Shining a light on a disgraceful policy after the death of Ahmad Ali Jafari

June 22, 2013

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Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seeker Centre writes powerfully about Australia’s shameful treatment of asylum seekers . A poignant and potent tribute to the life of Ahmad Ali Jafari and his courage.  Something our gutless governments don’t and never will have.  Vale Ahmad Ali Jafari. Rest in peace. CrankyO ======================== Ahmad Ali Jafari died last […]

News Ltd’s Double Standards On Anti-Semitism

September 2, 2012

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http://newmatilda.com/2012/08/29/news-ltd039s-double-standards-antisemitism 29 Aug 2012 By Jeff Sparrow Larry Pickering The Australian is all too ready to lambast the Greens or pro-Palestine activists as anti-Semites. What about Larry Pickering, who’s been on their payroll, asks Jeff Sparrow “A fresh wave of racial hatred against the Jewish community, including calls for a Hitler clone and ethnic cleansing, has been […]

Why aren’t there more Asian faces on Australian screens?

September 2, 2012

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  2 August 2012, 4.49pm AEST Sky Crompton, Post Graduate Research Candidate at RMIT University http://theconversation.edu.au/why-arent-there-more-asian-faces-on-australian-screens-6117 Being an Asian in Australia today is very different from ten years ago, especially when it comes to Australian television. Over the past 12-18 months advertising campaigns for a range of high profile brands have featured more Asian characters, […]

British-made tear gas was used on Egypt’s protesters

December 4, 2011

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ CS gas canisters with serial and lot numbers have been found by victims fired on in Tahrir Square Sarah Morrison and Bel Trew Sunday 04 December 2011 Suggested Topics Army Tahrir Square Middle East Military Suez North Africa Law Egypt A British firm manufactured some of the tear gas used by Egyptian security forces […]

Egypt’s naked blogger is a bomb aimed at the patriarchs in our minds | Mona Eltahawy

November 20, 2011

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View this story on the Guardian Comment is free By posing naked, Aliaa Mahdy has brilliantly challenged the misogyny and sexual hypocrisy of Egypt’s leaders Mona Eltahawy · 18/11/2011 · guardian.co.uk The blog of 20-year-old Egyptian blogger Aliaa Mahdy Photograph: Aliaa Mahdy When a woman is the sum total of her headscarf and hymen – […]

Societies Overpowered by a Headscarf: It’s Time for Change

November 19, 2011

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Posted on April 20, 2011 by nadiaelawady Muslim women in Europe and the United States who choose to wear a headscarf or face veil are placed under tremendous societal pressures almost every day. On the streets, some people look at them as if they are freaks of nature. Many find it difficult to get jobs […]

Posted in: Egypt, Women

Jailed Egyptian blogger on hunger strike says ‘he is ready to die’

October 21, 2011

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Maikel Nabil Sanad declares he would prefer suicide to being tried by military junta for criticising the army in his blog Jack Shenker guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 18 October 2011 19.28 BST Sanad has been on hunger strike for 57 days and is said to be in critical condition. An Egyptian blogger jailed for criticising the country’s […]

Posted in: Democarcy, Egypt, War crimes

Demand the release of Maikel Nabil Sanad – Amnesty International Australia

October 14, 2011

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Demand the release of Maikel Nabil Sanad – Amnesty International Australia.

The Sky Is Weeping

August 5, 2011

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Published on Thursday, August 4, 2011 by CommonDreams.org by Robert C. Koehler When our lives are torn open, when the worst possible thing happens, what we have, finally, are our roses and our courage. “I chose to stay in Oslo the entire week. It has felt like the most natural thing to do. I have […]

Posted in: Love, Norway, Peace

Flytilla Activists deported from Israel

July 10, 2011

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  The unmitigated gall of the state of Israel in harassing protesters, denying left wing journalists from reporting on its actions inside the country, is only surpassed by the  willingness of airlines to prevent paying passengers from reaching their destination in Israel on the say so of the apartheid state.

Death by a Thousand Papercuts?

