Snipers ordered to shoot children, Israeli general confirms

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An Israeli general has confirmed that when snipers stationed along Israel’s boundary with Gaza shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders.

In a radio interview, Brigadier-General (Reserve) Zvika Fogel describes how a sniper identifies the “small body” of a child and is given authorization to shoot.

Fogel’s statements could be used as evidence of intent if Israeli leaders are ever tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

On Friday, an Israeli sniper shot dead 14-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub.

The boy, shot in the head east of Jabaliya, was the fourth child among the more than 30 Palestinians killed during the Great March of Return rallies that began in Gaza on 30 March. Read More

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines breaks a record, as smallest ever Security Council seat holder

St. Vincent and the Grenadines breaks a record, as smallest ever Security Council seat holder 

Following a secret ballot held on Friday, the UN General Assembly elected five countries to the Security Council, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the smallest nation ever to secure a seat.

Speaking to the press outside the General Assembly Hall, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, described the election of his multi-island nation of around 110,000 people, as a “historic occasion”.

Mr. Gonsalves added that the country is committed to the principle of sustainable development and, as a Small Island Developing State in danger of inundation by rising seas, is very concerned about the consequences of adverse climate change and intends to work very closely with the other members of the Security Council. The UN, he added, has limitations, but it also has “profound strengths.”

Following a 2014 General Assembly resolution, elections to the non-permanent Security Council seats were moved from October to June, to give incoming countries more time to prepare for their terms, before assuming their responsibilities.

Watch Mr. Gonsalves’s remarks to reporters below, following the Security Council vote at UN Headquarters in New York. Read More

 

Oil and gas industry ‘listening’ to climate activist Greta Thunberg

The UK’s offshore oil and gas sector “is listening” to teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, according to a leading industry figure. 

Greta Thunberg

 

She claimed the sector “can find and deliver” solutions to tackle the issue.

Miss Thunberg sparked an international youth movement after she staged a “School Strike for Climate” last year.

Since then school students around the world have gone on strike to demand action on climate change.

 

In a recent speech to MPs, the 16-year-old Swede criticised the UK for supporting new exploitation of fossil fuels and exaggerating cuts to carbon emissions.  Read More

The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right

The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right 

Indigenous Peoples

Who has a scythe sharp enough to fell the stalks of capitalism today? It’s not Marx, Lenin and Mao

 One promising precedent on this path to a post-imperial future has emerged in Aotearoa/New Zealand, where the Whanganui Maori iwi just won a 140-year legal battle to recognize that their ancestral Whanganui river has legal rights equal to a human being.

 In the fight for climate justice, indigenous people set the path – and lead the way

The Whanganui settlement, which was signed by the Whanganui iwi in 2014 and enacted into law by New Zealand parliament last week, established two guardians to act on behalf of the river, one from the crown and one from the iwi. In addition to legal recognition of the personhood of the Whanganui river, the settlement provided financial redress to the iwi of NZ$80m, and an additional NZ$1m contribution to establish the legal framework for the river.

Less than a week after the legislation went into effect, India’s Uttarakhand high court cited the Whanganui decision when it ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers have the legal status of a person. Read More

 

 

Economic growth is an unnecessary evil, Jacinda Ardern is right to deprioritise it

Jacinda Ardern


Long revered as a stalwart of a capitalist society the need to grow has come to overshadow everything else. 
 
We prioritise it over our personal health, we prioritise it over the health of the planet and we prioritise it over our happiness.
But as long as growth is the target of our economic systems people will continue to focus on chewing, which is neither a sustainable nor desirable trait of an economy.
Which is why I welcomed news that New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has put out a national budget where spending is dictated by what best encourages the “well-being” of citizens, rather than focussing on traditional bottom-line measures like productivity and economic growth. http://bit.ly/313ptx4
 

Poise, Power, and the Young Women Leading the Way

A New Generation, Betrayed by the Old, is Rising Up on Climate Change 

Greta Thunberg

 The voice. At first, it was the voice that took hold of them. Slightly off, coming out of a little girl’s body. A metallic voice, sharp as a blade, trembling not because of stress or shyness, oh no—trembling with rage, a cold rage set to overtake them. And then the words themselves. “You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden, you leave to us, children. … Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money.” 

Remarkable twist here: you, adults, world leaders, beaming bosses and consumers, are the unconscious, immature ones. We, children of the 21st century, are taking control, since you are obviously incapable of doing anything new at the steering wheel. 

“We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not.” Then she leaves the stage and disappears. Read More