`The Day Israel Attacked America

30/10/14; Special programme Israel, Politics, United States, War & Conflict, US & Canada Al Jazeera investigates the shocking truth behind a deadly Israeli attack on a US naval vessel. – In 1967, at the height of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, the Israeli Air Force launched an unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy […] read more…

Ear disease wrecked T’s life. Sadly, he’s not alone in Indigenous Australia (2)

20/9/16; Kelvin Kong for IndigenousX; Kelvin Kong is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. He hails from the Worimi people of Port Stephens, NSW. My patient had ear problems from the age of two. He started school behind and never caught up. What if I’d got to him at age two, instead of 46, when […] read more…

22 *** Indigenous Australians know we’re the oldest living culture – it’s in our Dreamtime (1)

22/9/16 Larissa Behrendt The Guardian Perhaps the DNA research confirming Indigenous Australians as the oldest living culture will make the rest of the world take note of rich culture and traditions contained in our oral history Australia’s Aboriginal people have already been using the tag of “world’s oldest living culture” before given scientific confirmation in […] read more…

The Nauru Files: It’s time to close Australia’s abusive detention regime

/8/16; Mark Isaacs |Permalink Web exclusive More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention centre regime for asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru have revealed the extent of harm suffered by men, women and, overwhelmingly, children. The reports compiled by staff working in the detention centres are horrific accounts of assaults, sexual […] read more…

Raped, imprisoned, beaten: migrants reveal their perilous journeys to Europe

19/9/16; Global development is supported by About this content As the UN general assembly meets in New York to discuss the record numbers of people fleeing their homes, the Red Cross traces the journeys of a handful of migrants who made the perilous trip across Africa to Europe More than 3,000 migrants have died attempting […] read more…

How ‘Jewish’ should Israel be?

29/9/16; Al Jazeera Fears that one brand of Judaism is being forced on the country is dominating the public conversation – On a Saturday Tel Aviv, Israel’s most liberal coastal city, has the holiday vibe down pat. It stirs gently as I arrive late morning, couples and families take a walk and dogs enjoy a […] read more…

Reflections on the harsh criticism of Mother Teresa

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara 1 There was certainly reason to be critical but what difference has it made? Mari Marcel Thekaekaraasks. Just before Mother Teresa’s canonisation earlier this month, I wrote in the Guardian about how I grew up in a Kolkata flat, a three minute walk from Mother Teresa’s convent, locally referred to as […] read more…

Peter Dutton: Behind Australia’s tough border policies (2)

17/9/16; Refugees, Australia, Nauru Australia’s Immigration Minister discusses the government’s hardline policies towards asylum seekers coming by boat. – The small pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru host what many call Australia’s offshore prisons for refugees. Labelled “regional processing centres” by the Australian government, bilateral arrangements enable Australia’s government to maintain power […] read more…

Australia’s Forgotten Island of Lost Souls (1)

18/6/16 – Sunday Star Times, NZ, Fairfax; Michael Gordon investigates On Christmas Island, terrified asylum seekers are locked up side by side with tough criminals. . Amir never had a birth certificate, or a passport, or anything else that provided proof of who he was until he was released from immigration detention and passed the […] read more…

Migrant death toll expected to exceed 10,000 in 2016

18/7/16; Mark Townsend and Tracy McVeigh Projected figures on migrant fatalities released as US prepares to host two major summits on refugee crisis – The world is on course to register its highest number of migrant deaths this year, as criticism mounts over failing international efforts to cope with the global refugee crisis. Forecasts from […] read more…

Portrait of an occupation: Human rights of the settler; Israel,

12 September 2016 Nicola Perugini @PeruginiNic Nicola Perugini is lecturer at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Neve Gordon @nevegordon Neve Gordon is a Leverhulme visiting fellow at SOAS, University of London. State-sanctioned ethnic cleansing and human rights violations are what enabled the Jewish settlers to occupy lands. Just a few […] read more…

Five reasons why US-Israel military deal stinks

16/9/16; Marwan Bishara @MarwanBishara Marwan Bishara is the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera. US benevolent claims on security, peace, compromise and friendship are false if not intentionally misleading. Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of United States foreign assistance since World War II. And this week it received the largest US military aid package […] read more…

Anger in the face of despair in Kalgoorlie (3)

5/9/16; Kate Galloway In the same week that saw the moving first speech of Linda Burney, the first Aboriginal woman elected to the House of Representatives, 14 year old Elijah Doughty was found dead, having been hit by a car as he rode a motor bike in bushland near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The driver […] read more…

Pauline’s peddling the hate again (2)

15/9/16; Rachel Woodlock I’m not writing this for Pauline Hanson. Peddling anti-immigration and anti-Muslim views are her schtick, and she does it well enough to be elected to the Senate 20 years after her first go in federal parliament and some pretty thorough Labor and Liberal campaigns to neutralise her as an opponent. She’s not […] read more…

When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we reached out to decent Australians (1)

16/9/16 Richard Di Natale; @RichardDiNatale “Go home you greasy wog!”. Those words, yelled at me in anger by classmates who didn’t know any better, still sting. This didn’t happen often, and not nearly as often as my parents’ generation experienced, but for me it was a taste of what racism is and does. Racism is […] read more…

The suicide rate in Australia is a humanitarian crisis we can no longer ignore

10/9/16; Gerry Georgatos @GerryGeorgatos, Aboriginal + The high suicide rate in Indigenous Australia is underwritten by acute poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation that should make no sense in one of the world’s wealthiest nations; ‘There is no greater legacy that any government can have than to prioritise and invest in the improving of lives, the changing […] read more…
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