Sudan crackdown on protesters: All the latest updates

The latest from Sudan as army clamps down on protesters demanding civilian rule following Omar al-Bashir’s removal. Sudanese security forces have attacked a protest camp in the country’s capital, Khartoum, opening fire, More »

All Out to Protest the Illegal Seizure by the D.C. Police of the Venezuelan Embassy!

National Mobilization Saturday, May 18 at the Venezuelan Embassy in D.C.! UPDATE: In violation of international and U.S. law, police invaded the Venezuelan embassy and arrested the Embassy Protection Collective members who were More »

Odessa massacre: five years passed – nothing changed

Yesterday Odessa residents commemorated fifth anniversary of massacre in the Trade union house at Kulikovo field square. That day five years before a mob of aggressive neo-fascists burnt alive their opponents, who More »

Venezuela: the counter-revolution raises its head

The self-proclaimed “Interim President” of Venezuela Juan Guaido is attempting to carry out a military coup, “Operation Freedom”, as he has named the “final phase” of his attempt to remove Maduro. He More »

German teachers union shows support for Kurdish hunger strikers

While Western governments continue their silence in the face of the hunger strikes launched by DTK Co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Guven to demand an end to the isolation imposed upon More »

 

Australia | UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi calls on Australia to end harmful practice of offshore processing

Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.

Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.

Australia | Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English

Across parts of Australia, reports have been pouring in of strange voices chattering high in the treetops — mysterious, nonsensical conversations in English. But while this phenomenon is certainly quite odd, its explanation isn’t paranormal. It turns out that escaped pet birds, namely parrots and cockatoos, have begun teaching their wild bird counterparts a bit of the language they picked up from their time in captivity — and, according to witnesses, that includes more than a few expletives. Jaynia Sladek, an ornithologist from the Australian Museum, says that some birds are just natural mimickers, able to acquire new sounds based on things they hear around them. For birds kept as pets, these sounds tend to mirror human language — but that influence doesn’t cease even after said birds escape or are released back into the wild.

Australia | Iranian refugee’s film shot on mobile phone shows life inside Australian detention centre

by Eric Tlozek

Audiences around the world will soon have the chance see what life is like inside one of Australia’s offshore detention centres.

An Iranian refugee in the Manus Island detention centre has released a feature film he shot from inside its walls.

Australia | Refugee Trauma on Nauru: the Leaked Incident Reports

“Do I have to kill myself to go to Australia?”

Australia | MH17: Australia Say Russia Not To Blame, Evidence Tampered With

The official Australian investigation into the cause of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 have accused the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) of failing to provide “conclusive evidence” of what exactly destroyed the aircraft, and say that Russia did not shoot down the plane despite accusations to the contrary from DSB. 

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