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The report's author, South African judge Richard Goldstone, said on Friday that new accounts indicated Israel had not deliberately targeted civilians.

He said that if he had known what he knew now, "the Goldstone Report would have been a different document".

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April 2, 2011

A new report by Who Profits maps the involvement of the Israeli wine industry in the occupation of the West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights and traces some of the ways in which it masks this involvement. For this purpose, this report surveys the Israeli wine industry,...

April 1, 2011

His lines may be better delivered, but Barack Obama is sounding – and acting – more like the heir to George W. Bush than the change-maker sold to the public in his award-winning ad campaign. Indeed, when not sending billions of dollars to repressive governments across...

by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
March 31, 2011

KABUL, 29 March 2011 (IRIN) - Taliban “supreme leader” Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a decree instructing insurgents not to attack schools and intimidate schoolchildren, according to the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE).

“In his message to a Taliban military...

March 29, 2011

RAMALLAH, 28 March 2011 (IRIN) - Israeli trucker Nazar Zarro hoists himself up into the cab of his articulated lorry loaded with emergency flour supplies bound for UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) food distribution centres in the Gaza Strip.

Zarro makes the 100km...

March 28, 2011

In the face of dismal working conditions and company and government repression, workers in a key Mexican clothing factory successfully organized an independent union over the past year, winning official labor board registration on February 10. The mostly women workers at...

By Judith Ancel
March 26, 2011

(Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 24, 2011) — A coali­tion of 58 Hait­ian grass­roots groups, inter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDP) camps, human rights orga­ni­za­tions, and aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions pre­sented a set of 13 reports on human rights in Haiti to the U.N. Human...

March 26, 2011

In the third and latest major demonstration in Lebanon, protesters of the sectarian or "confessional" system took special aim at religious family laws that prevent civil marriages and discriminate against women in various ways.

BEIRUT, Lebanon (WOMENSENEWS)--The...

March 24, 2011

From now on property seized from drug-traffickers will be sold to raise money for prisons, so criminals will in effect be paying for their internment.

The government says it will build 15 new prisons over the next 10 years, financed in the main by drug-traffickers...

March 23, 2011

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan for one more year so that it can continue to assist the Government as it assumes greater responsibility for ensuring the country’s security and development. In a unanimously...

March 23, 2011

When all you have is bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya’s dictator with the weapons he’s been using against the people, all the international community – France, Britain and the United States – has to offer the people of...

by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
March 22, 2011

NAIROBI, 21 March 2011 (IRIN) - With the escalation of fighting across Somalia since January, armed groups have reportedly recruited more child soldiers to their ranks, some even forcing teachers to enlist pupils.

In a recent offensive against rebel groups in Bulo...

March 21, 2011

(Jerusalem) - Hamas authorities in Gaza should punish those responsible for attacks on peaceful demonstrators calling for Palestinian political reconciliation, Human Rights Watch said today.

Hamas police violently dispersed several peaceful demonstrations in Gaza...

March 19, 2011

An Afghan warlord backed by US special forces faces persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses. Yet, despite repeated warnings about the atrocities...

March 18, 2011

An Afghan warlord backed by US special forces faces persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses. Yet, despite repeated warnings about the atrocities...

March 18, 2011

This piece also appears on Global Exchange's People-to-People blog and...

by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
March 17, 2011

PHNOM PENH, 17 March 2011 (IRIN) - Investigations by NGOs in Cambodia have found that companies are recruiting girls as young as 13 to work in Malaysian households, confining them in overcrowded and unhygienic “training centres”, forging birth certificates to raise their...

March 17, 2011

Despite numerous false media reports that Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been shelved, yet another report remind us that it is still very much alive:

The controversial Anti Homosexuality bill is one of several bills that Members of Parliament on...

Jim Burroway
March 17, 2011

Buildings at the Chevron oil refinery in Burnaby, B.C., would not withstand an earthquake according to a recent seismic assessment conducted by the company, CBC News has learned.

Internal documents obtained by the CBC show key facilities like the on-site firehouse...

Staffwriter
March 16, 2011

"Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of US military forces in Afghanistan, asserted during a recent US Senate hearing that American troops had made sufficient progress against Islamic militants to proceed with a plan to hand over responsibility for security to the Afghan...

March 16, 2011