Indigenous leader wins prestigious Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship

Indigenous leader wins prestigious Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship

June Oscar AO, one of Australia's most energetic indigenous leaders, has won the Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship for 2016. This prestigious award celebrates individuals doing extraordinary work in reconciliation.

Former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO will present this year’s Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship award at the Melbourne Town Hall on 19 May 2016.

Thinking though the headlines: Interview with Dr Elizabeth Kath

Thinking though the headlines: Interview with Dr Elizabeth Kath

On 21 March 2016, President Barack Obama traveled to Cuba; he was the first US President to visit the island nation since 1928. This landmark event was part of recent diplomatic efforts to normalize US-Cuban relations after decades of Cold War hostility.

Christina Plant (CP) gets the view of Dr Elizabeth Kath (EK), Lecturer at RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Co-Director of Global Reconciliation, Honorary Research Fellow with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, and author of new book Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in a Changing Global Landscape, on President Obama's historic visit.

Palestinian Teacher Wins 2016 Global Teacher Prize

Palestinian Teacher Wins 2016 Global Teacher Prize

Hanan Al Hroub teaches at the Samiha Khalil High School in the Palestinian West Bank city of Al-Bireh, where students witness unimaginable acts of violence in their everyday lives. Stabbings, shootings and bombings happen regularly in Al-Bireh because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In Memoriam: Nanko Van Buuren (1951 - 2015)

In Memoriam: Nanko Van Buuren (1951 - 2015)

The life of Nanko Van Buuren is remembered as a shining example of courage, vision, compassion and unwavering commitment to social justice and reconciliation. Many owe their lives to him, and he devoted his own life in service of improving the lives of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He ventured into places that others were afraid to tread, built bridges across seemingly insurmountable social divides, devoted himself to even the most precarious and difficult social problems, and transformed the communities where he worked.

Girl band tops Israel charts with Arabic love song

Girl band tops Israel charts with Arabic love song

An Israel girl band has made history when their debut single became the first ever song entirely in Arabic to top the Israeli music charts last year. Habib Galbi by the band A-WA, a group made up of three sisters, are descendants of Yemeni Jews who relocated to Israel after its establishment in 1948.

A-WA initially posted an online music video of Habib Galbi (Arabic for “Love of My Heart”), without mentioning they were Israeli Jews. “We wanted people to come to us with an open mind,” said Tair Haim. “We just wrote something like, ‘We are bringing you a fresh desert breeze.’”