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  • The World Cup, BBC, and Corruption

    Posted by Micah

    12 September, 2010

    By Amanda Jackson , Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator, Micah Challenge International As an Australian with great love for my adopted home in London, I have been following with interest the bid by England to host the 2018 World Cup. In terms of global audience and the money generated, it is the world's biggest sporting competition. The bid process is expensive. It is estimated that England spent $26 million in an effort to host it in 2018. In the end they received only 2 votes out of a possible 22 (Russia won). The decision caused much angst in the nation that invented the sport. What had gone wrong? Some said the vote was a backlash against a BBC program , which exposed corruption in the way international football is run. The BBC revealed that three executives of football's governing body, FIFA, took bribes as part of a wider corruption scandal totaling around $100 million in secret payments. A fourth FIFA boss was accused of involvement in the corrupt sale of World Cup tickets. All four voted in the World Cup bid for 2018. You may not think… read more

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  • What does the new minority Govt mean for the poor?

    Posted by Peter

    8 September, 2010

    Political Engagement Coordinator, Peter Keegan, discusses the election result After more than a fortnight of uncertainty, Australians finally have a Government. But while we've been waiting for the independents to make their decision and the votes to be counted, another set of numbers have continued to dictate the reality of lives across most of the planet. Despite some progress, the number of children who don't live to see their 5th birthday is still almost 8.8 million each year, and 350,000 women don't survive child birth. So while the media's focus has been on the political drama of a hung parliament, for Micah Challenge, the question that really matters is 'What will this new government mean for the global poor?' Prior to the election, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith reaffirmed Labor's commitment to increase Australia's funding for overseas development assistance to 0.5% of gross national income by 2015. This is an important commitment that was initially made during the 2007 election campaign and has now achieved bi-partisan support throughout the… read more

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  • Compassion can kill

    Posted by Micah

    10 August, 2010

    By Micah Challenge's International Director, Joel Edwards Curiosity might kill the cat, but since when should compassion kill the aid worker? When news broke about the brutal murder of ten aid workers in Afghanistan I was in Sweden with a room full of missionaries - some of whom had been in Afghanistan. I was about to preach on what the prophet Micah had to say about justice... The aid workers were from a Christian based International Assistance Mission (IAM) and killed in a remote area of the Sharrun Valley. There is still some mystery about whether or not the Taleban were responsible for the murders. The killings had the tell-tale signs of bandits as opposed to Taleban insurgence. And the discussion has also led to whether or not they were missionaries. As everyone knows not everyone who works with Christian agencies are necessarily committed Christians. It's like assuming that anyone who is paid by the army is necessarily a soldier. But why should such energy be spent in discussing whether or not people are Christian missionaries or not? In the 21st century… read more

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  • Justice at any price?

    Posted by Micah

    29 July, 2010

    Micah Challenge International Director, Joel Edwards reflects on WikiLeaks If God was WikiLeak what would become of us. Does justice always have to go public - even if its risks other people's lives? I have to admit my ignorance and say that before they unveiled 90,000 secret documents about the war in Afghanistan, WikiLeaks was a complete secret to me. I thought someone had misspelt Wikipedia. The decision to reveal hitherto unknown information about US and Coalition military action has apparently shown up evidence of civilian casualties previously denied by the governments and secret communications between Allied forces and Afghan informants. Needless to say it has created a political storm with politicians in Whitehall and the Whitehouse working overtime on damage limitation exercises. Right now there is critical concern about how far WikiLeak has exposed informants to Taleban firing squads. But in all of this Julian Assange, WikiLeak's CEO, remains unrepentant. His only concern he says is to reveal truth in the pursuit of justice. And he justifies… read more

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