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
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.
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.
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...
September 7, 2014
Eleven-year-old Lamees Abrahams performs an original poem for the orphan children of Syria.
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.
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.
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.
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
August 13, 2014
Georgie Harman, CEO of Beyond Blue
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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
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.