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Toowoomba Church hosts dinner for Muslims

The St Anthon’s Church in Toowoomba invited members of Muslim community for a dinner on Tuesday 28 February at the eve of the start of the Lent, a 40 days long fasting journey leading to the Easter. The day is known as the Shrove Tuesday and the food is dominated by pancake and fruits. This year the event was special because of the support of the Church for the Garden City Mosque, Toowoomba, especially during the approval process of the rebuilding plan of the burned Mosque by the Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) last year. The main organiser of the...

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Syrians suffering due to aerial bombardment

Syrian population continues to suffer from indiscriminate bombardment by the  Syrian regime as well as by Russian and American aerial strikes. The latest brutal chemical attack attributed to the Syrian regime in Khan Sheikhoun where almost 100 people have died and hundreds injured, many amongst them children has come under widespread international condemnation. While there seems no end to multi pronged conflict in Syria, involving the Assad regime backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah and Syrian opposition groups backed by Western countries, Saudi Arabia and Turkey in various capacities and their combined efforts to eliminate ISIS, it is the common people...

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Millions in Yemen pushed to the brink of famine

Fighters in the Yemen war and their international backers are wilfully pushing the country to the brink of famine, Oxfam warned today, on the two year anniversary of the escalation of the war (26 March). Nearly 7 million people have been pushed to the brink of starvation and 70 per cent of the population is in need of humanitarian aid, in what was already the Middle East’s poorest country. Oxfam is calling for urgent action on two fronts: an immediate resumption of the peace process and for governments and other donors to provide the additional US$2.1 billion the UN says is needed for the humanitarian response. The appeal is only 7 per cent funded and so far the Australian Government has provided no direct funding to the humanitarian response since the conflict flared up two years ago. Sajjad Mohamed Sajid, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “If the parties to the conflict – and those fuelling it with arm sales – continue to ignore Yemen’s food crisis, they will be responsible for a famine. “The people of Yemen are being starved to death and may not survive the situation much longer. A fully funded humanitarian response is vital to prevent countless people dying needlessly, but ultimately what Yemenis need is an end to the fighting. “All sides to the conflict must understand that famine is the real enemy of...

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Call for protection of religion in Australian anti-discrimination law

The recent debate last month regarding the watering down of Section 18C of the Racial discrimination act in order to safeguard freedom of speech has created further concerns regarding discrimination, bigotry and vilification on the basis of religion. In Australia, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a number of protected attributes including age, disability, race, sex, intersex status, gender identity and sexual orientation in certain areas of public life, including education and employment. However the elephant in the room seems to be religion. Australian law offers very limited protection against discrimination or vilification on the basis...

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