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World reacts as Trump pulls US out of Paris accord
The view from Australia: The Turnbull government has recommitted to Australia’s emissions targets in the Paris Agreement after Donald Trump’s withdrawal but faces internal division as conservative MPs celebrated the decision, writes Gabrielle Chan for The Guardian.

See also Pope calls for intellectual conversion over climate

Indigenous Australia

Uluru: take time to get this right
Indigenous Australians want substantive constitutional change and not just symbolic or minimalist change. The question is: How much should we attempt to put in the Constitution now, and how much should we place outside the Constitution, or delay for constitutional inclusion until another day? Writes Frank Brennan for Eureka Street.

Another stolen generation?
The NT Government is creating another Stolen Generation by removing children from communities without parents knowing why, an Indigenous author and language specialist says.

See also Not home yet: The crisis of indigenous kids in care

Aboriginal people exposed to UK nuclear tests to get health aid
Indigenous Australians who were exposed to radiation from British nuclear tests in the decade to 1963 will receive upgraded healthcare, the Australian government has announced.

Why Aboriginal people with disabilities crowd Australia’s prisons
Australia imprisons thousands of Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability each year. A widespread lack of understanding – and action – underpins this shameful breach of human rights, write Eileen Baldry, Elizabeth McEntyre and Ruth McCausland for The Conversation.

The cost of colonisation
The German government has a $90 billion compensation fund for Jewish survivors of the genocide by its former-government. How much does the Australian government owe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?

Apologies for Parihaka attrocities
The New Zealand government is to formally apologise for atrocities during the sacking of the pacifist settlement at Parihaka in Taranaki in 1881.

see also the history of Parihaka.

Poverty

The women and men who clean London at night
As others head home, a community of cleaners start work in insecure jobs that often leave them vulnerable to abuse.

Islamic State advances on Malaysia, Philippines
The Philippines imposed martial law in Mindanao province on May 24 to fight the Maute Islamist group who have pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Building social justice through share advocacy
Wealth inequality in Australia is flourishing. The top one per cent of household wealth in Australia is moving toward being 20 per cent of total wealth, and the country is a preferred destination for millionaires. But, check out some paths to social justice, Ann Deslandes suggests in this Eureka Street article.

Refugees and asylum seekers

Peter Dutton’s deadline for asylum seekers
Asylum seekers in Australia who are part of the “legacy caseload”, have been given until 1 October to formally apply for protection or face deportation, the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has announced.

A Syrian violinist’s journey from brutality to hope
Alaa Arsheed and his musical partner plan to compose new songs while travelling along the Balkans refugee route.

From the editor

While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.  

Cecily McNeill
Editor

Quote of the month

"As an integral ecology emphasizes, human beings are deeply connected with all of creation. When we mistreat nature, we also mistreat human beings. At the same time, each creature has its own intrinsic value that must be respected. Let us hear "both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" (Laudato Si’, 49), and do our best to ensure an appropriate and timely response."

Pope Francis, message for World day of prayer for the care of Creation, 1 September 2016.

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