Saudi coalition used US bomb in Yemen market strike that killed 119: report [CBC - 7/4/16]





US accepts one Syrian refugee family [Yahoo - 7/4/16]:


... "I'm happy. America is the country of freedom and democracy, there are jobs opportunities, there is good education, and we are looking forward to having a good life over there," al-Abboud said. ...




The Department of Justice is requesting additional information from an Arizona election official after lawmakers and activists alleged voter suppression during the Arizona presidential primary last month. ... [CNN - 5/4/16]




Mobile shower and hygiene bus for homeless adds new San Francisco location [NBC - 6/4/16]




... As we have seen again and again, the corporate education industry is eager to break into the U.S. public education and turn it into a free marketplace, where they can monetize the schools and be assured of government subsidization.

On the whole, these privatized institutions do not produce higher test scores than regular public schools, except for those that cherrypick their students and exclude the neediest and lowest performing students.

The promotion of privatization by philanthropies, by the U.S. Department of Education, by rightwing governors (and a few Democratic governors like Cuomo of New York and Malloy of Connecticut), by the hedge fund industry, and by a burgeoning education equity industry poses a danger to our democracy.

In some communities, public schools verge on bankruptcy as charters drain their resources and their best students.

Nationwide, charter schools have paved the way for vouchers by making “school choice” non-controversial. ... Professor Diane Ravitch - 29/3/16]



Bombs continue raining down upon Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defense [6/4/16]:



U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted four strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hawl, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.

-- Near Idlib, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Manbij, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Mara, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 19 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL boats, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL medium machine gun and three ISIL vehicle bombs and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL bed-down location, three ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL machine gun.

-- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, seven strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units, an ISIL financial storage center and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed two ISIL supply caches, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL command and control node and three ISIL assembly areas.

-- Near Qayyarah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL supply cache and three ISIL assembly areas.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb, two ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL tunnel system.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.






Syrian air force destroys ISIS vehicles and positions in several areas [SANA - 7/4/16]







One civilian was killed and 17 others were injured in a new breach of the cessation of hostilities as terrorists targeted al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo city with rocket and mortar shells on Monday. ... [SANA - 6/4/16]





@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [7/4/16]:  




Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Husseiniya area north of Baghdad resulted in death and 5 injuries ....



Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Abi Ghreib district west of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 8 injuries......






Anbar: The government forces and Hashd militias have shelled Mo'limeen neighborhood in Heet district by mortars resulted in killing of Ammar Noori Salih Al-Heetawi -a young man-.....



Anbar: Aimless shelling has targeted Heet neighborhoods resulted in killing of two sisters "Ritaj and Razan Mohamad Abdul Hadi"...






Baghdad: News agencies: A civilian has been killed by unknown persons in Mada'in district south of Baghdad..........





Erdogan calls on EU to deliver on promises under migrant deal [Radio Free Europe - 7/4/16]





@MSF_Sea [7/4/16]:  There is a strong military presence from #FYROM as well as a large number of Greek police but all is calm for now.





@MSF_Sea [7/4/16]:  ... Protests on the border between #Greece and #FYROM at #idomeni camp where 10000+ have been stranded for weeks.





@MSF_Sea [7/4/16]:  ... In #Samos, frustrated #people detained in the hotspot have forced their way out and are headed for the port.





... The EU Commission announced Wednesday it wants to amend the current principle where the first nation where a migrant arrives must process their asylum request.

The policy is a central tenet of the 28-nation bloc's migration system, which has failed over the past year, EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans said. ... [Ekathimerini - 6/4/16]






Italy's coast guard said on Thursday it had rescued more than 300 migrants from a packed boat in which they had travelled hundreds of kilometres (miles) from Egypt to the Strait of Sicily. ... [Reuters - 7/4/16]






@guardiacostiera [7/4/16]:   #CanalediSicilia, mezzi #GuardiaCostiera e @Frontex permettono salvataggio di un barcone con 314 persone ... 





UNHCR reopens Nansen Refugee Award nominations for 2016 [Media Release - 7/4/16]





Aceh fishermen are nominated to receive the 2016 Nansen Refugee Award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) for rescuing hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Indonesian waters.

