Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship

30/6/15; Sarah Lazare, staff writer; Common Dreams At least nine people from Sweden, Norway, and Canada remain in Israeli custody Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an “uneventful” incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in […] read more…

Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth

5/7/15; Ray McGovern Consortium News During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli warplanes and warships tried to sink the USS Liberty, killing 34 of the spy ship’s crew. Afterwards, U.S. and Israeli officials excused the attack as an unfortunate mistake and covered up evidence of willful murder. Israel’s choke-hold over U.S. politics and politicians has […] read more…

Invited by Vatican, Naomi Klein Makes Moral Case for World Beyond Fossil Fuels

2/7/15; Nadia Prupis, staff writer; Common Dreams Activist and author praises ‘courageous’ invitation by Pope in face of fossil fuel industry’s power; Author and activist Naomi Klein spoke at the Vatican on Wednesday, calling climate change a “moral crisis” that should unite all people. Naomi Klein—activist, author, and self-described “secular Jewish feminist”—spoke at the Vatican […] read more…

Silence Around Who Is Burning Black Churches Speaks Volumes

5/7/15; Kirsten West Savali Dylann Roof put bullet-holes through the faith of Mother Emanuel AME Church and whoever is burning black churches is attempting to burn that faith to the ground. Why is this not a national concern? There is something both sinister and cowardly about trying to destroy Black Jesus. Black churches in North […] read more…

Pope talking ‘drivel’ on the role of markets, says NZ Initiative head

26/6/15; Pattrick Smellie; BusinessDesk The latest papal encyclical is “offensive”, “infuriating” and “drivel” in its commentary on the operation of markets, says Oliver Hartwich, a self-professed Catholic and executive director of the New Zealand Initiative, a libertarian think tank. The Laudato Si encyclical – a communication to bishops setting out the Pope’s views on a […] read more…

Leaders to meet on indigenous recognition

, 6/7/15; AAP Opposition leader Bill Shorten says Australians are big enough and generous enough to vote for genuine change in a referendum on indigenous recognition in the constitution. “Cosmetic” tinkering around the preamble, he says, is insufficient. Mr Shorten’s comments come ahead of a meeting between 40 Indigenous leaders, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and […] read more…

Humanitarian flotilla didn’t make it to Gaza, but Israel didn’t win

July 2/7/15; Report – By Medea Benjamin Israel Defence Forces violently intercepted the Swedish boat named Marianne in the early hours of Monday to prevent it from landing in Gaza, using tasers against unarmed passengers. The 18 passengers included a M?ori Television crew on board as observers. The flotilla’s mission was to break the siege […] read more…

Kathy Marks: Australians becoming numb to democracy’s death by a thousand cuts

4/7/15 Although the Government claims whistle-blowers will be protected by existing laws, health professionals are not convinced. Imagine a country where a doctor could be jailed for revealing children are at risk. Where politicians collude to camouflage the misery of people fleeing torture and persecution. A country where deeply contentious policies are shrouded in secrecy. […] read more…

Palestinian youths face arrests without warning

2/7/15; by Jen Marlowe @donkeysaddleorg 1,560 Palestinian children were taken into Israeli custody last year, and many spent time in solitary confinement Yazan Al-Jundi, a slender 16-year-old Palestinian from the Old City of Jerusalem, loves taking selfies, chatting on Facebook and playing soccer. Though in many ways a typical teenager, Al-Jundi is also especially vigilant […] read more…

Palestinians commemorate anniversary of slain teen (1)

2/7/15; Human Rights Israel Human Rights, Israel, Palestine, Middle East Hundreds turn out to remember brutal killing of Palestinian teenager in July 2014, just days before invasion of Gaza. Abu Khder was kidnapped from East Jerusalem, and his burned body was found hours later in a forest in the western part of the city [Reuters] […] read more…

Drone Warfare – Killing by Remote Control

Medea Benjamin pp 107-8 What actually happened in that 2009 attack is one of the many buried tragedies.” On September 7, 2009, throughout the day two drones were hovering over the skies of Mirali Tehsil in North Waziristan. It was the month of Ramadan and people in the area were angry that the drones were […] read more…

Despite White House pledges, Gitmo closure remains long-term goal (a)

3/7/15; Jenifer Fenton Obama administration has committed to shuttering military facility in Cuba, but major hurdles are in the way The newly appointed Special Envoy for Guantánamo Closure is “under no illusions” that closing the U.S. prison “is going to be easy.” Lee Wolosky is filling a State Department position that has been vacant for […] read more…

UN human rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war (1)

3/7/15; Al Jazeera Resolution by UN Human Rights Council has no binding effect, but adds pressure for war crimes prosecutions The United Nation’s top human rights body on Friday backed calls for accountability in last year’s conflict in Gaza, in which more than 2,200 Palestinians and 73 Israelis were killed, and Gaza’s infrastructure was decimated. […] read more…

Catholic Church should not have ‘leaders for life’, Pope says

4/7/15’ Reuters; Vatican City The Roman Catholic Church should not have “leaders for life” in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday. Francis, 78, has said before that he would be ready to resign instead of ruling for life if he felt he could not […] read more…

Open letter on the Border Force Act: ‘We challenge the department to prosecute’

More than 40 current and former workers at Australia’s detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island challenge Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton to prosecute them under new secrecy laws for speaking out over human rights abuses Detention centre staff speak out in defiance of new asylum secrecy laws Ten former staff explain why they chose […] read more…

Time to speak out on Nauru situation, says Law Society

1/7/15; New Zealand Law Society Open letter regarding the Border Force Act 2015 Today the Border Force Act comes into force. It includes provision for a two-year jail sentence for “entrusted persons” such as ourselves if we continue to speak out about the deplorable state of human rights in immigration detention without the express permission […] read more…
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