Oceania

Australians Vote to Support Marriage Equality

Australians have decisively voted in favor of marriage equality, prompting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to call on Parliament to pass a bill legalizing all marriages countrywide by the end of the year. Nearly 80 percent of Australians voted in the…

NZ to sign prohibition of nuclear weapons treaty

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today New Zealand will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at a ceremony during the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. New Zealand will sign the Treaty on the first…

Australia Holds Biggest Demonstration for LGBT Rights in Its History

Australia held the largest demonstration for LGBT rights in the country’s history on Sunday. More than 20,000 people poured into the streets of Sydney to demand equal rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. This is Australian activist Joy Kyriacou. Joy…

The nuclear bomb is a weapon of crime and mass destruction

by Roland Oldham, Moruroa e Tatou, Tahiti The nuclear bomb is a weapon of crime and mass destruction. We should all be well aware of the examples of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the consequences still today have effects across generations.…

New Zealand nuclear-free law celebrated as UN negotiates a global ban!

By Abolition 2000. New Zealand celebrates the 30th anniversary of its historic nuclear free legislation this month with a series of events around the country. At the same time, the United Nations resumes negotiations amongst non-nuclear nations in New York…

Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies?

By Baher Kamal It all happened on the very same day—4 April. That day, indigenous peoples were simultaneously characterised as fundamental allies in the world’s war on hunger and poverty, while being declared as collective victims of a “tsunami” of…

Harrowing testimony of nuclear bomb test survivor reinforces urgency of ban campaigners

On Monday 27th of March, negotiations start on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. It is expected that over 100 countries will participate in the drafting process. Campaigners from the ban treaty network, ICAN (of which Pressenza is partner organisation),…

Today is Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day

By iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand. Today, 1 March, is Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day – the 63rd anniversary of the ‘Bravo’ nuclear bomb detonation by the United States close to the surface of Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands,…

Australia’s No to Prohibit-Nukes Resolution Triggers Debate

By Neena Bhandari As the curtain falls on 2016, the year that marked the fifth anniversary of Fukushima and the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disasters, sending a sombre reminder of the devastating humanitarian and environmental consequences of these weapons…

Seeking the True Path

One of the more subtle manifestations of the intimate link between (unconscious) human emotions and behaviour is illustrated by the simple concept of choice and how this is so often reduced to a dichotomy between two bad options. In such…

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