Author: Kerrod Trott

Yemen’s cholera catastrophe – Oxfam calls for help

Yemenis, already struggling to survive after more than two years of war, are now being forced to choose between treating cholera and putting food on their tables, said Oxfam in a new report published today. For the report, entitled Yemen: Catastrophic Cholera Crisis, Oxfam has spoken to many families who have to rely on selling their personal belongings or going into debt to buy food or pay for cholera treatment. Seeking medical treatment is often the last resort, and many Yemenis only do so when it is already too late. Shane Stevenson, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said millions...

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25 years of Women in Voice

Twenty-five years ago, a passionate group of performers presented the first Women in Voice (WiV) show in West End. For a quarter of a century, WiV has charmed audiences in Brisbane and regional Queensland with ground breaking cabaret. To celebrate this phenomenal milestone, Brisbane’s most beloved and enduring cabaret icon is bringing together a stellar lineup for a strictly limited season at Brisbane Powerhouse on November 10 and 11 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Women in Voice favourites Alison St Ledger, Pearly Black and Carita Farrer Spencer, who will bring to the stage her outrageous creation The Fabulous Dame...

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Support Six-Party Talks on North Korea – IPAN

Australia should be supporting a resumption of the Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s Nuclear Program, which began in 2003 and involves both Koreas, Japan, USA, China and Russia. These talks offer the possibility of de-escalating the conflict between the USA and North Korea, and of working for a comprehensive outcome that takes into account the concerns of all and lessens the risk of a catastrophic war. The response of the Australian Government to the recent increase in tension over North Korea has been misleading in relation to ANZUS, and shows little sign of any attempt to achieve a peaceful...

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Diversity key to community harmony

People living in more diverse suburbs are less likely to express or experience Islamophobia, according to new RMIT research. The study led by Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker and Associate Professor Karien Dekker examined whether the religious visibility of Muslim residents had an impact on local community cohesion and Islamophobia. “The data, collected through a survey of residents and follow-up in-depth interviews suggest that the significant presence of visible Muslims does not predict Islamophobia in areas where Muslim residents daily rub shoulders with non-Muslims,” Colic-Peisker said. “The study confirms the suggestion of the ‘contact theory’: that direct social interaction with...

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‘Mind and Heart – What’s the Difference?’

One of the most senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas alive today is coming to Brisbane to explain the difference between following the mind and the heart. His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche says it’s crucial to understand the contrast between the two if we want to make good decisions and lead a happy and fulfilled life. Dzogchen Rinpoche will share his Buddhist wisdom in Brisbane on Friday 18th August at the Queensland Multicultural Centre during a public talk entitled ‘Mind or Heart – Which Can I Trust?’ His Eminence said the speed and pace of modern life was making it...

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