Watchdog Group: New Evidence US Cluster Bombs Used in Yemen

28/8/15; Andrea Germanos, staff writer Human Rights Watch says civilians among casualties from widely-banned weapons: -A human rights watchdog said Wednesday it has fresh evidence the Saudi-led coalition used U.S. cluster bombs, resulting in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Yemen. Human Rights Watch said it identified United States-made, ground-launched M26 cluster munition rockets […] read more…

Pope Francis to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

17/12/15; Holy Year from Dec. 8 to Nov. 26 will focus on the theme of mercy: – Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, the Argentine pontiff announced Tuesday in his latest move toward a more open and inclusive […] read more…

Israeli raid in West Bank refugee camp ends in violence (2)

31/8/15; Shootout leaves at least five Palestinians and one Israeli injured in Jenin refugee camp; An Israeli raid to arrest armed group members in the West Bank turned into a gunbattle Monday night that left at least five Palestinians and an Israeli soldier wounded. A Palestinian security official said Israeli forces on Monday night surrounded […] read more…

UN: Gaza could become ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020

1/9/15 Israeli military action and economic blockade have rendered the coastal strip unfit for civilian life, report says:- The Gaza Strip, ravaged by successive wars and nearly a decade of Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday. “The social, health and security-related ramifications of […] read more…

Europe’s squabbles stymie new refugee policy as crisis worsens. (2)

1/9/15; Tom Kutsch @tomkutsch Analysis: EU’s lack of a coherent plan to aid refugees exacerbates humanitarian crisis unfolding on its shores: With thousands of people seeking refuge by entering the European Union (EU) every day, leaders of the 28-nation bloc have announced an emergency meeting in Brussels on Sept. 14 to find a common strategy […] read more…

Hungary’s rightward shift fuels harsh refugee policy (1)

1/9/15 Ned Resnikoff @resnikoff Analysis: Response to asylum-seekers hardens as center-right government competes with far-right opposition; Thousands of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries are entering the European Union every day, and states to the south and east of Europe, entry points for many migrants, are facing the brunt of the refugee crisis. Hungary […] read more…

Video of Israeli soldier arresting boy becomes latest in war of perception

1/9/15; Nabi Saleh (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)AFP : Video of Israeli soldier arresting boy becomes latest in war of perception: – A soldier pins a boy down and is assaulted by his family: The scene might have gone unnoticed if not for footage that has turned it into another weapon in the Israel-Palestinian war of perception. […] read more…

Half of Guantanamo inmates need indefinite lockup: Pentagon chief

2/9/15; Washington; AFP About half the detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba need to be locked up “indefinitely,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday. Carter said he supports President Barack Obama’s long-standing goal of closing the the site, but cautioned it remains unclear what to do with many of the inmates. […] read more…

EU’s Tusk condemns racism, xenophobia against migrants (6)

2/9/15; Zagreb; AFP Video Migrant crisis forces EU to seek answers EU President Donald Tusk condemned Tuesday xenophobic reactions to a record influx of refugees and migrants pouring into Europe. “Whatever the challenges migration might bring there is no justification for hostile, racist or xenophobic reactions to migrants,” Tusk told reporters in Zagreb after meeting […] read more…

Greek ship ferries hundreds more migrants to mainland (5)

2/9/15; Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis; Athens. A ship bringing about 1,800 migrants and refugees from an eastern Greek island to the port of Piraeus arrived on Tuesday night, the Greek coastguard said. Greece has seen a spike in the number of refugees and migrants arriving on the islands by rubber dinghies via nearby Turkey this summer, with […] read more…

‘Red Cleric’ defends migrants, gay rights in pope chat (4)

2/9/15; Vatican City; AFP ‘Red Cleric’ defends migrants, gay rights in pope chat;- Controversial French Bishop Jacques Gaillot, punished by the Church for his liberal views, defended the rights of homosexuals, divorced people and migrants during a personal visit with Pope Francis Tuesday. Gaillot, who was demoted by pope John Paul II in 1995 for […] read more…

Calls for Nauru claims in royal commission (3)

31/8/15; AAP Welfare and aid groups want Nauru detention centre abuse claims investigated as part of the child abuse royal commission. The peak bodies for aid and welfare said the findings about children in the Senate inquiry into the centre released on Monday were alarming and deserved wider scrutiny. “It is vital that commonwealth action, […] read more…

Media access up to Nauru: Dutton (2)

31/8/15; AAP Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it’s up to Nauru to determine if journalists can get a visa; Media access to Nauru to inspect the immigration detention facility is a matter for Nauru, says Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. Mr Dutton was responding to criticism in a Senate report that Nauru had jacked up its […] read more…

Dutton considers Nauru security downgrade (1)

1/9/11; AAP Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has flagged he’s happy to consider down-grading high level security at the Nauru immigration detention centre. A Senate inquiry report into abuse and conditions at the camp, released on Monday, made 15 recomendations including moving to an open centre. “We need to provide people with a dignified setting, we […] read more…

Jewish community reels as Melb rabbi quits

7/9/15; AAP Australia’s Jewish community is in shock after one of its most senior rabbis stepped aside, apologising for his treatment of child sex abuse victims at a Melbourne Jewish school. Rabbi Zvi Telsner has said he will step down immediately as head of Melbourne’s Yeshiva Centre, which manages schools including Yeshiva College, apologising for […] read more…

Serco inquiry extended

27/8/15; Kelvin Davis, Corrections Spokesperson Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.“My office received a tsunami of complaints so I’m not surprised the terms of reference and timeframes for […] read more…
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