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The sweetness of Umm Aziz, from the Nakba to Sabra and Shatila massacre

Also published in Italian on Frontiere News 11 /09/2014 - In a few days, on the 16th of September, it will be my birthday. But it'll also be the anniversary of one of the most horrible events of the story of Palestinians - Sabra and Shatila massacre, committed from the 16th to the 18th of September 1982. While I was in Lebanon, I had the chance to meet many people who experienced and survived the massacre a ...

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Sinking of Mediterranean Migrant Boat Amounts to ‘Mass Murder’ – UN Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch The UN’s top human rights official on 19 September 2014 urged Egypt and other North African and European States to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s “truly horrendous incident” in the Mediterranean.   “It is the duty of States to investigate such atrocious crimes, br ...

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The Long Shadows of History

Human Wrongs WatchBy Johan Galtung*, 115 September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service – As Carl Gustav Jung said, and the Chinese before him–the shadows are long and dark. Jumping does not help, they follow us. Thus, the USA is wrong in believing that they can get away with the misdeeds of the past, that people will forget; they are not historians.   Moreover, when done by the USA, deeds are not evil, at w ...

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Scotland – is that what you really want?

Like they say, be careful what you wish for as you might get it. Assuming the main purport of this move towards independence is not because Scotland sees itself as an oil-rich territory that need not share this benediction with anyone else on a fraternity basis, but only on a strictly business basis, then it’s good to ‘go independent’. Then, the good people of Scotland will have to work hard to make real al ...

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Grassroots campaigning turns Scottish independence vote into a cliffhanger

Every day, a stream of volunteers approaches the unofficial Yes Scotland office in Edinburgh. None of these people are political activists; they are members of the public who’ve stopped at the office to do their part for Yes Scotland, the campaign dedicated to making Scotland an independent country. As a middle-aged trio leave with boxes of pamphlets, a young couple walk in with their two children, offering ...

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Do you have the courage to ban nuclear weapons?

From the 6-7 December 2014, ICAN will host a Civil Society Forum in Vienna on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Despite the compelling call of the humanitarian initiative, nuclear weapons states continue to cling to their inhumane weapons. Governments will convene for the Third conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons on 8-9 December, shortly after the Civil Society Forum. Th ...

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Mindanao: Bangsamoro Basic Law submitted to Congress

Osbi Santillan, of World without Wars and Violence, informed Pressenza: “that the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), prepared by the Bangsamoro Transition Council (BTC) has been turned over by the President of the Philippines to the Legislative Branch (Senate and Congress) of the Philippine Government for them to deliberate and debate. This draft hopefully results with a Bangsamoro Law that will provide the ...

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Doctors Who Worked With Argentinian Dictatorship, to Trial, A First

Buenos Aires, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) For the first time since the last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983), medical professionals who participated in clandestine deliveries in order to kidnap the babies born to female prisoners who then disappeared without a trace, are headed to trial. The daily newspaper Pagina 12 reported today that doctors Norberto Bianco, Raul Martin, and the obstetrician Luisa Arro ...

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The Climate Marches On

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan “Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” His answer was simple: “I say, break the law.” One hundred and sixty-four years later, ...

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UN votes for rules to stop vulture funds

Jubilee Debt Campaig The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution to create new legal rules to stop financial speculators like vulture funds from undermining debt restructurings. The motion, passed by 124 votes to 11, has decided that the UN will create “a multilateral legal framework for the sovereign debt restructuring processes”. At present, there are no rules regarding how to restructure ...

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