Geutanyoe Foundation international director Lilianne Fan said the organization had submitted the fishermen as candidates to receive the award in recognition of their services to save many lives of those who were stranded at sea.

"If they hadn’t been rescued by the Aceh fishermen, the lives of the children and the Rohingnya people and Bangladeshis may not have been saved," Fan said on Wednesday as quoted by news agency Antara. ... [Jakarta Post - 10/2/16]




Dutton's interview with Colvin reminded me of seeing Queensland police in court lying through their teeth --->  Australia's establishment media awakens from slumber and tentatively speaks truth to power [ABC - 7/4/16]




Australian government uses abortion as "deterrence" weapon against refugees with the FULL support of  the "opposition" [ABC - 7/4/16]:



The High Court has granted an urgent injunction preventing an abortion being carried out on an asylum seeker from Nauru.

Lawyers for the woman said she had asked for a termination in Australia. But the court heard that late yesterday, without any notice, she was flown to Papua New Guinea for the procedure.

Her barrister, Ron Merkel, said the actions gave rise to several concerns including questions about the legality of an abortion in Papua New Guinea.

"Not only is her health at risk but she runs a serious risk of committing a criminal offence," he said.

Lawyers for the Commonwealth told the court they opposed the relief, saying it was unnecessary and inappropriate.

The court heard arrangements had been made to ensure all appointments for the woman had been suspended for the time being.

The court was assured there was no immediate issue about the woman undergoing any procedures in Papua New Guinea.

Commonwealth representatives also told the court the woman was not in detention in Nauru but was a refugee on a temporary settlement visa.

That gave rise to questions about whether the woman was in custody and whether she was owed a duty of care by Australian authorities, which was part of the wider case.

Justice Patrick Keane said given the urgency and gravity of the situation for the woman and the fact there appeared to be an arguable case, he would the grant the injunction.

He ordered no steps be taken to bring about the termination or remove the woman from Papua New Guinea to anywhere but Australia.

Justice Keane also noted the issues raised in the case were not to do with the Immigration Act but rather were questions about duty of care.

The parties have agreed the case should be remitted to the Federal Court.




What are crimes against humanity?



International Criminal Court:


“Crimes against humanity” include any of the following acts committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:




deportation or forcible transfer of population;



rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;

persecution against an identifiable group on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious or gender grounds;

enforced disappearance of persons;

the crime of apartheid;

other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.




Rob Peihopa's family and New Zealand Greens question circumstances of his death in Villawood concentration camp [RNZI - 7/4/16]:



A heart attack has been ruled out as the cause of New Zealand detainee Rob Peihopa's death, the Green Party says it has been told.

The Australian Department of Immigration said the 42-year-old was found unconscious in Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre on Monday night, and was thought to have suffered a heart attack.

Other detainees have disputed that, saying he was attacked before he died.

Green Party MP Marama Davidson told Checkpoint with John Campbell the family had spoken to the New South Wales coroner investigating his death, and had been told Mr Peihopa had not died of a heart attack.

"It has been ruled out Robert Peihopa died from a heart attack. The coroner said he suffered a head injury and he wants to investigate further."

The family told Ms Davidson they had been told there was no security footage of the moment he died, or the moments leading up to his death.

"There is no footage, no record of his movements," Ms Davidson said.

The family felt they had been "blocked at every step" from finding out what happened.

Prime Minister John Key, his office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not been in contact with the family, Ms Davidson said.

"I wish John Key would care enough to clarify what is going on."

Mr Peihopa had four young children. He was facing deportation to New Zealand and had been in detention for nearly 10 months after serving time for dangerous driving charges.

"He had paid his time," Ms Davidson said.

"What is it going to take for John Key to care about New Zealanders in these detention centres?"

Ten percent of detainees in Australian detention centres are Kiwis.

Some had harmed themselves, faced mental illness - and now, a death, Ms Davidson said.

Yesterday, the Australian police rejected claims, by two detainees to RNZ News yesterday, that four men had been arrested.

