Pope warns EU ‘risks dying’ without new vision

25/3/17AFP Vatican City Pope Francis on Friday warned European Union leaders the bloc risks dying without a new vision of the future based on the principles of solidarity on which it was founded. In a hard-hitting message on the eve of the troubled EU’s 60th anniversary celebrations in Rome, the Argentine pontiff spelled out the […] read more…

‘Third-class Citizens'(2)

3/3/17 Cashless card echoes days of ‘dog tags’-The Federal (Australia) Government’s cashless welfare card treats Aboriginal people “as third-class citizens” and threatens a return of the “dog tags” forced on many indigenous people to access citizens’ rights up to 1975, according to critics of the scheme. Pat Turner, chief executive of the National Aboriginal Community […] read more…

*** Pope Francis issues plea for non-violence (1

) March 2017 Respopnding to what he describes as “a horrifying world war fought piecemeal”, Pope Francis has chosen “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace” as the theme for this year’s Message for the World Day of Peace. Observed on January 1, this year marks the 50’h Peace Message since Pope Paul VI instituted […] read more…

Pope apologizes for Catholics’ participation in Rwanda genocide

20/3/17; Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service The Francis Chronicles Vatican City Volunteers are seen in 2005 burying the remains of victims of the 1994 genocide in Murambi, Rwanda. Meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Pope Francis asked God’s forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and for the hatred and […] read more…

US Ditches Human Rights Hearing in ‘Unprecedented Show of Disrespect’ US Ditches Human Rights Hearing in ‘Unprecedented Show of Disrespect’

21/3/17; Common Dreams Nadia Prupis, staff writer ACLU had planned to drill officials on immigration, DAPL, and Muslim ban, but representatives from various departments never showed The civil rights group had filed an emergency request for the meeting in January, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that banned travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. […] read more…

Israel’s arms sales to India could imperil ties with China

14/3/17; Emanuele Scimia Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to boost connections with both China and India. Israel’s growing military and defense cooperation with Delhi, however, could make this simultaneous courting tricky. The Indo-Pacific region is currently the world’s engine of development, and Netanyahu thinks that reaching out to it could serve Israel’s national interests, […] read more…

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

21/3/17; Damian Carrington @ dpcarrington Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. […] read more…

A Clear Crime: Israel’s South Africa Moment May Be Drawing Nearer (3)

21/3/17; Abby Zimet, staff writer Citing her “duty not to conceal a clear crime,” the head of a Beirut-based United Nations agency has resigned after the withdrawal of a scathing UN-commissioned report that for the first time charges Israel is “a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people.” Rima […] read more…

Israel’s high court rules to restore residency rights of East Jerusalem Palestinian (3)

In a precedent-setting ruling, Israel’s High Court has ordered the Ministry of Interior to restore residency rights to a Palestinian man born in East Jerusalem. The ruling changes de facto ministry policy of revoking residency from Palestinians born in the city if they have been out of the city for more than seven years. The […] read more…

Palestinians honour Rima Khalaf for apartheid report (2)

20/3/17; Al Jazeera and news agencies Palestinian president hails UN official for ‘courage’ in publishing report accusing Israel of building apartheid state. – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has awarded the highest Palestinian honour to Rima Khalaf, a senior UN official who resigned on Friday amid pressure to withdraw a report that accused Israel of creating […] read more…

What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality? (1)

20/21-3-17 As Israel moves towards confronting apartheid, the questions raised by the report will become impossible to avoid. – The most damning aspect of the new report by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, is not the unearthing of allegedly long-discredited equations of […] read more…

Pope Francis to visit Egypt on April 28-29: Vatican

19/3/17; AFP Vatican City Pope Francis will visit Cairo on April 28-29 at the invitation of the Egyptian president and the grand imam of the capital’s famed Al-Azhar mosque, the Vatican said Saturday. The pontiff had hosted the grand imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb, at the Vatican last May, in a landmark meeting with one of Islam’s […] read more…

Who is really paying for Donald Trump’s border wall?

18/3/17; Massoud Hayoun @MHayoun Beyond the sensationalism over who will pay for the wall many are already paying dearly – on both sides of the border. Tijuana, Mexico/San Diego, United States – Former Mexican President Vicente Fox made international headlines when he tweeted to US President Donald Trump, “Mexico is not going to pay for […] read more…

tells priests to call in exorcists when needed

Pope 18/3/17; AFP Vatican City Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist. A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with “real spiritual disorders,” the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training […] read more…

UN official resigns over Israel apartheid report (3)

18/3/17 AFP ESCWA leader Rima Khalaf says she resigns after UN leaders forced her to withdraw a report accusing Israel of apartheid. UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said she was asked to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians [Mohamed Azakir/Reuters The head of the United […] read more…

`Palestinians bury activist Basil al-Araj (2)

18/3/17 Ylenia Gostoli Hundreds of mourners gather in the West Bank for funeral of activist killed by Israeli forces. – Hundreds of Palestinians have paid their respects to slain activist and youth movement leader Basil al-Araj. A funeral procession that started from his family home in al-Walaja, a village near Bethlehem in the occupied West […] read more…
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