Author: Jennifer Oroilidis (Brussels, Belgium)

From Ireland to Israel people persevere

Scott (Cheltenham, UK) I was meant to be flying to Spain two weeks ago to be living out there for six months. It is a shame but the trip can be rescheduled. There are people worse off than I. More than ever it is a matter of looking out for each other. UK is under… Read more »

Greta Thunberg leads climate revolution in Brussels

“We are unstoppable, another world is possible!” Those were the chants of protesters from the climate strike last Friday in Brussels. Walking alongside them was Greta Thunberg, 17-year-old climate activist from Sweden, who kick-started the global Fridays For Future movement. From middle-school students to grandfathers and international students from the US, the diverse demographic of… 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 »

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 »

Australian bushfires: a local perspective

The Australian bushfires have sent shockwaves around the world. Pictures of burned animals and reports of people killed have fuelled calls for action on climate change. Almost a billion animals are estimated to have died in the flames. Still, while the numbers are shocking, stories of the fires are easily drowned out in the mass… 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 »