They said investigations were continuing.





Members of the European Burma Network (EBN) have called upon the new NLD government to act swiftly to start to address the Rohingya crisis in the country in a statement released on 6 April.

According to the statement, “The past five years have seen a dramatic escalation of human rights abuses, repression, discrimination and violence against the Rohingya.  

Around 150,000 people have been displaced and are living in camps which have been described by senior United Nations officials as having some of the worst conditions in the world.

Well over 100,000 Rohingya, more than ten percent of the population, have fled the country in the face of increasing repression, of whom thousands are believed to have drowned fleeing by boat.” ... [Mizzima - 7/4/16]




Perth-based engineering services company Clough wins Woodside contracts [Business News - 6/4/16]





A bargain hunter’s guide to Woodside Petroleum Limited shares [The Motley Fool - 6/4/16]





Rakhine state lawmaker predicts conflicts with ruling party [Coconuts Yangon - 6/4/16]





A masters student of Jagannath University was killed by suspected Islamist militants in Old Dhaka's Sutrapur area last night.

Nazimuddin Samad, 28, was a student of the law department's evening batch.

He was attacked at Ekrampur intersection around 8:30pm by three assailants while walking to his home in Gendaria with another youth after completing classes at the university near Bahadur Shah Park.

The youth accompanying the victim has remained traceless since the incident, police said.

Nazim is the son of Shamshul Haque from Bianibazar area of Sylhet.

He was the information and research secretary of Sylhet district unit Bangabandhu Jatiya Jubo Parishad.

He was also an activist of Gonojagoron Moncho's Sylhet wing. His friends said that Nazim used to campaign for secularism on Facebook and was critical of radical Islamists.

A day before the murder, he expressed concerns over the country's law and order in a Facebook post.

Police said that the killers who came on a motorcycle first intercepted them and then attacked Nazim with machetes.

At one point, he fell on the street and then the attackers shot him to confirm death before leaving the place. 

Businessmen of the area closed the shops immediately after hearing the gunshots. ... [Dhaka Tribune - 7/4/16]





Kong Saphea, one of two CNRP lawmakers severely beaten outside parliament by a pro-ruling party mob last year, yesterday suggested senior CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun may have organised the pair’s assault, after Vun made comments appearing to shift the blame for the attack to the victims. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 7/4/16]



PNG announces crackdown on "illegal" migrants while simultaneously disappearing refugees exiled by Australia [PNG Loop - 7/4/16]



Bill "I'd be worse" Shorten and a bunch of hand picked, true believer geezers moderated by Murdoch, pretend they aren't choreographed phonies and fascists.



Great to be hearing from @billshortenmp at the Petrie #PeoplesForum ...



Image:  ‏@SwannyQLD  [7/4/16]





In shock to Wall Street and Washington, Puerto Rico moves to suspend payments on $72B public debt [Democracy - 6/4/16]





Junior doctors dispute: Fourth strike hits NHS in England [BBC - 6/4/16]





France bans paying for sex [France 24 - 7/4/16]:


... The legislation outlaws paying for sex, imposes fines for clients and overturns the existing ban on solicitation. In an unprecedented move, the bill also makes available €4.8 million per year to help sex workers quit the trade.

The comprehensive approach, which envisions an eventual eradication of prostitution, has earned support among other French organisations that assist and defend sex workers.


Le Mouvement du Nid (Movement of the Nest), a group that advocates for the abolition of prostitution, but also helps sex workers access medical attention, legal counsel and defends them from harassment, has mounted a detailed and impassioned defence of the legislation.

It has hailed France for joining other European countries that have shifted the criminal burden from prostitutes to clients.

“Sweden, Norway and Iceland have already ended this historic injustice, which consists of punishing the victims of the system, while defending the impunity of those who impose sex through economic power”, le Mouvement du Nid said in a statement.

The group said the law was unprecedented in its “ambition to offer real alternatives to people who are looking to leave prostitution behind”.






