'We have lost a great leader', shock and grief after Dr G Yunupingu dies | NITV: Australia is mourning the loss of its most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, whose exquisite, ethereal voice propelled him onto the world stage.
Tributes are flowing for the 46-year-old who has died in Darwin.
He'd suffered years of ill health, having contracted Hepatitis B as a child, leaving him with liver and kidney disease.
Yesterday Mark Grose from Dr G Yunupingu's music label Skinnyfish Music said his death showed there was still far to great a gap for Indigenous Australians in the area of health and life expectancy
Disbelief is growing as Scotland’s First Minister backs Israel’s dark arts – Middle East Monitor: The Scots may be relatively small numerically, but they are well-known for punching above their weight when it comes to offering shelter and aid to those less fortunate than themselves. In recent times, ministers from the Scottish Parliament have taken part in demonstrations and rallies in support of refugees and asylum seekers while their counterparts in Westminster have not given anywhere near the same sort of welcome or assistance.
Within this context, then, you can imagine the disappointment expressed this week following a decision by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to give open support to a cultural event organised by the Embassy of the State of Israel, which represents the brutal military occupation of Palestine; the imprisonment and slaughter of children (as well as women and men); the building of illegal colony-settlements on occupied land; and the denial of human rights to Palestinians.
Israelis obstruct media coverage of Al-Aqsa Mosque crisis | RSF: At least ten Palestinian reporters and photographers have been injured during clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and Bethlehem since the crisis erupted on 14 July.
The cases monitored by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) include those of four journalists who were either hit directly by Israeli police or by stun or teargas grenades. Afeef Amera of the Wafa news agency was hit in the chest, while Fatima Al Bakri, a reporter for the Palestinian TV channel Al Quds sustained a slight injury to the head.
Concern in Mexico over gold exploration near nuclear plant | MINING.com: Talking to the news outlet ElRegio.com, physicist Bernardo Salas Mar, who is also a former employee of the Laguna Verde nuclear plant, said that authorities acted in an irresponsible way when they approved Candelaria’s activities. “Nuclear plants must be built in areas with low population density and where no industrial, fishing, agricultural, or livestock activities take place. Allowing a miner to operate there is absurd. This might entangle the objectives of the External Radiological Emergency Plan,” he said (in Spanish).
Since Caballo Blanco is an advanced-stage open-pit, heap leach gold mine, Salas Mar said that once explosions start to take place, the nearby nuclear reactors are likely to fail. “That’s the reason why the Secretary of Hydraulic Resources refused to allow the building of a dam in Laguna Verde’s mountains,” he added.
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France: the "Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre Concerning France," to the United Nations Human Rights Council for its January - February 2018, periodic review of France, notes:
1. In France more than 21,537 Roma were victims of forced eviction in 2013.
2. There were 13,483 forced evictions of Roma in 2014.
3. There were 11,128 in 2015.
4. There were 10,119 in 2016.
The continuing forced evictions violate rights assured by French domestic law and U.N. Covenant rights to housing and protection against forced eviction. The evictions substantially lower Romani children's access to education. France's policy of evicting Roma, the lack of European resistance to intolerance of Roma peoples, continues a genocide warning for Roma peoples and a way of life which historically provides a survival mechanism for the poor (ie. ). See previous.
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