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Muslims killed in Sri Lanka mob attacks (AlJazeera)

At least three people have been killed and more than 80 people injured in overnight mob attacks led by Sinhala Buddhist monks in two coastal Sri Lankan towns, according to medics.
Over 1,000 Sri Lankan army have been deployed on Monday in the popular resort towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala, and police extended a curfew after Muslim properties and mosques came under attack. Violence also spread to Lathugana town.

Alan Strathern: Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims? (BBC)

Cheang Sokha, Laignee Barron: Migrants flee Thai instability (Phnom Penh Post)

While forcible expulsions from Thailand are not uncommon – a UN study found more than 89,000 Cambodians were deported from Thailand in 2009 for illegal migration – en masse voluntary returns or large round-ups of employed workers is extremely unusual, according to Moeun Tola, head of the labour program at the Community Legal Education Center.
“The military government has made it clear they want to control the situation with illegal workers. I’m not sure if they are worried Cambodians will join the ‘red shirt’ uprising or what,” he said.
“Before, a worker could be arrested and fined or deported, but now they can also be shot and killed. It’s gotten even more dangerous for migrant workers, and there’s no priority to improve the situation for them.”

Warangkana Chomchuen, Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol: Cambodian Workers Flee Thailand After Army Crackdown (Wall Street Journal)

Tens of thousands of Cambodian migrant workers are leaving Thailand after the military junta said it would crack down on undocumented laborers. …
The junta, which took power in a coup last month, has issued public statements that it will strictly implement rules governing workers, arguing the nation’s large undocumented labor force is a security risk.

Zachary Keck: 170,000 Panicked Cambodians Flee Thailand (Diplomat)

President Oligarch — the natural result of Euromaidan / Президент-олигарх – закономерный итог Евромайдана (Borotba)

The so-called elections, held by the Kiev junta on May 25, cannot be considered fair or legitimate. Elections held in the midst of civil war in the East of the country and neo-Nazi terror in the South and Center were not free.
The very course of the election campaign was unprecedented in every conceivable violation of democratic norms. Presidential candidates were beaten and not allowed to campaign. Several candidates withdrew in protest against the farce. …
There is no doubt that Poroshenko will continue the course of Turchinov and Yatsenyuk in the interests of a narrow layer of the oligarchy. Poroshenko will continue the junta’s dirty war against its own people in the Donbass. Poroshenko will continue to implement the anti-people measures imposed by the IMF and lead the country to economic disaster.
The direct transfer of power to the oligarchy and the strengthening of neo-fascist tendencies are direct consequences of Euromaidan, which Union Borotba warned of last autumn.

Viktor Shapynov: A class analysis of the Ukrainian crisis (Borotba) / Классовый анализ украинского кризиса (Ліва)

The social and class origins of the Ukrainian crisis have not been well researched. Attention has been focused mainly on the political side of events, and their socio-economic basis has been allowed to drop from sight. What were the class forces behind the overthrow of the Yanukovich regime, the installing of a new regime in Kiev, and the rise of the anti-Maidan and of the movement in the south-east?

Sergei Kirichuk: Ukrainian leftist leader speaks: ‘From the beginning, Maidan supported imperialist plunder’ (Workers World) / Interview mit Sergej Kiritschuk von Borotba (Initiativ)

AAP: Australia drops ‘occupied’ from references to Israeli settlements (Guardian)

The Abbott government has ruled out using the term “occupied” when describing Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, prompting suggestions about a shift in Australia’s foreign policy.
The government on Thursday delivered a statement to clarify its stand on the controversial question of the legality of settlements after the issued flared up at a Senate hearing the night before.
The attorney general, George Brandis, on behalf of the minister for foreign affairs, Julie Bishop, said it was “unhelpful” to refer to historic events when describing these areas, given the ongoing Middle East peace process.
“The description of East Jerusalem as ‘occupied’ East Jerusalem is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful,” Brandis told a Senate estimates hearing.

Guy Gillor: Our Common Cause: Australia should recognise Palestine’s occupation (Green Left Weekly)

There is one city in the world the indigenous people, who make up a third of the population, are officially classified by the authorities as having permanent residency, a legal status normally granted to migrants.
As non-citizens, Palestinians legal status in East Jerusalem is legally inferior to that of Jewish residents.
East Jerusalem, which was occupied by the Israeli army in the 1967 war and still contains refugee camps of survivors of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of large parts of Palestine, known as Al Nakba, bears the marks of an apartheid regime.

