Archive for July 14, 2014

Ben Tavener

Anadolu Agency

RIO DE JANEIRO – Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at anti-World Cup protesters who clashed violently with riot police at a rally near the Maracanã stadium in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, as the tournament final between Germany and Argentina was about to kick off.

As well as voicing anger over World Cup spending by the government, protesters also demanded an end to what they see as police repression and denounced the preemptive arrests of 37 protesters ahead of the rally.

The rally was held 1.2km from the stadium, and a mixture of military, riot and mounted police forces heavily outnumbered the 300 protesters present, some of whom identified themselves as from the anarchic “Black Bloc” movement.

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infinite8horizon - peter d barnes

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otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

Re: Australian Government Ministers breaching Article 7 of the Rome Convention

Dear Prosecutor,

I write as a citizen of Australia, deeply concerned at the behaviour of ministers of our Federal Government; behaviour that I am effectively powerless to stop, but which I believe is so appalling as to be in breach of Article 7.

I am not trained in international law, nor a lawyer by profession. My belief arises from a reasonable interpretation both of the Convention, and the sometimes visible behaviour of our elected officials.

The series of steps taken by our government, over time, clearly show a deliberate intent not just to deter any people seeking asylum in Australia, particularly by boat, but to create that deterrence by wilful, public and publicised mistreatment. That mistreatment is barbaric, unnecessary, and is not tantamount to torture, it is torture. It is causing demonstrable psychological and physical…

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The Extinction Protocol

July 2014INDONESIA – Mount Sinabung, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, has erupted, spewing ash to the sky. No casualty was reported, official said here Sunday. The volcano located in Karo district of North Sumatra province erupted at 23.05 p.m. Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency, said. “The height of the eruption could not be determined as it took place at night and there were many clouds,” he told Xinhua by phone. “Rains of hot ash occurred in several place in Karo district, but it did not trigger further evacuation,” Sutopo added. The 2,600-metre (8,530-foot) Mount Sinabung last erupted June 29, shooting columns of ash by up to 4,000 meters into the sky. – Business Standard
Philippines Bulusan Volcano rattled by quake swarm: MANILA, Philippines – Although not posing any serious threats at the moment, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and…

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The Extinction Protocol

July 2014DISEASE– The worst outbreak of Ebola moved to Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown where an Egyptian was found with the city’s first confirmed case of the disease. The unidentified Egyptian national had traveled from Kenema, the largest city in the nation’s Eastern Province, and checked into a clinic east of Freetown, Sidie Yahya Tunis, director of Information, Communication and Technology at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, said by phone today. The person was moved back to the Ebola center in Kenema, he said. “The Ebola disease usually spreads to other places when suspected or confirmed cases in one community move to another, they abandon treatment centers to stay with relatives or they seek treatment outside the Ebola centers,” Tunis said. There have been 99 Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone out of 315 laboratory-confirmed cases, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The ministry said…

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Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

[ PIC 13/07/2014 – 02:41 PM ]

images_News_2014_07_13_salam_300_0BEIT LAHIA, (PIC)– Al-Salam rehabilitation center for disabled people has called for an investigation into the Israeli bombing of the headquarter of al-Mabra association, which took away the lives of two disabled persons.

Al-Salam rehabilitation center called on all international human rights associations to immediately step in so as to stop Israeli arbitrary attacks targeting rehabilitation centers for disabled people, saying the attack has not been one of its kind as another strike rocked al-Basma rehab center in Beit Lahia.

The center demanded the urgent prosecution of Israeli former crimes against Palestinians with special needs, which took away the lives of Palestinian child Kifah Ghanem, diagnosed with a hearing loss, and the visually-impaired-child Shahd al-Qarinawi.

According to Muhammad al-Gharbi, al-Salam Center Chairman, Israel has been making proof of an unparalleled barbarism, manifest in the frequent violations of international laws and humanitarian decrees.

He…

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