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…

Tales from Uganda’s female former child soldiers

15/1/16; Marc Ellison Gra[phjioc Novel; Marc Ellison has long reported on the post-war plight of former child soldiers in Uganda. But he wanted to find an innovative format through which to tell their stories. Alongside Ugandan artist Christian Mafigiri, he developed a 2.0 version of the traditional comic-book format. Of it, he says: How do […] read more…

Deadly Israeli strikes target Syria’s Quneitra province. (2)

20/4/17; Syria, Israel; Deaths of fighters reported as government positions in Golan Heights are targeted for second time in recent daysvc- Israeli forces have attacked pro-Syrian government groups in the countryside of Quneitra, two days after carrying out similar strikes in the same region. An Al Jazeera correspondent said Sunday’s attacks targeted fighters loyal to […] read more…

Trump unloads after poor polls

24/4/17; AAP President Donald Trump has lambasted opinion polls showing him with a low approval rating, calling the media outlets who are publishing them “fake.” “New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in popular vote,” he tweeted, adding “ABC […] read more…

UN chief vows to stand up against anti-Israel bias

24/4/17; AFP New York UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres sought to reassure international Jewish community leaders on Sunday that he would stand up against any perceptions of anti-Israel bias at the world organization. Guterres spoke amid a deepening row over alleged bias within the UN following US pressure, exacerbated last month when a UN rights […] read more…

Trump condemns anti-Semitism

24/4/17; Julia Edwards Ainsley, AAP US President Donald Trump said anti-Semitism should be defeated and has called the Holocaust the “darkest chapter of human history” in a video address, following two missteps by his administration regarding statements about genocide during World War Two. “The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror and the loss. Six […] read more…

Pope says some refugee centres ‘concentration camps’

23/4/17, Angus MACKINNON Pope Francis on Saturday described some of Europe’s refugee centres as “concentration camps” as he paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband. “These refugee camps — so many are concentration camps, crowded with people… because international accords seem more important than human […] read more…

Israeli settlers attack activists in the West Bank

22/4/17; Palestine 6 hours ago -Video shows masked men approaching and attacking a group of activists accompanying Palestinian shepherds. Footage filmed by an Israeli human rights group shows what it says is a group of masked settlers attacking activists assisting Palestinians in the West Bank. Sarit Michaeli of Israeli group B’Tselem said about a dozen […] read more…
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