The Statistic

24th July, 2017
Percentage of the 668 overdose deaths in Australia in 2013 related to pharmaceutical opioids: 70 per cent
Source: National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

 

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Moments

24th July, 2017
FROZEN: All official ties between Palestine and Israel, according to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, amid unrest and violence over access to site in Jerusalem known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).
PROTESTS: In Moscow, over efforts by Russian authorities to control and monitor what is posted online.

 

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Essays

After four years of Australia's offshore asylum seeker detention program, SUSAN ANDERSON, of World Vision Australia, says it's high time those being held on Manus Island and Nauru were brought to Australia...

As the salaries of BBC stars were made public in the UK this week (and there are calls for the same to be done in Australia in regard to public broadcaster the ABC), MAL FLETCHER, writing from London, looks at the arguments in support...

Rev THOMAS J REESE, a commisioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, explains why Patriarch Antonios of Eritrea is one of his "heroes"...

They Said It

"Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now."
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in a speech given on 21st July, 2017, in which he instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers in an approach which has drawn comparisions to that of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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This Week on the Web

22nd May, 2017
In an article written for the Lausanne Movement's Lausanne Global Analysis, SAM GEORGE looks at whether God is turning the refugee crisis in Europe into one of the "greatest mission opportunities". Read Is God Reviving Europe Through Refugees?...

 

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The Word Explained

24th July, 2017
Hagia Sophia: Refers to Jesus as God's "holy wisdom".

 

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The Confessions of X

For June and July, 2017, we're reading Suzanne M Wolfe's historical novel The Confessions of X. To buy the book, follow this link - The Confessions of X.

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