Papua New Guinea High Court ruling: the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island must close | openDemocracy
Papua New Guinea High Court ruling: the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island must close | openDemocracy: The PNG High Court’s decision was a unanimous rejection of this secretive arrangement between the “border protection” agendas of the Australian government and unconstitutional foreign capital seeking interests in PNG politics. Manus Island Detention Centre has been ordered to close immediately.
Because Universal Human Rights are enshrined in the PNG constitution (unlike the Australian constitution), it was clear from the very beginning that the Manus Island Detention centre was unconstitutional and would not survive being challenged in the High Court. The deal between successive Australian governments and the PNG government to indefinitely detain boat arrival asylum seekers, and to make it clear that even legitimate asylum seekers within this system of offshore detention would never be accepted by Australia, is a clear abrogation of the human rights of those asylum seekers under the terms of the UNHCR convention to which both Australia and PNG are signatories. However, Australia and PNG approach the relationship between their UNHCR obligations and the laws of the land in very different ways.
Feminists in Ireland Say No To Pegida - Anarkismo: The Neo-Nazi group Pegida is attempting to establish a branch in Ireland this Saturday in Dublin. Pegida, the "anti-Islamifacation" group that is attempting to hijack anti-establishment politics by placing the blame of the current global capitalist crisis on the shoulders of refugees and migrants: those with no systemic or economic power in our society.
International Workers' Day marches in Brazil turn into show of support for Rousseff - Xinhua | English.news.cn
International Workers' Day marches in Brazil turn into show of support for Rousseff - Xinhua | English.news.cn: Rousseff appeared at the CUT march in Sao Paulo, alongside the mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad, and the president of the Workers' Party, Rui Falcao.
During a speech to the crowd, Rousseff announced a new policy measure, according to daily O Globo, saying that her flagship Bolsa Familia program would be increased by 9 percent.
Bolsa Familia sees public funds being given to poor families, especially mothers, as long as their children stay in school and out of trouble with the law.
This program, first implemented by Lula during his term in office, is seen as a major reason for the Workers' Party ongoing popularity among poorer Brazilians.
Father Daniel Berrigan, Anti-War Activist & Poet, Dies at 94 | Democracy Now!: The legendary anti-war priest Father Daniel Berrigan died today at 94. He was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called "American military imperialism." Along with his late brother, Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the anti-war and anti-draft movement during the late 1960s as well as the anti-nuclear movement.
In 1968, Father Daniel Berrigan made headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year he and eight others took 378 draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, MD. Then in the parking lot of the draft board office, the activists set the draft records on fire using homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War.
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2016 Suppressed News: 2016 Suppressed News - Belgium: all residents of Belgium are to be issued iodine pills, said to be a precautionary measure in case of dirty bomb attack by ISIS. Iodine helps counter the effects on the thyroid of radiation. The Government of the Netherlands plans similar measures. Among seven reactors, Belgium's two forty year old Doel nuclear reactors have been placed back online, updated to last until 2025. Partial sources online: "Belgium Residents To Get Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear Incident," Katrina Pascual, May 1, 2016, Tech Times; "All Belgian residents issued with iodine tablets to protect against radiation," Matthew Holehouse, April 28, 2016, The Telegraph; "Two oldest Doel units cleared for restart," Dec. 23, 2015, World Nuclear News.
Canada: (see previous) suicides continue in First Nations communities. The Toronto Star has pointed out that essentially nothing has been done in response to declarations of emergency by aboriginal communities suffering from extreme rates of youth and adult suicide, as well as lack of clean drinking water and reasonable habitation. The Canadian system of Aboriginal 'management' promotes good intention on paper and through declarations by Liberal politicians. Canada's Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the government provide services to the children of First Nations. The Department of Indigenous Affairs was ordered to report back in two weeks that an appropriate policy is in place. The Toronto Star lists 38 states of emergency as active for First Nations communities in Ontario, yet none since 2014 for Quebec. A genocide warning continues. Partial sources online: "Tribunal orders federal government to ensure services for Aboriginal kids," Kristy Kirkup/The Canadian Press, April 26, 2016, CBC News; "5 more Attawapiskat youth attempt suicide in 'spiralling situation'," April 16, 2016, CBC News; "A First Nations cry for help gets little government attention: Star investigation," Allan Woods, April 25, 2016, The Toronto Star.
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Operation "Mygale" and "Contraband" Tobacco — Real Peoples Media: There saying that we're frauding the province, frauding the state. But in fact it's the province and the state that are frauding the indigenous people by stealing.