Police in Paris arrested 130 people on Tuesday amid country-wide protests by students opposed to controversial labour reforms being championed by the Socialist government, the same day the bill was due to go before parliament. ... [France 24 - 5/4/16]





Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds hearing on refugee children and families seeking protection [American Immigration Council - 6 4/16]:


... The hearing began with Sarah Paoletti, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s clinic, introducing the speakers and reading testimony from an asylum-seeking mother detained at the Berks detention center with her young daughter.

Clara Long, of Human Rights Watch, explained the expansion of the use of summary removal proceedings since 2005, including its application to arriving families in 2014.

She also shared her research and investigation into interviews by Customs and Border Patrol officials, who often fail to ask questions about an individual’s fear of return to their country of origin, or, the fear goes unrecorded, leading to absurd transcripts of interviews, such as an eleven-day-old baby stating his intention to enter the United States to work in Kansas.

Denise Gilman of the University of Texas emphasized that detention of children should be the exception, not the norm. Professor Gilman highlighted the arbitrariness of government decision-making regarding whether or not to detain a specific family.

She further underscored the reality that family detention often results in the separation of family members and that even short-term detention can cause mental health problems in children



Australian government's response to children imprisoned in Nauru concentration camp:  We are a cruel, unjust country that no longer accepts refugees (i.e. "illegal arrivals"). Go home, accept exile to Cambodia, or rot.


Teenagers injured by guards in Nauru protest [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 7/4/16]:

Around 7.30pm Wednesday night, eight teenagers and their families were summoned to receive a letter from Australian Border Force in reply to their protest letter sent two days ago.


6 April 2016

Dear Children

Thank you for raising your concerns about your transfer to Nauru.

Regional processing recommenced in August 2012.  Australian Government policy requires that all people who arrived in Australia illegally by boat on or after 19 July 2013 must be transferred to a regional processing country as soon as practicable and will not be permitted to settle in Australia.

You will be aware that some people have been temporarily transferred to Australia from either Nauru or Papua New Guinea, some are residing in a detention centre, and others are living in community detention.  Regardless of the living arrangements for persons temporarily in Australia, it is the Australian Government's intention that these people will be returned to [...] regional processing country.  It is important to note that these individuals have not been given a visa to live in Australia.

It is also important to note that people who arrived illegally by boat on Nauru can elect to return to their country of origin or if found to be a refugee apply for resettlement in Cambodia.  The Australian Government will facilitate either of these options and provide assistance to those who take them up.

In your letter you made a request for information on the status of all people who arrived post 19 July 2013.  This is peronsal information under the Australian Privacy Act 1988 and in keeping with that Act cannot be provided to you.

The Government of Nauru, with the support of Connect Settlement Services, Broadspectrum, International Health and Medical Services and the Australian Government, provides a safe enviornment for all people living on Nauru.  The Australian Government has funded a number of recent improvements to facilities in the Nauruan community, including the hospital redevelopment and school maintenance and expansion project.  In addition the Department is funding a number of other infrastructure improvements and safety and security initiatives.

The education you are receiving in Nauru is similar to Australia and follows the Queensland state curriculum.  The Department is providing support to the Nauruan Department of Education to integrate refugee and asylum seeker children into the Nauru education system and to support Nauruan teachers.

Your safety and well-being is important to the Government s of Nauru and Australia.  If you have any further questions I encourage you to talk with your Broadspectrum Cultural [...].

Yours sincerely


Nauru Programme Coordinator

Support Group

As the dismissive quality of the ABF letter became obvious – including absurd statements about the quality of medical conditions and education on Nauru, or going to Cambodia – an angry protest developed.

Australian Wilson guards lashed out at the teenagers, inflicting minor injuries.

Others in the family compound, including women, were pushed over by the guards.

“Guards hit us and kicked us”, one of the teenagers told the Refugee Action Coalition.

One woman who was pushed over in the fracas has suffered a heart attack and was taken to the IHMS clinic.

Another woman who swallowed washing powder in the aftermath of the protest is also in the IHMS clinic.

The guards eventually retreated from the compound.

The protests continued late into the night, with cries of, “We are not animals,” “You don’t answer.”

