We’re launching our annual appeal to top up our permanent Asia Solidarity Fund for 2024. We are doing so against the backdrop of “visible” international news, focused on Eastern Europe (Ukraine), the Middle East, and the geopolitical stakes of the conflict between Washington and Beijing. In these conditions, even the continuing worsening of the climate-ecological catastrophe hardly pierces the wall of information, except in dotted lines, on the occasion of yet another mega-fire or flood  As for the situation in Asia, it has largely disappeared from the media radar. Our association’s own commitment, however, is to ensure the continuity of solidarity, including financial solidarity, with the movements whose work we support, in five countries, in support of populations affected by multiple crises.
Sri Lanka: ’Community-led development: Solution for microfinance crisis’
Weligepola All Women’s Asso. for Integrated Community Development Exec. Dir. Renuka Bhadrakanthi highlights limitations in proposed microcredit legislation and in policymaking on rural dev./finance
Microfinance loans disbursed at usurious interest rates have trapped thousands of low-income (...)
Philippines: Wars must cease and the occupied and dominated nations, populations must be freed!
Kapayapaan Hindi Digmaan!
Wars must cease and the occupied and dominated nations, populations must be freed!
We, representatives of grassroots organizations convene the Network Opposed to War (NO to War) – Palestine Solidarity Pilipinas in Cotabato City and Maguindanao provinces today in (...)
Philippines: We Stand with Women in Palestine!
As a movement of grassroots women in Mindanao who are fighting against injustices and oppression fueled by the capitalist system – a system that portrays women and nature as objects for domination and exploitation – we believe that the struggle of the Palestinian people in general and (...)
The Zionist Genocidal War and Its Accomplices
The truth is that the current aggression against Gaza constitutes, in the clearest possible form, a genocidal war that includes mass murder and “ethnic cleansing”, two crimes against humanity in the classification of international law. These crimes exceed qualitatively everything committed by (...)
During Truce, Gazans Gather Bodies, Reveal Destruction, Seek Relatives
Almost two days without the incessant roar of fighter jets, the invasive hum of drones, and the thunder of explosions and rocket launches allowed the residents of the Gaza Strip to sleep without disturbance and fear, for the first time in the past seven weeks.
This was immediately evident in (...)
Gaza’s Unfolding Disaster: When Humanitarian Aid Is Your Last Meal
Orphans are multiplying in the streets, the bombing survivors are traumatized and once the truce ends, everybody knows death may fall again from the sky at any moment. Many are left without medicine, and there is also almost no clean water or food.
As the scene of trucks carrying so-called (...)
In supporting Israel’s genocide, Germany has learnt nothing from history
It is becoming increasingly clear that as the German government targets migrants and cracks down on pro-Palestine protests, some lives are more valuable than others
Earlier this month, amid the unfolding genocide in Gaza, German leaders convened in a Berlin synagogue to mark the 85th (...)
United States: Biden sued for support to Israel’s genocide in Gaza
A constitutional rights group in the United States is suing President Joe Biden for “failure to prevent genocide” in Gaza. The legal complaint is on behalf of Palestinian groups and individuals charging Israel’s actions amount to genocide.
The New York civil liberties group is suing Biden, (...)
United States: Court Rules Against Voting Rights—Opens Door to Return of Jim Crow Racist Laws
A federal court on November 20 issued a decision that would severely curtail enforcement of the Voting Rights Act,(VRA) that could affect voters of color nationwide and will probably be appealed to the Supreme Court.
The decision opens the door wider to a return to Jim Crow laws that once (...)
United States: Three Palestinian students shot in Vermont
THREE YOUNG PALESTINIAN men have been shot near a university campus in Vermont, after a six-year-old Palestinian-American boy was stabbed to death in Illinois in October, raising alarms against rising Islamophobia in the country.
Critics say the mainstream media coverage and the political (...)
Canada: Not in my name
The violence in the Middle East is being met with a global reaction calling for a ceasefire. Protesters also voice opposition to antisemitism and Islamophobia.
The world has turned upside down in the last month. I don’t know about you, but I have been sad, angry, inspired, and terrified at (...)
Au Loong-Yu (Hong Kong): ‘Opposing US militarisation in the Asia-Pacific should not mean remaining silent on China’s emerging imperialism’
Au Loong-Yu is a long-time Hong Kong labour rights and political activist. Author of China’s Rise: Strength and Fragility and Hong Kong in Revolt: The Protest Movement and the Future of China, Au now lives in exile. In this extensive interview, Au discusses China’s global status and its (...)
Sri Lanka: President resists independent review of his nominees to high posts by Constitutional Council
“The President’s decision to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe ‘delays’ by the CC constitutes a threat to the members of the Constitutional Council who are constitutionally mandated to deliberate on and independently decide on whether or not a Presidential nominee will be (...)
Israel-Palestine: The genocidal spiral, the search for a progressive horizon and international solidarity - Reflections and debates - Part II
The second part of this text was to be written in the wake of the first . This was not possible. Three weeks later, it is no longer time to pick up where the presentation left off. We have to start again from the present, but the approach remains the same. The floor was given at length to the (...)
Israel-Palestine : The situation in France and the need for international solidarity - Reflections and debates - Part I
On 21 October, I was invited to present a contribution to an exchange in the Philippines entitled “Israel-Hamas conflict: an Online Forum”, moderated by Yennah Torres of Tripod/Mihands and Cora Fabros of the International Peace Bureau . Another international guest, a Palestinian woman, (...)
Sri Lanka: Government helpless as mill owners dance the Samba
A quantity amounting to 2.4 million metric tons of paddy is required to maintain a level of substantial rice consumption in this island
As of now the mill owners have been engaged in raising the price of paddy. Given the current drought and rainfall situation that prevail these individuals (...)
EU: Impressions of sisterhood. On the 5th Marxist-Feminist Conference, Warsaw 2023
Between 16 and 18 November, Warsaw was the capital of world social and Marxist feminism: hundreds of women from all around the world gathered to discuss political theory and praxis, exchange experiences, research results and free thoughts. Women of the North and the South, East and West, all (...)
117 Palestinian Women and Child Detainees Released So Far in Prisoner Exchange as Addameer Reiterates the Call for the Protection and Release of Palestinian Prisoners
On 24, 25, and 26 November 2023, 117 Palestinian women and child detainees were released by Israeli occupation authorities as part of a prisoner’s exchange accompanying the start of the four-day temporary truce in the Gaza Strip. Among those released are 30 women and 87 children from the (...)
A mass assassination factory’: Inside Israel’s calculated bombing of Gaza
Permissive airstrikes on non-military targets and the use of an artificial intelligence system have enabled the Israeli army to carry out its deadliest war on Gaza, a +972 and Local Call investigation reveals.
The Israeli army’s expanded authorization for bombing non-military targets, the (...)
While the house burns, COP28 plays the pyromaniac fireman
One of the tasks of COP28, which kicks off on November 30 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates [UAE], will be to take stock of national commitments made at the Paris COP in 2015, which, according to the UN, does not look promising. “The world is on track for a ‘hellish’ 3C of global heating, the UN (...)