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Can Anybody Hear Me?

“Can anybody hear me?” I turn and peer into the darkness, My mind a little weary. The altitude kaleidoscope the chorus Of a formless song. Sing, “I’m here. I’m here.” The volcanic light beneath my feet, Erupting smoke pirouettes over me. A gentle hand, a stroke across the cheek. “Mother? Is that you?” Succumbed to ennui. I choke, the fumes sting as I sing, “I’m … Continue reading Can Anybody Hear Me?

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5 Minutes of Heidegger

Phenomenology attempts to understand consciousness and takes perceptions seriously and whilst historical insofar as its approach is descriptive, the person or individual is something concrete in a world where everything is interconnected through time and space. The mind is not isolated; every mental act is directed outwardly to the world and toward something or what is referred to as intentionality[1], and the first person experience … Continue reading 5 Minutes of Heidegger

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European Union Hypocrisy

Twenty years ago, the European Union began discussions with the Mercosur bloc of countries in South America – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – and only recently this historic agreement was officially signed that will successfully reduce billions of dollars in costs for both sides. The EU-Mercosur deal will both strengthen the relationship with European countries by removing duties on goods and improving an integrated … Continue reading European Union Hypocrisy

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The Politics of Food: A Case Of The Falafel

Food plays a vital part in our lives and relationships, where our culinary preferences bring us communities and families together and unite us with something joyful and memorable. Steeped in tradition, chefs and anthropologists alike travel the world in search for different products and recipes, how regional differences in taste and method authenticate originality of some dishes. It is the global voice that articulates hospitality, … Continue reading The Politics of Food: A Case Of The Falafel

Podcast: Episode 9 ~ Non-Human Ethics

I have now been a vegetarian for almost twenty years. I didn’t become vegetarian all of a sudden, there was no epiphany, no ‘eureka’ moment when I decided to stop eating meat, but it was a gradual succession of experiences, where I found myself having doubts about what I was doing, feeling like something wasn’t right. The first moment I remember occurred when I was … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 9 ~ Non-Human Ethics

Podcast: Episode 7 ~ LGBTI rights

In 2007, human rights activist Sizakele Sigasa who fought for the rights of the LGBTI community in South Africa, went to a bar in Soweto with her friend and fellow activist, Salome Masooa. While standing outside of the bar, the two were heckled by a group of men who shouted out names like “tomboys”. That evening, both women were found dead in a field in … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 7 ~ LGBTI rights

Podcast: Episode 6 ~ Political Prisoner in Burma

When I first started my undergraduate degree at 18, I absolutely hated the Prime Minister at the time, John Howard. Admittingly, I appreciated his decision on banning guns early during his ministry,  but as time progressed and more and more bad policy choices were being made, I started to doubt his ability to represent the Australian people. While the September 11 attacks changed the international … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 6 ~ Political Prisoner in Burma

Podcast: Episode 5 ~ Kierkegaard on Love and Selfhood

When I first met Patrick Stokes earlier this year, I told him point blank that I don’t believe in love. He had a very concerned expression on his face, a kind of questionable look that said, “O, what have I gotten myself into?” But, what I really wanted to say was that I don’t believe in the definition of love as people have defined it … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 5 ~ Kierkegaard on Love and Selfhood

Podcast: Episode 4 ~ Workplace Bullying

Sara talks with Professor Michelle Tuckey on the subject of workplace bullying that not only has terrible psychological and physical effects on those who experience – and those who also witness – bullying, but the Australian Human Rights commission has stated that it can cost the Australian economy between $6-$36 billion dollars a year due to poor morale, decreased productivity and absenteeism among many more. Sara speaks of her own experience with bullying and how she struggled for many years afterwards as it affected her life and her self-confidence. 

Hi everyone, thank you for joining me on the Moral Traveller. Today I will be interviewing Professor Michelle Tuckey from the University of South Australia on the subject of workplace bullying.

This podcast is all about human rights, but also about our personal stories and I want to talk more than I usually would in advance of my interview, because I myself was a victim of bullying. It is a very personal and very challenging story of mine to share, but I think about Brodie Panlock, a 19-year-old woman who experienced bullying from the men that she worked with at a local café in Melbourne, who ultimately took her own life, and it is heartbreaking to know that there so many people who have suffered from bullying as I have.

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Podcast: Episode 3 ~ Boat Person 16

Ethiopia is sub-Saharan country in Africa surrounded by Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti. Once called Abyssinia, King Menelik I is traditionally believed to have been the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, and its ports along the Red Sea became an important trade route with Arabia and the Roman empire, the Byzantines bringing Coptic Christianity into the region that eventually became … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 3 ~ Boat Person 16

Podcast: Episode 2 ~ Religion and Rebuilding Countries After War

Sara talks to Denis Dragovic, senior fellow at the University of Melbourne on the subject of religion and rebuilding countries after war. Denis’ professional career encompasses the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked as a civil engineer on multi-million dollar construction projects, led humanitarian aid missions in several war zones, consulted to United Nations agencies, lectured at the University of Melbourne, directed corporate and philanthropic fundraising at Australian Red Cross and now sits on the Australian government’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal Continue reading Podcast: Episode 2 ~ Religion and Rebuilding Countries After War