly in countries such as Nigeria, Malaysia, Egypt and Russia.


4. Monday 6 July marks the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Keep an eye out tomorrow for our Blog celebrating the life of a great ambassador for peace, kindness and compassion.


5. We don’t often hear / see stories in the media about capitalism. To our great disappointment here at WITADA, media rarely report on the in-depth issues that contribute to the nature of inequality and injustice in our society. So we have to rely on other news sources for input about these important issues. New Internationalist magazine is one of these sources and their recently released edition on Capitalism is great reading.


6. The situation in Mali has deteriorated with recent attacks on UN peacekeepers resulting in six peacekeepers being killed and a further five injured. There is a fragile peace deal in place in Mali, signed on 20 June, however previous attempts at peace have not been successful – The Guardian has a great coverage of the issues that may threaten peace in Mali again.


7. In 1990 Archie Roach released the single, ‘Took the Children Away’. It is one of the most powerful songs ever recorded in this country. Now Indigenous rapper Adam Briggs has produced his ode to Archie Roach’s epic song with the release of ‘The Children Came Back’. Great music, powerful message – we just need to listen.


8. The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced their next Rights Talk program to be held in Sydney (Australia) on Monday 13 July. The evening will showcase all four 2015 Australians of the Year – Rosie Batty, Jackie French, Drisana Levitzke-Gray, and Juliette Wright (all women for the first time ever). Joining them will be Clover Moore, Elizabeth Broderick and Gillian Triggs – and the host Annabelle Crab. Sounds like a great night if you live in Sydney and if not it appears that ABC News 24 will be showing the event at some stage and we’ll keep you posted about when


9. The Guardian has featured a short film from Saideh Mirzai Dodangeh who is an Iranian artist and writer who fled her country as a refugee and arrived in Australia. In this short film she talks about her work advocating for freedom for women, drug reform and religious freedom in Iran. She continues her work advocating for children in detention in Australia. This is a beautiful film and an inspirational woman.


10.  This week we leave you with the beautiful voice of Djolpa McKenzie from Black Arm Band, singing ‘Dron Wanga’ (My Island Home) in Papaya.

Thanks again for being a part of our Weekly Top 10. Look forward to your company again next week.