The Big Money Club clearly lives by its own perverse rules.
A group of youths who identify as LGBTI travel at a distance from the larger group of thousands of Central American migrants who are moving north towards the US border.
The group of at least 40 Honduran LGBTI youths say they face harassment at home and even along the route of the caravan, but remain determined to reach the US where they say they will have a brighter future.
“It has been very difficult because of the harassment, the bullying, the jokes, the ill-treatment towards us,” Honduran LGBTI migrant Josue Robles said. “They exclude us from things that we should be allowed to do, in other words, they treat us as if we were abnormal.”
Regardless, the group forges on, fleeing what they described as horrific violence if they stayed in Honduras.
Renowned intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky said the United States was responsible for the conditions that have led to the mass exodus from Central American countries.
“People are fleeing from the misery and horrors for which we are responsible ... people fleeing from severe oppression, violence, terror, extreme poverty from three countries: Honduras — mainly Honduras, secondarily Guatemala, thirdly El Salvador — not Nicaragua, incidentally — three countries that have been under harsh U.S. domination,” the US writer said on November 2 in an interview with Democracy Now.
Turkish troops fired across the border on November 1, killing a six-year-old girl in the northern Syrian village of Til Findir.
The murder was part of a pattern of harassment by the Turkish army against the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS). The DFNS is a liberated area administered by democratic local councils, with equal representation of men and women and the inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities.
The liberated zone came into existence with an uprising in three predominantly Kurdish areas, known collectively as Rojava, against the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in July 2012. The democratic system has spread to adjacent non-Kurdish areas since then. The liberated areas are defended by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“At a time of an information onslaught, the critical differences between fact and fiction are blurred,” says radical filmmaker John Pilger of the “Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence” festival he is curating in Sydney from November 28 to December 9.
Kunturu Kulini — Heart Listening
Until November 25
A week of action was launched on November 4 in support of the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart, released last year by delegates to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Referendum Convention held near Uluru in Central Australia.
An organiser was Maritime Union of Australia NT Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor. The MUA said it was “all about individuals and organisations taking self-initiative to contribute to a groundswell of support for the ‘Voice to Parliament’ proposal”.
If ever there was a collective statement by the First Nations to be embraced by the government, the Uluru Statement is it. Last year, representatives of all First Nations came together in conference at Uluru, to work out a plan of action and policy in the interest of their peoples, and the country as a whole.
Refugee rights activists blocked the main entrance to the Melbourne Cup on November 6. They called on the government to release all the refugees in detention on Manus Island and Nauru.
Australian Education Union (AEU) members in Queensland will be joining their Victorian colleagues in walking off the job on November 20, Universal Children’s Day, to demand the federal Coalition government gets kids and their families off Nauru.
The Department of Education and Training Victoria today advised school principals to oppose leave for teachers who wish to participate in the Walk Off for Refugees on November 20. Teachers For Refugees (TFR) has called on teachers and education support staff to walk off the job on Universal Children’s Day and demand that the federal government remove all children and adults from offshore camps and resettle them in the community.
Close to 1000 people gathered outside Parliament House in Adelaide on November 3 to protest against federal government plans to build a national radioactive waste dump in South Australia.