December 2013

30
Dec
2013
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New briefing on mass deportation charter flights available online

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30
Dec
2013
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British company FDAS under scrutiny in Iraqi Kurdistan after 30 people lose sight

Thirty people in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, lost sight in one or both eyes after being injected with a version of the drug Altuzan in a government hospital in March 2013. Nine had to have eyes removed as a result of the problems caused by the injections.

The case has caused much protest and controversy in Kurdistan, with many people already heavily critical of the two ruling parties – the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) – for the lack of decent services provided. The director of the hospital concerned has since resigned.

The newly-formed Eye to Eye campaign has demanded the Ministry of Health disclose all relevant information about the case, including details of who supplied the Altuzan and whether it was a counterfeit version. Altuzan is the brand name that the Avastin drug is sold under in Turkey.


20
Dec
2013
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New insights into the destruction caused by the UK's biomass policies


16
Dec
2013
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An activist's guide to travelling to Gaza

Rafah Crossing – seen from the Palestinian side - Photo taken by Corporate Watch, December 2013

Travelling to Gaza (and back) is not very straightforward at the moment so we thought we would write about our experiences and give a step-by-step guide of how to get into Gaza. We have gone into some detail and have included some of the mistakes that we made in the hope that we might save other activists some time. Most of all we hope that this guide encourages others to travel to Gaza in solidarity. The siege being imposed against everyone in Gaza is isolating people in Gaza from the international Palestine solidarity movement. It is our job not to accept this isolation.


09
Dec
2013
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Corporate Watch condemns the killing of journalist Kawa Mohammed Ahmed

Kawa Mohammed Ahmed was killed by a group of gunmen outside his home in Kurdistan on 5 December 2013.

Kawa was a well-known journalist – the editor of Rayal Magazine and a correspondent for Awene news.

He had published a series of articles investigating corruption by officials from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party in the Garmyan region.

He recently announced on his Facebook page that he was in possession of documents relating to land corruption and that his next article would reveal the names of officials. He said that he received anonymous death threats over the phone shortly afterwards.

Kawa had received other threats in previous years in connection with his work.

He was shot in front of his mother. The gunmen fled the scene.

Corporate Watch joins individuals and organisations in Kurdistan in condemning Kawa's killing.


09
Dec
2013
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Letter of support from organisations in Gaza to DSEi arms fair Defendants

 

Hundreds of Palestinians have come out in support of the people on trial for taking action at the DSEi arms fair. Below is an open letter from groups in Palestine in solidarity with the actions taken:

A group of activists (mainly women) are currently on trial for being arrested when they were peacefully trying to blockade the world’s largest arms fair (DSEi), which takes place every two years in London.


09
Dec
2013
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JCB equipment used in Jordan Valley home demolition

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JCB equipment used for a home demolition in Al Jiftlik, Jordan Valley, Palestine. Photo: Slaw, 20/11/2013


05
Dec
2013
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Sumud flotilla sails despite Israeli intimidation

Sumud Flotilla - 2/12/13

 

On Monday 2 December 2011 Gazan fisherfolk and hundreds of their Palestinian supporters as well as international activists participated in a flotilla to highlight the Israeli restrictions, harassment and violence against fishermen.

The demonstration was organised jointly by the General Union of Fishermen and the Intifada Youth Coalition. The General Union of Fishermen represents fishermen from all over the Gaza Strip.


05
Dec
2013
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BDS workshop draws dozens of farmers and agricultural officials in Gaza

From International Solidarity Movement, Maria del Mar Fernandez and Mohammed Abedullah | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

(Photo by Shadi al-Qarra)

On Monday, 25 November 2013, a conference on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid, colonization and occupation was held in Gaza City by the Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).

Abeer Abu Shawish of ACAD coordinated the event.

About 43 people, 22 women and 21 men, attended. They were farmers and representatives of the civil society and national organizations in the agriculture sector in Gaza, NPA representatives, and BDS activists.


05
Dec
2013
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Stop Corporate Complicity in the Prawer Plan

Gazans demonstrate against the Prawer Plan - As-Saha, Gaza City, 30/11/2013

On 30 November 2013 Palestinians gathered in Gaza City's As-Saha market to protest against the Prawer Plan. The event was part of a Global 'Day of Rage' against the Israeli government plan which plans to forcibly evict up to 70 000 Palestinian Bedouin into seven reservations. The rally was called by the Intifada Youth Coalition and included speeches by the Coalition and a government spokeswoman.


02
Dec
2013
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Campaigners commemorate 20 years of resistance at Campsfield detention centre

A tarpaulin covers the fire-damaged roof of 'Blue Block' at Campsfield - Photo by Corporate Watch 30.11.13

Almost 200 people gathered outside Campsfield 'House' Immigration Removal Centre in Kiddlington, Oxfordshire, on Saturday 30 November 2013, to demand its closure after twenty years of repression and resistance at the controversial site. Campsfield is not a house but a prison, where asylum-seekers and other migrants are held indefinitely pending deportation. It is run for the Home Office by a private company, Mitie.


02
Dec
2013
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Palestinians hold solidarity vigil to remember prisoners in Israeli jails

The weekly vigils were initiated by Um Jaber and Um Ibrahim, two women who both had sons imprisoned by Israel and wanted to do something to act in solidarity. To read more about the weekly vigil click here.

International companies are profiting from providing services to the Israeli prison system. One such company is G4S, the British/Danish security firm which has held a contract to provide services to the Israeli Prison Service since 2007.