By Musabika Nabiha

To get hurricane rebuilding money in Texas, contractors must promise they won’t boycott Israel
October 19, 2017
As per a Texas law restricting the state from entering into contracts with businesses involved in BDS, the city of Dickinson is mandating Harvey rebuilding contractors to verify that they do not and will not boycott Israel and its “territories”. The ACLU is filing suit, as “[i]t is absolutely unconscionable for state and local governments to impose political litmus tests on disaster relief funds for people devastated by Hurricane Harvey.”

Canada’s terror double standards
October 19, 2017
After Alexandre Bissonnette murdered 6 and injured 9 in a mosque in Quebec, politicians (including Trudeau) were quick to denounce his actions as terrorism. However, Bissonnette was quietly charged with murder, without even one count of terrorism. “Muslims, it seems, cannot be treated as victims of terror under Canadian law – only perpetrators.”

Russia-U.S. Diplomatic Dispute Could Endanger Syria Investigation
October 20, 2017
Russia has indicated that it may use its veto power to terminate the international investigation into chemical weapons used in Syria. It will do so if the panel heading the investigation releases a report finding the Syrian government responsible for the use of sarin in the Khan Sheikhoun attacks.

*EDIT: Russia has, in fact, vetoed the investigation since.

Meet the activists fighting for Catalan ‘independence’
October 21, 2017
The Catalan independence referendum has resulted in both near-daily protesting and heavy police and military crackdown. Many Catalans who do not support independence still feel that they should have the right to vote.

Sri Lanka: war victims’ families struggle for justice 10 years on
October 22, 2017
“The United Nations says a great deal of work remains to be done in order to bring stability to Sri Lanka, nearly a decade after its 26-year civil war.” Colombo has refused direct international involvement in war crimes investigations. This is a short video depicting the current situation.

The Aftermath of War, seen through photographers’ eyes
October 22, 2017
Carol McCusker is the designer of the photography show “Aftermath: The Fallout of War — America and the Middle East”. She says, “[T]here is a generation of people who look to war to solve problems. We want to show what war does.” Photos included in article.

Food Inequality in Venezuela: Children in Crisis
A Venezuelan organization has been managing a network of community lunches cooked by mothers and served to lower-income schoolkids. More and more Venezuelans cannot afford meals due to the rising food prices. In 2016, more than 70% reported an average weight loss of 19 pounds. Schools have shortened their hours because children are unable to get through the day on empty stomachs.The inflation rate could reach 720% this year.

Israel sold military gear to Myanmar at height of Rohingya crackdown
October 23, 2017
“Israeli arms manufacturers continued to sell millions of dollars worth of military equipment to Myanmar as thousands fled the Asian country’s violent campaign in the Rakhine state.” Although Israel has a gag order against details on these arms deals, the Myanmar military has showcased some of the purchases on social media.

Boko Haram strapped suicide bombs to them. Somehow these teenage girls survived.
October 25, 2017
The New York Times interviews 18 girls who were sent on suicide missions. They were kidnapped and had suicide belts forcibly tied onto them. Some were told to target markets; others, mosques. Most of the girls related that they were chosen to be deployed after rejecting marriage (in other words, rape).