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THE WEST BANK–I remember the moment I told my friends I would be leaving Australia to study international reporting in Israel. Many of them stared at me with fear in their eyes and would say, “Don’t tell me you’re also traveling to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.” I sat there, laughed and simply … Continue reading
JERUSALEM–The Jewish quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem was barely alive. Families were tucked away in their homes, visiting synagogues and spending their day living quietly. They were all taking part in Shabbat, a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from sundown Friday through until Saturday evening. Suddenly, a … Continue reading
The other night I was out enjoying a few cocktails with a friend in Melbourne. As we enjoyed the atmosphere and absorbed the beautiful city and everything it had to offer, it wasn’t long until we met two friendly American males. Or so it seemed at least… After a few more drinks, things escalated and … Continue reading
Imagine someone has visited Melbourne, cunningly stolen both a warehouse and a graffiti laneway. They’ve thrown it into a magical blender, mixed it with 1970s décor (which they had collected in a recent time-travelling journey), added a dash of bodacious food and creamy coffee, and then dumped it in Brisbane’s Newstead. Here you’ll find the … Continue reading
It seemed so simple. A malicious warlord by the name of Joseph Kony was in hiding. He had committed countless atrocities, including the abduction of more than 30,000 children in Central Africa since 1987. He forced the children he abducted either to become child soldiers in his Lord’s Resistance Army or sex slaves, and he … Continue reading
The right to life has been recognised as a fundamental human right – but what about the right to death? “The law wouldn’t let a dog suffer the agony I’m going through before an inevitable death. It would be put down. Yet under the law, my life is worth less than a dog’s.” These are … Continue reading
In a country notorious for armed conflict, with extremely high threats of terrorist attacks and dangerous levels of violent crime lies Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan in a dark, ridiculously tiny room on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. “It was fucking pandemonium,” he says almost four years after the experience. As an attempt to free himself … Continue reading