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Human Rights: Karl Sabbagh

Karl Sabbagh

Karl Sabbagh

Although Palestinians know their own history only too well, many people in the west have only the vaguest of ideas about the history of the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. 

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Global News Centre

(BETHLEHEM) I met many people in my short visit to Europe (and I am really home sick for Palestine). The most interesting was Lebanese Soha Beshara. Soha gave a talk on Gaza in France. It was very moving. Soha spent 10 years in the infamous Al-Khayyam prison in South Lebanon during the Israeli occupation. She was tortured like many who spent time in that prison. She, a Lebanese Christian, had shot Antoun Lahd (the criminal who worked as a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation).

DREAMLAND (Book review)


DREAMLAND by by Sam Quinones

The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones.

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)    My friend, Sam Quinones, former newspaper reporter with the L.A. Times very nicely had his publisher send me an advanced copy of his book Dreamland to be released April 21.

I do not profess to be a book reviewer, but I am knowledgeable after 13 years of hard work on how the prescription opioid epidemic is destroying families every day throughout the country

I encourage every family in the U.S. and Canada dealing with the addiction and potential death of loved ones to prescription opioids or heroin to order a copy of Dreamland.  It is available on Amazon.  (http://www.amazon.com/Dreamland-True-Americas-Opiate-Epidemic/dp/1620402505) Sam Quinones has exposed the dirty world of the pharmaceutical industry.

Why I won’t make the prescription opioid epidemic of death and addiction personal!



This is about justice for every family in the country dealing with the catastrophic loss of life to addiction and death deliberately accomplished in a successful effort for Purdue Pharma to make billions of dollars. 

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  On April 29, 2002 my daughter Jill was “killed” by OxyContin prescribed to her for back pain.  I use the word “killed” because the opioid had been marketed criminally by Purdue Pharma as less likely to be addictive or dangerous.  I went through the emotional roller coaster of grief after Jill’s death and even attended some bereaved parent support group meetings.  After each meeting, I drove home in tears.  It felt as though a Band-Aid was being ripped off my heart each time and I only attended three meetings.  I grieved with friends who were there for me to talk and I found my car to be a place of refuge where I could cry as I drove.

Human Rights: Iran nuclear deal and actions



We should familiarize ourselves with the 1916 Sykes–Picot Agreement, the Jules Cambon and Belfour Declarations of 1917, with Paris Peace Conference 1919, with the San Rimo Conference 1920, the Seville Treaty down to the Oslo and Camp David accords and many other treacherous plans by the “west” and by the zionist movement to divide and conquer with help of petty tin-pot dictators in the Arab world. 

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Global News Centre

(BETHLEHEM)  Note: We are still looking for volunteers and supporters of our rapidly growing Palestine Museum of Natural History (http://palestinenature.org). I am also traveling to France and Norway next week and would love to connect with those in those countries.

Why Prescription Opioids/Heroin death and addiction still rages in U.S. and Canada


U.S. pain ambassadors

And are our veterans in V.A. hospitals going to be made guinea pigs by a wolf dressed as a physician in a white lab coat? You decide.

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Anyone dealing with the death or addiction of a loved one to prescription opioids – some leading to heroin – have heard comments made leading to the stigma of addiction.  “If only your child had played sports in high school.  They wouldn’t have become addicted to prescription drugs.”  In many cases that child did play sports and had an injury which was treated by a physician with prescription opioids.  “If only your family member had been shown more love, they wouldn’t be battling addiction — or you wouldn’t be battling grief.”  All the love in the world and all the activity to be filled in a day does not guarantee addiction will not come through your front door.  Don’t beat yourself up.  Beat up those responsible for this epidemic — and those ignoring this epidemic.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren leave trace sin their souls

Capture22Grandparents face a greater mental and physical wear, especially because they deal with difficult children from broken or troubled homes. Stress and fatigue related to work that originates responsibility are the main symptoms of the “slave grandmother” syndrome.

Clemente Ferrer Global News Centre

(MADRID)    A study entitled  The Generation of Transition; between Work and Retirement,  states that  thousands of  years ago, the family model “included not only a father and a mother who took care of good parenting; there was also a grandmother who helped them in this task.”

