World unites in colour over violence against women

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WEDNESDAY, November 25, cities around the world will turn orange to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA – The Advertiser In Melbourne, iconic buildings, such as the Victorian Arts Centre and State Parliament, will be lit orange to draw attention to the issue. Landmarks across the world, including the Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza, the Empire State Building and the Peace Palace in The Hague, have all gone orange previously. Colours are ... Read More »

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

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Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Nov. 22 for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters. Hurriyet DHAKA  – ReutersIslamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals late on Nov. 21 for clemency. “Both ... Read More »

Turkey’s informal ISIS support

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The macabre spectacle of world leaders meeting for the G20 in Turkey was another chapter in the ironic dissonance that is all too common place in the war on terror. TorontoSun – By Sara MacIntyre, Postmedia Network Turkey shares a 565-mile border with Syria, ground zero in the ISIS fight to establish a caliphate- a fundamentalist Islamic state, yes, a state for ISIS. Much ink has already been spilled trying to understand, explain and lay blame for the second wave ... Read More »

Paris attacks: France and the world should answer terror with liberty

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Opinion In bombing IS in Syria and suspending rights at home, France is testing the boundaries of international law. More human rights, not fewer, was the world’s answer to the greatest atrocities the world has ever witnessed in World War II. We need to hold our nerve, writes Ben Saul. ABC – By Ben Saul  The terrorist attack on Paris raises some hard legal questions. Is it an international crime? Is it an armed attack giving France a right of ... Read More »

Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it?

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Western leaders could destroy Islamic State by calling on Erdoğan to end his attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria and Turkey and allow them to fight Isis on the ground The Guardian – David Graeber In the wake of the murderous attacks in Paris, we can expect western heads of state to do what they always do in such circumstances: declare total and unremitting war on those who brought it about. They don’t actually mean it. They’ve had the means ... Read More »

Israel to push ahead with 454 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

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‘The terrorist was shot and killed; that is the right response’ Israelis and Palestinians turn their eyes to Jerusalem after a bloody week Jerusalem:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the marketing of land for the construction of 454 homes in two settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a government official. The building of 436 of the housing units, in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo on land Israel occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, was approved in 2012, but ... Read More »

Turkish fans boo moment of silence for victims of Paris attacks

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Turkish supporters attending an international football friendly against Greece on Nov. 17 refused to participate in a minute of silence following the recent jihadist attacks on France, choosing instead to boo the commemoration. Hurriyet – Istanbul A section of the crowd at Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul’s Başakşehir district had first whistled during the playing of the Greek national anthem, prompting Turkish star Arda Turan to remonstrate with the crowd. Arda’s intervention, however, failed to stop the booing. During the ... Read More »

Cork hosts photographic exhibition commemorating Armenian genocide

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Exhibition put together by Armenian community in Ireland The Irish Times – Barry Roche It was described by US President Theodore Roosevelt as “the greatest crime of the war” and now the Armenian genocide which began in 1915 has been commemorated with a special exhibition of photographs at Cork City Library. “The Iconic Images of the Armenian Genocide” – officially opened by Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Chris O’Leary – features a series of old photographs which depict the genocide ... Read More »

America “sparing ISIS” says Russian Foreign Minister

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The huge number of peope who have wondered how the mighty USA could bomb Islamic State for a whole year without doing it any apparent damage have had their suspicions backed up by one of the most powerful and best known figures in the Russian government. This Is England – Jordan Stevenson The United States and its coalition appear to be ‘sparing’ the Islamic State organisation so that while it weakens Syrian President Bashar Assad, it can never take power ... Read More »

Terrorism can be beaten — but not by fighting

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When it comes to “fighting terrorism”, it seems to me that we, in the West, almost always get things exactly wrong. Independent Australia – David Donovan I mean, even the term “fighting terrorism” ‒ which we sometimes call the “War on Terror” ‒ is an oxymoron. Because as soon as we start fighting – or warring – then terror will inevitably ensue. And so, in the wake of the terrifying Paris attacks, you can hear the the drumroll of fear and ... Read More »

Australia’s Legal Justification For Bombing ISIS In Syria Is Still Missing In Action

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James O’Neill provides a simple guide to why our actions in the Middle East, once again, are illegal under international law. New Matilda In August of this year the then Abbott government made a number of statements indicating that they were planning to use Australian war planes to bomb ISIS targets in Syria. The government has since confirmed bombing has commenced. The legal basis upon which this policy rested is unclear. Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister then as now, said ... Read More »

How to solve Lebanese civil war disappearances

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BEIRUT — In the Shiite neighborhood of Zqaq el-Blat in Beirut lives Fatima Fneish, who has agonized over the disappearance of her brother Hussein Fneish, 16, who went missing in 1976 during Lebanon’s civil war on his way to school. Al-Monitor Author: Ash Gallagher * Summary: The International Committee of the Red Cross has a plan to identify the remains of those who went missing during Lebanon’s civil war, but support from the government is agonizingly slow. Fneish, 60, invited Al-Monitor to her home ... Read More »

Turkey Probes to Legalize ISIS

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Hakan Fidan: “… it is imperative that ISIS must set up a consulate or at least a political office in Istanbul…” Cherson and Molschky – By: Y.K. Cherson Masks are off: Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, (MIT), and the Turkish President’s staunchest ally, cynically condemned Russian military support to the legitimate government of Syria saying it was “against Islam” and accused Moscow of a serious breach of the United Nations laws because they  were trying to ‘smother ... Read More »

A Change of Strategy for ISIS?

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A look at a month of historic attacks attributed to the Islamic State, and what they might mean. The Atlantic Kathy Gilsinan Friday’s attack on Paris, claimed by ISIS, was different. It was different in the scale of the carnage—the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the Madrid bombings, claimed by al-Qaeda, in 2004; the worst violence on French soil since World War II. Mass-casualty terrorist attacks are rare in the West, but this one has claimed at least 129 ... Read More »

Dozens killed in attacks in Paris, Hollande declares emergency

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Gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday, killing dozens of people in what a shaken President Francois Hollande described as an unprecedented terrorist attack. Nikkei Asian Review – Paris (Reuters) Police sources said at least 40 people were killed and 60 wounded in up to five attacks in the Paris region. French media reported higher unofficial death tolls. The apparently coordinated gun and bomb assault came as the country, a ... Read More »

How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror

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Exclusive: With the death toll in the Paris terror attacks still rising, French President Hollande is condemning an “act of war” by the Islamic State, but the underlying reality is that France’s rich friends in the Persian Gulf are key accomplices in the mayhem, writes Daniel Lazare. Consortiumnews – By Daniel Lazare In the wake of the latest terrorist outrage in Paris, the big question is not which specific group is responsible for the attack, but who’s responsible for the Islamic ... Read More »