Recent video footage of a slave auction in Libya has sparked international outrage. The video showed migrants from sub-Saharan Africa being sold at a slave market in Libya and became viral on the internet. What does this ongoing crisis say for the very European leaders that have announced “concrete steps” to deal with the issue?
The Australian National Imams Council put out a ‘Explanatory Note on the Judicial Process and Participation of Muslims’ (https://goo.gl/53DDHF) this week, which, in sum, does little more than to (unwittingly, I hope!) provide religious cover for the state’s assimilation of Muslims.
So apparently the ‘Keep NSW Safe’ Coalition is not happy Jan about the NSW government quietly shelving plans to make amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act (https://goo.gl/3z2dHz). The Keep NSW Safe initiative (http://www.keepnswsafe.com/) was started and headed (and is spoken for largely) by Vic Alhadeff and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies – although the framing of it was as a neutral broad-base community platform.
On Wednesday the 6th of December 2017 Donald Trump made an announcement of al-Quds (‘Jerusalem’) being officially recognised as the capital of Israel which drew reactions from world leaders across the globe.
Here we present a few points regarding this development.
Last Saturday (2nd of December) saw Muslims in Indonesia stage a massive protest in Monas, Jakarta. Estimates have ranged from 500,000 (local news reports) up to 7 million (from the organisers) gathering at the National Monument, Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta.
This is the first of a multi-part series which will look at the United States’ various global machinations and exploits of third-world nations post World War II. There will be a particular focus on the explicit brutality and scale of mass murder that has been perpetrated over the decades, which many may not be aware of.
Recently a Saudi TV presenter, Nadine Albudair, posted a controversial tweet in which she called for women to lead prayers and stand side by side with men. She wrote, “It’s from religious progression to stand in prayer with men, or in front of them, not behind them in the back rows. Islam is a religion of equality.”
This piece seeks to explore how the human mind works when it comes to the perception of wealth and luxuries.
Many people exert much effort and spend much time dreaming of a bigger house, or a nicer car, or a newer phone, or a faster computer and so on. But the problem is that for the human mind it doesn’t matter what you get, because in the end your brain will grow accustomed to it and it will be as plain in your eyes as any wrinkly old shirt in your closet.
As Burmese military and paramilitary forces unleash the barbaric acts of violence on the Rohingya Muslims, it once again begs the question of why states and international organisations usually seem so utterly incapable (or perhaps reluctant) to help people who are oppressed in the most brutal of ways. Despite their relative inaction, these states and organisations still seem to maintain a self-image of moral propriety. Perhaps this tenuous image is partially sustained by a discourse of “human rights”. However, despite being imagined as a driving force of global good, a “human rights” discourse often paradoxically acts as a cover for political incompetency and/or ideological agendas.
Civilians, including children, are reported to have been killed in Iraq in separate airstrikes involving the Australian Defence Force.