Author: itaha

Turkey votes: locals head to March election

Turkish citizens will head to the polls for the local elections on March 31, the first time since the country formally transitioned to presidential rule. These elections come amid warnings of an economic recession, and analysts are describing them as a referendum on Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The successive electoral victories of the AKP and President Erdogan have enabled ongoing economic prosperity, which has been often credited to social, political and economic reforms. With Turkey’s opposition parties calling on voters to hold the government accountable, the current economic slowdown will become a key influencing factor in the March...

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Labor pledges to recognise Palestine

The Australian Labor Party’s 48th national conference held in Adelaide from Sunday 16 to Tuesday 18 December 2018 has called for a future Australian Labor government to recognise Palestine as a state. The final decision on the issue will be taken by the cabinet. The conference was attended by over 2000 Labor party members and delegates gathered to set the policy agenda for a future Labor government. This year’s conference was marked as historic, with the strongest resolution on the issue of Palestinian statehood. The resolution that was moved by Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong and seconded by Tony...

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Reflections on leadership through service

Over a period of four days in late August, the 2018 National Student Leadership Forum brought together 200 young people from across the country to Canberra in order to explore the intersection of leadership, faith and values. The purpose was simple; to instruct and inspire young people on what it means to be a leader. The overarching theme was the exploration of how leaders across politics, business, activism and entrepreneurship navigate their faith and values in their professional lives. I found the openness of discussing faith and spirituality to be rather refreshing in our secular times. I was inspired...

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Be The Change: Solutions Focused Youth Summit

  Shifa Institute held a “Solutions Focused Youth Summit” in Sydney on Saturday 23 June 2018 at the Rydges Hotel, Bass Hill. The Summit captured the most exciting, innovative and creative ideas of young people in NSW. More than 50 Youth were brought together to be challenged to put their innovation caps on and to solve some of the pressing issues in society around four key areas. These included: Science and Technology, Environment, Education and Social Issues. The theme of the Summit was “BE THE CHANGE”. The Summit was funded by the NSW Government, with over 50 young attendees aged between 9 and 24 years. The day was opened by Sheikh...

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PM invites youth for Eid celebrations

The Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP  held a multi-faith Eid  morning tea celebration, inviting 14 young people to the Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 18 June 2018. The event was organised by PM&C and MC’ed by Mr Ridwaan Jadwat, Ambassador Designate to Saudi Arabia. It was a great honour for me along with other youth and parents, to attend this Eid celebration at Parliament House, Canberra. The Prime Minister was generous with his time, affording us the opportunity to converse with him for an intimate 30 mins. He praised Australia’s multicultural success story, highlighting it as to be the best...

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