Charles Warner execution: Oklahoma inmate’s last words are ‘my body is on fire’ as state carries out first death penalty in nine months

16/1/15; Andrew Buncombe Nine months after a botched execution left a condemned man writhing in agony on a gurney as he took 43 minutes to die, the US state of Oklahoma on Thursday resumed carrying out the death penalty. The last words of Charles Warner as he was put to death by lethal injection were: […] read more…

Australian aims another blow at Gitmo military justice system

16/1/15; Jenifer Fenton Former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks seeks to quash conviction and illuminate improvised ‘war on terrorism’ justice “David Hicks didn’t commit any crime,” according to his lawyer Wells Dixon, and that’s why the Australian former Guantánamo prisoner is seeking to overturn his conviction by a U.S. military commission. If he succeeds, Hicks will […] read more…

ICC launches probe into alleged war crimes in Palestinian territories

16/1/15 Chief prosecutor says preliminary probe is procedural move to establish whether a formal investigation is required Israel’s fear that Palestinian recognition by the International Criminal Court would bring unwelcome scrutiny of its military actions took a step closer to fruition on Friday, when the the ICC announced a preliminary probe into possible war crimes […] read more…

Conservatives misfire on ‘pagan green’ pope’s encyclical

17/1/15; Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig @ebruenig Though Pope Francis won’t release his encyclical letter on the environment until this summer, the conservative contingent of the American commentariat has already rendered its verdict. Feverish disavowals of the encyclical — the contents of which are known only by subject matter and not one jot by text — have […] read more…

Refugees in Australian camp sew own lips shut in protest (4)

17/1/15 Hundreds of asylum seekers have gone on hunger strike at an Australian immigration detention center in Papua New Guinea, rights groups said this week, with some sewing their lips shut, swallowing razor blades and drinking washing powder to highlight fears for their security. Australia uses offshore detention centers in Papua New Guinea and the […] read more…

Syrian refugees need more than food (3)

8/4/14; by Amy R. West @AIR_Info Host countries should prioritize classroom and job-skills training for displaced youth Nearly 2.5 million people have fled Syria to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey since the conflict erupted in 2011. By the end of 2014, Syrian refugees are expected to number more than 4.1 million. “Syria has become […] read more…

For refugees, the ‘trip of death’ begins on Egypt’s beaches (2)

17/1/15; An independent contributor More than 3,000 people died last year trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe Wael Adeeb Shahwan’s mother doesn’t know where her son is. In late September, Shahwan, a 26-year-old Palestinian from Khan Younis, a city in the Gaza Strip, tried to reach Italy by boat from Egypt. He was among […] read more…

Tensions remain high on Manus (1)

Eoin Blackwell; 18/1/15 There are reports hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus Island are refusing medical attention. Tensions remain high on Manus Island amid reports hunger-striking asylum seekers are refusing medical attention and being denied water, as the Greens called again for an independent inspection of the centre. The government of Papua New Guinea has denied […] read more…

Issue of ordaining married men is in my diary, Pope reportedly tells Rome priests

Issue of ordaining married men is in my diary, Pope reportedly tells Rome priests 27/2/15; Hannah Roberts in Rome Pope Francis has reportedly suggested that he may be open to the idea of married men being ordained priests in the Catholic Church, saying that the issue “is in his diary”. Francis was quoted by priests […] read more…

Researchers Find ‘Astonishing’ Malware Linked to NSA Spying

25/1/15; Ryan Gallagher @rj_gallagher Security researchers have uncovered highly sophisticated malware that is linked to a secret National Security Agency hacking operation exposed by The Intercept last year. Russian security firm Kaspersky published a report Monday documenting the malware, which it said had been used to infect thousands of computer systems and steal data in […] read more…

Girl suicide bomber ‘no more than eight years old’

23/2/15; Ardo Abdallah Bauchi, Nigeria: A young girl with explosives strapped to her killed five people and wounded dozens at a security checkpoint outside a market in the north-east Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, witnesses said. “(She) refused to be checked at the gate to the market and an argument ensued,” said Ibrahim Maishago, […] read more…

Sydney siege report: Biggest question left unanswered in review

3/2/15; Mark Kenny; Chief political correspondent Sydney siege: Abbott says system let community down At the release of the first report into the Sydney siege, the Prime Minister says the community was put at risk by a system which allowed Man Haron Monis to remain free. The public, and more particularly the families of the […] read more…

New York Is Illegally Shackling Pregnant Incarcerated Women

21/2/15 Juan Thompson The state of New York is illegally shackling incarcerated women during childbirth, according to a new report on reproductive justice from the Correctional Association of New York. “Women continue to be shackled on the way to the hospital (even when they are in labor), during recovery (even within hours after giving birth […] read more…

Israeli-owned drone manufacturer shut down by pro-Palestine protesters (4)

17/2/15 Jonathan Owen The Instro Precision factory in Kent was occupied by campaigners A British defence firm owned by Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems was shut down today after four pro-Palestinian protesters occupied the roof of a factory in Kent, and another chained themselves to the fence outside. The occupation began at 5am this morning, […] read more…

Israeli settlement plans prompt Palestinian anger (3)

11/8/13 Israel has moved forward with plans to build nearly 1,200 new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – a move Mohammed Shtayyeh, a peace negotiator for the Palestinians, called an attempt to “destroy the basis of the solution called for by the international community which aims to establish a […] read more…

ICC launches probe into alleged war crimes in Palestinian territories (2)

16/2/15 Amr Nabil. AP Chief prosecutor says preliminary probe is procedural move to establish whether a formal investigation is required Israel’s fear that Palestinian recognition by the International Criminal Court would bring unwelcome scrutiny of its military actions took a step closer to fruition on Friday, when t ICC announced a preliminary probe into possible […] read more…
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