You can’t ‘close the gap’ by cutting services

Kim Bullimore Tony Abbott says that he is on “a personal mission” to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people overcome disadvantage. Addressing parliament on 12 February, coinciding with the annual “Closing the Gap” report, which evaluates the progress being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait...CONTINUE READING

Israel killing Palestinians ‘as a matter of policy’

Kim Bullimore Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of 19-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim al-Najjar from Burin village on 1 February. Al-Najjar was shot dead the previous day. He was the second Palestinian in the West Bank to be killed in January by Israel’s military. On 14 January, 17-year-old Osama Al...CONTINUE READING

South Korea's 'abandonment of democracy'

Kim Bullimore In an unprecedented ruling late last year, South Korea’s Constitutional Court outlawed the largest social democratic party in the country, the Unified Progressive Party (UPP), and disqualified all five of its elected representatives in the National Assembly. The ruling came in response to...CONTINUE READING

Israel tries to strangle East Jerusalem protests

Kim Bullimore Tension continues to rise in occupied East Jerusalem after Israeli occupation forces severely injured two Palestinian children. On 14 November, 10-year-old Mayar al-Natsheh’s skull was fractured when troops fired on the car she was in at a checkpoint near Shufat refugee camp. A day earlier...CONTINUE READING

West Bank occupation intensifies

Kim Bullimore While the eyes of the world were on Israel’s ruthless and unrelenting 50-day bombardment of Gaza, the Zionist state continued its deadly campaign of murder, occupation, repression and settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. At least 32 Palestinians were killed and almost 1, 400 wer...CONTINUE READING

Gaza still strangled by Israeli blockade

Kim Bullimore A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came to an end on 8 August after Israel refused to lift its illegal siege and blockade of Gaza. Almost 2 million Palestinians remain captive inside the biggest open-air prison in the world. Israel’s month-long assault on Gaza left more than 1,...CONTINUE READING

Mass defiance in Palestine

Kim Bullimore For Muslims, Laylat al-Qadr is the holiest night of Ramadan, which is the holiest month in the calendar. This year, the night witnesses more violent Palestinian deaths. Mohammed al-Araj (19) and Majd Sufyan (27) were killed on 24 July when Israeli forces opened fire on more than 20,000 pro...CONTINUE READING

Apartheid regime lashes out in Palestine

Kim Bullimore The largest military crackdown on the Occupied West Bank in more than a decade has left eight Palestinians dead and more than 130 wounded. Thousands of homes have been raided, and more than 560 Palestinians have been arrested and detained without charge or trial. Among those arrested are P...CONTINUE READING

Palestinian unity government no step towards justice

Kim Bullimore After seven years of internecine fighting, the two largest Palestinian political factions, Hamas and Fatah, have formed a technocratic “unity government” in Ramallah. Sworn in on 2 June, the 17-member assembly consists of non-aligned academics, businessmen and independents. The swearing-in...CONTINUE READING