Author: dr-daud-batchelor

We all need to reduce meat consumption

“Throw more steak on the barbie” is a regular call-in line with Australia’s top pastime of BBQ-ing with family and friends. Unsurprisingly, in 2013, Australia was the world’s biggest meat consumer, although our consumption is now declining. God Almighty instructs that cattle have been created for human benefit – food (meat), beverage (milk), clothing (leather) and religious sacrifice: “It is God Who made cattle for you, that you use some for riding and some for food. There are (other) advantages in them for you.” (Qur’an 40:79-80). Prophet Muhammad (s) however, infrequently ate meat – generally gifted lamb. Some call...

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Worst global refugee crisis: US to blame

Worst global refugee crisis: US to blame

Most probably the recent UN declaration that the world is experiencing the worst-ever recorded refugee crisis, with 65 million persons displaced, is the successful outcome of United States-Israeli destabilisation strategies against Middle Eastern countries.  Muslims comprise the greatest majority of displaced persons.  As a revenge response of massive, indiscriminate violence to the 9/11 attacks, “The US has fuelled the conflicts in all five nations [Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen] from which most refugees are fleeing, and is directly responsible for the violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya” (Norton, 2015). “Smoke, mirrors and deception” is the essence of warfare.  Let...

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Call for divestments and justice for Climate Change victims

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan’s think-tank estimated that 300,000 deaths result annually from human-induced global warming, the world’s greatest humanitarian challenge. Poorer countries are particularly disadvantaged. In 2011, US agency NOAA reported prolonged drying in the Middle East believed linked to climate change (image: drier areas, 1971-2010). The 2006-11 drought contributed to unrest that stoked Syria’s civil war by devastating 75% of Syria’s farms reducing millions to extreme poverty. Many migrated to cities that became dissident hot-beds and ultimately led to their mass emigration as refugees.  Melting ice caps and glaciers and thermal expansion, expected to raise sea-levels 0.3-1...

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More ‘Freedom of Speech’ to harass minorities

The Attorney-General George Brandis while proposing to water-down the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) 1975 in 2014, famously said, “People do have the right to be bigots” – what for many seemed a shocking statement.  A “bigot” is intolerant towards those holding different opinions, often regards members of certain racial, ethnic or religious groups with hatred and intolerance; while that person’s own beliefs are often unreasonable or excessively narrow-minded.  The Qur’an however teaches, “Let not hatred of a people swerve you from justice (5:8) “even against yourselves” (4:135). Surely, in a sane society, people need to be tolerant and understand...

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Strengthening Aboriginal society by mainstream cultural convergence

The most challenged community in Australia today is the Aboriginal community, the First Australians, who are working hard to regain their footing.  Aboriginal society suffered greatly from British colonisation and the imposition of western culture. Dispossession of their land, diseases and violent conflict resulted in numerous Aboriginal deaths. European contact undermined traditional Aboriginal authority, laws, culture and religion. Colonialists introduced high levels of alcohol and tobacco consumption, gambling, and later, drugs and pornography. These had devastating impacts. Conservatively estimated social costs to Australia of drug abuse in 2004/05 were $55 billion, of which alcohol accounted for $15 billion, tobacco...

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