Consumer boycott of Israeli products

September 10, 2014

The ceasefire in Gaza may have come as a relief to many, but the countless lives lost and the mass destruction left behind are a reminder that there is an even longer road ahead in the plight for Palestinian justice.

In Australia, some activists have taken to social media to encourage the boycott of Israeli products as per the worldwide Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement. To make the campaign easier to follow, however, they've taken to raising awareness of Australian-owned product alternatives.

With over 3000 subscribers on Facebook alone, the social media storm isn't forecast to settle anytime soon. Miran and Tasnim talk to Sana Karanouh, the initiator of Facebook group 'CC Boycott Israel Campaign' for some insight into the movement.

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Jack The Ripper - Is the case really closed?

September 10, 2014

Molecular biologist Dr Jari Louhelainen believes he's finally found the identity of Jack The Ripper by analysing DNA and fluids from a shawl that businessman Russell Edwards bought in 2007. But is the case really closed? Miran speaks to Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully, a historian and "Ripperologist" to find out more...

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Spoken Word: Orphans of Syria

September 7, 2014

Eleven-year-old Lamees Abrahams performs an original poem for the orphan children of Syria.

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Mistreatment of South Sea Islanders recognised by Federal Parliament

September 3, 2014

Not many might know it, but for more than 150 years, a distinct cultural group holds a unique place in the history of Australia's growing economy. 

Australia is the third-largest global supplier of raw sugar, partially built on the hard labour of the South Sea Islanders. However during the 1860s, about 60,000 people were brought to Queensland against their will. 

In today's society, the treatment of the South Sea people would not be accepted - many were in fact kidnapped by a means called "blackbirding", forced to work long, excruciating hours for little return. 

This week, the Federal Parliament was presented with a motion that expresses regret over the treatment of the thousands of South Sea Islanders. 

Community activists are welcoming the move as a significant step in recognising Australia's "forgotten" slave history.

Deanna Hadid spoke with Emelda Davis, President of the 

Australian South Sea Islanders Port Jackson (ASSI.PJ) for an insight into the history of the South Sea Islanders in Australia and whether or not the government's move is enough as reparation for the group after more than a century of disadvantage.

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Children in detention to be released into community: Federal Government

August 20, 2014

This week, the Federal Government announced plans to release hundreds of children being held in immigration detention in residential facilities into the community by the end of the year.
The move will only apply to children who arrived before July 19 last year and will not see children in offshore facilities to be released.
A significant move in Australia's immigration process, but what does this mean for refugees?


Deanna Hadid was joined by Lucy Morgan, Information and Policy Coordinator at the Refugee Council of Australia to discuss the new development.

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MLN on anti-terror proposals

August 20, 2014

The Government's new proposals for tougher and broader anti-terror legislation in Australia has met with much criticism from civil liberties groups. The Muslim community has been highlighted throughout the weeks of discussion, with several press releases issued by community organisations and groups in opposition of the proposed changes.

The Muslim Legal Network (MLN) is one group that provided the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security with feedback on the proposals. Miran talks to solicitor Sarah Khan of the MLN about the controversial bill...

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Suicide

August 13, 2014
Georgie Harman, CEO of Beyond Blue

beyondblue.org.au for info or to chat online or call 1300 22 4636

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Sri Lanka - religious violence erupts

June 20, 2014

Riots broke out in Sri Lanka this week in what some media outlets are referring to as the “worst acts of religious violence in decades”. A hardline Buddhist group called “Bodu Bala Sena”, which translates to Buddhist Power Force, led a protest march on Sunday against the Muslim dominated towns of Aluthgama on Sunday, which then spilled over into Beruwela and Draga Nagar. The protest erupted in clashes that left at least 75 injured and three killed on the day, 16 houses gunned down and businesses firebombed. Sadly, it hasn't ended there and the Muslim population of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-dominated South Coast have faced more injuries, deaths curfews and evacuations throughout the week.

 

Miran and Nav are joined in studio by Rafi Mubarak and Muhammad Fazli from the Austra Lanka Muslim Association, the representative body for Sir Lankan Muslims in Australia. 

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Yvonne Ridley - Intervention, Advocacy and Journalism

June 18, 2014

Renowned British journalist Yvonne Ridley was on a speaking tour in Australia this week as a guest of the Australian Islamic Mission (AIM). Miran caught up with Yvonne for some insight on the veteran reporter's thoughts on the current conflict in Iraq, military intervention, advocacy and her tips for budding journalists.

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