by Mazin Qumsiyeh - Popular Resistance Humanitarian ships trying to peacefully break the illegal and immoral siege on Gaza were intercepted by the Israeli navy. But good people will keep trying to do good things against all odds. See this video for example about a Gaza initiative with colors https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CX34C2B1nt8
So far my trip to Europe is going great. And from what I hear from the volunteers and workers at the museum back in Bethlehem, there are also great news. The whirlwind tour of Europe began in Munich and goes through Leipzig, Berlin, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Zurich, Dornbrin, Bratislava, Vienna. Nine cites in in 12 days meant lots of trains and other modes of transportation.
Main two purposes are: signing my book on Sharing the Land of Canaan (out in German now); and, seeking collaborations and partnerships for our nascent museum of Natural History. This gives one time to read and reflect.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that, “heads should roll” at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, following an unedited re-screening, in conformity with normal practice, of last Monday night’s controversial “Q&A” panel discussion program. He also announced that the government was setting up an inquiry into the program, which will report its findings next Tuesday.
During the course of Monday night’s edition, acquitted terrorist suspect Zaky Mallah was permitted to ask a prepared and vetted question. Later, he was given the call to make a live comment, in which he referred to inflammatory remarks by junior government minister Steve Ciobo, a panellist on the program, as a reason why some young Muslim men might look to joining ISIS.
Since then, the government and its supporters in the media, especially the Murdoch press, have maintained an unending barrage, falsely claiming that the program and the ABC provided a platform for terrorism.
Such is the witch-hunt atmosphere being created, that the ABC has increased security measures at its offices after receiving threatening phone calls.
#NextPort Gaza Kevin Neish from the Freedom Flotilla boats
by Gaza Freedom Flotilla For the people of #Gaza today, the situation really is no better than it was at the end of the war. Freedom Flotilla III will try to get to Gaza to attempt to break the illegal and inhuman blockade of the strip.
The 'Marianne' fishing boat departed from Gothenburg (Sweeden) the 10th of May, and stoped in the Swedish ports of Malmö and Helsingborg, before reaching the ports of Copenhagen (Denmark), Kiel (Germany), Brest (France), Bueu (Galicia), Lisbon (Portugal), Motril (Spain), Palermo and Mesina (Italy), and Athens (Greece). After this solidarity, 3 more boats are accompanying 'Marianne' in its way to Gaza port.
Freedom Flotilla is a joint international peaceful, nonviolent action from civil society. More than 50 people, including politicians, human rights activists, university professors, journalists and even a member of Knéset (Israeli Parliament), of 20 countries from all around the world. The boats are loaded with: solar panels, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, and paintings of Sicilian children for the children of Gaza.
Two suspects from the extreme-right in Ukraine have been arrested for the killing of Oles Buzina two months ago. The extreme-right is running rampant in the country but Western media is silent.
Two people were arrested in Ukraine on June 18 for the murder of journalist Oles Buzina on April 16, 2015. The two are said to be members of neo-Nazi paramilitary forces. Andriy Medevko and Denys Polischuk appeared in court separately on June 19. They were initially denied bail and ordered to appear again in court in August.
Polischuk was released on bail on June 23. He was greeted upon release by a crowd of Right Sector members.
Bail of five 5 million hryvnia (US$230,000) was paid by Oleksiy Tamrazov, owner of the media conglomerate Media Group and one of the wealthiest gas/oil businessmen in Ukraine. (UNIAN News, June 23, 2015)
Both men are in their mid-20s. Korrespondent reported that a third suspect had been arrested. He was later released without charge.
Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent for the month of Ramadan.
“Thanks so much for remembering us…In fact we are the same if not worse. Our hearts are broken at the organized ruining of our country. We are targeted by those criminals and gangs coming from everywhere, even from the west who are all witnessing this drama and, if not supporting it, are keeping silent. We wonder what sin we committed to face this gloomy black fate. In fact, what is going on is beyond words.”
This courageous woman doctor never left the side of gravely ill children despite the great exodus of doctors due to kidnappings, assassinations and threats to their lives and families. Sadly she reports that another of her siblings has cancer, and she needs to leave the medical students for some days.
This happens she says regretfully in “the critical time of final exams.” She herself is a cancer survivor and both her mother and sister had cancer. They have no choice, she says, but to go on and try to survive.
Another long-time friend is working in southern Iraq in a job that will soon end. He is away from his family in Baghdad, and it is dangerous for him in the south, but he has no choice with a wife and seven children to support. There was already an assassination attempt on his life in Baghdad and houses near their own have been bombed. There are nightly explosions and gunfire, assassinations and kidnappings. Approximately 200 people across Iraq have been killed each day in this month alone.
Do not take the Latin American revolutions for granted.
They inspired the entire Planet. They brought hope to every corner of our scarred Earth. But now they are themselves in need of our support.
If left alone, they would thrive for decades and centuries. But the Empire is once again on the offensive. It is shaking with fury. It is ready to invade, to smash, burn to ashes all the hopes, all that which had been achieved.
Don’t believe in the “common wisdom” which proclaims that the rulers of the world simply “closed their eyes” more than a decade ago; that George W. Bush was “too busy” ravishing the Middle East, therefore “allowing” most of the Latin American countries to “sneak away” from the iron grip of the Empire.
Such “analyses” are as patronizing as they are false. The Empire never sleeps! What Latin America now has was built on its daring, its sweat, its genius and its blood – it fought against the Empire, courageously, for decades, losing its best sons and daughters. It fought for freedom, for justice and socialism.
