Human Rights

16.07.2018

The ‘stolen babies’ trial in Spain finally shines a light on a scandal that cannot be forgotten

The ‘stolen babies’ trial in Spain finally shines a light on a scandal that cannot be forgotten

Federico López-Terra, Swansea University for The Conversation It is June 6 1969 and Spain is living through the final years of Franco’s dictatorship. At a clinic in Madrid, a woman gives birth to a baby girl she will never see again. Little is known about what happened to… »

14.07.2018

The Holes in the Official Skripal Story

The Holes in the Official Skripal Story

In my last post I set out the official Government account of the events in the Skripal Case. Here I examine the credibility of this story. Next week I shall look at alternative explanations. Russia has a decade long secret programme of producing and stockpiling novichok nerve agents. It… »

12.07.2018

Starving and Bombed Children of Yemen Seek Entrapment in Flooded Thai Cave

Starving and Bombed Children of Yemen Seek Entrapment in Flooded Thai Cave

While the world watched and waited with bated breath for the outcome of the substantial global effort – involving over 100 cave divers from various countries, 1,000 members of the Thai Army and 10,000 others in various roles – to rescue a team of 12 young… »

11.07.2018

#TheyAreKillingUs: 5 keys to understanding the systematic murder of social leaders in Colombia

#TheyAreKillingUs: 5 keys to understanding the systematic murder of social leaders in Colombia

DEMOCRACIAABIERTA 9 July 2018 (also in Spanish) After months of continuous protests by hundreds of activists and organizations against the unpunished murders of social, community, ethnic and rural leaders, the situation is still out of control Colombian society, following the death of up to 7 community… »

09.07.2018

“What to the American slave is your 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones teads Frederick Douglass’s historic speech

“What to the American slave is your 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones teads Frederick Douglass’s historic speech

In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth… »

09.07.2018

British Jews are speaking out on Israel. Will the progressive community have our back?

British Jews are speaking out on Israel. Will the progressive community have our back?

We expected attacks on anti-occupation voices by Britain’s Jewish communal leaders. Now our progressive Jewish institutions are turning their backs on us when we need them most. By Emily Hilton In May of this year, a group of U.K.-based Jewish anti-occupation activists held a demonstration in London’s Parliament Square, where we… »

08.07.2018

Helsinki Calling!

Helsinki Calling!

Gathering at Kansalaistori Square: July 16th at 2 pm Start of the march: at 3 pm  Programme at Senate Square: 5 to 7 pm.  On July 16th, Finland will host a summit between US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Finland is a peaceful country, known for… »

07.07.2018

Massive Velatón [wake] in Colombia and the world for murdered social leaders

Massive Velatón [wake] in Colombia and the world for murdered social leaders

In more than 60 cities in Colombia and in 30 other cities around the world, a wake was held in protest against the murders of social leaders. According to the Publimetro portal, the number of people murdered between January 1, 2016 and July 5, 2018 is now 399. The concern… »

07.07.2018

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

By Alec Andersen A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document released by NBC News Monday has exposed the cynical effort by the Trump administration to use a court-ordered “family reunification” process to force immigrant parents with separated children into signing a document agreeing to deportation back to their country… »

06.07.2018

Two neoliberal infernos: Grenfell, and Piper Alpha 30 years on

Two neoliberal infernos: Grenfell, and Piper Alpha 30 years on

DAVID WHYTE 6 July 2018 for OpenDemocracy Profit-before-safety, warnings ignored, 239 people dead. Britain’s oil bonanza and London’s gentrification have much in common. Thirty years ago today the Piper Alpha oil platform exploded and was engulfed in flames killing 167 people. Only 61 survived in… »

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