They've taken every single economic opportunity that we've had and either usurped it and commercialized it so that we don't have anything unique to be able to sell or trade. Corn, beans, squash, potatoes, canoes, sunglasses, half the medicines they use, all of those things, they've stolen. As well as the natural resources, fish, wood, agriculture, tobacco. In addition to that anything that we raise as an economic opportunity for ourselves they make illegal.
So we are stuck on the side of the road selling trinkets because it's the only thing they couldn't be bothered to do. The racism in Canada is so high that the non-indigenous population won't come and shop here because it's good. They'll come here only if there's an economic advantage to them. Which means that the only economic advantage that we can create is a tax one, and then it starts the loop over again.
So if Canada's population wasn't so racist and if its government wasn't actively working to break international law and try and destroy us as a people, and make it so we can't stand up, we wouldn't be in this situation.
The Return of the Brutal Savage and the Science for War: [counterpunch.org] The American anthropologist, Napoleon Chagnon, is invariably cited in support of this brutal savage myth. He studied the Yanomami Indians of Amazonia from the 1960s onwards (he spells the tribe “Yanomam�”) and you’d be hard pressed to find a book or article on tribal violence which doesn’t refer to his work. Popular writers such as Steven Pinker and Jared Diamond frequently make much of Chagnon’s thesis, so it’s worth giving a thumbnail sketch of why in reality it proves little about the Yanomami, and nothing about human evolution.
First, it’s important to dispatch a red herring from the murky cauldron being cooked up by the brutal savage promoters: They often point to Darkness in El Dorado, a book by Patrick Tierney, which attacked Chagnon’s work, but went too far. Tierney raised the possibility that one of Chagnon’s colleagues may have deliberately introduced a deadly measles epidemic to the Indians. That simply wasn’t true: In fact, the epidemic was inadvertently started by American missionaries. That Tierney was wrong on this single point is now used to claim that all his and other writers’ criticisms of Chagnon have been discredited. They haven’t. In any case, were a single error deemed to negate a whole thesis, then pretty much all science, as well as journalism, the law and a lot else, falls apart.
Leaked TTIP documents confirm major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety | Greenpeace International
Leaked TTIP documents confirm major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety | Greenpeace International: “It is time to shine a light on these negotiations. Hard won environmental progress is being bartered away behind closed doors. These documents reveal that civil society was right to be concerned about TTIP. We should stop the negotiations and start the debate”, said Faiza Oulahsen, campaigner for Greenpeace Netherlands. “The complete and most recent version of the treaty text should be released at once, so that citizens and elected representatives have the chance to understand what is being proposed in their names.”
Angola Honors Cuba for Key Support in Colonial Independence | News | teleSUR English: Commemorating four decades of independence from colonial powers, dos Santos invited a Cuban delegation to honor the historical events that led Fidel Castro to deploy 36,000 troops to defend Angola from U.S. and Apartheid South Africa military invasions.
While Angola won its independence from Portugal on January 15, 1975, inner political conflicts escalated between the leftist People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).
Seeking to control the political situation in its favor, the U.S. had set up a covert CIA operation to support the FLNA and UNITA with US$30 million, arms and military advisers. Apartheid South Africa supported the CIA operation by carrying out invasions, incursions and sabotages against Marxist forces within Angola.
Previewing the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference in Alice Springs this week | Croakey
Previewing the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference in Alice Springs this week | Croakey: The inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference will be held in Alice Springs this week, and is expected to feature discussions about strengths-based, community-driven solutions.
The conference will also hear of the importance of collective healing and secure funding arrangements, according to Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, Croakey contributor and PhD candidate.
Colonia Dignidad: No ′glorious chapter′ for German diplomacy | Germany | DW.COM | 27.04.2016 - Human rights groups welcome as a "positive step" plans by the German government to make public files on the notorious Colonia Dignidad colony in Chile.
Files that would have remained sealed for another decade will be made available to journalists and researchers in the coming weeks, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. The documents detail how informed German diplomats were about what was going on in the colony from 1986 to 1996. The foreign ministry isn't responsible for what Paul Schäfer and his cronies did, but the German embassy denied the colony's residents the protection they would have needed. "I salute the victims of Colonia Dignidad," Steinmeier told a group of victims Tuesday in Berlin.
Killing the Count - Al Jazeera English: In part two we look at the appointment of the Count, three years later, as the United Nation's first mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his assassination four months later in September 1948 by Zionist extremists during an official visit to Jerusalem.
Al Jazeera's documentary offers unique insight into his life and death, including accessing family and film archives never seen before.
