Cecily McNeill | 30 June 2018
The plight of 12 teenagers and their football coach trapped in a vast underground cave system in northern Thailand has gripped the world’s imagination. A huge sigh of relief lifted spirits around the globe when news came that they had been found.
Brian Roewe | 30 June 2018
A delegation of U.S. bishops will head to the nation's southern border Monday as national attention remains focused on the separation of immigrant families who have attempted to enter the country illegally, writes Brian Roewe for National Catholic Reporter.
Thalia Anthony | 30 June 2018
The proportion of Indigenous children in penal detention centres in the NT is higher than in any other state or territory. The number of children in NT juvenile detention centres who are Indigenous has continued to climb in recent years, writes Thalia Anthony for SBS's The Feed.
Stuart Littlewood | 30 June 2018
Young Gazans are now facing mass lifelong disability as punishment for merely gathering in unarmed protest. A steadily increasing toll of secondary amputations is inevitable. They will also need intensive rehabilitation, but the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza was destroyed by Israeli bombing in 2014 and has not been re-built, writes Stuart Littlewood for American Herald Tribune.
E J Dionne Jr | 30 June 2018
The US constitutional system of checks and balances works only if those in a position to work the levers of checking and balancing do their job. It seems a Republican Congress and Republican appointees to the Supreme Court have no taste for such work leaving the president unchecked, writes E J Dionne Jr for Commonweal Magazine.
Amy Sinclair | 06 June 2018
Small Pacific nations are easy prey for big business, writes Amy Sinclair, for New Matilda.The natural wealth of Pacific nations is disappearing overseas. Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions.
Amy McQuire | 06 June 2018
In 1988, Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines was found on the train tracks in Tamworth, northern NSW. Immediately, the police thought it was a suicide. That was despite the family knowing that it was “out of character”, and despite the testimony of the train driver who found him, a railway investigator who saw that there was little blood, and a towel folded neatly under his head.
Sara Niner | 06 June 2018
Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of Australian, American and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and the aim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women.
Harold Zwier | 06 June 2018
Befriend a Child in Detention started in 2014 to support refugee and asylum seeker children in detention, by sending them donated new books, writing material and toys. Letters from Australian school children are also placed inside the books we send, as a way of providing something more personal than a plain gift.
| 06 June 2018
Plans to support people on Vanuatu's Ambae who want to relocate to the nearby island of Maewo are being finalised. Ambae's volcano has been erupting since September, but activity increased in April with ash and acid rain ruining crops and contaminating water supplies.