Author: Jennifer Oroilidis (Bremen, Germany)

Loss of a generation: protecting the mental health of refugee children

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela Last year, 57,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe fleeing war and persecution, one quarter of them children. They face dangers of human trafficking, sexual assault and mental ill-health. If Europe fails to act… Read more »

Culture Vitamins: powerful medicine
for mental health

Mental ill-health around the world seems to be downright epidemic, with more than 263 million people globally suffering from depression. Fewer than half of those affected receive treatment, because the stigma around the issue still prevents many people from seeking professional help. Therefore, Denmark took a different approach. The Nordic country launched an arts project… Read more »

The Climate Revolution is long overdue!

“If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.” David Attenborough Climate change is one of the biggest crises facing humankind. And global society is slowly but surely mobilising — from activists like Greta Thunberg to Hollywood actors like Jane Fonda… Read more »

Rebuttal To Erdogan’s PR Offensive on Rojava

The last month in northern Syria has been one of chaos. And disaster for the Syrian Kurds. Numbering about 2 million, the Syrian Kurds are the largest ethnic minority of that country, living mostly in the north of Syria near Turkey. For the last several years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been attacking them,… Read more »

UN Climate Report Warns of
Impending Global Cataclysm

The landmark report on global warming of 1.5°C presented by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday October 8, 2018 in Incheon, South Korea warned that unprecedented changes are urgently needed to save the planet from a climate catastrophe. A special focus was placed on the question of the significance of… Read more »

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds triggers Turkish invasion

Turkish troops have launched a military operation against Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in north-eastern Syria, sparking fears of a humanitarian crisis and a resurgence of the Islamic State (ISIS). The Turks’ “Operation Peace Spring” began on October 8, 2019. So far killing at least eleven civilians and displacing tens of thousands of people, the… Read more »

IPCC Report on Climate Change:
Vicious or Virtuous Circle?

Without immediate changes in food production and land use, human’s future livelihood is at stake, warns a new report by the UN’s scientific body on climate change. A focus on sustainability in agriculture, reforestation and a change in human diets towards vegetarianism are crucial to keep global warming well below 1.5°C — a tipping point… Read more »

The Story of Joshua

Back in January 2019, I met Joshua on my way home from work, while he was busking in the CBD of Melbourne. Immediately, I was mesmerised by his voice and charisma. But distracted by the daily grind, I passed by and forgot about it. Two weeks later, I ran into him again while he performed… Read more »

Australia’s Exploited Underclass of Migrant Workers

A new centre with the mission of tackling exploitation of migrant workers points out underpayment as the biggest issue. The centre opened in Melbourne on August 29, 2018, with the mission of empowering migrant workers who are in Australia on temporary and permanent visas, The centre will provide them with training and educate them about… Read more »

Death of the Free Press

“Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.”    – Walter Cronkite Journalism is fundamental to the health of our democracies. Declining press freedom is one of the first signs that a society is losing its commitment to democratic principles. Media freedom deteriorated in 48 countries between 2014 to 2017, according… Read more »

California wildfires more devastating due to climate change

Devastating wildfires in California have claimed 79 lives so far, making it the deadliest American wildfire in a century. Since it broke out on November 8, 2018 the “Camp Fire” in Northern California has destroyed almost 13,000 homes, with many hundreds of people still missing. A separate blaze in Southern California, called the “Woolsey Fire,”… Read more »