Israel the Strangler Fig Nation ~ by Paul Larudee

“Strangler Fig is the generic name given to a class of vines that sprouts high in the canopy of trees in tropical forests. It is deposited by birds that eat its fruit. Its roots envelope the tree and feed off it, weakening the tree. If the process is allowed to continue indefinitely, it sinks its…

Gaza equivalent to Hiroshima.

Sobering thought re Gaza. “The head of the Palestinian bomb squad claimed, before he was killed, the total amount of explosive used on Gaza was between 18 and 20,000 tonnes, the equivalent of the Hiroshima bomb”

How Corrupt is Britain?

Originally posted on Political Concern:
People laughed when MP Neil Hamilton was found to have accepted money in a brown envelope – this is not the British way. But the bestowal of directorships and employment for family and friends is acceptable – ‘good form’ – lucrative and legal. George Monbiot points out that many poor…

Sisterhood

You are all beautiful You are all courage You are all awareness You are a force wrapped in Grace. A light tinged with sadness. A comfort edged with knowledge. History touched by wisdom. Insight driven by intuition. Intelligence beside humour. Bright eyes washed by tears. Nature and nurture side by side, you are the first,…

Blinking in the light: taking cancer personally.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer April 2013 in Gaza, after days spent wrestling with over exuberant porters, Egyptian Intelligence and army at the Rafah border, this was not the outcome I expected. Two ultrasounds and a rather barbaric mammogram later i wandered out of the clinic in Gaza, bemused and dazed. I sat on the…

UN shields Israel from accountability for atrocities against children

Ramallah, June 8, 2015–Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP) is deeply troubled by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision not to include Israel’s armed forces in his annual list of groups that commit grave violations of children’s rights. Each year, the UN Secretary-General submits a report on children and armed conflict to the UN Security Council…

Israel a criminal offender at large, UN listing or not ~ by Eva Bartlett for RT

Reports have come out that the UN was considering adding Israel to the list of “grave violations against children in armed conflict.” As detailed below, Israeli army and Israel’s state policies are systematically violent against Palestinian children. A recent Independent article noted that [Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict Leila]“Zerrougui’s draft report cited IDF…