Heartbreaking, Inhumane, and Illegal: ICE Targets Woman with Brain Tumor

23/2/17; Abby Zimet, staff writer Oddly, one of the latest victims rounded up for deportation by Herr Trump’s “military operation” doesn’t quite fit his righteous boast of how, “We’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country.” In fact, this time he’s getting Sara Beltran-Hernandez. […] read more…

Indigenous incarceration rates are not an intractable problem – we have the solutions

20/2/17; Shane Duffy and Antoinette Braybrook As a new series starting today in Guardian Australia today shows, communities have answers but their governments need to start listening ` Breaking the cycle: turning the tide on colonisation’s third act `More than 25 years ago the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody provided governments across Australia […] read more…

Yes, we jail too many Indigenous Australians – but what happens next is worse

22/2/17; Megan Williams @MegBastard Even more worrying than the incarceration rate is the number of people who die within days of being released All the focus on incarceration rates risks distracting from the crucial issue of healthcare in prison and support for inmates once they are released. Photograph: Alamy Amid the intense focus on the […] read more…

Yes, we jail too many Indigenous Australians – but what happens next is worse

22/2/17; Megan Williams Contact author @MegBastard Even more worrying than the incarceration rate is the number of people who die within days of being released Amid the intense focus on the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, a more profound concern has rated barely a mention. Indigenous incarceration: turning the tide on colonisation’s cruel […] read more…

Pope Francis: better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic

24/2/17; Associated Press in Vatican City Pope criticises ‘double life’ led by some members of his own church during the sermon of his private morning mass Pope Francis has delivered another criticism of some members of his own church , suggesting it was better to be an atheist than one of many Catholics who he […] read more…

Mexican man jumps to his death after being deported from US

24/2/17; Rory Carroll in Los [email protected] The suicide of a father of three, who was working as a gardener in California, near the Tijuana-San Diego border has prompted shock and anger. The Trump administration has unveiled sweeping measures to deport millions of undocumented people. A Mexican man has leaped off a bridge and killed himself […] read more…

Hundreds protest Netanyahu in Australia

24/2/17; AFP Sydney Hundreds protest Netanyahu in Australia – Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Sydney on Thursday against the first visit to Australia by an Israeli prime minister, branding Benjamin Netanyahu a “war criminal”. A police helicopter hovered over the city as speakers slammed Canberra’s strong support of Netanyahu and his government. “We are […] read more…

Trump utters average of four falsehoods a day

Chris Cillizza analysis; Wellington Post; 23/2/17; & NZ herald.co.nz Donald Trump has been President for all or part of 33 days. He has averaged four falsehoods or misleading statements a day in that time. There hasn’t been a single day of Trump’s presidency in which he has said nothing false or misleading. That data, which […] read more…

UN decries Israel’s West Bank demolition order

22/2/17; Aljazeera’ AFP An estimated 140 structures in a Palestinian Bedouin village ordered demolished by the Israeli government – Since 1967, at least 48,000 Palestinian homes and housing structures have been demolished by Israel [] The United Nations has raised concerns over a newly announced demolition plan in a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied […] read more…

Elor Azaria verdict: ‘No justice for Palestinians’

20/2/17 Jonathan Cook Soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and a demotion. Nazareth – Human rights groups and Palestinian leaders have condemned what they called the “extremely lenient” punishment of Elor Azaria, the Israeli army medic who was filmed executing a severely wounded Palestinian in Hebron last […] read more…

Elor Azaria verdict: ‘No justice for Palestinians’

22/2/17; By Jonathan Cook Soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and a demotion. The sentence for Azaria was much lower than the three to five years demanded by the prosecution [Heidi Levine/Reuters] Nazareth – Human rights groups and Palestinian leaders have condemned what they called the “extremely […] read more…

Gaza doctor seeks justice in Israeli court

19/2/17; Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Israel, Gaza Izzeldin Abuelaish’s lawsuit is finally set to be heard, years after the Israeli army killed his daughters in Gaza. – ‘I am accountable and will remain until the last breath in my life, accountable to them,’ Abuelaish says of his slain daughters: 2009 The walls of Izzeldin Abuelaish’s office at […] read more…

Police Find 75-Year-Old Woman Molded to Chair After Sitting In Same Spot for Almost a Year

202/17; Maya Chung An elderly woman was removed from a chair that her skin had molded to after reportedly sitting in the same spot for almost a year. The 75-year-old Ohio woman was rescued by paramedics on Thursday after a church volunteer, who’d been delivering food to the woman for the past ten years, called […] read more…

16-18/2/17 Pope Francis for The World Meetings of Popular Movements.

16-18/2/17; California, USA; Vatican City, 10 February 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters, First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your effort in replicating on a national level the work being developed in the World Meetings of Popular Movements. By way of this letter, I want to encourage and strengthen each one of […] read more…

For I was a stranger and you welcomed me (3)

15/2/17; Christine Schenk Simply Spirit “I hope all those people who want immigrants, take them in themselves. When we run out of welfare and dip more into Social Security what will we all do then?” This is from a Facebook post by a Catholic friend; it sums up what I suspect many people, some Trump […] read more…

17/2/17; NCR Staff The Francis Chronicles A quote from Pope Francis:“Clericalism leads to a homogenization of the laity; treating it as an ’emissary’ limits the various initiatives and efforts and, I dare say, the boldness necessary to be able to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all areas of social and above all political activity. Clericalism, far from inspiring various contributions and proposals, gradually extinguishes the prophetic flame of which the entire Church is called to bear witness in the heart of her peoples.” https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/francis-chronicles/popes-quotes-clericalism – Address to participants in the Pontifical Commission for Latin America plenary assembly, April 26, 2016

The church walks the walk on immigration (2) 15/2/17; John Gehring NCR Today A year ago this week, Pope Francis prayed and celebrated Mass at the U.S-Mexican border, a powerful gesture of solidarity with immigrants even as presidential candidate Donald Trump made the construction of a massive border wall the centerpiece of his campaign. When […] read more…
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