The head Wilson guard refused to respond to the complaints about the assaults and injuries inflicted on the asylum seekers.

The guard told the protesters that the complaints about the assaults would be taken “to the big boss tonight” and there would be a response, today Thursday, 7 April.

The escalation in the protests comes after 18 days of daily protests at the family compound.





I just got this report about the Detention centre on Manus [Julian Burnside - 7/4/16]:



Manus guards tried to turn the mosque into a sleeping area today.

They fought the men who objected to their prayer room being used as housing.

No serious injuries, but it’s clear that they’re deliberately trying to provoke unrest.

They cut the power during the compound shift; men had to carry all of their belongings unassisted in the sweltering midday heat- without fans to offer relief for an hour prior to them having to do so. …



Not a "riot".


A VIOLENT attack on a defiant, peaceful (nearly month long) protest, which the Australian media and human rights establishment have been censoring.


Omission is the most powerful form of lie.


George Orwell








A disturbance at the Nauru immigration regional processing centre on Wednesday night has led to accusations from detainees they were assaulted by guards.

The Australian immigration department confirmed a “disturbance” and said two people were receiving medical treatment following the incident. ... [Guardian - 7/4/16]




Free the Children NAURU [7/4/16]:   The people in camp are requesting to speak to the head of security. They wish to make a formal complaint about the assault on the teenagers and to have the safety of all people in camp guaranteed.




Free the Children NAURU [VIDEO - 7/4/16]:

The teens had a meeting with ABF to discuss why they are still in detention after three years, while others on the same boats were settled in Australia over a year ago.

The meeting was in the ihms tent on top of the hill. Parents were not allowed to attend.

After the meeting the boys were upset because they had been told that they were 'lucky'. They started hitting the walls. ERT came in and heavy handedly restrained the boys. An 18 yer old girl was thrown against the wall when she tried to escape. Then the teens went back to camp and that is where the footage was taken. Then security came in the camp and all hell broke loose. Scuffles broke out. Women and children were injured. One NZ officer had to pull 3 security off one teen and told him to run.

Then the asylum seekers started throwing rocks at security and drove them out.



Free the Children NAURU [VIDEO -  7/4/16]:  Security try to get in at the end when everyone starts screaming.






... The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers and the Rwandan genocide did not start with the slayings.


It started with the dehumanization of a specific group of persons. ...



UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng  [Media Release - 9/12/14]




While the Australian political, media and human rights establishment accept the lying "deterrence" ideology, refugees don't.   They want answers please ->  Letter from the children on Nauru to Canberra:


This letter has been written by seven (7) teenagers who have spent three (3) years in the Nauru detention centre.

It's noteworthy that on 19 July 2013 the former Australian Minister, Scott Morrison announced that all the asylum seekers arriving after this date will never be sent to Australia's mainland, under any circumstances.  All persons would be transferred to either Manus Island or Nauru for processing.  Within 48hrs some of the asylum seekers were transferred to Nauru.

After six months, because of capacity issues the asylum seekers on Christmas Island were delayed in being transferred (construction of the sentence was ambiguously worded).   The Australian government has falsely promoted the policy and as a result many asylum seekers have suffered the hell of Nauru.

Later on September 14, the Australian government decided to change its policy and began to separate the offshore and onshore asylum seekers.  As a result many of the onshore asylum seekers who were transferred to Australia (these are the people who arrived after 19 July who were not meant to be sent to Australia) a temporary visa was issued.  These are the reasons for our opposition, why have we been discriminated against?  The same date (Sept 14) the new Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, announced during an interview that all persons in offshore processing centres will not be sent to the mainland under any circumstances.  This was a further false and dirty policy of the Australian government to stop the boats because many of the offshore asylum seekers had already been sent to Australia for medical treatment purposes.  We are all aware that the offshore asylum seekers who were sent to Australia for medical purposes have been granted community detention visas, based on Peter Dutton's interview.  This is the second point we are opposed to.  Why has the Australian government changed its policy towards some of the asylum seekers in the Nauru detention centre who have been transferred for medical purposes?  Let us know what is the difference between us and them?  As a result the complaints from offshore detainees now in Australia and also after the complaints of detainees in Nauru (rape, health issues, hygience etc) their complaints were sent to the High Court of Australia and this is when Mr Dutton had a new interview in which he indicated that, if the asylum seekers do not win the High Court they will be transferred back to Nauru within 48hours.  Again this is another lie from the Australian government.  Although the case did not win, none of the asylum seekers have been sent back to Nauru and on the contrary they have been issued with visas and authorised to live in Australia.  This is injustice and not fair.  This decision has resulted in depression of asylum seekers back in Nauru.

