By Jim Hayes
Italy’s Five Star Movement (M5S) topped the polls in last week’s election. It was born in 2009, expressing the massive disillusionment with traditional political parties and politics. The five stars represent its core polices for change – public water, sustainable transport, sustainable development, right to Internet access, and environmentalism. Continue reading Italian election has shown widespread discontent with the political establishment
These are not scenes from a poor country in Africa, Latin America or Asia, but the reality of life for many in the United states of America. Continue reading Video: Homeless in the streets of Los Angeles
By Joe Montero
Since last November and the forced Catalan election, not much has been heard of what has happened there and across Spain since. Continue reading Spanish state increasingly relying on repression in Catalonia and the whole of Spain
The following from Sam Levin ( The Guardian 9 February 2018 San Francisco), gives an account of how during a court case, evidence of collusion between the police and odious hate organisations has come to light.
By Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)
“Canada’s $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and people’s rights in the Philippines,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018. Continue reading Canada’s Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations
The following message has been sent to the people of PNG, by Benny Wenda, who chairs the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Next week there is going to be an important summit in Port Moresby. This should also be of interest in Australia, because our nation has been involved in the situation in West Papua, and because the Melanesian peoples are our close neighbours. Our government should stop supporting the Indonesian occupation.
by Joe Montero
Julian Assange failed in his bid to have the British warrant for his arrest struck down, despite being tied to an earlier Swedish investigation that is no longer taking place. They dropped their investigation last year. The United Nations also ruled that the case should not be proceeded with. The international arrest warrant was dropped and this implied that the British one should be as well. Continue reading Julian Assange loses bid to get British arrest warrant dropped
By Jim Hayes
Rupert Murdoch and his empire has been caught in Saudi Arabia’s purge of members of the royal family, government ministers and officials. Continue reading Murdoch at risk of losing control over his empire
By Joe Montero
Since the 7 October unilateral declaration of independence, events have moved fast. The central Spanish government has taken over administration, set an election for 21 December and ha started taking steps to maximise the vote in its favour.