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Douglas Alexander calls for “an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza

Violence in Gaza has continued to increase in recent days. The most current stage of fighting in the conflict between Israel and Palestine began 15 days ago and officials say at least 649 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed. International leaders have urged both Hamas and the Israeli government to accept the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, [...] Read more ...

via Labourlist
23 Jul 2014

Can people-power curb violent youth gangs?

Violent youth gangs are menacing many of Britain’s inner-urban areas, and there’s evidence the problem is moving to the suburbs and smaller towns. Police statistics show that over the past three years violent gangs in London have committed over 6,600 crimes. That includes 24 murders, 28 attempted murders, 170 incidents involving a gun, and 738 [...] Read more ...

via Labourlist
23 Jul 2014

Diverse Flexibility

I have been asked many times during the past few months if I have plans to stand for election. Now the announcement has come from Frank Dobson M.P. that he intends to retire following a long career with the Labour Party, which means, of course, that there will be a selection process in my local area.So I feel the time is right to declare [...] Read more ...

via Cmurphy
23 Jul 2014

U.N.'s Pillay says Israel may be committing war crimes

Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians and shelling houses and hospitals during its two-week-old offensive in the Gaza Strip, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday. Pillay, opening an emergency debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, also condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets an [...] Read more ...

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23 Jul 2014