Category: Rights

International Workers Memorial Day and attack on press freedom in Afghanistan

Motion 157 This DM notes that, more than sixteen years after the murder of the investigative journalist and Belfast Branch officer Martin O’Hagan, there have been no convictions for the crime, despite the identities of those who ordered and carried out the assassination being widely known. Noting the failure of the investigation by UK police services,…

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Whose blood is thicker, theirs or ours?

Many years ago, Edward Said, the towering Palestinian American intellectual who founded the academic field of post-colonialist studies said in Orientalism: ‘Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy,…

The Passover massacre in Gaza, the long history of Palestinian resistance

Israeli and Palestinian leaders blamed each other for the deaths of at least 15 Palestinians in Gaza Strip on last Friday. cation.The UN envoy for Palestine Riyad Mansour told the council that more than 1,400 Palestinian civilians had been injured. It was the single deadliest day in the Israel-Palestine conflict since the 2014 Gaza war.…

Syria: sex for aid. Women, war and charities

A new scandal breaks in the world of charities. After those surrounding Oxfam, aid workers operating in Syria in the behalf of the UN and international charities have been charged with sexual exploitation against vulnerable women in Syria. According to the UN report “Voices from Syria 2018”, indeed, sexual exploitation and harassment of women and…

UN approves 30-day for Syria’s Ghouta ceasefire

Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, have killed more than 500 civilians and more than 2,500 wounded during a week of intense bombardment in the Eastern Ghouta. The victimes include 121 children, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Aid groups report several hospitals being put out of action. According to the Syrian-American Medical Society,…

The point of Florida shooting

The teenage charged with unleashing one of America’s worst school shootings may have chosen Valentine’s Day to strike after the end of a relationship with a girlfriend. Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people at his former school in Parkland, an suburb north of Miami, Florida. Police said he Cruz fired an AR-15 assault-style rifle for…