In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 18- 24 February 2016, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. The IMEMC is a media collective. We are independent journalists producing and distributing the authentic voices of the people. We are located in Beit Sahour, in the Occupied West Bank, and we welcome new volunteers and contributors. IMEMC is a media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide independent media coverage of Israel-Palestine.
Thousands of Palestinians who have entry permits, along with residents of East Jerusalem cut off by the separation wall, must pass through the Israeli military’s Qalandiya checkpoint every morning and evening in order to go…
Last month the Peterson Institute for International Economics released a new study that projected the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the U.S. economy. The study projected that whe…
It belched methane into the sky over Los Angeles for 16 weeks straight until it was finally plugged on February 11. Now, a new study has confirmed what many thought was the case, that the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout was the largest methane leak in U.S. history, releasing over 90,000 tonnes (100,000 tons) of gas into the air.
It’s time to start seriously worrying: he might win.
Source: The trouble with Donald Trump
This week we had a shock 50-50 Newspoll result, a 3% gain for Labor since the last Newspoll three weeks ago. However, other polling this week has been better for the Coalition. Here is this week’s poll…
While the Chinese government’s response to Australia’s defence white paper was forcefully delivered, state media coverage was low-key.
In politics today, there is too much misinformation associated with economics and too many opportunities for politicians to hoodwink people into believing something because it sounds right, rather than something else, which is right. If people understood the principle of the three sectoral balances, which is an accounting principle not a matter of opinion, they would…
Sunday 28 February 20161 1 Who said this? ‘I am a reformer by nature, very much so’ ‘Everything, every single element, is on the table. And I know that always means that someone can then run a scare campaign, but I’m sorry, we’ve got to stop [this]. This is part of the political tradition I’m…
The school LGBTI program, the Safe Schools Coalition, has become such a political football in recent weeks, as politicians and lobby groups on both sides of the fence aim to score cheap points through
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has hit out at China, saying Australia and the Asian superpower do not share common values, despite being closely linked by trade.Speaking in Japan overnight, Abb
In 20 years, you will probably be a casual worker and your office will be shared with strangers … that is if a robot isn’t doing your job.
It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song “War,” sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That was at the height of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the song, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, became something of a sensation. Even so many years later, who could forget its famed chorus?
Could Malcolm Turnbull have a secret leadership deal with Abbott? This may explain the change of prime minister without a change of policy, writes Peter Hartcher.
Saturday 27 February 2016 Never in the history of this nation have corporations, rich individuals, and the Government that supports them, been so openly brazen. The Australian Tax system is absolutely riddled with rorts for corporations and the privileged. The Abbott/Turnbull Government has shown an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful…
Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he would have won this year’s election, while defending his 2014 budget.
On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against an important piece of the climate solution puzzle: India’s ambitious program to create homegrown solar energy. The ruling shows that decades-old, over-reaching trade rules are out of sync with the global challenge to transition to 100 percent clean energy.
The results are in: Australian households have more debt compared to the size of the country’s economy than any other in the world. Economist Philip Soos reports.
Uber, the Silicon Valley tech giant valued at over $60 billion, paid an astonishingly low tax rate of just … hang on a second! Is that a little puppy? It is! Oh my god it’s so cute! Come and look at this. I’m going to die it’s so cute. Look how small he is. He’s so tiny! Come here you little thing.
Figures released from the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance found that Uber’s tax as a percentage of its earnings was just. Stop it! No! They’re delivering puppies? What actual puppies? To workplaces? Fuck off! Let’s order one right now. That. Is. So. Adorable. This is too much!
Uber, which employs 20,000 people in Australia, responded to the enquiry by saying. Who’s a good boy? Yes you are! Yes you are! Look at those little floppy ears. Where’s your ball? Who’s got your ball? Who’s got your ball? Come and have a cuddle.
Larrie Butler, a 90-year-old African-American man, was born in Calhoun County, South Carolina, at a time when the South was segregated during Jim Crow. He moved to Maryland after serving in the military and attending college, but returned to South Carolina in 2010.
Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and for whom the world is run.
Just weeks after we learned budget cuts to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will force the loss of 110 climate researchers at the agency, the Federal Government is funding a new ‘growth centre’ for the fossil fuel industry. Christopher Pyne, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, announced this week that the government willMore
The government will build a fleet of 12 new submarines over the next 30 years, but what else could the $12.5 billion price tag for each vessel pay for?
ANALYSIS: The eruption of the Safe Schools crusade in the right-wing of the Liberal Party is the last thing Australia, or Malcolm Turnbull needs, writes Ben Eltham. On the face of it, you’d think a program that helps address bullying in high schools would be something all politicians would support. Adolescence is a wonderful butMore
Hicks has been treated abominably by both the U.S. and Australia. The UNHRC decision is a measure of vindication for him, reports Sarah Joseph (via The Conversation).