#OccupyINAC Vancouver declares victory after ministers agree to meeting | rabble.ca: The group of Indigenous mothers, who call themselves the Council of Mothers, ended their occupation of the INAC offices in Vancouver on Saturday April 23 and will meet with the ministers to discuss their demands, including funding for Indigenous languages and Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth.
The Council of Mothers, along with their children, a father, and youth, joined in on the national #OccupyINAC movement when they began their occupation of the Vancouver INAC offices on April 18.
For six days, the group remained in the lobby of the INAC office in solidarity with the youth of Attawapiskat.
Organizers Disrupt NFL Draft Town #SaveCSU #DontPayDante - Pastebin.com: MEDIA ALERT -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Black Lives Matter: Chicago, and the fierce femmes of F.L.Y. are
shutting down the intersection at Jackson and Lake Shore Drive,
disrupting the NFL Draft Town.
members were laid off from Chicago State University due to lack of full
funding for the university. Meanwhile, Dante Servin remains employed by
the Chicago Police Department four years after murdering 22-year-old
Black woman Rekia Boyd.
it clear where their financial priorities lie. We continue to receive
cuts to the institutions that keep Black women safe--institutions that
continue to be replaced by terrorist cops who brutalize and murder Black
women without penalty.
could. Lawmakers refuse to give CSU the funding it needs because they
feel there will be no repercussions.
destroying Black Lives. There will be no uninterrupted NFL Draft Town
when Black women die without justice. There will be no silence while
Mayor Emanuel and the city council are cutting a $302,000 deal for an
event worth $3.2 million at the same time that we cannot afford to fund
Servin be fired without a pension and instead that decision makers
commit full, permanent funding to Chicago State University.
For indigenous women, prisons are the adult version of residential schools - The Globe and Mail: Double bunking, mandatory minimum sentences and inmate pay cuts have turned the prisons into places of hopelessness and anger. Whereas the men’s prisons have become more violent as a result, the women’s have become places of despair and depression. There are five women’s prisons in Canada serving the five CSC regions. Because there are only five, inmates are rarely incarcerated close to home. Also, indigenous people are vastly overrepresented in prison populations: 68 per cent of federally incarcerated female inmates are indigenous (Edmonton Institution for Women is more than 90 per cent, according to the CSC).
Kunduz: Initial reaction to public release of U.S. military investigative report on the attack on MSF trauma hospital | M�decins Sans Fronti�res (MSF) International
Kunduz: Initial reaction to public release of U.S. military investigative report on the attack on MSF trauma hospital | M�decins Sans Fronti�res (MSF) International: MSF was only able to access the report today, when it was made publicly available online, following a public briefing by the head of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel. Yesterday, MSF received a two-hour verbal briefing from Gen. Votel and his team on the main findings and recommendations of the U.S. military investigation. MSF will take the time necessary to examine the U.S. report, and to determine whether or not the U.S. account answers the many questions that remain outstanding seven months after the attack.
MSF acknowledges the U.S. military’s efforts to conduct an investigation into the incident. Today, MSF and other medical care providers on the front lines of armed conflicts continually experience attacks on health facilities that go un-investigated by parties to the conflict. However, MSF has said consistently that it cannot be satisfied solely with a military investigation into the Kunduz attack. MSF’s request for an independent and impartial investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission has so far gone unanswered.
Why this Indian woman is using 'blackface' as solidarity - BBC News: "The news stung me and I thought of this way to express my solidarity with the Vemulas of India."
Ms Jaya says Rohit Vemula was exactly her age, which led to question why "he was being denied the privileges I have been enjoying"?
The answer, she says, is because "black represents the lowest strata of our caste system".
"Caste is closely related to colour and whatever is black is not welcome in the Indian society. I experienced its severity when I started painting myself black," she says.
Breaking News: Government of Belize Places Temporary Restrictions on Movement in Belize’s Portion of the Sarstoon River for One Month
Breaking News: Government of Belize Places Temporary Restrictions on Movement in Belize’s Portion of the Sarstoon River for One Month: The regulations take effect from today and the restrictions will remain in force for one month.
Government advises that this course of action has become necessary in order to prevent any “commotion” or “threat to public safety” that might arise in consequence of the continuing tense and dangerous standoff between Belize and Guatemala over the Sarstoon, and the tipping point that could be caused by the unregulated insertion of members of the Belizean public into this very volatile mix.
During the one month period for which the restrictions are to last, it is expected that a diplomatic solution will be found to the problem, and that the solution will provide for safe passage of Belizean civilians along the Sarstoon River.