Tuesday, 26 April 2011

"Sri Lanka: UN says shelling 'killed civilians'"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13190576

the story makes strong accusations to both sides, unlike the headline.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/2011425214422583975.html

"Gillard raises human rights with Chinese premier"

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/26/3200617.htm

sounds rather non-specific, but at least it was mentioned...

"WikiLeaks reveals Guantanamo blunders"

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/26/3200408.htm

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/04/201142561524783918.html

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135690396/detainees-transferred-or-freed-despite-high-risk

news from the USA of course focusing on those who were released after being identified as dangerous

"Tanks storm town in Syria crackdown"

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/25/3200001.htm

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/04/2011425142513343584.html

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135696971/syrian-security-forces-storm-towns-witnesses-say

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

"Gunfire in locked-down Syrian city "

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/04/201141817736498882.html

"Hungary: Parliament votes for new constitution"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13122745

not much analysis of the actual document in the story but it does seem to be pushing a strong religious agenda. Note that philosophy events in Hungary are also currently being boycotted because of government interference in research.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

"Syria: Clashes at mass Damascus protest"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13097926

"Algeria leader Bouteflika pledges constitutional reform"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13102157

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/2011415191127848291.html

"Man to be deported after 40 years in Australia"

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/16/3193402.htm

shame I thought this would have stopped with the change in government. I have to say it really does look like, as his advocates say, he is being punished a second time for a crime he already spent 12 years in gaol for. Also it's not fair to England to say 'here, you deal with our criminals'.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

"Egypt blogger Maikel Nabil jailed by military court"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13038937

Incredibly disappointing that the Military Council seem to be picking up where Mubarak left off. Perhaps not surprising though, as many point up Mubarak was part of the military. I suppose it was unrealistic to expect any serious changes in terms of human rights whilst the country is still under the control of an unaccountable government. Fingers crossed elections actually take place in September and the Council steps aside.

"UAE arrests democracy activists"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13043270

and now the UAE. No reports of torture that I have seen, as of yet anyway.

"Bahrain unrest: Torture fears as activists die in jail"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13033288

Bahrain has really dropped off the radar the last few days but activists are still being beaten to death in prisons there. Smaller scale perhaps but just as bad as what was done in Libya leading to the war.

Monday, 11 April 2011

"French face veil ban comes into force "

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/04/20114117646677858.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13031397

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/11/3188120.htm

tricky issue, at least as framed as a conflict of two freedoms. Despite the accusations of trying to win votes from racists the fact that there is serious penalty for coercing someone to wear the veil suggests that it is intended as an anti-oppression law. Oppression that is just ordinary within the 3 Western theism. I suppose that the concern is that this law is aimed at a practice withing just one of these religions.

For those who would oppose the ban because some women want to wear the veil, I would point out that not all women thought women were entitled to vote but that never constituted a reason to continue that form of oppression. 

"The new face of East Germany"

http://english.aljazeera.net/photo_galleries/europe/20101123133736357393.html

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

"Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%"

on American Plutocracy

http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105?currentPage=all

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/04/20114391843209245.html

"Iman Al-Obeid: "Every Day I Am Beaten"

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/04/135114911/iman-al-obeidi-every-day-i-am-beaten?sc=fb&cc=fp

apparently out of custody now, but only in a very lose sense.

a public voice against censorship of opposition in China

https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/Deleted-from-the-internet

well a petition at least.

Monday, 4 April 2011

"French forces take over Abidjan airport"

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/20114215401513945.html

"Yemen unrest: Police open fire on protesters in Taiz "

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12951786

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/04/2011449582611447.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12956262

"Syria: Minister to form cabinet as Douma buries dead"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12950039

http://www.npr.org/2011/04/03/135084924/ex-minister-picked-to-form-new-syrian-government

"Nigerian election postponed again"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12953393

"China police silent on artist Ai Weiwei's detention"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12954811

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/04/20114442824275563.html

another activist taken...