New Zealand’s homeless: Living in cars and garages

24/8/16- Tarek Bazley @tarekbazley New Zealand was once a pioneer of the social welfare state, but now one in every 100 New Zealanders are homeless. – Wellington, New Zealand – “I don’t want to take my family back on the streets again,” says Alisia Finau, fighting back tears. She has invited me into the motel […] read more…

Drone: Inside the CIA’s Secret Drone War

25/4/16; Drone strikes, Pakistan, CIA, Science & Technology, September 11 From drone operators to strike victims, we examine the impact of remote-controlled killing and the future of warfare. Filmmaker: Tonje Hessen Schei – In 2001, the White House concluded that it was legal to use armed drones to kill senior al-Qaeda leaders. Within weeks of […] read more…

Anger as Muslim women denied service at French eatery

29/8/16; http://www.aljazeera.com/news/ Social media users express outrage after web video appears to show restaurant owner calling all Muslims “terrorists”. The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday night, raising concerns for increasing Islamophobia in the republic Social media users have expressed anger after a video posted online appeared to show two Muslim women in France being told […] read more…

Indonesian priest injured in church attack \

28/8/16; Medan (Indonesia) AFP A knife-wielding man stabbed a Catholic priest and tried to set off an explosive device at a church in Indonesia on Sunday, police said, the latest attack on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country. Priest Albert Pandiangan was holding a mass in the city of Medan on the western island […] read more…

Pentagon Has No Idea Where Hundreds of Thousands of Guns Went in Iraq and Afghanistan

25/8/16; Nika Knight, staff writer; Common Dreams The U.S. government has shipped over 1.4 million guns to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, according a new analysis by the U.K.-based watchdog Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but the Pentagon is only able to account for fewer than half of them…guns U.S. shipped into Iraq and Afghanistan […] read more…

Nauru files: leaked reports read aloud in 10-hour vigil outside Australia House in London

27/8/16; Guardian staff Contribute with Guardian Witness Organisers recite 8,000 pages to emphasise normalisation of violence for refugees held in indefinite detention- Protesters outside Australia House in London. The Nauru files detail allegations of sexual abuse, torture and humiliation of asylum seekers held in Nauru by the Australian government. Photograph: Sarah Keenan Protesters have read […] read more…

Australians rally against refugee detention centres (2)

28/8/16; Al Jazeera and Agencies Protesters call for the closure of overseas refugee prison camps and demand asylum seekers be housed in Australia. – Thousands of protesters across Australia have held rallies to demand the closure of the country’s overseas refugee detention centres. Demonstrators took to the streets of several Australian cities on Saturday, carrying […] read more…

I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen such high rates of trauma as on Nauru (1

26/8/16; @AnnaNeistat; Anna Neistat is a senior director of research at Amnesty International. The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example – ‘With no prospect of leaving this impoverished […] read more…

Hunger striking for ‘dignity’ in Guantanamo

24//8/16; Khalid Qasim; Human Rights “To me, hunger striking is a way of holding my head high. It’s a simple exchange: of pain for dignity.” – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – It’s been over a month since I started my hunger strike and I’ve lost a pound every single day. The reason I started this hard, […] read more…

Palestinian lives matter

27/0/8/16; Andrew Mitrovica; @AndrewMitrovica; Andrew Mitrovica is an award-winning investigative reporter and journalism instructor. Aljazeera The movement is gathering momentum and adherents from across the globe, including most recently in Canada. This slightly amended phrase, appropriated from another equally succinct and now universally recognised adage, is perhaps the philosophical clarion call at the moral centre […] read more…

Inside Fukushima’s Time Bomb

25/8/16; Fukushima, Japan, Environment Five years after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster many residents are still living in a radioactive nightmare. Bubbling streams, lush forests, cherry blossoms in full bloom – Japan’s north is stunningly picturesque. But nature’s beauty hides a lethal secret – dangerous levels of radiation contaminate this area, fall-out from the Fukushima nuclear […] read more…

Poster child for CIA torture to appear in hearing

25/8/16; Jenifer Fenton Abu Zubaydah appeals for transfer from Guantanamo – The poster child for the CIA torture programme, the man for whom the most grotesque interrogation techniques were created is scheduled to appear Tuesday before a parole-like board that is hearing the cases of Guantanamo Bay prisoners. The CIA once claimed Abu Zubaydah, also […] read more…

Israel seeks to ‘publicly shame’ human rights groups (2)

17-7-/16; – Nazareth, Israel – Jonathan Cook Reuters Newly passed Transparency Law compels certain rights groups to divulge foreign funding in all official statements. The legislation’s aim, peace activists argue, is to vilify groups that monitor abuses of Palestinians, suggesting they are ‘foreign agents’ and ‘traitors’ The Israeli government stands accused of waging a campaign […] read more…

Rights groups say Israel behind death threats campaign (1)

23/8/16; Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Al Jazeera Palestinian human rights workers targeted for attempting to hold Israel accountable for its treatment of Palestinians. The campaign of threats is part of a wider pattern of Israeli intimidation of activists and aid groups, analysts say. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters The threats have come via emails, phone calls, and once with flowers […] read more…

Dutton blames Nauru crisis on everything but his rigid policy

20/8/16; Lenore Taylor @lenoretaylor Contact author Immigration minister leaves no room at all to take a softer stand on settling refugees, thereby turning a difficult situation into an intractable impasse – Of the 854 men on Manus Island, 98% of those who have had their claims assessed have been found to be refugees who have […] read more…

Gaza headed for ‘environmental catastrophe’

20/8/16 Ylenia Gostoli Source: Al Jazeera Water crisis in the besieged Palestinian territory is putting Palestinian lives at risk, analysts say. – Many Palestinians in Gaza buy water from small-scale desalination plants Gaza City – Water may be a highly valued commodity the world over – but in al-Shati refugee camp north of Gaza City, […] read more…
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