July 3, 2011

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This post is by Miles Howe, words and photograph – Miles is one of the most optimistic men I have ever meet, not to mention his wicked sense humor and commitment, and I still hope to sail to Gaza with him in the near future. The Greek government has crumbled in the face Israeli pressure, […]

Tahrir on the Gaza Flotilla

June 29, 2011

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A great report from the Canadian broadcaster CBC about the Tahrir, the Canadian boat on its way to Gaza with activists from other European countries and Australia

Posted in: Australia, Palestine, Protest

Children and Clowns violently attacked in the West Bank

June 29, 2011

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http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=399506 Colorful day in Nabi Saleh Published Friday 24/06/2011 (updated) 25/06/2011 17:33 [MaanImages/HO/Diana Al-Zeer] Click for more images BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The children of An-Nabi Saleh set off with kites and painted faces to the village’s hill shortly after noon on Friday.An hour later, they were sheltering in a village house, while five Israeli military […]

Egypt: The Victorious Islamists

June 26, 2011

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http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jul/14/egypt-victorious-islamists/ July 14, 2011 Yasmine El Rashidi E-mail Print Share Khaled Elfiqi/epa/CorbisCoptic Christian women looking out from inside the Virgin Mary Church in the Imbaba neighborhood of Cairo, May 8, 2011. The church was set on fire during clashes between Christians and Muslims the previous night. The forty-year-old Virgin Mary Church on Cairo’s al-Wahda Street—the […]

Joining the freedom flotilla to break Gaza blockade is a necessity

June 19, 2011

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Sylvia Hale June 20, 2011Comments 36  http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/joining-the-freedom-flotilla-to-break-gaza-blockade-is-a-necessity-20110619-1g9vj.html Yesterday, I left for Europe to join the flotilla to break the blockade of Gaza, along with fellow Australians Vivienne Porzsolt, of Jews Against the Occupation, and Michael Coleman, a youth worker. People ask me why I’m going. I reply by recalling my experiences in Gaza last July […]

A beautiful dog joins Greek protesters

June 18, 2011

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Witness this. Witness this beautiful gift from a creature whose life is probably harsh with few comforts. This stray dog feels for the people. I hope the people give it the love and care it deserves. For more, visit  http://rebeldog.tumblr.com/

Posted in: Animals

Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning

June 17, 2011

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If ever the stupidity , cruelty and ignorance of people has a fine example , then this is it.  Great news that the dog got away. By any Measure of decency, those responsible for this act of cruelty should face justice for their appalling actions. (AFP) – 8 hours ago JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem rabbinical […]

Posted in: Animals

Cosmetics firm LUSH endorses “Freedom for Palestine”

June 5, 2011

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Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Sat, 06/04/2011 – 14:02 The UK-based international cosmetics firm LUSH has endorsed a single aimed at raising awareness of the struggle for human rights in Palestine. In an appeal in the “Ethical Campaigns” section on its website, the company says: This month we have the exciting opportunity to help secure a […]

In pursuit of truth, justice

June 5, 2011

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Reviewed by Shelley Walia http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110529/spectrum/book1.htm The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy By Howard Zinn. The Seven Stories Press, New York. Pages 746. $18.95. HOWARDZINN, the historian and dissident writer, has had a deep impact on people around the world. His credibility is known to all contemporary historians and political scientists, to students and […]

Posted in: Democarcy

The Copts of today: Escaping the Church’s patronage

May 20, 2011

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Lina Attalah Thu, 19/05/2011 – 18:05 http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/444129 Photographed by AFP The Egyptian television building at Maspero on the Nile corniche has looked nothing short of a street-based church for the past 12 days. Posters of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary are hung on ropes from one end of the street to the other. Christian […]

Spanish young people protest against the socio-economic conditions in Spain

May 20, 2011

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[youtube:http://youtu.be/OuYOAnkhqzo%5D Wonderful to see young people lead social change!

IMF leader charged with assaulting N.Y. hotel maid

May 16, 2011

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By Geraldine Baum and Kim Willsher Los Angeles Times http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/121875634.html NEW YORK – Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, was due in a Manhattan courtroom Sunday to be arraigned on sexual-assault charges alongside weekend petty criminals – and before an audience of well-dressed French journalists, tourists, and New York tabloid reporters. Strauss-Kahn, leader […]

Posted in: imf, International

The Shark Whisperer

May 15, 2011

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A moving interaction with sharks.  This remarkable woman communicates with them in the most of astonishing of ways. Please watch till the end.

Posted in: Oceans

Palestine Strings!

