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Robert E Lee's Treason Still Divides & Kills

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:30 am | Harvey Wasserman

Yet another deadly firestorm now swirls around Robert E. Lee. As his statues head to the ash heap, a life defined by slavery, betrayal, and slaughter again divides our nation. More >>

Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:25 am | David Swanson

1. Let’s start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and ... More >>

Indonesia: At Least 60 Killed as Police Shootings Skyrocket

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 11:22 am | Amnesty International

The number of police killings of suspected drug dealers has skyrocketed in Indonesia this year, an alarming rise which signals that authorities could be looking to emulate the murderous “war on drugs” in neighbouring Philippines, Amnesty International ... More >>

INDIA: Independence Day for cows as hospitals massacre

Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 4:19 pm | AHRC

How exactly can one react to a republic that lets more than 60 of its children die in just 48 hours for the want of oxygen as the company supplying oxygen to the hospital had stopped it after repeated warnings for the same over non-payment of Rs. 68 Lakhs? ... More >>

Trade Agreement Allows Queensland Procurement Policy

Monday, 14 August 2017, 12:29 pm | AFTINET

“Trade Minister Ciobo is wrong to suggest that the Queensland government procurement policy to give preference to small local suppliers contradicts Australia’s current trade agreements. All of these agreements have exceptions which allow some preference ... More >>

Backward Steps: The Australian Recycling Sham

Monday, 14 August 2017, 11:36 am | Binoy Kampmark

The green conscience received a setback last week with revelations that the Australian recycling industry is not what it seems. The middle class sensibility here is simple and dismissive: bin it and forget about it. Place the sorted items in the appropriate ... More >>

Believing in Deterrence: Responding to North Korea

Monday, 14 August 2017, 11:33 am | Binoy Kampmark

The chit-chatterati on the international relations circuit have been humming with each ballistic missile test and next provocation over how best to cope with the cruel dictator in Pyongyang. While Donald Trump persists in an ever escalating slope of ... More >>

Does it really matter if Netanyahu ends up behind bars?

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 1:35 pm | Neve Gordon

Does it really matter if Netanyahu ends up behind bars? Neve Gordon “Background noise,” was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness. The ... More >>

Historic ruling set to decide future of Brazilian tribes

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 1:17 pm | Survival International

Brazil’s Supreme Court will next week deliver a historic judgement on tribal territories which could strike the greatest blow to indigenous land rights since the country’s military dictatorship. The judgement will be delivered on Wednesday 16th August. ... More >>

PAKISTAN: A tribute to Dr. Ruth Pfau

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:34 pm | AHRC

PAKISTAN: A tribute to Dr. Ruth Pfau: who successfully fought and controlled leprosy in country More >>

SRI LANKA: Is the Criminal Procedure Act still valid?

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:33 pm | AHRC

The procedures that should be followed by the police in the investigations into crime are found in the Criminal Procedure Code of Sri Lanka (CPC). Ever since the British introduced the basic procedures for investigations of crime based on their own laws, ... More >>

Myanmar: UN rights expert urges restraint

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:31 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (11 August 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine State in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region. More >>

Venezuela sanctions would worsen plight of suffering people

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:30 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (11 August 2017) – Sanctions are not the answer to the growing crisis in Venezuela and the international community should not impose them, United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy has said. More >>

Release of Canadian pastor in North Korea

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:29 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (11 August 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the release of Canadian Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who had been detained in North Korea since February 2015. “I am delighted by Pastor Lim’s release from prison on humanitarian ... More >>

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Gaza

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:28 pm | UNHCR

We are deeply concerned about the steady deterioration in the humanitarian conditions and the protection of human rights in Gaza. More >>

Iran execution of a young man sentenced as a child

Friday, 11 August 2017, 8:28 pm | UNHCR

UN rights expert outraged at Iran execution of a young man sentenced as a child More >>

Modernised taxation system for the Solomon Islands

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 4:48 pm | Joint Press Release

Honiara, Solomon Islands – The Solomon Islands Inland Revenue Division (IRD) announced plans to modernize the Government’s Revenue Management System, vastly transforming the tax and payment landscape in the Solomon Islands. More >>

Australia: Dismantling Tent City

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 3:03 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It all began as a series of daring accretions starting last December. Now, Tent City in Sydney’s Martin Place has become something of an institution, albeit of the fleeting sort. But this gathering of the homeless, rather than being considered a ... More >>

‘The Palestine Exception’

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 2:54 pm | Ramzy Baroud

‘The Palestine Exception’: War on BDS is now a War on American Democracy By Ramzy Baroud There is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. The US ... More >>

Trump’s Psychopathy Threatens Stability

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 2:51 pm | John Stanton

Trump’s Psychopathy Threatens the Internal Stability of the United States and the World By John Stanton “In the early 1800s, doctors who worked with mental patients began to notice that some of their patients who appeared outwardly normal had what ... More >>

