Politics

11.08.2011

Learning by example. Where the looters and rioters get their models.

London and other UK cities are descending into an uneasy, massive police deployment induced calm. The post-mortem has began, even if the beast is not quiet dead yet. Everybody has an opinion as to who’s to blame. Nobody is asking the kids (“thugs”? or “victims of social exclusion”?), now going through the courts, some as young as 10. »

11.08.2011

The Fightback is Under Way

If we want to understand why there have been widespread incidents of street violence across London for the past few days, we need look no further than the comments of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, when he announced this Wednesday, "a fight-back is under way!" As if it were another country that had invaded the city! »

10.08.2011

Obama Administration Again Fails Immigrant Communities

Disappointed and frustrated, New York advocates condemn Friday’s announcement from the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ), which brazenly announced its decision to bypass state governments and implement Secure Communities ( S-Comm ) and unilaterally terminate its Memorandum of Agreements ( MOAs ) with states. »

08.08.2011

Protest for Human Rights in Syria

Here we publish in full the open letter by the Chilean Community in Support of the Humanitarian Crisis taking place in Syria and which gave rise to a public demonstration at the Sirian embassy in Santiago, denouncing the extreme violation of human rights that this government has been carrying out for months. »

08.08.2011

London is burning, and it is spreading to other cities

Death of a Tottenham resident in North London by Police shooting sparks three nights of rioting, looting, firebombing and attacks on Police by members of minority communities and youth gangs. Recent cuts to services in areas already deprived and marginalised seem to have created a toxic atmosphere that only needed a trigger, and sure enough, it happened. »

06.08.2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Military Promotions Mock Abuse Victims. President Not Living Up to Promises of Impartial Justice

The Ouattara government has repeatedly promised to break with the past, when security forces were above the law. Yet rather than create an army likely to respect the rule of law, Ouattara has promoted commanders who were in command when atrocities took place and should be investigated, not rewarded. »

05.08.2011

Unwanted Missiles for a Korean Island

Gangjeong on Jeju Island, a pristine Unesco-designated ecological reserve where elderly Korean women sea divers, haenyo, continue to forage for seafood. It is also the site of a fierce resistance movement by villagers who oppose the construction of a South Korean naval base on the island that will become part of the US missile defense system ‘to contain China’. »

05.08.2011

Turkey Taming Omnipotent Military

In an unprecedented move, top four military commanders in Turkey stepped down from their posts on 29 July 2011. Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner, Land Forces Commander Gen. Erdal Ceylanoğlu, Naval Forces Commander Adm. Eşref Uğur Yiğit and Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Aksay asked to be retired with immediate effect. »

05.08.2011

PA Pledges to Prevent September Violence

The Palestinian Authority has ordered the organisation's security forces to prevent planned demonstrations in September from turning violent, according to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. The protests, sponsored by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, will coincide with the PA's bid for statehood at the UN on September 20. »

04.08.2011

Chilean Students Confirm New Protests

The Students Federation of Chile, the School of Professors and the Assembly of Secondary School Students confirmed on Wednesday that they will stage a march and a national strike to demand quality public education. The students will continue their mobilization and discuss in meetings countrywide the stand to be adopted against the government proposals. »

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