May 15, 2011

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Enjoy this wonderful performance by this group of young people who obviously enjoy playing music together.  This was filmed in Birzeit, Palestine. My thanks to my good friend Hania for passing it on.  As she says, please watch till the end to get the full impact of what playing together means for this group of […]

Egypt revolution followed by conflict between Christians and Muslims

May 15, 2011

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After the idealism of February’s revolution, Egyptians are worried about sectarian conflicts wrecking their hopes of building a better nation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8513930/Egypt-revolution-followed-by-conflict-between-Christians-and-Muslims.html Coptic Christians chant slogans as they protest the recent attacks on Christians and churches in Egypt. Photo: AP By Richard Spencer, Cairo 7:06PM BST 14 May 2011 Two families, two bereavements, two narrow streets apart. […]

Five socialist parties unite to impact Egyptian politics

May 12, 2011

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http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/11855.aspx In a bid to gain political ground, five of Egypt’s socialist movements unite under the new Coalition of Socialist Forces banner  Mohamed El Hebeishy, Wednesday 11 May 2011 Unite- Photo by Mohamed El Hebeishy Five Egyptian political parties and movements unite to form the Coalition of Socialist Forces, they announced in a meeting on […]

Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

May 8, 2011

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http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2652/noam_chomsky_my_reaction_to_os/ May 6, 2011 We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. By Noam Chomsky It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have […]

Egypt: 10 killed in religious clashes in Cairo

May 8, 2011

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8500984/Egypt-10-killed-in-religious-clashes-in-Cairo.html Ten people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians in Egypt’s capital Cairo overnight. Egyptian soldiers stand guard next to furniture set on fire during clashes in the country’s capital Cairo. Photo: AP 12:53PM BST 08 May 2011 Egypt’s military rulers said that 190 people have been detained overnight in connection with the […]

Posted in: Africa, Egypt, International

Syrian Protests, AlJazeera

April 2, 2011

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Reuters journalist detained in Syria

April 2, 2011

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LONDON, April 2 | Sat Apr 2, 2011 10:17am EDT LONDON, April 2 (Reuters) – Reuters said on Saturday it was concerned for the safety of its photographer Khaled al-Hariri, who has been detained by Syrian authorities for five days. Hariri, 50, has a condition which needs daily medication. A Syrian national, he was last […]

Syrian security forces arrest more protesters

April 2, 2011

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April 3, 2011 – 3:59AM AFP Syrian security forces arrested 37 people on Saturday, a day after nine people were killed as thousands of pro-reform protesters took to the streets. The wave of raids targeted the southern town of Daraa, one of the main centres of more than two weeks of demonstrations, as well as […]

Syrian security forces arrest more protesters

April 2, 2011

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Syrian security forces arrest more protesters.

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Libyan government offered money to appease Iman al-Obaidi, woman in rape-claim case, mother says

April 1, 2011

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By Tara Bahrampour and Liz Sly, Sunday, March 27, 10:57 PM BENGHAZI, LIBYA — The mother of a woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel and said that she had been raped by government militiamen hailed her daughter as a hero Sunday and said government officials offered her money and a house to change her […]

Posted in: libya, Women

Alive and Kicking

March 29, 2011

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Alive and Kicking Goals! from Virus Media on Vimeo.

London Protests

March 27, 2011

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The latest on Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis

March 26, 2011

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World Breaking News The Canadian Press – ONLINE EDITION By: The Associated Press Posted: 03/27/2011 3:04 AM |  Radioactivity in contaminated water in one reactor unit at a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant tested 10 million times higher than normal, forcing the evacuation of workers and again delaying efforts to bring the complex under control, […]

Posted in: Anti Nuclear, Japan

Libyan Developments

March 26, 2011

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  Printer Friendly Version By Gilbert Achcar Saturday, March 19, 2011   Gilbert Achcar’s ZSpace Page Join ZSpace [Gilbert Achcar grew up in Lebanon, and is currently Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. His books include The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World […]

Posted in: human rights, libya

Syria — Protests (2011)

March 26, 2011

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http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/syria/index.html World > Countries and Territories > Syria Updated: March 25, 2011 Syria’s harsh and stagnant dictatorship at first seemed immune to the wave of unrest that swept through most of the Arab world after the revolution in Tunisia in January 2011. But in mid-March, demonstrations broke out in several cities, and grew rapidly after […]

‘Counter-Revolution’ Working Against Arab Spring, Saadawi Says

March 20, 2011

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By Caroline Alexander – Mar 18, 2011 3:36 AM ET Thu Mar 17 16:36:23 GMT 2011 International communities must show solidarity with those rebelling against autocratic rule in the Middle East and North Africa because the tide is turning against the Arab Spring, said Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian political activist of more than four […]

