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Australia Issues Rolling Fines to Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Children

    Australia Issues Rolling Fines to Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Children

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Australia’s “No Jab, No Pay” policy just got a little stronger, or at least more insistent. Under the previous policy, parents who did not keep their children up to date on vaccinations would miss out on a one-time, end-of-the-year tax benefit called Family Tax Benefit Part A, valued at AU$737. Under the…

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Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village

    Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village

KHAN AL-AHMAR, PALESTINE — Israel has been preparing to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank. Activists and area residents have responded by boarding up buildings and blocking bulldozers set to demolish the village. On the left, a photo at the wonderful school in Khan al-Ahmar during my recent visit…

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Duterte Beckons Communist Negotiators “Home” to Talk at Gunpoint, Reds Reject the Invitation

    Duterte Beckons Communist Negotiators “Home” to Talk at Gunpoint, Reds Reject the Invitation

DAVAO, PHILIPPINES — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has roundly rejected President Rodrigo Duterte’s set of stringent conditions for the continuation of peace talks with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), blasting Manila’s intransigence and accusing it of seeking to drive “another nail to completely shut down” the process while…

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Houthi Drone Targets Saudi Coalition Military HQ

    Houthi Drone Targets Saudi Coalition Military HQ

ASIR, YEMEN — In a new development in the Saudi-led coalition’s three-year-old war on Yemen, Yemen’s armed forces used a drone for the first time to target the coalition’s headquarters in Camp Boraiqa, Aden. A military source confirmed to MintPress that the strikes caused multiple casualties, killing troops from the UAE, including military officers. Aden-based…

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Saudi Airstrike Targets Wedding Ceremony in Yemen Killing 11

  Saudi Airstrike Targets Wedding Ceremony in Yemen Killing 11

GHAFRA, YEMEN — A wedding day anywhere in the world is supposed to be a happy day for couples and their families celebrating a new shared life. But in Yemen, wedding days often mark the end of life. “My daughter died … Oh my God.. help me,” shouted a woman in her 70s, tears flowing…

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20-Foot-Tall Angry Trump Baby Blimp Gets Okay to Fly Over London During President’s UK Visit

  20-Foot-Tall Angry Trump Baby Blimp Gets Okay to Fly Over London During President’s UK Visit

Citizens of the world have shown throughout the past year and five months that there is no shortage of unique ways to peacefully register outrage against deeply unpopular U.S. President Donald Trump, and on Thursday London Mayor Sadiq Khan decided that flying a 20-foot-tall Trump baby blimp is just one of the “many different forms” dissent can take. As Sky News reports, Khan’s…

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25 Families Own $1.1 Trillion Between Them as the Global Wealth Inequality Gap Grows

  25 Families Own $1.1 Trillion Between Them as the Global Wealth Inequality Gap Grows

Once a family-owned business Forbes is well known for producing their annual list of the world’s richest billionaires. Launched in 1982 the original list ranked the top 400 Americans by net worth. Only 13 billionaires were included in that list, and their combined worth was the equivalent of 2.8% of GDP. In an era where…

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Watch | The Houthis and the War in Yemen

  Watch | The Houthis and the War in Yemen

Watch | The Houthis and War in Yemen 1. History of the movement, structure, and ideology History The movement of Ansar Allah (Supporters of Allah), also known as the Houthis, is a paramilitary group of Zaidi Shi’ites, acting in Yemen. This is one of the moderate streams of Shia Islam, which has more than 10…

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What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?

  What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July?

What if people, sickened by tyrannical control, threw off the shackles of bloated governance in favor of leading themselves? What if the erosion of fundamental freedoms — guaranteed not by a document, but by being human — were actually intolerable as so much grumbling intimated? What if government intrusion into people’s bedrooms, communications, sovereign corporeal…

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As Trump ‘Goes Nuclear’ Against Iran and China, What’s Next?

  As Trump ‘Goes Nuclear’ Against Iran and China, What’s Next?

At least it is clear; it’s explicit. The “We’re America, Bitch” formulation by an American official strips away the humbug of soft power. It’s not about ‘democracy’ or ‘freedom’: the global universal order never was. And, President Trump, to his credit, makes no bones about it: Why apologise over American power? It’s use it, or lose it…

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