Kiwi company helps bring joy of sport to Fijian school

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 2:40 pm | Packaworld

Media release Packaworld International 9 August 2017 Kiwi company helps bring sport back to Fijian school New Zealand company Packaworld International has sent portable football goals to the Fijian village of Namara to help bring the joy of sport to ... More >>

New Council member part of Rwanda’s recovery

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 1:34 pm | Lincoln University

New Lincoln University Council member, Emeritus Professor James McWha, could not turn down an opportunity in 2013 to help Rwanda recover from that terrible time by setting up its only public university. More >>

Promises of Incineration: The Nuclear Playground Gets Busy

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 3:28 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“I don’t know what he’s saying and I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says.” Senator John McCain on President Donald J. Trump, Aug 8, 2017 More >>

Poll Shows Strong Kiwi Support for Jewish State

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 10:35 am | IINZ

A new poll on the attitudes of New Zealanders to Israel, commissioned by the Israel Institute of New Zealand and conducted by Curia Research, shows four times as many kiwis support Israel as are opposed to the Jewish State. Fifty-five percent of almost ... More >>

Gay Plebiscites: Australia’s Crisis on Same-Sex Marriage

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 9:51 am | Binoy Kampmark

What a fabulous mess. And a churning one it is for the Australian government, now mired in yet another farce of weak leadership and bullying factions. A mess for those who feel that this issue need never have gotten this far. A mess for others who just ... More >>

David Swanson - Purposeless Death in Syria

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 9:31 am | David Swanson

Statement by David Swanson as Director of World Beyond War at DC press conference August 8, 2017. More >>

Apple’s China Surrender

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:54 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“This is very dangerous precedent which can lead to same moves in countries like UAE etc. where government control access to internet.” Star VPN, Twitter, Jul 30, 2017 More >>

Fiji Government receives equipment through EU-SPC

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 4:39 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

For Immediate Release Suva, Fiji – The Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC), Dr Colin Tukuitonga and the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs today handed over equipment valued at approximately F$300,000 ... More >>

Forum Smaller Island Countries Discuss Regional Priorities

Monday, 7 August 2017, 4:55 pm | Forum Secretariat

Forum Smaller Island Countries Discuss Regional Priorities Suva, Fiji (August 7, 2017) – The ownership of the regional development agenda and ensuring inclusive mechanisms in the implementation of the Smaller Island States Strategy 2016 – 2020 ... More >>

PM Sogavare Says WWII Brought Important Lessons

Monday, 7 August 2017, 4:43 pm | Solomon Islands Government

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says World War II has taught the world important lessons when he paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom during the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. More >>

Media commentator on North Korea

Monday, 7 August 2017, 4:17 pm | Massey University

ATTN: expert NZ-based commentator on North Korea/nuclear ambitions/missile tests and capability/UN sanctions/China and US responses/ Dr Marc Lanteigne, Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University in Auckland Dr Lanteigne says “the ... More >>

No legislation before WTO procurement negotiations finished

Monday, 7 August 2017, 3:13 pm | AFTINET

“The Australian Fair Trade network of community groups condemns the attempt by the Coalition government to rush through implementing legislation for the WTO Government Procurement Agreement before the negotiations are even finished. This is like signing ... More >>

UN Sec-Gen On US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

Saturday, 5 August 2017, 3:19 pm | United Nations Secretary-General

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS In answers to questions received, I can confirm that today, 4 August 2017, the Secretary-General received, in his capacity as Depositary of the Paris Agreement, a communication from the Permanent Representative of the United ... More >>

Qatar Files WTO Complaints

Saturday, 5 August 2017, 2:55 pm | World Trade Organisation

Qatar has requested WTO dispute consultations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia concerning measures adopted by the three countries which allegedly restrict trade in goods and services from Qatar, and trade-related intellectual property ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Without respect for law legal prof will flounder

Saturday, 5 August 2017, 2:53 pm | AHRC

The darker side of Pakistan’s lawyers’ cartel has been exposed in the case of law student Khadija Siddiqui, who was stabbed 23 times by her class fellow, Shah Husain, the son of a senior Supreme Court lawyer. After this horrific attack, Khadija ... More >>

Venezuela must end systematic detentions

Saturday, 5 August 2017, 2:47 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (4 August 2017) - The Government of Venezuela must stop systematically detaining protesters and end the growing use of military tribunals to try civilians, a group of United Nations human rights experts* has said. More >>

Government complicity in ethnic-based massacres in Kasai

Saturday, 5 August 2017, 2:46 pm | UNHCHR

DRC: Victims’ harrowing accounts indicate Government complicity in ethnic-based massacres in Kasai – UN report GENEVA (4 August 2017) – Violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be taking on an increasing ... More >>

Federal Republic Of West Papua

Friday, 4 August 2017, 6:54 pm | Yoab Syatfle

After formed state of the Federal Republic of West Papua at the Third Papuan People’s Congress in Jayapura West Papua on October 17 to 19 October 2011 at the Lapangan Zakeus Tunas Harapan Padang Bulan Abepura Jayapura. This assembly was the highest ... More >>

