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11 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Libyan ship ‘will continue to Gaza’


Weeks after the deadly raid on a Turkish aid flotilla, a Libya-sponsored ship is heading with aid to Gaza

Organisers of a Libya-sponsored aid ship have said they will continue their attempt to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, despite Israeli claims that the vessel would instead sail to Egypt.

Yousseuf Sawani, a director of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, told Al Jazeera that there were no plans for the Al-Amal to dock at the port El-Arish.

“This is definitely a part of the campaign against the ship, a campaign of distortion, but we are definitely heading towards Gaza, because that is where aid should be heading to,” he told Al Jazeera.

“This is a purely humane mission, it is neither provocative nor hostile,” he said.

The ship set sail from Greece on Saturday, carrying 2,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip, but the Israeli foreign ministry said that it had reached an agreement with Greece and Moldova to have the ship diverted to Egypt.

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Father seeks justice for Iraq death

In October 2007 Genevia Askander, a 30-year old humanitarian worker in Iraq, was returning home from church when the car she was in was sprayed with bullets.The deadly shooting was blamed on a US private security firm, Unity Resources Group.Almost three years after Genevia’s death Jalal Askander, her father, is seeking justice in a US court.Anand Naidoo reports.

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Native American tribe reclaims slice of the Hamptons after court victory

Shinnecock nation recovers ancestral lands in millionaires’ Long Island playground after gaining federal recognition

Members of the Shinnecock nation outside court in New York

Members of the Shinnecock nation outside court in Central Islip, New York, after filing papers claiming tribal ownership of land in the Hamptons. Photograph: Ed Betz

From a distance the teardrop-shaped peninsula looks just like any other bit of the famed Hamptons shoreline. Thick woods crowd down to the water’s edge, and through the trees houses and roads can be glimpsed.

But this land is not part of the Hamptons, neither is it really part of the United States any more. This patch – in the middle of the playground to Manhattan’s social elite – is proudly and fiercely Native American country.

Almost four centuries since their first contact with the white man and after a 32-year court battle that has just ended in victory, the tiny Shinnecock tribe has now been formally recognised by America’s federal government.

The decision means that the Shinnecock, numbering some 1,300 members, many of whom live in deep poverty compared with their wealthy neighbours, can apply for federal funding to build schools, health centres and set up their own police force. It means their tiny 750-acre reservation is now a semi-sovereign nation within the US, just like much bigger and more famous reservations in the west……………………………………………………

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John McCain ditches his liberal past and turns hard right

11 Jul 2010: The Republican ‘maverick’ bends in the wind of Tea Party-style politics………………

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Sean Penn carries the belongings of a resident of his tent city, on a hillside overlooking the Haitian capital, six months after the earthquake that devastated the city

Hollywood star shows how aid can help Haiti

Sean Penn’s tent city is no publicity stunt. As Guy Adams reports, it’s the best relief operation in town…………………………………………………..

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Chernobyl’s children refused entry to UK

Charities shocked as sick youngsters due to have respite holidays in Britain are told their visas are rejected the night before departure

By Emily Dugan, Sunday, 11 July 2010

Two decades after the world's most serious nuclear accident, the towns near the Chernobyl plant remain semi-abandoned. Work on a new 'safe confinement structure' has begun in order to prevent further contamination
 Two decades after the world’s most serious nuclear accident, the towns near the Chernobyl plant remain semi-abandoned. Work on a new ‘safe confinement structure’ has begun in order to prevent further contamination
Child victims of the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster are being denied charity holidays in Britain by immigration officials. Children looking forward to a month’s recuperation away from nuclear contamination are having their holiday plans ruined by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), which denies them visas, often just the night before they are due to travel.
Since the disaster in 1986, British charities have helped thousands of young people from affected areas in the Ukraine and Belarus to have holidays with British families. Now those charities say their work is becoming impossible as the UKBA rejects so many visas at the last minute.

Last month only seven of 17 children due to holiday on the Isle of Wight actually made it on trips organised by Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL), a charity which has brought over 46,000 children from the radioactive zone since 1991. The other 10 were told the night before departure that their holiday was cancelled. Another UK charity, Medicine and Chernobyl, has also had at least eight visas rejected this year.

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British charities have helped thousands of young people from affected areas in the Ukraine and Belarus to have holidays with British families. Now those charities say their work is becoming impossible as the UKBA rejects so many visas at the last minute.

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