Grandparents  work  as  health,  guardians  and  teachers  of  their grandchildren. They allow many moms to be integrated into the labor market. Some families are going better, thanks to grandparents. And in  times  of  economic  instability,  these  gestures  are  more important.

Vykom: strategic nonviolent action against untouchability


Mahatma Gandhi image courtesy: websiteboyz.com

The Vykom struggle was designed by Gandhi to eliminate untouchability by ‘converting’ the high caste Hindus ‘by sheer force of character and suffering’.

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)  Why does nonviolent action work? And how good was Mohandas K. Gandhi as a nonviolent strategist? If you want high quality evidence in your search for answers to these two questions then I encourage you to read Professor Mary E. King’s latest book on the struggle against untouchability, unapproachability and unseeability in the south Indian village of Vykom during the 1920s. See ‘Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25 Vykom Satyagraha and the Mechanisms of Change’ http://www.oup.co.in/product/academic-general/sociology/111/gandhian-nonviolent-struggle-untouchability-south-india-192425-vykom-satyagraha-mechanisms-change/9780199452668

History is not always considered instructive and yet the major achievements, and failures, of nonviolent activists throughout the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries can be better understood if we understand what happened at Vykom.

Netanyahu wins, peace loses

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

Under Netanyahu, we can expect more Israeli settlements.  Consider that since 1967, settlement are now home to at least 541,000 Israelis, 341,000 in the West Bank and 200,000 in east Jerusalem.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  Benjamin Netanyahu has probably retained power in Israel as his Likud party won 29 seats in Parliament while the center-left Zionist Union had 24 seats.  The Likud Party is likely to form a coalition to put together a 61-seat majority.

Netanyahu said there would be no Palestinian state under his watch, a Palestinian must condition for any agreement.  This hardline position is tacitly endorsed by the U.S. Congress. After the election, Netanyahu backtracked on his no Palestinian state statement, his anti-Arab rhetoric and his lack of seriousness about negotiations toward a two-state outcome belies his about-face.  In short, Netanyahu has won and the possibility of a Israel-Palestine peace agreement has lost.

Violence Against Women: why we keep getting it wrong



If some of the people with whom we interact are particularly scared when people disagree with them, then they will tend to be more forthright in seeking our ‘agreement’ (especially, perhaps, in particular contexts).

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)   With the passing of another International Women’s Day, during which much attention around the world has again been focused on tackling violence against women, I would like to explain why none of the initiatives currently being proposed will achieve anything unless we acknowledge, and act on, the cause of this violence.

So let me briefly explain the fundamental cause of violence in our world, including the cause of violence against women, and invite you to do something very personal and effective about it.

Perpetrators of violence learn their craft in childhood. If you inflict violence on a child, it learns to inflict violence on others. The terrorist suffered violence as a child. The individual who perpetrates violence in the home, in the schoolyard or on the street suffered violence as a child. The man who inflicts violence on women suffered violence as a child.

Vaccination News: Australia to forcibly vaccinate population through aerosol spraying

vaccination-aerosolAerial vaccines have used in the United States directed towards animals by the use of plastic packets dropped by planes or helicopters.

Global News Centre

(THE VIRAL POST)   The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) is on its way to approve a licence application from PaxVax Australia (PaxVax) for the intentional release of a GMO vaccine consisting of live bacteria into the environment in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.

According to the regulator, it qualifies as a limited and controlled release under section 50A of the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act).

PaxVax is seeking approval to conduct the clinical trial of a genetically modified live bacterial vaccine against cholera. Once underway the trial is expected to be completed within one year, with trial sites selected from local government areas (LGAs) in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

Why do we fear challenging authority?



If some of the people with whom we interact are particularly scared when people disagree with them, then they will tend to be more forthright in seeking our ‘agreement’ (especially, perhaps, in particular contexts).

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)  Have you ever noticed your own inclination, or that of other people, to believe what you/they are told by someone seen to be in authority?

For example, did you know that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center buildings 5, 6 and 7 was a false flag operation? That is, 911 was organised by the US and/or Israeli elite(s) and their agents in order to enable them to manipulate public opinion to support their subsequently initiated perpetual war in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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