How the lords of poverty are squandering foreign aid

*** 29/4/17, Aidan Hartley Kenya How corrupt UN charity barons keep Africans poor, sick and hungry – I met Dr Tom Catena in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains — the site of an African war and famine few have even heard about — in a hospital overflowing with children. I saw bombs had ripped away their arms, […] read more…

How Israel denies rights to Palestinian prisoners

27/4/17 Ylenia Gostoli The arrest of Birzeit University student Kifah Quzmar has highlighted the plight of thousands of Palestinians. In March 2017, there were 6,300 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 500 administrative detainees, according to Addameer [Reuters] In a photograph widely shared on social media this month, Kifah Quzmar, a final-year business student at […] read more…

Killed for their bones

(This article is very long. All Photographs have been removed.) http://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2017/malawi-killed-for-their-bones/index.htmlOn the trail of the trade in human body parts In Malawi, people with albinism are being killed and their bodies harvested; children and adults hacked to death with machetes and kitchen knives. More than 115 people have been attacked in the past two years, […] read more…

Arab League urges ICRC to intervene on Palestinian prisoners

27/4//17 Cairo (AFP Arab League urges ICRC to intervene on Palestinian prisoners Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Wednesday urged the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene with Israeli authorities to halt their “abuse” of Palestinian prisoners. Abul Gheit sent a letter to ICRC president Peter Maurer requesting “the committee (ICRC) urgently […] read more…

Trump slams ‘ridiculous’ court ruling on immigration

27/4/17; Paul HANDLEY – Washington; AFP Stung by his second major setback on immigration, President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed as “ridiculous” a court order blocking his attempt to deny cities harboring undocumented immigrants billions in federal funding. Judge William Orrick of San Francisco’s federal district court on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring any […] read more…

Arab League urges ICRC to intervene on Palestinian prisoners

27/4/17 Cairo (AFP) Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Wednesday urged the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene with Israeli authorities to halt their “abuse” of Palestinian prisoners. Abul Gheit sent a letter to ICRC president Peter Maurer requesting “the committee (ICRC) urgently intervene with Israeli authorities to stop the various abuses […] read more…

Nicaragua exorcism victim starved, beaten before killing: witnesses

27/4/17 Managua (AFP) A Nicaraguan woman who was burned to death in an exorcism that caused worldwide shock was starved and beaten in the week before her killing, witnesses told a court Wednesday. Evangelical pastor Juan Rocha and four followers are accused of murdering Vilma Trujillo, a 25-year-old mother of two, because they believed she […] read more…

US judge blocks Trump sanctuary city order

26/4/17; AAP A US judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants. The ruling from US District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco on Tuesday said Trump’s order targeted broad categories of federal funding for sanctuary governments and that plaintiffs challenging the […] read more…

Barghouthi’s health deteriorates as he enters 8th day on hunger strike (2)

24/4/17; Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine Imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi, who has been leading a large-scale hunger strike in Israeli prisons, suffered from a serious deterioration of his health today after forgoing food for eight days. Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs chairman Issa Qaraqe said that Barghouthi was suffering from a […] read more…

China demands Israel not employ its workers in settlements (1)

24/4/17; Asia & Americas, China, Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine The Israeli government yesterday ratified an agreement to employ thousands of Chinese workers in Israel, after Tel Aviv agreed to the Chinese government’s demand that its citizens not work in illegal settlements, Haaretz reported. The official ratification of the agreement came after years of negotiations […] read more…

US drone strike kills 3 civilians in Yemen

24/4/17 Published: Asia & Americas, Middle East, News, US, Yemen Three Yemeni civilians were killed when a drone attacked four suspected Al-Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle in the southern part of the country, residents and a local official said today. Residents said the attack in the Al-Saeed area of Shabwa province on Sunday afternoon […] read more…

Palestinian hunger strike sparks South African campaign

2/4/17 Published in: Africa, Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine Former South African anti-apartheid stalwarts and ex-political prisoners on Monday expressed solidarity with Palestinians currently on hunger strike protesting Israeli detention policies. “We unequivocally support the demands of Palestinian political prisoners and strongly condemn the illegal detention of women [and] children,” Mpho Masemola, leader of South […] read more…

Israel punishes hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

25/4/17 Israeli authorities look to quell mass hunger strike through solitary confinement and punitive measures. Israeli prison officials have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners after more than 1,100 political detainees launched an open-ended hunger strike on Monday. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials […] read more…

Marwan Barghouti’s health in serious decline: NGO

25/4/17; Israel, Palestine Palestinian leader refuses medical treatment after joining hunger strike with 1,100 other prisoners in Israel, NGO says. Marwan Barghouti’s health has declined over the past week after the leading Palestinian political figure joined a hunger strike with 1,100 other prisoners in Israel, an NGO said. Barghouti is refusing medical treatment causing his […] read more…

*** Decline of coral reefs leads to sinking sea floor

23/4/ 17; USA Washington Post United States government scientists have found a dramatic impact from the continuing decline of coral reefs: The sea floor around them is eroding and sinking, deepening coastal waters and exposing nearby com¬munities to damaging waves that reefs used to weaken. The new study, conducted by re¬searchers with the US Geological […] read more…

Marwan Barghouti’s health in serious decline: NGO

24/4/17 News Palestine Palestinian leader refuses medical treatment after joining hunger strike with 1,100 other prisoners in Israel, NGO says. Marwan Barghouti, … is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison [EPA/David Silverman] Marwan Barghouti’s health has declined over the past week after the leading Palestinian political figure joined a hunger strike with […] read more…
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