Pope Francis condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria

  9/4/18; AEST AFP / 9:39pm Vatican City (AFP)   Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria after a suspected attack in an opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta killed dozens of people. “Terrible news comes to us from Syria with dozens of victims, many of them women and children … […] read more…

Netanyahu praises Israeli army after killings of Palestinians

          1/2/2018 Israeli–Palestinian conflict   Dozens more wounded in second day of Gaza protests as condemnation over Israeli military’s use of live fire grows. More than 1,500 Palestinians were injured in Friday’s protests calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees [Mohammed Salem/Reuters] more on Gaza Israeli army kills 17 Palestinians in Gaza proteststoday […] read more…

Australians demand end to Manus Island and Nauru refugee centres

  26/3/18 John Power; News; Human Rights Melbourne, Australia   Rallies across Australia call for end to government’s policy on detention centres and to allow refugees in the country. Thousands of Australians marched in major cities across the country to protest the government’s treatment of refugees while demanding an end to its controversial policy of […] read more…

S.Africa rages at Australia visa plan for “persecuted” whites

            Beatrice Debut, Gregory Walston; AFP / 4:59am AEDT; Johannesburg (AFP) – ““““““““““““““““““““““`16/3/18 South Africa summoned Australia’s envoy to Pretoria Thursday to explain comments by a Canberra minister who suggested “persecuted” white farmers in the country should be offered fast-tracked humanitarian visas.             Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who has drawn criticism for cracking […] read more…

Israel’s ‘creeping annexation’ of West Bank continues

            7-3-18; Ben White Al Jazeera   Palestinians discuss their options as Israel codifies its annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories. 12 hours ago. Israeli settlements’ creeping annexation of Palestine continues unabated as settlements spread There is much talk these days about Israel’s “creeping annexation” of the occupied West Bank, from both critics and […] read more…

US Jerusalem move is ‘official adoption of Israeli narrative’

            4/3/18 Alia Al Ghussain;    22 hours ago Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi joins Palestinians in UK to condemn US stance after embassy relocation brought forward.             London, England – US President Donald Trump‘s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel signals the “official adoption of the Israeli narrative”, a prominent Arab […] read more…

Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre shut in protest against Israeli policy

  26/2/18   In rare move, church leaders close one of Christianity’s holiest sites over ‘discriminatory’ Israeli policy.Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, speaks during a news conference with other church leaders in front of the closed doors of the church [Reuters/Amir Cohen] In a rare move, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in […] read more…

The shocking story of Israel’s disappeared babies

5/8/16 by Jonathan Cook – Take the time to read this                   Tel Aviv – For nearly 40 years, everything about Gil Grunbaum’s life was a lie, including his name. He was not, as he had always assumed, the only son of wealthy Holocaust survivors who owned a baby garments factory near Tel Aviv. […] read more…

‘Torture’ at WA juvenile jail denied despite Amnesty International claims

u.news.yahoo.com/wa/a/38622488/torture-claim-at-wa-juvenile-jail-denied   Amnesty International says detainees at Banksia Hill Detention Centre have also been strip-searched, fed through a grill and constantly handcuffed when they are outside their cells. “There can be serious psychological consequences with solitary confinement and we have mental health concerns for these boys,” indigenous rights manager Tammy Solonec told 6PR radio on […] read more…

Pope voices nuclear war concerns at outset of Latin America trip

Catherine Marciano AFP   Pope Francis admitted Monday he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear war as he headed for a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru. Pope begins Latin America visit in Chile Monday; “I think we are at the very edge,” the pope told reporters aboard his plane when asked […] read more…

Do not fear the other, pope says on World Migrant Day

15/1/18; AFP / 1:44am AEDT Vatican City (AFP)   Pope Francis called Sunday for hospitality towards migrants, calling it a “sin” to give in to fear of the other as he marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. “It is not easy… to put oneself in the shoes of people so different from us,” […] read more…

Some Jews aren’t welcome in the ‘Jewish state’

12/1/18; Hossam Shaker January 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm   January 12/18 at 4:05 pm | Published in: Article, Asia & Americas, BDS, International Organisations, Israel, Middle East, Opinion, Palestine, US Orthodox Jews hold banners during a protest in New York to support the UN’s decision to condemn Israeli settlements [Mohammed Elshamy / Anadolu Agency] […] read more…

Mahmoud Abbas slams Trump over ‘slap of the century

15/1/2018; SOURCE: Al Jazeera News   Mahmoud Abbas has sharply criticised Donald Trump, saying the Palestinian Authority (PA) will never accept the US president’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The PA president made his comments on Sunday at the start of a two-day central council meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in […] read more…

Mahmoud Abbas slams Trump over ‘slap of the century

  15/1/18; SOURCE: Al Jazeera News   Mahmoud Abbas has sharply criticised Donald Trump, saying the Palestinian Authority (PA) will never accept the US president’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The PA president made his comments on Sunday at the start of a two-day central council meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in […] read more…

A quiet genocide: The legacy of stolen indigenous children

8/1/18 Words by Aaron Smale\   Indigenous peoples throughout English-speaking countries have had their children taken away by the state for generations. Most countries have faced up to this legacy. Will New Zealand now acknowledge its own Stolen Generations? The social worker pretended to be kind to Tyrone Marks. But her act of deception propelled […] read more…

A quiet genocide: The legacy of stolen indigenous children

8/1/18 Words by Aaron Smale\   Indigenous peoples throughout English-speaking countries have had their children taken away by the state for generations. Most countries have faced up to this legacy. Will New Zealand now acknowledge its own Stolen Generations? The social worker pretended to be kind to Tyrone Marks. But her act of deception propelled […] read more…
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