Japan finds tainted food up to 90 miles from nuclear sites

March 19, 2011

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http://links.visibli.com/share/30d77a By Ken Belson and Hiroko Tabuchi New York Times Posted: 03/19/2011 09:08:25 PM PDT   TOKYO — The government said Saturday that it had found higher than normal levels of radioactive materials in spinach and milk at farms up to 90 miles away from the ravaged nuclear power plants, the first confirmation by officials that […]

Bahrain and Yemen declare war on their protesters

March 19, 2011

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/bahrain-and-yemen-declare-war-on-their-protesters-2247066.html With 42 killed in Sanaa, regimes show they will keep power at any cost By Patrick Cockburn Sunday, 20 March 2011 afp/getty images More protests hit both Yemen (above) and Bahrain yesterday   Abrutal counter-revolution is sweeping through the Arabian Peninsula as Bahrain and Yemen both declare war on reform movements and ferociously try […]

Britain pounds Libya from air and sea

March 19, 2011

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By Sam Reeves (AFP) – 3 hours ago LONDON — Britain bombarded Libya with missiles from air and sea as multinational forces launched military action, with Prime Minister David Cameron urging an end to Moamer Kadhafi’s “appalling brutality”. As the intervention to enforce a UN-mandated no-fly zone began, Royal Air Force Tornados on Saturday hit […]

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Large turnout for Egypt’s constitutional referendum

March 19, 2011

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12793484 Many Egyptians voted for the first time Continue reading the main story Related Stories Q&A: Egypt referendum Egypt voices: Constitutional referendum Vote choice splits Egyptians Millions of Egyptians have voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms, a month after a popular uprising swept President Hosni Mubarak from power. If passed, it would allow Egypt […]

Yemen protesters dies of wounds, rallies resume

March 12, 2011

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  Anti-government protesters shout slogans after clashes with police in Sanaa March 12, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah SANAA | Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:39am EDT SANAA (Reuters) – A Yemeni protester died on Sunday from gunshot wounds sustained in clashes with police in the southern port of Aden, and demonstrators gathered in the capital Sanaa […]

Posted in: Politics, Protest, Yemen

Meltdowns in Japan’s quake-hit plant

March 12, 2011

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/169635.html Japanese medics drive through Fukushima on March 13, 2011 following the massive earthquake and tsunami. Meltdowns have reportedly occurred in two of Japan’s nuclear reactors while a risk of another explosion is reported at Japan’s quake-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Japanese government made the announcement on Sunday as the cooling system of one […]

Exodus from Japan nuclear plant

March 12, 2011

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Asia-Pacific 13 March 2011 Last updated at 02:07 GMT  An estimated 170,000 people have been evacuated from the area around a quake-damaged nuclear power station in north-east Japan that was hit by an explosion, the UN atomic watchdog says. A building housing a reactor was destroyed in Saturday’s blast but the reactor is said to […]

Saudi Arabia: Protests Reach Eastern Province

March 12, 2011

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March 6 2011 Written by Haifa Alrasheed The flame of protests raging across the Arab world, from the Ocean to the Gulf, has reached the Saudi Arabian cities Al Qatif and Al Hafouf. More than 100 people gathered in each of the two cities for the release of Shiite cleric Tawfiq Al Amir, who was […]

Libya: Group Occupies London Mansion Owned by Gaddafi’s Son

March 12, 2011

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http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/10/libya-group-occupies-london-mansion-owned-by-gaddafis-son/ Posted 10 March 2011 Written byJohn Liebhardt Squatters moved in to Saif Gaddafi’s house in North London by Alex Milan Tracy © Demotix (09/03/2011) This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011. A London-based group is now occupying a house it says is owned by Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi, the 38-year-old […]

Morrocco: Women Celebrate IWD

March 8, 2011

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http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/08/morocco-women-celebrate-international-day/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook This post is part of our special coverage Morocco Protests 2011. Moroccan women, like their counterparts across the world, have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day today. They have long been at the forefront of the civil society’s struggle for a better and more dignified life. And as the freedom […]

In Egypt’s Tahrir Square, women attacked at rally on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2011

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http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/0308/In-Egypt-s-Tahrir-Square-women-attacked-at-rally-on-International-Women-s-Day After helping to overthrow Mubarak, Egyptian women – and some men – demonstrated today in favor of giving women more of a voice in building Egypt’s future. An Egyptian protester argues with a man as hundreds of women marched to Cairo’s central Tahrir Square to celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday. A protest by […]

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