SurfAid Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Friday, 4 August 2017, 1:46 pm | SurfAid

Saving babies begins with breastmilk. In the first few months of life, breastfed babies are six times more likely to survive than children who are not breastfed. Despite this statistic, globally, only 36% of infants under six months are exclusively ... More >>

New Zealand firefighters to help combat Canadian wildfires

Friday, 4 August 2017, 11:46 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is deploying firefighters and incident management specialists to help contain wildfires raging in Canada. More >>

First mission to Samoa by a UN human rights expert group

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 6:21 pm | UNHCHR

Discrimination against women: First mission ever to Samoa by a UN human rights expert group More >>

Boris Johnson in Australia

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 4:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“We [Australians and Britons] can talk to each other as we can with no one else, but you can’t revert to a world that’s now disappeared.” Allan Gyngel, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 1, 2017 More >>

Trump on Signing New Russian Sanctions into Law

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 12:17 pm | The White House

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” More >>

Child Rescue is New Name for International Non-Profit

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 8:57 am | Child Rescue

The New Zealand division of an international charity who rescue children from the sex-trafficking trade is adopting a new name, Child Rescue . More >>

Handover of water system to Lamap community

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 4:46 pm | Joint Press Release

Handover of water system to Lamap community At least 1,499 people access safe water and sanitation Port Vila, 2 August 2017: The Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and its partners, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), United ... More >>

The Failure of the Murray Darling Basin Plan

Monday, 31 July 2017, 4:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Water is gold to survival, the indispensable, the vast feeder for human civilization. Its absence entails certain death; its decline brings out the prospect that a civilisation might well collapse. When a water crisis is announced, panic sets in. Officials ready ... More >>

Fanciful Terrors: Bomb Plots and Australian Airport Security

Monday, 31 July 2017, 4:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In the classroom of international security, Australia remains an infant wanting attention before the older hands. During the Paris Peace talks, Prime Minister William Morris (“Billy”) Hughes screamed and hollered Australia’s wishes to gain greater concessions ... More >>

Honduras human rights

Saturday, 29 July 2017, 1:18 pm | UNHCHR

Senior UN human rights official urges increased protection of human rights defenders after his visit to Honduras More >>

Secretary-Gen on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Saturday, 29 July 2017, 1:17 pm | United Nations Secretary-General

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea More >>

Leaders call for regional Ocean Science Centre

Saturday, 29 July 2017, 12:53 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Noumea, New Caledonia – Pacific Island countries and territories at the Pacific Community’s (SPC) 10th governing body conference in Noumea have called for the establishment of a Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science. More >>

Briefing Notes - Vietnam, Venezuela

Saturday, 29 July 2017, 12:07 pm | UNHCHR

(1) Vietnam We are concerned about the intensifying crackdown against human rights defenders in Vietnam who have questioned or criticised the Government and its policies. On Tuesday, a well-known activist, Tran Thi Nga, was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment ... More >>

Tanzania Reported attacks on persons with albinism decline

Saturday, 29 July 2017, 12:05 pm | UNHCHR

Tanzania: “Reported attacks against persons with albinism decline, but root causes still rife in rural areas” – UN expert More >>

APTC partners with FHEC

Saturday, 29 July 2017, 11:37 am | Joint Press Release

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) and the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) have agreed to work collaboratively towards building the capacity of technical, vocational education and training (TVET) in Fiji. More >>

$1 Billion in U.S. Weapons Sales, Plus $261 Million More

Friday, 28 July 2017, 1:30 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- After the U.S. sold weapons to Thailand worth $1 billion during the past decade, this year's $261 million in U.S. arms deals will strengthen the current coup-installed military government against political opponents and Islamist ... More >>

Mum Did It: The Canavan Argument and Citizenship

Friday, 28 July 2017, 1:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“A real Italian never blames his mum.” Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, SBS, Jul 27, 2017 More >>

Speeding up progress against HIV among youth

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 9:31 am | International Aids Society

(Paris, France) – The world has made great strides in reducing the impact of HIV, and AIDS-related deaths are on the decline in every age group – except among adolescents. New UNAIDS estimates show that young people continue to be at elevated risk for HIV ... More >>

Observer Statement by Meg Taylor to the Pacific Community

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 4:42 pm | Pacific Islands Forum

Observer Statement by Meg Taylor DBE to the Pacific Community (SPC) Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA) More >>

Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 4:00 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War? By Ramzy Baroud Israel, which has played a precarious role in the Syrian war since 2011, is furious to learn that the future of the conflict is not to its liking. The six-year-old Syria ... More >>

Biological Annihilation on Earth Accelerating

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 3:54 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also destroy the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible. More >>

Refugee Conundrums: the UN and the US-Australia Deal

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 3:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Having poured scorn and not an indecent amount of bile upon the refugee deal between the Obama administration and Canberra last year, US President Donald Trump was never going to make things easy for the resettlement of various groups held on Nauru and ... More >>

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