You have to laugh when you look at the economic record of this government. Either they just can’t win a trick or they really are economic imbeciles. I’m backing the latter because no one with an ounce of credibility could get it so wrong, so often. The latest faux pas has become evident in the…
Friday 26 February 2016 1 Its only fair, regardless of one’s political ideology to give credit where credit’s due. The Abbott/Turnbull government has done something truly remarkable. At the last election it accused the Labor party of being the worst financial managers in the country’s history. The budget was in crisis. Something had to be…
Facebook launched its new range of ‘Reactions’ around the world today, giving people the chance to label a post as ‘Sad’, ‘Wow’ or ‘Fucking Crazy’.
“Nothing says ‘Love’ like a heart, and nothing says ‘Fucking Crazy’ like a picture of Cory Bernardi’s little head,” a spokesperson for Facebook said today.
Facebook also revealed a number of Reactions that didn’t make the cut, including ‘Embarrassing’, ‘(Cough, cough!), ‘This doesn’t add up??’, and ‘Cute!!”
Today’s long awaited Defence White Paper will outline $30 billion of additional spending over the next 10 years.
Afghan officials receive 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition as a gift from Russia.
By John Vibes at theantimedia.org It was reported this week that the terrorist group, ISIS, recently mandated U.S. dollars be the legal tender in their occupied territories. From now on, the U.S. dollar will be the only form of currency ISIS accepts for tax payments, fines, and …
Human Rights Watch | – – (Beirut) – A life sentence apparently handed down by mistake to a 3-year-old boy …
Just 31 percent of US Jewish students view Israel as a democracy.
Noam Chomsky thinks Donald Trump’s rise in the polls are due to similar factors that gave Germany Hitler in the 1930s.
Liam McLoughlin is ‘calling bullsh *t’ on sustained government efforts to increase the gap between rich and poor. I do not believe we are living in a democracy anymore. We are living in a plutocracy in Australia. That is, government by the wealthy in the interests of the wealthy. -Former Greens Leader Christine Milne. EconomicMore
While Australian Border Force officers hover in hospital corridors waiting to spirit away infants into offshore detention, political leaders continue to argue that these egregious acts are somehow necessary. Sometimes the reason given is border security, prompting critics to ask whether the government fears an invasion of babies. More often, the mistreatment of these childrenMore
Today is a tale of two houses. In NSW’s Parliament House, MPs have gathered for an apology. In 1978, 500 people met in Sydney’s Taylor Square in support of gay rights, a watershed moment that gave birth to the city’s now iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and fuelled a political movement that helped wind-backMore
“When she gave me verifiable facts, they were verified,” wrote Paul Sheehan, in the article that was teased on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday morning.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of schools dedicated to creating safe and inclusive learning environments for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families. The aim of the program is to prevent bullying. Hard to see what anyone could find problematic about that. Nobody wants kids bullied, right? Wrong.…
When it comes to swelling oceans that threaten coastal communities around the world, it’s bad, and it’s going to get worse. Sea levels are rising faster than they have in the last three millennia, and that rate continues to accelerate due to the burning of fossil fuels, according to new research published Monday. “Our study is for sea level what the now well-confirmed famous ‘hockey stick’ diagram was for global temperature.”—Stefan Rahmstorf, Potsdam University
By Moha Ennaji | ( Project Syndicate) | – – FEZ – The global oil-price bust has devastated economies across …
MIAMI – (CT&P) – After a poor performance in Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign and told supporters that he would be headed back to Florida to help manage a greyhound track close to his home in Coral Gables.
Jeb, known affectionately as “Fredo” within the Bush crime family, said that he was looking forward to managing the track and making money for his mom Barbara, who recently took over the reins of the criminal empire from her husband George.
“I can handle things… I’m smart! Not like everybody says! Like, dumb! I’m smart… and I want respect!” said Jeb, as he trembled violently in front of a crowd of over 25 supporters. “I never really wanted to run for office. I just want a nice quiet job where I can count money and pet the doggies.”
“We had high hopes for Jeb ever since he was a little kid,” said the new Godmom Barbara, “but he just doesn’t have what it takes to be an international crime boss like his brother.”
Bush is expected to take over as manager of the Furry Friends Greyhound Track in Tamiami in early April after he returns from a brief “toughening up” trip out west under the supervision of Bush capo Richard “The Dick” Cheney.
So much for big reforms. Don’t expect Malcolm Turnbull to present a bold tax plan. He’s too scared of putting voters offside.
ANALYSIS: There’s a few simple reasons why yet another Close the Gap report chronicles endemic government failure. Amy McQuire explains why governments still don’t get it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may not have the arrogance of the man he dethroned – he didn’t, for example, appoint himself ‘Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs’ despite failing toMore