• Feature Article

    Scathing critique of neoliberal capitalism

    Cecily McNeill |  Two stories of indigenous life on either side of the Tasman show how institutional racism works to maintain oppression, something Pope Francis rails against in Laudato Si’. The 2015 encyclical does not use the word “racism” but it is implied, as Sr Karen Donahue suggests, in the Pope’s critique of the neo-liberal economic system which fails to take account of its impact on humanity and the environment. See for example, LS #56.
  • Feature Article

    Why I didn’t sit with the other Maori girls at school

    Liana MacDonald |  Stories about racial injustice in state institutions are no great surprise if you’re Māori, because you have stories of your own — although maybe you don’t think these stories are of any value. In a society that doesn’t like talking about race and racism, this perception is unsurprising. In fact, these stories have great power because they speak of oppression and racial inequality, writes Liana MacDonald for e-Tangata
  • Feature Article

    BP’s failures in the Great Australian Bight documented

    Karl Mathiesen |  A major oil spill in the region would have covered up to 750km of beaches and disrupted whale migration, are revealed in government documents BP tried to suppress
  • Feature Article

    Easter Island is critically vulnerable to rising ocean levels

    Nicholas Casey |  Waves are beginning to reach statues and platforms built 1,000 years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage.New York Times correspondent Nicholas Casey, based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, travelled 3,500 kilometres off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.
  • Feature Article

    New dose of cruelty: up to 7000 asylum seekers to lose income support

    Ben Doherty |  The federal government has outlined its plan to cut income support from up to 7,000 asylum seekers living in Australia from June, in a move lawyers and refugee support groups say could leave people destitute, hungry and at increased risk of self-harm, writes Ben Doherty for The Guardian.
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    Caring for our neighbours

    Cecily McNeill |  The hard-fought agreement between Australia and Timor-Leste over proceeds from the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field is a tribute to the tenacity of our tiny neighbour. Talks over how to share the $50 billion field have been going on since 2004.

Easter Island is critically vulnerable to rising ocean levels

Nicholas Casey | 01 April 2018

Waves are beginning to reach statues and platforms built 1,000 years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage. New York Times correspondent Nicholas Casey, based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, travelled 3,500 kilometres off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.

Mobile clinic narrows healthcare gap in Timor

Siktus Harson | 31 March 2018

Jesuit priest travels to hamlets on hillocks, serves as a band-aid for state's medical woes. Mountainous terrain, inadequate modes of transportation and shortages of medical personnel and facilities have all combined to hamper efforts in Timor-Leste to provide local people with adequate healthcare.

Jesuits to give a “Sri Lankan face” to reconciliation

UCANews | 31 March 2018

Children’s education must be a priority to help the war-torn nation heal. Helping a fractured and war-ravaged nation put itself back together through reconciliation has become a top priority for priests serving the Society of Jesus (SJ) in Sri Lanka.

Church must stand up for weakest and poorest

CathNews | 31 March 2018

Refugees and asylum-seekers are not just numbers, but real people, and the cruelty against them under current government policies must stop, the Catholic Social Services national conference has heard.

Is Australia joining a new arms race?

Bruce Duncan | 31 March 2018

Australians have been startled that our government, apparently without any public consultation or debate in parliament, intends greatly to expand Australian arms production to become within ten years one of the top ten defence exporters, on a par with Britain, France, and Germany, writes Bruce Duncan for Social Policy Connections.

Cyclone Gita devastates Tonga

Caritas | 31 March 2018

Last month, Tropical Cyclone Gita swept across islands of the Pacific causing substantial damage to homes, livelihoods, places of refuge, and places of prayer. This is certainly the case in Tonga where Gita made landfall on 12 February as a category 4 tropical storm. Winds raged between 110 and 275 kmph causing waves over 11 metres tall. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand was there.

Inclusion@Work Index

Diversity Council Australia | 31 March 2018

Indigenous Australians experience most discrimination in the workplace Thirty-eight per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian workers experienced discrimination or harassment over the past year, a survey by non-profit organisation Diversity Council Australia has found. 

Welcome to the matrix of materialism

David James | 31 March 2018

MatrixA visitor from an earlier time would be stunned to see how much we understand the world using monetary measures. Finance has come to be considered the first reality, not defined by, or reflecting, reality. To see how this creates distortions, consider GDP, which is taken to be a measure of national wellbeing, but is anything but, writes David James for Eureka Street.

At last agreement with Timor-Leste over oil and gas field

Lindsay Murdoch | 31 March 2018

Australia and Timor-Leste will sign a landmark agreement aimed at opening the way to share revenue from the $50 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea at the United Nations next week.

