Let The Devil Sleep: Forgiving The Rwandan Genocide
I don’t think we stop and reflect enough on how we got where we are today, or what we learnt from it. Perhaps we could save ourselves a lot of heartache by learning from others along the way, and the things we observe. Today, 20 years ago, a horrific 100 days of killing commenced in Rwanda that left 800,000 people […]
Emissions Trading Scheme vs Direct Action: Tackling the Golden Calf
In a recent news piece on the Nine Network, former Australian Treasury head Ken Henry told the nation that the Australian economy will likely suffer more under the federal government’s proposed direct action climate plan than it would under an emissions trading scheme. Henry stated that, “Tackling that issue through any mechanism other than an emissions trading scheme will necessarily […]
Your “ABC”, Criticism and Free Speech.
On March 12th, Jenna Price of the Sydney Morning Herald penned a stunning opinion piece analysing the federal government’s belittling of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC). Some of it read: Of the many utterly loathsome actions of the members of this government, the attempt to besmirch, belittle and demean our ABC is among the worst. There can be no other analysis […]
The gruesome traffic accident road toll in Africa
If you were asked to name one of the reasons for death on the continent of Africa, you probably would start with malaria, AIDS, poverty, famine, drought, poor sanitation, civil wars to name a few. You probably wouldn’t think to place road traffic accidents on that list. Unfortunately, you’d be mistaken. An average of 700 people are killed on Africa’s […]
No Obama, it’s not because you’re “black”
Last month, I read an article in The Age entitled “Barack Obama: Some dislike me because I’m black”. In it, Obama postulates that one of the reasons why his popularity among white voters is slipping, especially within the last two years, is because ”they don’t like the idea of a black president”. He also covers his words carefully by following that […]
Would you eat purple GM tomatoes?
Would you eat these genetically-modified purple tomatoes? According to the BBC, the pigment, known as the antioxidant anthocyanin, is the result of the transfer of a gene from a snapdragon plant. Apparently the antioxidant “could” help fight cancer. However, you know, I thought tomatoes already were a health-benefit food. According to tonnes of research, tomatoes already richly contain the antioxidants […]
Justice System vs. Derryn Hinch: Jail for revealing sex offenders
In Australia, the rights of convicted sex offenders and murderers takes precedence over victims’ rights. This is especially the case with paedophiles. Serial sex offenders have their names, photos and addresses suppressed by the courts on release. Unlike Megan’s Law in the United States, communities have no knowledge as to who they are or where they are. The public doesn’t […]