Conversation at the Crossroads is a growing community-based in Naarm (Melbourne) with both a local and global mission to connect people from all walks of life to address the most pressing issues of our time.
Through our events and conversations, we aim to increase awareness and understanding of why things are the way they are and how we can collaborate to fix them.
We’re all aware the world is under a lot of pressure economically, politically, environmentally, and socially. Not only are we facing a pandemic that has affected every life on this planet, but unprecedented fires, climate change, threats to civil liberties, and many other interconnected issues loom large.
The world seems set on a collision course to destruction, and many feel powerless to stop it. But we believe change is possible and we’re at a pivotal moment in time with more opportunities than ever to be a part of this change.
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On June 8, 2021 Conversation at the Crossroads hosted a very special event featuring Richard Falk and Stuart Rees in conversation with Joseph Camilleri. The conversation centred around two new books, Falk’s Public Intellectual: Life of a Citizen Pilgrim and Rees’ Cruelty or Humanity.
Joining in the discussion was Hilary Charlesworth, Punam Yadav, Hanan Ashrawi, Chandra Muzaffar and Amin Saikal.
- Lean on me: Support workers fight for the trans community during the pandemic (Part I)EMANUELLE ARNOLD: Underfunded, overworked and underresourced. Trans-friendly services rely on people who self-identify as a part of the trans and gender diverse population. Thus, they are also a part of one of the “most medically and socially marginalised groups in our community.” The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns has been profound on the community, fortifying the roadblocks to adequate support and medical care.
- Australia is not exempt from committing war crimes in Afghanistan (Part II)Much has been said over the United States supporting limited reforms that have created a number of freedoms and opportunities for Afghan civilians, most notably women. Yet these praises systematically ignore how the U.S. Government funded and armed militias who committed varied human rights violations including rape, torture and extrajudicial killings of civilians.
- The debt Australia owes the people of Afghanistan (Part I)Rashad Seedeen: The world witnessed scenes of desperate Afghans crowding the tarmac and clinging on to planes as they departed the Kabul airport, horrifying many and triggering past traumas for scores of refugees. The rush to exit Afghanistan was precipitated by the entry of Taliban forces into the city of Kabul, securing the near-complete capture of Afghanistan from occupying U.S. forces within days of their withdrawal.
- Afghanistan debacle exposes the limits to EmpireJOSEPH CAMILLERI: The chaotic scenes at Kabul airport are symbolic of a military intervention that has brought the people of Afghanistan nothing but loss and destruction. The United States and its allies, not least Australia, have a great deal to answer for. This twenty-year war has been an unmitigated disaster from beginning to end. And what an ignominious end it is, especially for the United States.
- We must devise effective strategies for change (Part II)KRISTIAN CAMILLERI: If we are to make inroads on the policy of mandatory detention, and many other issues, we must find ways to engage the wider public in more critical discussion. This is what Conversation at the Crossroads aspires to do.
- Australia’s detention policies: The grim reality we seem powerless to change (Part I)KRISTIAN CAMILLERI: The recent revelations regarding Tharnicaa Murugappan, a three-year old girl who contracted at sepsis at the Christmas Island detention centre, have once again put Australia’s policy of mandatory detention in the spotlight.
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