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Time for President Aquino to tackle the Philippines’ dirty, open secret

1 August 2014 |  by  |  Asia Pacific  |  No Comments

This Monday, President Benigno Aquino delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address. The address focused on the government’s achievements on good governance and the promise of a “righteous path”, or daang matuwid, which will not tolerate any abuse of power. Sadly, abuse of power remains widespread and human rights seems to have been excluded from this “righteous path”.

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‘The bombing only stopped when the sun came out’ – Gaza under fire

1 August 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict  |  No Comments

Last Monday into Tuesday were the scariest day and night since the current conflict began. The violence finally reached the area where I live; where I, my children and neighbours had thought it was safe. After I finished the day’s work gathering information on the killing of the young boys in the Shati Refugee camp on the first day of Eid and the killing of the first Palestinian Christian in this war – both close to where I live – I lay on the couch and started watching the TV. There was a blackout, but I had switched on the generator.

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War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is history repeating itself?

31 July 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict, Crisis  |  No Comments

27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli and 1,400 Palestinian lives, including more than 300 children and over 100 women.

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‘We are all Gaza’ – Palestinian anger in the West Bank

31 July 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict, MENA  |  No Comments

Across the city of Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) hang billboards and banners showing images of bloodshed and destruction alongside the words: “Here now, we are all Gaza”.

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Crunch time for Qatar on migrant workers

30 July 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Late last year, when I met a group of men employed by Lee Trading and Contracting, their situation had all the hallmarks of a crisis. Unpaid for months and abandoned by their employer, they were struggling to buy food and unable to send money back home.

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‘Nowhere in Gaza is safe’ – A snapshot of life under the bombs

29 July 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict, MENA  |  No Comments

This morning as I brushed my teeth I could hear the familiar buzzing of a drone circling above our building. I ignored the sound. Drones circle overhead all the time; you never know whether it’s just for surveillance or an impending missile launch. The uncertainty makes you feel helpless. What can anyone do?

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