  • Jakarta battles plastic waste as seas clog up

    Konradus Epa | 01 April 2018

    The government is working with religious groups and NGOs to seek answers. Kodir is not the only fisherman who lives on a rubbish dump in Jakarta Bay, watching his children grow up at risk from toxic waste as pollution sprawls out of control along with the overuse of plastic in the capital.

  • Powering remote Pacific communities with renewable innovations

    Caritas | 01 April 2018

    Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand looks for longer term solutions to the ongoing issue of the devastation wrought on small Pacific nations every cyclone season. Caritas is funding solar powered solutions to the intermittent power supply. 

  • Why do the sustainable development goals get so little attention

    Social Policy Connections | 01 April 2018

    Most Australians know little or nothing about the SDGs; even the Minister stated “many do not understand the SDGs, why we have them, and what they are for”, writes Loretto Sister Libby Rogerson for Social Policy Connections.

  • The toxic mould and rot in Middlemore hospital

    David Galler  | 01 April 2018

    I was embarrassed and outraged by the news about the state of the hospital where I work [Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland], writes Dr David Galler – for this systematic betrayal of the very people we are here to serve and of the staff that work so hard to help them. And it goes to the fundamental question about what we choose to value

  • New dose of cruelty: up to 7000 asylum seekers to lose income support

    Ben Doherty | 01 April 2018

    The federal government has outlined its plan to cut income support from up to 7,000 asylum seekers living in Australia from June, in a move lawyers and refugee support groups say could leave people destitute, hungry and at increased risk of self-harm, writes Ben Doherty for The Guardian.

  • Government policies and the torture of refugees

    Spencer Zifcak | 01 April 2018

    Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was this. The primary cause for the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally is neither migration itself nor organized crime. 

  • In dialogue with Francis’ eco manifesto

    Jacqui Remond | 31 March 2018

    Dialogue plays a role in how we create meaning. When we have true dialogue we create a flow of meaning: between us, and between us and everything around us. Laudato Si' invites us to be mindful of the dialogue that's happening at a human level, at a cosmic level, and with the creator God, writes Jacqui Remond for Eureka Street.

  • Pope’s Lenten message

    Vatican | 31 March 2018

    Creation itself becomes a silent witness to this cooling of charity. The earth is poisoned by refuse, discarded out of carelessness or for self-interest. The seas, themselves polluted, engulf the remains of countless shipwrecked victims of forced migration. The heavens, which in God’s plan, were created to sing his praises, are rent by engines raining down implements of death.

  • Slavery-free Easter chocolate

    ACRATH | 31 March 2018

    Children as young as 12 are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school. Most of these children have never tasted chocolate and they never will.

  • Be deeply rooted in the love of God – Pope to Myanmar Jesuits

    Melbourne Catholic | 31 March 2018

    The private conversation with Pope Francis gave great joy to his Jesuit brothers in Myanmar. Almost all the 32 Jesuits and novices who live in Myanmar were able to be with him at the house of Cardinal Charles Bo where he was staying.


  • Easter Island is critically vulnerable to rising ocean levels

    Nicholas Casey | 01 April 2018

    Waves are beginning to reach statues and platforms built 1,000 years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage. New York Times correspondent Nicholas Casey, based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, travelled 3,500 kilometres off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.

  • BP’s failures in the Great Australian Bight documented

    Karl Mathiesen | 01 April 2018

    A major oil spill in the region would have covered up to 750km of beaches and disrupted whale migration, are revealed in government documents BP tried to suppress

  • Why I didn’t sit with the other Maori girls at school

    Liana MacDonald | 01 April 2018

    Stories about racial injustice in state institutions are no great surprise if you’re Māori, because you have stories of your own — although maybe you don’t think these stories are of any value. In a society that doesn’t like talking about race and racism, this perception is unsurprising. In fact, these stories have great power because they speak of oppression and racial inequality, writes Liana MacDonald for e-Tangata

  • How The Gap Widened, And How To ‘Refresh’ The Policy Approach For Remote Indigenous Australia

    Jon Altman | 01 April 2018

    Every year a report card on the government’s performance in lifting Indigenous Australians out of poverty documents more and more failure, and a widening gap. Professor Jon Altman takes to New Matilda to explain why

  • Scathing critique of neoliberal capitalism

    Cecily McNeill | 01 April 2018

    Two stories of indigenous life on either side of the Tasman show how institutional racism works to maintain oppression, something Pope Francis rails against in Laudato Si’. The 2015 encyclical does not use the word “racism” but it is implied, as Sr Karen Donahue suggests, in the Pope’s critique of the neo-liberal economic system which fails to take account of its impact on humanity and the environment. See for example, LS #56.

     



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