Throughout July, Zionist groups carried out a number of attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and Palestinian institutions in Italy. They attacked and abused seven young Italians in Rome. One of the victims was accosted merely for wearing a ...
The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has generated a series of standoffs. Outside Aristide's house in the suburb of Tabarre, his supporters have gathered several times in the past weeks to protest announced efforts to arrest him and have usually been dispersed with tear gas by Haitian police and UN soldiers. Inside the Courthouse Judge Lamarre Belizaire insists that the police execute an arrest warrant he issued on August 14, while his chief judge issues contradictory statementsabout whether the effort to have him recused—now before Haiti's Cour de Cassation (Supreme Court)—affects the warrant's validity. In the court of public opinion, Aristide's lawyers—who have not been allowed any hearings or access to the case file—argue that the Judge Belizaire is an illegally-appointed judge following a deeply flawed process to harass an opponent of the government that named him.
Economics journalism in South Africa needs to wake up and smell the coffee. As things stand, the profession and its practitioners are apparently ill equipped to relate to recent developments, just as were professional economists when the crash of 2008 stunned the discipline. Unless the media recognises the need for a genuine contest of ideas and diversity of opinions, and starts to speak to the economic experiences of the majority of South Africans, then its future could be bleak indeed. After all, relevance is the most important guarantor of sustainability, not closeness to where the wealth lies in society at this current moment.
Calling for peace and an end to ever-expanding military intervention, up to one thousand protesters joined a march in Newport, Wales on Thursday, protesting the NATO summit taking place there September 4-5.
Almost a decade ago, Saadi Youssef began his poem "Imru' al-Qays' Grandson" by asking: "Is it your fault that once you were born in that country? / Three quarters of a century / and you still pay from your ebbing blood / its ...
The BDS Ad Hoc Committee was struck at the September 2013 UTGSU General Council meeting to respond to the motion passed at the December 2012 UTGSU Annual General Meeting (the highest decision-making...
There are many diseases and disorders that are effectively coded white or black, depending on whether they are associated with modernity (white) or socially backward (black) ways of life. The prevailing view is that black Africans living in Western countries are the diseased other who pose a threat to the health of whites. In Israel, blood donated by Africans was, until 2007, discarded by Israeli hospitals because of the belief that Africans are diseased. In New Zealand, mandatory HIV testing was demanded from the first settlement of African refugees. Today at least a dozen West Africans with mild flu symptoms are being isolated in European countries such as Spain, Ireland, Germany and Austria even though Ebola explosions largely afflict African people living in poverty and the health care workers who serve them.
In April of 2013, the Arab Media Center at the University of Westminster's CAMRI hosted its annual Arab media studies conference under the title of “New Media, New Politics?” At a critical juncture in the progress of the region’s uprisings, the ...
[The following letter, signed by faculty from sixteen colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), was released on 1 September 2014. For more information, or to sign on as a CUNY faculty signatory or an affiliate supporter, click here.] As ...
People around the world understand the battle for net neutrality as a defining moment for the Internet.
ThoughtWorks is joining Big Telecom vs. The World, a global effort of more than 50 groups in 22 countries who are calling on individuals, organizations and companies to be part of the historic campaign.
Aijaz Ahmad, the well-known political commentator discusses with Newsclick the so-called rescue of the Yazidis by the US, when in reality, on the ground it was Kurdish forces -- PKK forces from Turkey and YPG from Syria -- who had come to their rescue. Aijaz believes that the US wanted a change of guard -- replacing al Maliki with Haider al Abadi, and refusing to aid the Baghdad forces against IS before was a part of this plan. he also felt that though the current fighting is a danger to the Mosul Dam, held to be the most dangerous dam in the world, ISIS or IS, would not be able to hold it for long. . Aijaz also pointed out the recent concessions that Iran has made to the US and that this indicates a tacit understanding in Iraq of Iran, Baghdad forces and the US against IS. He suggested that chances are that IS would now turn to Syria for its next set of targets, where the US still seems to want a regime change. Despite the rise of forces such as IS, which could be against the interests of the US, the longterm objectives of the US to remake this whole region into a patchwork of ethnic and religious states still continues.
Firoze Manji's insight:
Newsclick is a site worth keeping an eye on - some of the best analyses to be found
Some experts say that the Chinese engagement in African agriculture is still in the exploratory stage.
Firoze Manji's insight:
Like so many articles of the same kind, if you go through the details about China's involvement in Africa presented in the article you find sparse evidence of China's engagement with agriculture. China trades with Africa, but it is really difficult to find evidence of its investment or exploitation in agricultural exploitation. We need to compare whatever figures there may be with the investments and exploitation of Europe (see EPAs), Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the USA.
Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action. - 2014/09/03
The death of a black teenager at the hands of a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent war-like response by the police to the protests expose a culture of hatred for the black community and the militarisation of the police in the United States. By Vijay Prashad