Given the recent incidents and due to security and lack of education and infrastructure issues on Nauru, combined with the prolonged detention time, we are asking for the Australian government's policies to be revised and reviewed.  As you are aware there are not many asylum seekers left in the Nauru detention centre, so please give us the opportunity to leave.

We are asking to enjoy the same right as our other friends, who arrived on the same boat and who are not in Australia.

We all do not have any future in Nauru and we have no future here, it would be appreciated if you would transfer all the detainees on Nauru to Australia.




DAY 9 Protesting. Locked in the hell hole camp Nauru. Human Rights where are you?


"tweeted" by @childrennauru - Free The Children Nauru [28/3/16]





"Today they locked us up ...and they wouldn't let the refugees to get photos of us" #Nauru


Image:  ‏@childrennauru [26/3/16]





The ALP's red,

The LNP's blue.

Let's not forget,

Who re-opened Nauru.





And what does Plan International have to say about the refugees Australia has pushed away, or is holding in concentration camps?   --> Australia must open the front door to Syrian refugees, Ian Wishart -  Chief Executive - Plan International Australia [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/4/16]




Israeli forces detain 12 overnight, threaten village over stone-throwing [Maan - 6/4/16]



35 Palestinians left homeless by Israeli demolitions south of Hebron [Maan - 6/4/16]







A Palestinian was shot and injured when clashes erupted overnight Tuesday after Israeli settlers attempted to raid the occupied West Bank village Duma, site of a fatal arson attack that killed all but one member of a Palestinian family last summer. ... [Maan - 6/4/16]




Israel said Wednesday it would temporarily stop cutting power to the occupied West Bank after an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority to begin negotiations on the payment of electricity bills. ... [Maan - 6/4/16]




The Palestinian Foreign Minister, Dr. Riyad al-Maliki on Wednesday said the Palestinian foreign ministry is making efforts to put pressure on Israel, in attempts to stop its crimes and aggressions against the Palestinian people.

In an interview with Voice of Palestine radio this morning, Maliki said that the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will meet with his French counterpart Hollande in Paris on 17 April to discuss the French initiative, to hold an international conference for peace in the Middle East. ... [PNN - 6/4/16]




Pulitzer winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, Alice Walker join over 100 writers in calling for PEN American Center to reject Israeli sponsorship [Mondoweiss - 5/4/16]




Why is the UN telling Palestinians to protect their occupiers? [Electronic Intifada - 4/4/16]:


... It is, of course, much harder to make the case internationally that Palestinians – just like other occupied peoples through history – have a right to resist, when their best known face works night and day to help Israel crush all resistance. ...




At least 100,000 people have been driven from their homes in an upsurge of fighting since January in Sudan's Darfur region, the UN's peacekeeping chief said Wednesday. ... [Ahram - 6/4/16]




Libya: senior UN relief official calls for independent investigation into migrant deaths at detention centre [Media Release - 5/4/16]




Efforts by Libya's UN-backed unity government to assert its control over the capital were thrown into chaos Wednesday as the head of a rival Tripoli-based authority backed away from ceding power.

Contradicting an earlier announcement that his so-called National Salvation Government was ready to step aside, Tripoli's unrecognised prime minister Khalifa Ghweil urged his ministers not to stand down.

He threatened to prosecute anyone working with the new government. ... [Ahram - 6/4/16]




Surge in mob killings in Malawi draws serious concern of UN human rights office [Media Release – 5/4/16]





7 April 2016