Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the absurd

20/5/16; David Fedele Papua New Guinea is an extraordinary country very close to my heart, but I can say with absolute surety that it is not an appropriate country in which to resettle refugeesI have recently spent six weeks in the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea, with unique access to the first group […] read more…

Israel: The rise of the new ‘messianic elite’

23/5/16 Ben White Now, with Lieberman in, Netanyahu has ’embarrassed his regional and international allies’, says Mouin Rabbani [Reuters] Appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister suggests a change of elite within Israeli politics, analysts say. If there’s one thing everyone across the political spectrum in Israel agrees on, is that it was an audacious […] read more…

The end of the refugee camp?

1/5/ 16; Humanitarian crises; James Denselow; @JamesDenselow – James Denselow is a writer on Middle East politics and security issues and a research associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. In this new era of the refugee, there is a need for radical thinking about the future existence of such camps. The International Rescue Committee Director, […] read more…

Myanmar’s shame

23/5/26; Wayne Hay; Roving Correspondent Rohingya Muslims, in camps, wait for what democracy led by a Nobel peace prize winner will bring them. So far: Nothing. Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her “non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. Back then, she was a campaigner for those […] read more…

Why Israel views peaceful activism as a threat

14/5/16 Yvonne Ridley @yvonneridley; Article, Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East, Opinion Pieces, Palestine, US The success of the BDS movement is dismissed by Tel Aviv but the social justice movement has won some impressive victories recently, including an end to the involvement of G4S in Israel, disinvestment by the Unitarian Universalist Church in companies […] read more…

The end of the refugee camp?

21/3/16; http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/Opinion; James Denselow @JamesDenselow James Denselow is a writer on Middle East politics and security issues and a research associate at the Foreign Policy Centre http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/ In this new era of the refugee, there is a need for radical thinking about the future existence of such camps. The International Rescue Committee Director, David Miliband, […] read more…

The architecture of violence (3)

2/9/14; Ana Naomi de Sousa; Special series Human Rights, Israel, Palestine, War, War & Conflict Eyal Weizman explains architecture’s key role in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the evolution of urban warfare. On a journey across the settlements and roads of the West Bank and along the Separation Wall, Israeli architect Eyal Weizman demonstrates […] read more…

The architecture of violence (2)

02/9/14; Sep 2014 07:29 GMT Special series | | Human Rights, Israel, Palestine, War, War & Conflict Filmmaker: Ana Naomi de Sousa Eyal Weizman explains architecture’s key role in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the evolution of urban warfare. On a journey across the settlements and roads of the West Bank and along the […] read more…

Journey into an Invisible War (1)

17/6/14; Al Jazeera World; Politics, Israel, Middle East, Palestine The story of how Israeli settlements continue to spread into Palestinian territory despite international opposition. “We recognise that the Palestinian state must be big enough to be viable, to be independent, to be prosperous. We will be generous,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. But […] read more…

America’s empire of torture and hypocrisy

12/12/14; Article, Asia & Americas, Inquiry, US Asa Winstanley @AsaWinstanley A spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday had something quite interesting to say. Seizing on the growing movement in the US that is pushing for justice for the ever-growing list of young black men killed by racist white police, a foreign ministry spokesperson […] read more…

Palestinian hunger striker protests Israel’s detention

17/5/16; Correction: Emily Mulder; http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/palestinian-hunger-striker-protests-israel-detention-160517061620396.html Sami al-Janazareh vowed to continue his strike if the Israeli court extends his administrative detention. “We’ve tried to fight the occupation in every way possible,” says Mahmoud al-Janazreh [Getty Images] : B’Tselem’s comment about Israel reaching a “new low in the instrumentalist approach to human beings” did not apply to […] read more…

Federal Court Blocks ‘Truth About Torture’ in Ruling on Senate Report

13/5/16 Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams ACLU considering appeal to force release of final 6,000-page report on CIA’s torture program “This decision has the disappointing result of keeping the full truth about the CIA torture program from the American public, and we’re considering our options for appeal.” A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a lawsuit […] read more…

For Inspiring ‘A New Agenda,’ Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize

15/5/16; Common Dreams Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Author and activists says award ‘comes at a time when the impacts of the climate crisis are being acutely felt’ around the world “There is no looking away from the direct connection she makes between climate change and capitalism,” says former Sydney Peace Prize winner Arundhati Roy about […] read more…

Former Kamlari slave girls pave the way for change in Nepal

18/2/16; | Kevin Childs Permalink Recent progress in Nepal has been overshadowed by the devastating April 2015 earthquake. However, one of the success stories to emerge in the last decade is that of the Kamlari slave girls. From prisoners of forced labour to leading advocates for girls’ rights, they are building a firm foundation for […] read more…

Why marital rape is not a punishable offense in India

1/4/16; Amrita Mukherjee Asia Times News & Features, AT Opinion, India Why marital rape is not a punishable offense in India – Nandita (name changed) was from a traditional, well-to-do Indian family. As is customary, she was married off at 18. When Nandita moved to her husband’s home, her dreams of building a new life […] read more…

Israel shuns French initiative after UNESCO vote

16/5/16; AFP Jerusalem Netanyahu questions French impartiality after UNESCO vote. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poured cold water on Sunday on the Middle East peace initiative advanced by France by questioning its impartiality, a claim swiftly denied by Paris. Speaking to ministers ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu relayed remarks he had made to […] read more…
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