The drowning villages of Indonesia

13/7/17; Syarina Hasibuan Weather, Environment, Indonesia, Asia Pacific Bekasi, Indonesia The water level rises ever higher with each passing year. Every high tide brings the sea into their homes. `Rising sea levels have forced people to leave their homes in four villages located in Bekasi, on the Indonesian island of West Java. Those who have […] read more…

PA set to dissolving Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs (2)

19/6/17; Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine The head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages] Under pressure from the US and Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is said to be considering dissolving the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs. A Palestinian news source, which has been blocked by the PA, reported that […] read more…

Palestinian baby dies from tear gas inhalation (1)

10/7/17 Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath Officials say the child died from asphyxiation two months after Israeli forces shot tear gas at his home near Ramallah. An 18-month-old Palestinian baby has died after suffering from tear gas inhalation during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians nearly three months ago, according to Palestinian health officials. Abdul Rahman Barghouti died […] read more…

Is Trump committing war crimes in Iraq and Syria?

1/7/17 By Hamid Dabashi @HamidDabashi Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria have reportedly spiked since Trump took power. What is going on? Civilians run in panic after coalition aerial bombardment hit ISIL positions in Mosul, Iraq [Reuters] “Donald Trump […] read more…

Climate change is harming the health of Australians

2-7-17 Nick Watts @watts_nick; Dr Nick Watts is a fellow at University College London’s Institute for Global Health. And it will continue to harm tomorrow and well in to the future. During the paralysing heatwave of January 2014, Ambulance Victoria, the pre-hospital emergency care provider for Melbourne and rural Victoria state, could barely keep up […] read more…

Palestinian baby dies from tear gas inhalation

. Source: Al Jazeera News; Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath Officials say the child died from asphyxiation two months after Israeli forces shot tear gas at his home near Ramallah. At least nine Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers so far this year, according to rights groups [File: Mohamd Torokman/Reuters] An 18-month-old Palestinian baby […] read more…

Why Australia is paying a $53m asylum seeker settlement

17/6/17 Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath @elledubg Blackwell/EPA Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath is an online producer at Al Jazeera How will ‘landmark’ settlement btween government and 1,905 Manu Island ex-detainees affect Australia’s refugee policy? “I came to Australia seeking peace, but I was sent to Manus, which was hell … Today we are finally being heard and I hope everyone’s […] read more…

Vote controversy mars PNG elections as counting begins

7/7/17; Election officials found carrying US$57,000 in ‘cash allowance for polling staff’. Counting is under way in Papua New Guinea’s sprawling elections, officials said, but voting has been marred by claims of rigging, electoral roll flaws and ballot paper shortages. The last polling stations are due to close on Saturday after two weeks of voting […] read more…

Palestinians in Gaza reflect on 10 years of siege

25/6/17 Hosam Salem/Al Jazeera Residents reflect on how life has changed since Israel blockaded the Strip and Hamas took control. Some 80 percent of Gaza’s two million population are dependent on international aid, mostly food assistance Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have entered their 11th year under a suffocating siege imposed by Israel. The blockade […] read more…

Egyptians in Gaza: ‘We escaped from certain death’

1/7/17; Isra Namey Al Jazeera] Hundreds of refugees fleeing the Sinai conflict have settled in Gaza, where they have been subsisting on handouts. ‘The war is so cruel; it stained our children’s minds with very bad memories and experiences’ [Isra Rafah, Gaza – Surviving in a dirty tent in southern Gaza, Salman Shigan cannot return […] read more…

UN’s Zeid: Call to shut Al Jazeera unacceptable attack

1-7-17 Source: Al Jazeera News High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says Saudi-led campaign to close the network is ‘extraordinary, unprecedented’. A host of groups have condemned the efforts to pressure Qatar into shutting down Al Jazeera [Tamila Varshalomidze/Al Jazeera] The UN human rights chief has called the demand by a Saudi-led bloc to close Al […] read more…

Pity the poor, and pity the poor Palestinians

21/6/17; Yvonne Ridley ;@yvonneridley : Article, Israel, Middle East, Opinion, Palestine Here in Britain, the horrific tower block blaze which proved to be the deadliest in London since World War Two is still making front page headlines one week after the flames were finally doused. There has been an overwhelming reaction to the blaze from […] read more…

Palestinians in Gaza reflect on 10 years of siege

25/6/17 Hosam Salem/Al Jazeera Residents reflect on how life has changed since Israel blockaded the Strip and Hamas took control. Some 80 percent of Gaza’s two million population are dependent on international aid, mostly food assistance Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have entered their 11th year under a suffocating siege imposed by Israel. The blockade […] read more…

Dozens feared dead after abandoned in Niger desert

*** 27/6/17 AFP news agency Official says 24 Libya-bound people rescued but dozens are believed to have died after being left without food or water. Dozens of people are feared dead after human traffickers abandoned them in Niger’s northern desert without food or water, a senior local official said on Monday. Fatoumi Boudou, the prefect […] read more…

The cameras could not save Philando Castile

26/6/17; By Suad Abdul Khabeer @DrSuad The issue of what white America can ‘see’ even goes back to slavery, writes Abdul Khabeer Suad Abdul Khabeer is an associate professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Purdue University. Cameras will not end black deaths. Over the past few years the use of cameras – whether […] read more…

The cameras could not save Philando Castile

Suad Abdul Khabeer @DrSuad The issue of what white America can ‘see’ even goes back to slavery, writes Abdul Khabeer Suad Abdul Khabeer is an associate professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Purdue University. Cameras will not end black deaths. Over the past few years the use of cameras – whether on police […] read more…
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