Trump, His Virus, and the Dark Age of Unreason

16/6/16; Common Dreams; Bill Moyers, Michael Winship He’s the latest in a long line of American demagogues but has come closest to the White House. That makes him the most dangerous of them all. There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and […] read more…

Let’s Learn From Australia: Semi-Automatic Weapons Bans Work

17/6/16; Common Dreams; by Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan “It’s a sweet little gun,” Martin Bryant said of his AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle when being interrogated by police. Twenty years ago, on April 28, 1996, Martin took that gun and committed a massacre in the Australian state of Tasmania. Over 24 hours, in what became known […] read more…

How Politicians Helped Create a Climate of Hate for LGBT People

18/6/16;Sue Sturgis; Facing South Number of people killed in the June 12 massacre at Pulse, an LGBT dance club in Orlando, Florida, by a man who reportedly expressed animus toward LGBT people and who may have been a gay or bisexual person himself: 49 Number of people injured in the shooting, which took place on […] read more…

US Banks Top Cluster Bomb Investment ‘Hall of Shame’: Report

16/6/16; Common Dreams; Nadia Prupis, staff writer Bank of America, JP Morgan among 74 of 158 financial institutions that invest in companies producing internationally banned weapons Cluster bombs operate by ejecting smaller sub-munitions or “bomblets” that can saturate an area of several football fields. Despite the international ban on cluster bombs, more than 150 financial […] read more…

Protesting ‘Shameful’ Refugee Policies, Doctors Without Borders Rejects EU Funds

17/6/16 Common Dreams; Deirdre Fulton, staff writer “Once again, Europe’s main focus is not on how well people will be protected, but on how efficiently they are kept away.” – The international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced Friday that it will no longer accept funds from the European Union and its […] read more…

`CIA Chief Just Confirmed “War on Terror” Has Created A Lot More Terrorists

16/6/16; Common Dreams; Andrea Germanos, staff writer John Brennan tells Senate Intelligence Committee “our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach” Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said Thursday that, years into the United States’ fight against the Islamic State, the terrorist group’s reach and power have not been diminished and […] read more…

Protesting ‘Shameful’ Refugee Policies, Doctors Without Borders Rejects EU Funds

6/16; Deirdre Fulton, staff writer; Common Dreams “Once again, Europe’s main focus is not on how well people will be protected, but on how efficiently they are kept away.” The international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced Friday that it will no longer accept funds from the European Union and its member […] read more…

Why are there so many Maori in New Zealand’s prisons?

2/6/16 Aaron Smale We go inside a prison to tell the stories of the Maori men living their lives “behind the wire”. Quick Facts More than 50% of male inmates are Maori 58% of the female prison population is Maori 34% of the prison population are aged 20-29 Source: Department of Corrections New Zealand has […] read more…

Rami Hamdallah: Israel waging water war on Palestinians

19-6-16 Palestinians call Israel’s manipulation of water supplies to large areas of West Bank “inhumane and outrageous”. Palestine has decried Israel’s practice of siphoning off water supplies from large areas of the occupied West Bank. In a statement issued on Thursday, the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that Israel was “waging a […] read more…

In PNG and Nauru, Australia’s immigration policy comes at the expense of democracy

15/6/16; Contact author Jeff Sparrow; @Jeff_Sparrow Australia’s offshore detention policy relies on the weakness of its post-colonial states, even as it weakens them further – ‘In July 2013, PNG’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, stood next to Kevin Rudd in Brisbane as the Australian government announced its so-called PNG Solution.’ A regional solution for refugees. That […] read more…

Catholic orders take their lead from the pope and divest from fossil fuels

16/6/16; Michael Slezak @MikeySlezak Divesting from fossil fuels: open letter from religious leaders in full -Exclusive: Four Australian Catholic organisations have announced they are completely divesting from coal, oil and gas in what they say is the first joint Catholic divestment anywhere in the world. The move comes as prominent Jewish rabbis, Muslim clerics, Anglican […] read more…

A defeated sanctions vote in the US should worry Israel (3)

15/6/16; Rami G Khouri @ramikhouri; Rami G Khouri is a senior public policy fellow in the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. Israeli oppressive policies towards Palestine – Sometimes a slim defeat is also a step on the road to victory. This may be the case with the razor-thin defeat last week […] read more…

Israel and Palestine: Breaking the cycle of violence (2)

9/6/16; OpinionWar & Conflict – Daoud Kuttab @daoudkuttab; Daoud Kuttab is an award-winning Palestinian journalist. The attack on Israelis in a Tel Aviv cafe reflects the frustration that Palestinians experience on a daily basis – The attack near the Israeli army headquarters in Tel Aviv that left four Israelis killed is unjustifiable. But no matter […] read more…

Palestinian residents (1)

16/6/16; Human Rights EPA Israeli authorities have approved the construction of a three-storey residential building for Jewish settlers in a Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The building, approved on Wednesday, is located in Silwan neighbourhood, which has become a flashpoint in the struggle between ideologically driven Israelis and longtime Palestinian residents. Hundreds of Jews, […] read more…

To do and die, without asking why

6/15/16 Mari Marcel Thekaekara | Contact the author: Robert Mackey?robert.mackey@ [email protected]; 10 History shows that militarism disproportionately impacts the poor. For the politicians it’s a game, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara. The central Karakoram mountain range; to do and die, without asking why; The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern section of Karakoram in the […] read more…

Israel cuts water supplies to West Bank during Ramadan; Aljazeera

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are left without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month. – Israel’s national water company has cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied-West Bank, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Mekorot, […] read more…
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