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Grace Lee Boggs, one of the nation’s oldest human rights activists, who waged a war of inspiration for civil rights, labor, feminism, the environment and other causes for seven decades with an unflagging faith that revolutionary justice was just around the corner, died on Monday at her home in Detroit. She was 100.
Tags: North America
Omid, a 20-year-old Iranian refugee, told BuzzFeed News his mother’s mental health had deteriorated sharply since his 23-year-old sister, Nazanin, was sent to a hospital in Brisbane in August. After being raped on Nauru in May, Nazanin was airlifted to Australia in August after suffering from kidney failure. Omid and his mother had been told the authorities had to send Nazanin to... Read more
Tags: Global
An open letter, signed by more than 1,200 people, including Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to shut down the Manus Island and Nauru immigration detention centres.
Tags: Global, Refugees
Authorities have announced that the fire at a Southern California Planned Parenthood last Wednesday was arson. The same facility was attacked several weeks ago. After the Wednesday attack, the district's Congresswoman, Julia Brownley, released a statement saying, "I was deeply troubled to learn that for the second time in two months, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Thousand Oaks has been the... Read more
Tags: abortion, abortion, health care, Planned Parenthood, reproductive justice, United States, Women's Rights
(Picture Description: person in bloodied scrubs and jacket leaned over covering the mouth with a hand. Adjacent to another person looking up. the image is framed at an obtuse angle in a door frame.)"US airstrikes hit a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, raising grave concerns about whether US forces took sufficient precautions to identify and avoid striking the... Read more
Tags: Afghanistan, Asia, civilian casualties, Doctors Without Borders, Medcins Sans Frontieres, United States, War, Asia
(Picture description: an aerial picture of the Israeli Supreme Court, a T-shaped building with courts a Fountain on one side and a court on the other.) The following is an article from Human Rights Watch: On Wednesday, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the country’s “anti-boycott law,” which makes it a civil offense for people or groups to advocate boycotting Israeli or... Read more
Tags: Censorship/Freedom of Expression, Israel-Palestine, Israel-Palestine
The strike on the hospital Saturday was condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who called for a swift and transparent investigation into the airstrike: “This event is utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal.”
Tags: Asia
(picture description: a man stands looking at the water around him, in the backgrounds there is water and tall roots) Royal Dutch Shell and the Italian multinational oil giant ENI have admitted to more than 550 oil spills in the Niger Delta last year, according to an Amnesty International analysis of the companies’ latest figures. By contrast, on average, there were only 10 spills a year... Read more
Tags: Corporate Responsibility, ENI, Environmental Justice, Exploitation of Natural Resources, Royal Dutch Shell, Africa
This summer, twenty-eight undocumented immigrants filed a lawsuit after they were denied their birth certificates for their U.S.-born children, for lack of proper identification. The suit was filed against the Texas State Department of Health Services Vital Statistics Unit. The citizenship status of the children is not in question. Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment says, "All persons born... Read more
Tags: citizenship, Immigration, Immigration, Politics, Texas, undocumented immigration, United States