With 2 sleeps to go, Ana Ivanovic excited to be back @ the Hopman Cup for 2011 http://ht.ly/3w0PH #tennis #hopmancup #Ivanovic
Enjoy the 3 interviews below and please visit the websites listed for each for more info, and for how you can make a difference too.
SKIN DEEP airs on SBS January 2 at 8.30pm
Click the blue link to hear Franco Di Chiera talking about this brilliant documentary
“The concept of ancient human ancestry is extremely powerful, as demonstrated by the number of people who ventured out into storms to attend the evening. The formal feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive, and there have been some wonderful references to how the screening of SKIN DEEP tied the evening together. Well deserved praise for a film that captures the mystery of the human journey.” Steve Kern, the RiAus Senior Programs Co-ordinator, Science Exchange, Adelaide
Websites:If listeners want to know more they can go to the SBS website for the Secrets of the Human Body series of which Skin Deep is a part at:http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/secretsofthehumanbody/about/page/i/1/show/secretsofthehumanbodyOr they can also go to RiAus site at:http://www.riaus.org.au/events/2010/12/07/skin_deep_exploring_human_ancestry.jspOr for additional interviews, RiaAus “On Demand” including an interview at:http://riausondemand.org.au/event/exploring-human-ancestry/
Ex Australian Navy Special forces officer doing something special in the developing world.
- Spark* identifies inspiring young individuals in countries facing extreme poverty.
- Over 12 months Spark* develops these individuals as grassroots leaders and change makers.
- These young individuals, with the support of Spark* re-enter their communities to build projects, turning the tide against extreme poverty.
In 2010 we are focusing on Papua New Guinea, a country where almost 3 million people live on less than $USD1.25 per day.
The Butterfly Foundation is working to save lives as we come to grips with eating disorders that are fatal for 10% of children aged 5-13 who report with the illness.
Please visit the site after hearing from Christine Morgan and if you can please donate, you’ll give a Christmas present to the “unknown” child who may be saved.
Click here to hear from Christine Morgan, CEO The Butterfly Foundation
50,000 signatures and $250,000 raised in just 24 hours so far! We’re booking a full page ad in The New York Times speaking out on WikiLeaks. Click here to have your name counted before the statement goes to print! —
In case you missed it, Australians have responded in record numbers to outrageous threats from the US towards WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen.
Already, 50,000 Australians have signed on to a statement about WikiLeaks, and GetUp members have contributed $250,000 so far – enough to book a full-page ad in leading world newspaper, The New York Times.
Now we need to make that statement as powerful as possible, by turning 50,000 signatures into 75,000 and even 100,000 in the next few days.
The most important thing you can do is take one brief moment to click on the link below to read and sign up to the statement:
The second very important thing you can do is tell your friends, family and colleagues about this campaign. Those you know are much more likely to open, read and take action on an email if it comes from you, so you are the key to building this movement.
So many Australians are angered by the threats to WikiLeaks and Juilan Assange from the US and by our Government’s failure to speak out against them. They want something to do about it, and you can give it to them. Forward our original email below or click here to use our handy facebook and Twitter tools to spread the word.
Thanks for standing up,
The GetUp Team
Sarah Palin wants Julian Assange hunted as a terrorist.1 She’s among a swelling chorus of American politicians calling for the arrest – and even the death – of the Australian citizen who runs Wikileaks. It’s a shame that real terrorists, the kind we should be focusing our attention on, don’t show up at British Police stations with their lawyers, as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange did yesterday.
Here in Australia, Prime Minister Gillard pre-emptively judged Mr. Assange "illegal," even as the Attorney General confirmed that no Australian nor international crime by wikileaks has been identified.2
The death penalty? Judgment before trial? This isn’t the kind of justice system we have in Australia. If our Government won’t stand up for the rights of Australian citizens, let’s do it ourselves.
We’re printing ads in the Washington Times and the New York Times with the statement our Government should have made, signed by as many Australians as possible. Will you add your name to the signatories, and invite your friends to join too?
