Daily Archives: July 8, 2014

Fifty Years After The Civil Rights Act, Let’s Take “Yes” For An Answer on Race Relations

racism-ruins-lives-logoThe fact that those in search of racism need to look so hard and can come up with largely ambiguous “microaggressions” as their result is evidence of how far our society has come.

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)     During the second week in April, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas hosted a summit on civil rights, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

The Economist noted that, “The fact that the Civil Rights Act can now be the subject of a major conference is, in itself, a sign of how much this country has changed since its passage.  In the early 1960s, opposition to racial equality was widespread, brutal and sometimes lethal. 

Genocide, Our Crime of No Consequence: (Some thoughts on what comes next)

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Richard III was King of England, and there he has the advantage over me. But he was a hunchback, and there I have the advantage over him. – Mark Twain

Kevin Annett Global News Centre

The Great Obfuscation Carries On…

(VANCOUVER ISLAND) Children who are routinely raped and tortured don’t smile, despite the blank grimace they must don for official photographs. That’s why I knew the just-released books I came across yesterday on a Vancouver news stand were not simply bullshit, but well crafted ones, complete with front cover images of cheery-faced, well groomed youths. But since the books had to do with Indian residential schools, the lie is not only acceptable, but required now more than ever, here in Canada.

Plumlee’s Thought For Today

Global News Centre reporter/photographer Robert "Tosh" Plumlee

Global News Centre reporter/photographer Robert “Tosh” Plumlee. Photo by Tim King

We raped their resources; took food from their tables; destroyed their way of life and executed those who would not go along with the program… all in the name of democracy and freedom

Robert “Tosh” Plumlee Global News Centre

(LAS CRUCES) We seem to have forgotten that We the People of the United States stood by and did nothing when we shipped guns and destabilized the countries of Central America during the ‘Cold War’, for the sake of freedom, or so we were told.

Three international experts tapped to assist with UN-mandated Sri Lanka conflict probe

Former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari, former Governor-General and High Court judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright (center) and former President of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission Asma Jahangir (right ). UN Photos/Stephenie Hollyman, Mark Garten, Jean-Marc Ferre.

Former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari, former Governor-General and High Court judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright (center) and former President of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission Asma Jahangir (right ). UN Photos/Stephenie Hollyman, Mark Garten, Jean-Marc Ferre.

“Once again, I encourage the Government and people of Sri Lanka to cooperate fully with this investigation which can help shed light on the truth, and advance accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” – Navi Pillay

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(GENEVA) Three distinguished experts have agreed to advise the United Nations-mandated investigation into alleged human rights violations committed during the final stages of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

Massive Israeli war starts with destroying civilians’ homes in Gaza

gaza-attacked-542“We are preparing for a long operation. Tonight the army attacked 50 targets in Gaza, three from the sea and the rest from the air.” – unnamed Israeli official

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(GAZA) After Israeli airstrikes Monday morning killed nine Palestinians in Gaza, the Israeli military stepped up the airstrikes on Gaza Tuesday morning, dropping more than 50 bombs on the besieged coastal Strip. Israeli officials announced that the airstrikes were just the first of many.

The Israeli military has amassed a number of troops on the border. In the air strikes in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Israeli air force bombed the homes of four Palestinian families in Gaza.

Calling Presbyterians “Anti-Semites” Hasn’t Silenced The Church

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The companies from which the Presbyterians divested play an important role in Israel’s occupation policies.

 

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)  In June, the Presbyterian Church (USA) became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians. The church’s General Assembly, meeting in Detroit, voted 310-303 to sell stock in Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.

Sri Lanka must do more to rein in hate speech, faith-based violence – UN rights experts

A man injured in communal violence between Muslims and Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Photo: IRIN

A man injured in communal violence between Muslims and Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Photo: IRIN

“The Government must end the violence and put in place urgent protective measures to ensure the personal security of all individuals belonging to religious minority communities living in the country,” Rita Izsák, the Special Rapporteur on minority issues

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(GENEVA) Aiming to stem the tide of violent attacks and recrimination against Sri Lanka’s Muslim and Christian communities, a group of United Nations human rights experts called today on the Government to adopt urgent measures to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based hatred and end “the atmosphere of impunity” fuelling hate speech and violence by Buddhist extremists.

Palestinian Boy Burned to Death

father-of-muhammadPalestinians believe the death of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, “was a revenge killing for the earlier deaths of three Israeli teens” near Hebron, in the West Bank.

Dr. James M. Wall Global News Centre

(CHICAGO) The headline for Jodi Rudoren’s July 5 New York Times story captures the ugly report in all of its appalling harshness.

“Autopsy Suggests Palestinian Teenager Was Burned to Death After Abduction”

Tamil woman raped by Sri Lankan soldiers to be deported

sri-lanka-flgWeeks after William Hague’s summit on sexual violence in conflict, the British government is to deport a Tamil woman back to Sri Lanka, despite claims she was repeatedly raped by Sri Lankan soldiers.

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(LONDON) The Tamil woman came to the UK in 2010, soon after the end of the country’s civil war, and says that she was repeatedly raped while held in detention by Sri Lankan soldiers before she left the country.

Despite serious concerns that she is at risk of rape at the hands of authorities if she is forcibly returned to Sri Lanka, because of her previous involvement in the LTTE rebel group and her previous abuse, her application for asylum has been turned down.

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