Prison Dispatches from the War on Terror: Gitmo Detainee’s Life an “Endless Horror Movie”

25/3/15; Murtaza Hussain; @mazmhussain Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, a Yemeni national who has been detained at the American prison facility at Guantánamo Bay since 2002, weighs only 98 pounds. Never charged with a crime, al-Alwi, now 35 years old, is one of many detainees at the camp who have gone on a prolonged hunger strike. […] read more…

Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

20/3/15; Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman @ggreenwald@AndrewDFish; Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, leaked by the Obama White House, that Israel spied on U.S.negotiations with Iran and then fed the intelligence to Congressional Republicans. His office’s denial was categorical and absolute, extending beyond this specific story to […] read more…

Inquiry into electronic surveillance agency launched

26/3/25; New Zealand An inquiry into the activities of New Zealand’s electronic surveillance agency has been launched by the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security. Cheryl Gwyn, who is responsible for independent oversight of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), announced the inquiry this afternoon. It follows a series […] read more…

Solomon Islands Timber delegation seeks opportunities

26/3/15; Pacific Islands Trade and Invest A group of Solomon Islands timber exporters and government officials are in Australia and New Zealand this week hoping to increase understanding among exporters and importers of market requirements and opportunities for Solomon Islands sawn timber. The mission …Solomon Islands Timber delegation seeks opportunities in Australia and New Zealand […] read more…

In Gaza the farmers irrigate the land with their blood (3)

19/3/15; International Solidarity Movement Tilling the land in Gaza is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The Zionist Occupation Forces fire on the peasants and their families while they sow or harvest their own land near the infamous Zionist fence which surrounds Gaza. They also burn their fields and routinely ravage their […] read more…

78 Israeli violations of Gaza ceasefire (2)

6/3/15 Palestinian Information Centre Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reported Thursday that Israel had committed 78 violations in the border areas and off the coast of the Gaza Strip since it reached a ceasefire deal with the Palestinians in August last year. In a statement, al-Mezan center said that two Gazans were killed, while 52 […] read more…

UN Women’s Forum Supports Palestinians (1)

20/3/15; Prensa Latina The United Nations 59th Session of the Commission on Legal and Social Status of Women today adopted a resolution of support for Palestinian women, with Israel and the United States the only countries voting against it. The document was approved at the closing the annual two-week forum which reviewed the progress and […] read more…

If you can train for war, you can also train for peace

16/3/15; by Melanie Lidman; In Kenya, tribal tensions simmer just below the surface of every conflict. In December 2007, this tension exploded after a viciously contested election plunged Kenya into a three-month-long bloodbath of tribal conflict. Many activists and outside observers accused the Kenyan Election Commission of ignoring evidence of vote rigging to keep the […] read more…

Pope Francis urges abolition of death penalty (4)

23/3/15; Catholic News Service The Pope has issued a letter in which he describes capital punishment as ‘cruel, inhumane and degrading’ Pope Francis has criticised the death penalty once again, calling it “unacceptable” regardless of the seriousness of the crime of the condemned. Pope Francis met with a three-person delegation of the International Commission Against […] read more…

Where Pope Francis stands when it comes to women ((3)

20/3/15; Thomas Reese When it comes to women, Pope Francis has five strikes against him, but he also has some good points. First strike: He is male. Any man who thinks he has something to say about women to women needs his head examined. The smartest thing men can do when it comes to women’s […] read more…

Don’t let anyone steal your hope, Pope tells faithful in Naples (2)

23/3/15; Cindy Wooden Hope is the first act of resistance to evil, Pope Francis told the people of Naples as he pleaded for respect for the dignity of immigrants, jobs for the unemployed and the conversion of the city’s notorious mafia families. “The Gospel teaches that the truly blessed are the poor in spirit, the […] read more…

Hopes rise for women deacons to be ordained in the Church (1)

20/3/15; Sarah Mac Donald Dominican theologian Fr Timothy Radcliffe has said he is hopeful that women will be soon ordained deacons in the Church so that they can preach and have a public voice. The former Master of the Order of Preachers made his comment in the course of a new documentary aired by RTE […] read more…

Judge Orders US Government to Stop Suppressing Evidence of Torture and Abuse

21/3/15 Common Dreams; Sarah Lazare Ruling on Friday is latest development in years-long legal battle, in which the ACLU has argued the photos ‘are crucial to the public record’ A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to release more than 2,000 photographs showing abuse and torture of people detained by the American military […] read more…

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations

23/3/15; Common Dreams; Lauren McCauley, staff writer Documents show Communication Security Establishment boasts vast array of cyber warfare capabilities, works hand-in-hand with NSA Canada’s spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE), is a major player in global hacking operations and boasts a vast array of cyberwarfare tools, revealed in news reports on Monday, that rivals […] read more…

You Buy, the Sea Pays

20/3/15; Abby Zimet, staff writer Most of our bountiful planet’s water is in the ocean, which – humans, take a bow – are a calamity: Up to 26 million tons of plastic packaging and other debris threatens the life of our oceans and its hundreds of thousands of fish, birds and other marine creatures, who […] read more…

Kamoro people take a stand against Freeport smelter plans (2)

23/3/15; West Papua Media Alerts Since Indonesia decided to enforce its 2009 mineral law that obliged mining companies to process ore within Indonesia, attention has focussed on the biggest mining operation in the country: Freeport McMoran’s gold and copper mine in Timika, Papua. Freeport wanted to build a smelter in East Java, where better infrastructure […] read more…
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