Shirin Ebadi’s challenge

The Guardian reports, ‘The Nobel peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the head of Iran’s judiciary to step down after a string of hunger strikes by political prisoners. Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani is also facing mounting pressure from the … read more

Huddersfield shooting

Holding statement from the Independent Police Complaints Commission:  ‘After being notified by West Yorkshire Police, IPCC investigators went to the scene yesterday evening and attended police post incident procedures, and have been overseeing forensic examinations. Yassar Yaqub, aged 28 from … read more

The National Interest!

Richard Norton-Taylor and Tracy McVeigh in The Observer, ‘The execution of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft on 15 March 1990, ordered by Saddam Hussein, provoked outrage around the world. Yet later that same day Margaret Thatcher and her government decided not … read more

Israel: How will non-compliance be punished?

BBC reports, ‘Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said … read more

Prince Charles’s forebodings

Matthew Weaver in the Guardian, ‘The Prince of Wales has warned that the rise of populist extremism and intolerance towards other faiths risks repeating the “horrors” of the Holocaust. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s religious Thought For The Day slot, … read more

How many Muslims?

Pamela Duncan in the Guardian, ‘. . . An Ipsos Mori survey that measured the gap between public perception and reality in 40 countries in 2016 found French respondents were by far the most likely to overstate their country’s current … read more

Criticism of Israel made no-go area!

Peter Walker in the Guardian, ‘The government is to formally adopt a definition of what constitutes antisemitism, which includes over-sweeping condemnation of Israel, with Theresa May saying the measure will help efforts to combat hate crime against Jews. Britain will … read more

Revelations on Bosnia

John Brown in, ‘Israel’s Supreme Court last month rejected a petition to reveal details of Israeli defense exports to the former Yugoslavia during the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990s. The court ruled that exposing Israeli involvement in genocide … read more

PM in Bahrain: Money rules

Matthew Norman in the Independent, ‘ . . . Officially, [Theresa] May will be doing some light finger-wagging at the Bahrainis over human rights, one of those western fads which is as stubbornly slow to catch on in that country … read more