Author: christine-osborne

The Morocco murders: Gender vulnerability during travel

Two Scandinavian backpackers, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, of Norway were killed in an attack in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains on Monday 17 December while on a hiking and trekking trip. Speaking to Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Maren’s mother said, “Her first priority was safety. The girls had taken all the precautionary measures before embarking on this trip.” While the murder of the two women is beyond tragic, what were two young blondes thinking to camp out in Morocco? There is no denying that Australia has not experienced attacks on young woman backpackers, but a western woman sleeping...

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World horror at Australia’s live animal exports

 “Whoever is merciful even to a sparrow, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgment.”  Hadith: Prophet Mohammad (s). Ignorance and twisted logic see no immediate end to Australia’s immoral live sheep exports. For decades exporters and others involved in the industry have known of the mortality rate of sheep bound for Middle East markets. Since 1973, there have been an estimated 3 million deaths at sea. Sheep cannot withstand the heat and humidity of destinations in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, but Australian regulations consider a 2 per cent animal mortality rate is insufficient...

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