Other News – Voices Against the Tide

How Lobbying Firms Helped Destroy Yemen

In 2018 alone, weapons manufacturers—who spend millions in lobbying efforts to retain political support in Washington—made over $5 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and... (continua)


The Best Way to Avert War with Iran? Fire John Bolton

Iran’s decision to retaliate against the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal was inevitable, so long as its back was pushed against the wall. Iran exercised “strategic patience” for the past year, hoping that the other parties to the deal would stand up to Trump’s bullying and defy U.S. sanctions if Iran rema... (continua)


Why the Arms Trade Treaty Matters – and Why It Matters That the US Is Walking Away

It was not surprising or unexpected when President Donald Trump announced that the United States would “withdraw” from the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in an April 26 address to the National Rifle Association (NRA). To a roaring crowd, he declared:“Under my administration, we will never surrender American sover... (continua)


The US, Iran and a New American Deployment

Iran’s influence has spread across the Middle East, and the U.S. is pushing back.The United States has announced that it is deploying a carrier battle group and a bomber group to the Middle East. The reason given is that U.S. intelligence has detected an Iranian threat against U.S. and allied assets in the regi... (continua)


The Tragic Familiarity of the Sri Lanka Bombings

A country once split by ethnic hatreds is now a target for Islamic terrorism.TORONTO — The series of suicide attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, which has left nearly 300 dead and hundreds injured, are more than just a national or religious tragedy. For members of the Sri Lankan diaspo... (continua)


Assange: the Ecuadorian State acted without guaranteeing due process

Quito, Ecuador  Pressenza interviewed Javier Arcentales Illescas, Human Mobility Advisor of the Ombudsman’s Office of Ecuador, an institution that spoke today about the detention of Julian Assange, at the consulate of Ecuador in London. Here is the interview.Q: The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, the Interior... (continua)


Racism and Israel’s election: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?

Note from Tikkun: Rabbi Lerner’s article below appeared as the lead article on Salon this morning. You can read it below. He is happy to read your responses (send them to him at Letters@tikkun.org).Israel’s election on Tuesday came down to a battle between a prime minister who promised to annex part (or possibl... (continua)


Supporters gather after reports Assange may be ousted from embassy

Fears that WikiLeaks founder will be extradited to the US if he leaves London embassySupporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London after the organisation said its sources in Ecuador had revealed he could be removed from the building “withi... (continua)


Has Privatization Benefitted the Public?

To ensure public acceptability, some benefits accrue to many in the early stages of privatization in order to minimize public resistance. However, in the longer term, privatization tends to enrich a few but typically fails to deliver on its ostensible aims.KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 2 2019 (IPS) – In most case... (continua)


Human Trafficking: Rohingyas faced horrific crimes

Mar 28 2019 – (The Daily Star) – A transnational human-trafficking syndicate committed crimes against humanity in Malaysia and Thailand against the Rohingya from 2012 to 2015, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and Fortify Rights, a nongovernment rights body, have found in a six-year investigatio... (continua)

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