The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel has accused the Israeli security forces of deliberately shackling Palestinian prisoners in a painful and dangerous manner, amounting to a form of torture.
On the eve of crucial talks with the White House over halting its ongoing takeover of the occupied West Bank, Israel’s defence ministry yesterday confirmed plans for a massive expansion of a settlement near Ramallah.
Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers). The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel.
Villagers living near a gold mine owned and run by Canada’s Barrick Gold in Tanzania are demanding the immediate closure of the project, saying they are paying a deadly price for the mining activities in the area….scores of people are showing serious signs of exposure to pollution in the form of water contaminated with various chemicals allegedly flowing out of the mine and into the nearby River Tigethe. The villagers accuse the mine management, under the Canadian investor company, of causing fatal health hazards to human beings, livestock, and land in Kebasula Ward in Tarime, where the mine is located. They say more than 20 people have died in recent weeks as a direct result of the contaminated water.
Michelle Robidoux, a spokeswoman for the War Resisters Support Campaign, says about 50 deserters have applied for refugee status and there are dozens more living below the radar, waiting to see how the legal and political battles play out.
Abousfian Abdelrazik is back on Canadian soil a partly free man, but his lawyer says mysterious people are watching his every move and he may seek a court injunction to stop it. Mr. Abdelrazik was getting reacquainted with family Sunday after arriving in Montreal, while people in plain clothes and unmarked cars followed and videotaped him.
“The purpose of this Canadian tour is simple,” said Charkaoui at a news conference this morning. “I want to talk directly to Canadians, to show them that I was treated unfairly by their government, by our government.”
In the depths of the Amazon rainforest, the poorest people in the world have taken on the richest people in the world to defend a part of the ecosystem none of us can live without. They had nothing but wooden spears and moral force to defeat the oil companies – and, for today, they have won.
The Tobique protesters argue NB Power committed to the free-power deal in exchange for allowing the Crown corporation to build a hydroelectric dam on the Tobique River in the 1950s.
The N.B. Federation of Labour, representing 35,000 workers in New Brunswick, recently passed a resolution against security certificates at their annual convention. Read the resolution here: N.B. Federation of Labour Resolution on Security Certificates