STORIES

Privilege at its finest

Sometimes it feels nice to complain. Let’s admit it, we all do it and some more than others.   I’m not a big complainer at all. Usually I get on with it, and have little patience for unnecessary complaints. But as I said, sometimes it is nice to complain, and in those moments all you Read More

Call it a myth, call it a story, call it a sequence of sacred tales. To the Kulung, it is known as Riddum (or Mundum/Mundhum) and since time immoral, these series of memories and fables have been shared orally from one generation to the next to depict the origins of the cosmos – or simply Read More

Hope beyond Trump’s tax returns

It’s 2017. Looking out only for yourself is encouraged, being outright mean is a-okay, and young people are apparently less empathetic than their parents. These days you have to work hard to find signs of hope. But from talking to school students, I’ve found that these signs do exist. Last week, MSNBC got a hold Read More

Alive With Theatre

Beep beep, went my phone. “Ciao. Let’s meet at Piazza Castello at 5pm, between the two horses,” said the message I received from Claudio. “Si. I will see you exactly in the middle, not even 5cm away from the middle. Hahaha. Ciao,” I replied. At twenty minutes to 5pm, I left the house of my Read More

emPOWERment: Taking action on what’s important to us

Dedicated to Patsy. "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves" - Thomas Edison.   I have a friend and colleague who is absolutely incredible. In her job, she works tirelessly to improve the lives of the poor. To bring light to the issues they face and inspire Read More

Imagine you were appointed the Minister for Education in Afghanistan. Imagine you had the power to change anything you wanted about the schools across the country. Tell me, what would you do?   What changes would you make in primary schools, high schools and universities? Do you think boys and girls should study in a Read More

Yes, She Is Muslim

Dina went to a bar. Yes. She went several times to a jazz bar and salsa club in Ghent, Belgium. You might be thinking “so what?,” but you see, Dina is a young Muslim girl from Indonesia and shouldn’t go to these kind of places. They’re considered a place of sin by some Muslims. I Read More

Your racism is disguised as ‘free speech’

Seeing the hate that has been directed towards Muslims recently over the past few months in Australia, I feel incredibly sad. It shows that we haven’t yet learnt from our past mistakes. I grew up in Australia during the first era of Pauline Hanson. I remember her maiden speech in Parliament in 1996, where she Read More

Clinically diagnosed depression rates around the world vary between countries, but fall somewhere in the vicinity of four to seven percent in each each population. A quick search online will give you another statistic: eighty percent of those with depression go undiagnosed. On top of this, Australian organisation Beyond Blue states that one in five Read More

Climate Warriors Pray for the Pacific

It was the October 17th 2015 and thirty 350.org Pacific Climate Warriors had just blockaded the largest coal port in the world in Newcastle, Australia. They had done this using traditionally made hand carved canoes to send a very clear message to Australia: that the continued expansion of the fossil fuel industry was exporting destruction Read More

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