The First Nations Leadership Council Demands a Fair Process for Treaty 8 First Nations in Court Over the Proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River
by First Nations Summit
June 25, 2015
VANCOUVER - The First Nations Leadership Council, composed of the executives from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the First Nations Summit, and the BC Assembly of First Nations, is extremely concerned that BC Hydro plans to start construction activities on Site C Dam as early as July 6, despite the fact that the court proceedings are still in motion and a decision on Site C proceeding has yet to be determined.
The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) will fully support the Treaty 8 First Nations to address this injustice and to prevent damage to the Peace River Valley.
The Treaty 8 First Nations received notice from BC Hydro that work at the dam site could commence as early as July 6.
BC Hydro wants to begin blocking off the main channel of the Peace River with large booms, bulldozing down giant trees, stripping away river bank habitat vital to bear dens, obliterating eagle nests, and impacting over 337 archaeological sites.
Toronto — The End Immigration Detention Network is releasing a secretive contract between the Ontario and Federal government which shows joint responsibility for immigration detention violations. Ontario has denied the existence of this agreement on multiple occasions, and it has not been released in previous requests under the Access to Information and Privacy Act.
“This contract clearly shows that Ontario and Canada have been working together to deprive immigrants of their freedom without charges or trial, and creating prison conditions that are resulting in misery and death,” says Tings Chak, organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network.
“It’s time to end the secrecy, and do a fundamental overhaul of the immigration detention system; immigration detention must end.”
The agreement came into effect on April 1, 2013 but was only signed by sitting Ontario Minister Yasir Naqvi on January 21, 2015. It must be renewed annually and can thus be cancelled in January 2016 by either party.
Over the year, I realized that the term ‘left’ is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed mostly by self-tailored ‘leftist’ western intellectuals. I grew to dislike it with intensity. But that has not always been the case.
My father was a communist, or so he called himself. He read the translated work of great communist and socialist thinkers, and passed on to me his own reading of what a socialist utopia could possibly be like. Living in a squalid refugee camp in Gaza, locked in by a heavily militarized sea to the west, and various Israeli ‘death zones’ everywhere else, a proletarian utopia was a great idea, where the peasants and the workers ruled unhindered.
Of course, there was a reason that made the fantasy particularly meaningful. Before the establishment of Israel on the ruins of historic Palestine, most Palestinians, who constituted the majority of the refugees after the war of 1948, were fellahin – or peasants.
Policed, or police State? That was the day one first question in my grade 11 Law class so many years ago; and how the answer to it has changed in our Canada. Witness Toronto the Good, where a policy of "your papers please" has been in effect for a decade.
So egregiously has To.'s so-called "carding" policy been applied, essentially becoming a form of racial profiling, that the Afrikan-Canadian community and its allies have taken to the streets. And, the mayor and council listened, promising a change to the system that allows police demand ID and answers to their questions from citizens doing nothing more than going about their business.
Ajamu Nangwaya is an educator, community organizer and advocate. He writes regularly on the issues of the day pertinent to his Toronto community, his articles being featured at such diverse outlets as the Toronto Star, Rabble.ca, the Black Agenda Report, and the Pride newspaper, and Briarpatch Magazine.
And; from cops to robber barons. Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion plans are currently undergoing a review. Theoretically, the National Energy Board process is open to the public, but according to a group of law students, accessing evidence and opinions submitted to the NEB is difficult. So, with an eye to improved transparency, especially where possible environmental impacts of Kinder Morgan's application are concerned, Accesskmxinfo.com was born.
Adam Cembrowski one of the students with AccessKMXInfo.com The second-year law student at the U. of Alberta holds a Masters of Science from U. of T. in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is pursuing a law degree to serve his interest in "making sure the public has access to, and can understand, information and research that can impact their lives."
Adam Cembrowski and putting the "People" back in the People's business in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week from the streets of our town, and beyond there too. But first, when does our freedom mean we are free to go?
June 28 will mark 6 years since the U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras took the people's government away from them. Thousands of people are still in the streets every week demanding that the wrongful president step down.
"Whoever's not jumping supports the coup!" is the shout as a sea of people leaps repeatedly into the air.
Honduras has not simply turned into the worst home of violent crime. And the people have not simply fled to the U.S. border (much compassion they'd receive there!) -- No, thousands and thousands of people in this little nation have taken back their land, occupied it, created communities, and built a future, with or without the coup.
BRITISH COLUMBIA - A group of law students has launched a website to make evidence submitted in the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion review process more accessible to citizens (see AccessKMXinfo.com).
"We are doing this to open up the review process. Although the National Energy Board's process is open to the public, it is not easy to navigate," said Adam Cembrowski, University of Alberta law student.
"Our website looks to improve upon this, letting people easily find and view the actual evidence submitted to the NEB - and make up their own minds about the project."
"Given the evidence submitted, which suggests the project could impact our economy, our communities, and the environment, we wanted to ensure that members of the public could easily find, review and share that information."
The Guardian recently made public a CIA document allowing the agency’s director to “approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research.”
At Guantanamo, the CIA gave huge doses of the terror-inducing drug mefloquine to prisoners without their consent, as well as the supposed truth serum scopolamine. Former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman has documented the CIA’s torturing people, sometimes to death, and can find no explanation other than research:
“[Why] were men of little or no value kept under these conditions, and even repeatedly interrogated, months or years after they’d been taken into custody? Even if they’d had any intelligence when they came in, what relevance would it have years later?
. . . One answer seemed to lie in the description that Major Generals [Michael] Dunlavey and [Geoffrey] Miller both applied to Gitmo. They called it ‘America’s battle lab.'”