United Nations Petitioned Re: Violation of Indigenous Prisoners’ Religious Freedoms by Gabe Galanda | Last Real Indians

United Nations Petitioned Re: Violation of Indigenous Prisoners’ Religious Freedoms by Gabe Galanda | Last Real Indians: The coalition submitted a report to CERD “Concerning Freedoms of Indigenous Persons Deprived of Their Liberty in the United States of America.” The coalition complains that “[i]ndigenous prisoners’ freedoms to possess religious items, to participate in religious ceremonies, and to otherwise engage in traditional religious practices are subject to an increasingly pervasive pattern of illegal restriction throughout the United States,” citing violations in California, Montana, Hawaii, Arizona, South Dakota, Indiana, Texas, Wyoming and Missouri.

The coalition recommended the United Nations urge that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder “undertake a comprehensive investigation of state laws and policies regarding indigenous exercise of religion.” The U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for oversight and implementation of the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

CERD is slated to review the United States’ efforts to reduce racial discrimination in America in Geneva, Switzerland on August 13-14, 2014.


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The fight for the Basque - aljazeera.net

The fight for the Basque: -- [aljazeera.net] In the Basque Country, the separatist group ETA waged nearly five decades of an armed struggle for independence. The fight there is Western Europe's last armed conflict, and at the heart of it is one of Western Europe’s oldest languages. The Basque people have an ancient history and nationalists here want self-determination to revive their culture and language, which is spoken by less than one third of the Basque population.


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Neo-Nazis Travelling to Ukraine to Fight Against “Separatists” and Establish a “Fascist Dictatorship” | Global Research

Neo-Nazis Travelling to Ukraine to Fight Against “Separatists” and Establish a “Fascist Dictatorship” | Global Research: “The ultra-right Svoboda Party has scored six major cabinet ministries in the government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk approved by the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday. Svoboda is the Neo-Nazi, ultra-right, anti-Semitic, Russophobic party with its base of support in the Western Ukraine.

The most important post was claimed by a co-founder of Svoboda, Andriy Parubiy. He was named Secretary of the Security and National Defense Committee, which supervises the defense ministry and the armed forces.” (Greg Rose, Ukraine Transition Government: Neo-Nazis in Control of Armed Forces, National Security, Economy, Justice and Education, People’s World, March 2, 2014)


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#EbolaWatch: #Africa -- Julio 31, 2014 - RT Novaĵoj

Julio 31, 2014 - RT Novaĵoj: La nombro de mortintoj de eksplodo de Ebola en Okcidenta Afriko altiĝis al 729, la Monda Organizaĵo pri Sano diris ĵaŭdon. Kvindek sep mortojn raportoj inter julio 24 kaj 27 en Gvineo, Liberio, Niĝerio kaj Sieraleono, Reuters raportis. Niĝeria aŭtoritatuloj ĝis nun identigitaj 59 personoj, kiuj venis en kontakto kun usonaj civitanoj, kiuj mortis en lagoj pasintsemajne post vojaĝi el Liberio, tra Togolando kaj Ganao, la MOS aldonis. -- The death toll from an explosion of Ebola in West Africa has risen to 729, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Fifty-seven deaths were reported between July 24 and 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, Reuters reported. Nigerian authorities have so far identified 59 people who came in contact with American citizens who died in Lagos last week after traveling from Liberia, through Togo and Ghana, the WHO added.


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Inside Britain’s prisons: Rising violence and soaring suicide rates — RT UK

Inside Britain’s prisons: Rising violence and soaring suicide rates — RT UK: Khan’s comments follow figures released by The Ministry of Justice on Thursday, which revealed a marked increase in violence inside English and Welsh prisons.

Grievous assaults have soared by 30 percent, and three separate murders have occurred in the past twelve months alone. The data also reveals a stark 69 percent rise in suicides - the most dramatic since 2005.

Prison governors throughout the state have persistently warned that British jails are struggling to deal with increasingly crowded conditions, with a record prison population of over 85,000. Budgets cuts of almost 25 percent implemented over the past three years have also compounded matters, the governors’ say.

According to recent figures, almost a quarter of the UK’s 126 prisons have been issued poor performance ratings. The most recent state-monitored performance tables illustrate that the conditions inside 28 prisons are now considered to be a matter of concern. One jail, Brinsford youth prison in Staffordshire, has been categorized as a “serious concern”.


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Israel, Hamas agree to unconditional 72-hour ceasefire — RT News

Israel, Hamas agree to unconditional 72-hour ceasefire — RT News: The ceasefire will begin at 8 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Friday, Aug. 1, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in a joint statement. During the three-day cessation, forces on the ground will remain in place.

“We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire,” Kerry and Ban said in the statement.


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Israel Tells Hamas: You Can Keep Your Rockets - The Daily Beast

Israel Tells Hamas: You Can Keep Your Rockets - The Daily Beast: “You have to think through what comes next,” a senior Israeli official said this month when asked why Israel was not pursuing regime change against Hamas. “You don’t want to actually administer Gaza and you don’t want someone worse taking over.”

Another senior Israeli official said that Jerusalem’s military did not even seek to take out the entire stockpile of Hamas rockets. Instead, he said, this latest round of fighting was aimed at creating deterrence and destroying the tunnels. More recently, Israeli officials have said they also seek to demilitarize Hamas.


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Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in Southeast Asia - Channel NewsAsia

Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in Southeast Asia - Channel NewsAsia: Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said.

There also signs of emerging resistance in central Myanmar, southern Laos and northeastern Cambodia, but none in three African states - Kenya, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - that were included in the sampling.


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US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza but restocks Israeli ammunition | World news | theguardian.com

US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza but restocks Israeli ammunition | World news | theguardian.com: The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, which runs the school, said its initial assessment was that it has been struck by Israeli artillery.

“The United States condemns the shelling of a UNRWA school in Gaza, which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians – including children – and UN humanitarian workers,” said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council.

“We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza.”


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Israel Pays For Tweets

Israel PM Buys Pro-Israeli Tweets: [newsweek.com] Israel has a history of using social media to support actions in Gaza. As The New York Times reported back in November of 2012, the Israel Defense Forces took to Twitter and Facebook to threaten members of Hamas.

In this most recent case, however, the official account of Israel's prime minister appears to be paying Twitter to promote tweets, which causes them to appear in the timeline of unsuspecting Twitter users.


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