On Monday, foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East met in Vienna, under the joint chairmanship of the US and Italy, to discuss bolstering support for a UN-backed Libyan government, amid growing sectarian strife in the country where dozens of tribal factions continue to war over political legitimacy and oil resources.
The once-wealthy nation, resting on oil rich terrain and having a relatively small population of four million, has devolved into a failed state, a hellhole-haven for Daesh extremists, following the NATO-led ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
“There’s no way these people should own planes and there’s people who don’t have houses or apartments.” Who said it?
Reading this today, you might think the words came from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who has made rising inequality the major focus of his campaign. However, the words come from a recently unearthed video of deceased hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur being interviewed on MTV News in 1992.
About one billion people, or 15 percent of the global population, practice open defecation and a large portion of them are in India. Much of the poor hygiene practiced in India is deeply influenced by the country’s discriminatory caste system. Due to the lack of proper drainage systems, manual scavenging (cleaning human waste by hand) was designated to the lowest caste Dalits, earning them the name “the untouchables”. After decades of campaigning and improving sanitation systems, in 2013 Indian lawmakers passed the Prohibition of Employment of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, criminalising the practice of employing individuals to clean manually, carry, dispose of, or handle human excreta from dry latrines, open drains, or pits and sewers.
According to a report by the Asian Human Rights Commission in 2015, however, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that the continued practice has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.
In what sounds like it must surely be an Onion article title, the British Prime Minister calls together world leaders to talk about cracking down the use of offshore tax havens and other corrupt practices.
Cameron’s political demise began in April when the International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) began distributing documents, in cooperation with German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, released the the Panama Papers, exposing a only sliver of the world of offshore tax havens used by billionaires and world leaders to mask their wealth.
The intentions of ICIJ and OCCRP, two organizations funded directly by notorious currency manipulator George Soros and his Open Society Foundation, in releasing the documents was to attack Russian leaders, despite a lack of evidence to corroborate their claims.
Belly dancing has its roots in the Middle East, while salsa grew out of Latin American traditions. When you combine them, you get a high energy, hip-swaying fusion dance form that bridges the two regions of the world, separated by thousands of kilometers of land and sea.
A sneak peek of the police misconduct documentary Speak Friend and Enter, filmed and produced by Isiah Holmes. This is just one of three shorts which proceeded the releasing of the finial film.
Speak Friend And Enter investigates reports of misconduct committed by Wisconsin’s Wauwatosa Police Department, near Milwaukee. The film looks into the departments longstanding reputation for racial discrimination, it’s participation in several large scale teen drug use crackdowns, and the introduction of a policy of withholding arrest information, keeping the community in the dark. The fully re-edited film is available on YouTube as well as Sleeper Cells.
After being sentenced to three years in prison for his part in the 1968 burning of stolen draft files in Catonsville, Maryland, Rev. Daniel Berrigan went underground, evading capture by the FBI for four months. During that time, Berrigan — who passed away on April 30 at the age of 94 — was interviewed for a television documentary called “The Holy Outlaw,” which aired in September 1970, one month after he was finally apprehended.
The documentary, directed by Lee Lockwood for PBS-precursor National Educational Television, has been hard to find over the years, relegated to clips on Democracy Now!and the odd showing at Berrigan-related events. However, thanks to a copy of the film saved by his longtime Jesuit community, Waging Nonviolence is able to share this incredibly rare and important chronicling of Berrigan’s trailblazing act of civil disobedience.
In addition to candid interviews with Berrigan, the film features prominent commentary from renowned historian Howard Zinn, who gives poignant context to Berrigan’s act of defiance, saying, “The law, what we call the law, hunts down some of the best people in society — the people we need to build the kind of country that we need.” Berrigan’s mother, theologian William Stringfellow and members of the Milwaukee 14 also appear in the film, offering support to the self-proclaimed “peace criminal” and “refugee of justice.”
Yesterday, Elor Azraya, a soldier in the Israeli army, infamous for the extrajudicial execution of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), has been released to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Pessach with his family.
The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Herbert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village’s struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.