Dear President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder:
We, as Australians, condemn calls for violence, including assassination, against Australian citizen and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or for him to be labeled a terrorist, enemy combatant or be treated outside the ordinary course of justice in any way.
As Thomas Jefferson said, "information is the currency of democracy."3 Publishing leaked information in collaboration with major news outlets, as Wikileaks and Mr. Assange have done, is not a terrorist act.
Australia and the United States are the strongest of allies. Our soldiers serve side by side and we’ve experienced, and condemned, the consequences of terrorism together. To label Wikileaks a terrorist organisation is an insult to those Australians and Americans who have lost their lives to acts of terrorism and to terrorist forces.
If Wikileaks or their staff have broken international or national laws, let that case be heard in a just and fair court of law. At the moment, no such charges have been brought.
We are writing as Australians to say what our Government should have said: that all Australian citizens deserve to be free from persecution, threats of violence and detention without charge, especially from our friend and ally, the United States.
We call upon you to stand up for our shared democratic principles of the presumption of innocence and freedom of information.
We’re printing this statement in the Washington Times and the New York Times early next week – and the more Australians sign, the more powerful the message will be. Please add your name by clicking below, and forward this message to friends and family:
What has started with WikiLeaks being branded as terrorists won’t end there.
In fact, just yesterday U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, said that the New York Times should also be investigated under the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing a number of the diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks.4 We can help stop such plans in their tracks, by showing how they are affecting the image of the US in the eyes of their staunchest friends and allies.
Click here to sign the statement before it’s published in the New York Times and Washington Times.
Thanks for being part of this,
the GetUp team.
1 Beckford, M., ‘Sarah Palin: hunt WikiLeaks founder like al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders’, The Telegraph, 30 November 2010.
2 Oakes, L., ‘Oakes: Gillard gushes over US leaks’, Perth Now, 4 December 2010.
3 The quote is widely attributed to Jefferson, but some now dispute whether he actually said it. We know, at least, that he said "knowledge is power," even if Francis Bacon did say it first.
4 Savage, C., ‘U.S. prosecuters study WikiLeaks prosecution’, The New York Times, 7 December 2010.
Government fails to cut ties with torture unit
Media Release – Wednesday December 8, 2010
The Australian Greens have criticised the Government for failing to take action in response to allegations an Indonesian unit supported by Australian authorities has used torture against peaceful protestors.
On November 4 this year Greens legal affairs spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, called on the Government to stop funding Detachment 88, an Indonesian ‘counter-terrorism’ unit that has been linked to a series of human rights abuses.
"Demonstrators arrested in Ambon, in Maluku, unveiled their independence flag at an event at which the Indonesian president was present – this had nothing to do with terrorism whatsoever. They were subsequently jailed and many of them tortured and hospitalised," Senator Ludlam said. "70 political activists in Maluku have been imprisoned since 2007."
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reported this week that the total Australian Federal Police financial support for counter-terrorism initiatives in South East Asia in the 2009/10 was $16.3 million. DFAT said while the AFP is not directly involved in Detachment 88 operational activities, the AFP’s support to the Indonesian National Police includes that unit.
Senator Ludlam said that while Australian officials provide support to Detachment 88, it is not enough to leave investigations of the unit’s conduct in the hands of the Indonesian authorities.
“We are told the AFP does not have the power to investigate what Detachment 88 has done, but it does have the power to stop funding and supporting the unit,” he said. “The United States introduced a ban on training or assisting Detachment 88 members in Maluku in 2008 after the allegations of torture first emerged in 2007, but our Government has not issued a similar ban, which is much-needed.”
Detachment 88’s major facility at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Co-operation was established in 2004 with almost $40 million of Australian funding. According to its website, most of the counter-terrorism seminars at the Centre are run by the AFP, and it is a major beneficiary of $16.3 million in annual funding allocated to the AFP to combat terrorism in south-east Asia.
Media Contact – Giovanni Torre