The basis of Palestinian opposition to Israel’s actions has little to do with it being a Jewish state. Had it been a Hindu or a Buddhist state, the Palestinians would have been no less embittered. This article was a submission to the UK Parliamentary report into antisemitism emanating from the Middle East conflict, made in November 2014.
prospect of execution of two Australians in Indonesia has caught international
media attention, amid Australian protest. But these are part of a wider
official spasm, in a country dominated by a ‘tough on crime’ narrative.
I ask you to stand in solidarity with the just struggle of the Greek people, which is also the struggle of every citizen. Our people have been asked to go hungry to bail out debts created by a wealthy minority, not just in the country but internationally.
Following a Latin American coup, the first act of the generals and commanders
responsible was to remove the executive; the second was to shut down the
legislative. Rarely, if ever, did they touch the judiciary. Español.
En Latinoamérica, cada vez que generales y comandantes realizaban un golpe de estado, destituían primero al Poder Ejecutivo y después cerraban el Legislativo. Pero casí nunca tocaban al Poder Judicial. English.
The Netherlands, a mere 10
years behind the UK, seems eager to catch up. Twin pressures of
authoritarianism from above and neoliberalism from below make it necessary to
develop the democratic alternative put forward by the movement for a new
Globally the British government is pushing for better
protections for women, yet the same protections are unavailable to those seeking asylum. Asylum Aid is asking why a quarter of women’s claims are overturned on appeal.
April 1915 saw the start of the genocide against Armenians and other minorities in the former Ottoman Empire. Erdoğan hopes he can ignore
the anniversary and it will go away—while Armenian politics is stuck in victim
The elephant in the recent Eurogroup meeting room was Greece's 2010 failed structural readjustment programme, admonished by Yanis Varoufakis as 'fiscal waterboarding'. Why does Germany persist in defending it?
Last week the
European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected a Polish appeal on CIA-prison
cases involving the violation of numerous human rights' guarantees on behalf of
two Guantanamo detainees. This was an important lesson.
If Hadi is to build on the popularity he gained in recent
days, he needs to prove that he is the rightful heir to the 2011
revolution. That is the kind of support Hadi needs from the international
community, not just kind words and drones.
The US president went on the front foot against
fundamentalist violence in the Middle East at a summit in Washington. But he
was hobbled by his failure to place human rights in the region front and
ensure those in need of international protection receive it, attention must be
given to the impact of the societal, political and institutional context on decision-makers’
ability to assess an applicant’s credibility.
The paradox of mass state surveillance, as the
answer to non-state violence, is that it can overlook the intelligence targeted
law enforcement finds and render critical infrastructures vulnerable—never mind
threatening fundamental freedoms.
The motives of many young would-be jihadists are childlike—the
appeal of becoming ‘super-heroes’ to fill an existential void. The author meets a comic book writer aiming to lead them in a different direction.
past four World Conferences on Women have galvanized activism and
strengthened women's movement building. Now is the time to assess and rethink the
decision not to convene a 5th global gathering of women.