Ben Saul: Australia won’t describe east Jerusalem as ‘occupied’ – and is wrong to do so (Guardian)

Australia’s new view is starkly at odds with the true status of east Jerusalem under international law – and to dismiss ‘historical events’ as unhelpful is astonishingly foolish.

Gabrielle Chan: Australia may be hit with sanctions over ‘occupied’ East Jerusalem policy change (Guardian)

Eighteen nations, including Indonesia, have protested against decision to stop calling East Jerusalem ‘occupied’.

Gili Cohen: Ten killed in Israeli strike on Syrian military targets (Haaretz)

Underhanded opportunism in the search for kidnapped Israeli teens / מחטף בעקבות החטיפה (Haaretz)

There could not be a harsher blow to Israel’s security than placing a dartboard on our Palestinian partner’s chest…
Swift approval of a bill to prevent pardons for prisoners – a bill whose stupidity is now becoming clear; complete severance of relations with the Palestinian Authority; expelling dozens, if not hundreds, of Hamas members from the West Bank to Gaza; demolishing homes; imposing a total curfew on West Bank and Gaza’s cities, and more. Alongside these ideas, the government is accelerating a bill for the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners and – to top it all – Habayit Hayehudi MKs are expressing their support for annexing territory to Israel.
These ideas have nothing to do with our ability to find the kidnap victims.

What is the true aim of Israel’s show of force? / מה מטרת המבצע? (Haaretz)
Gideon Levy: West Bank operation turns from farce into tragedy (Haaretz)

It is ridiculous to hear the goals of the operations as proclaimed with unfathomable gravity by politicians, generals and court commentators: “To pulverize the Hamas infrastructure” and “dismember the Palestinian unity government,” as if this were not a recurring nightmare that always ends with Israel losing the upper hand.
From Operation Cast Lead to Operation Pillar of Defense, from one operation to the next, Hamas only keeps getting stronger. It is ridiculous to listen to the finance minister talk of our “children” – why not “babies?” It’s ridiculous to watch as soldiers confiscate computers and office equipment from the offices of news organizations and charities and believe that they have the power to destroy this popular movement.

Amos Harel: Israeli campaign against Hamas is effort to impose new order in West Bank (Haaretz)

So far the IDF has detained some 280 Palestinians, mostly Hamas people, raided the movement’s offices, closed a radio station, confiscated computers and seized documents. The complete absence of armed resistance in the West Bank so far makes Israelis believe this is a low-cost operation.
Expanding the strike on Hamas has a clear strategic rationale – Israel wants to separate the Palestinian Authority and Hamas again, after their reconciliation agreement. The Israeli measures even coincide, to a certain extent, with the PA’s interest, since the latter is furious with Hamas for the damage it believes the abduction has caused the Palestinian efforts in the international arena. This was reflected in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ harsh criticism Wednesday of the abduction.

Chaim Levinson: Israel set to double number of Palestinian administrative detainees (Haaretz)
Maher Mughrabi: End the occupation, then we’ll speak out against Hamas (Haaretz)
Jack Khoury: Signs of intifada emerge, but this time it’s aimed at Abbas, too (Haaretz)
Palestinian death toll at five as West Bank ‘street’ turns against PA troops (Haaretz)

Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinians on Sunday as the West Bank “street” turned angrily against the Palestinian Authority for helping the army in its search for three kidnapped teenagers and its crackdown on Hamas…
By Saturday night, 335 Palestinians had been arrested, including about 260 Hamas operatives.

Don’t force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers / לא להזין בכפייה (Haaretz)

At present there are 189 administrative detainees in the State of Israel, some of whom have been held for periods of over 10 years. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared a few days ago, in reference to the strike, that the State of Israel must either bring them to trial or release them.

Jonathan Lis: Force-feeding bill meeting stiff opposition as debate approaches (Haaretz)

Numerous organizations have submitted position papers opposing the bill to MKs, among them Amnesty International, the Israel Democracy Institute, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and the Israel Medical Association, which last week declared that force-feeding violates internationally agreed medical ethics.

Markus Bickel: Kerry belebt Antiterrorallianz neu (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Der Vormarsch der Isis im Irak lässt Kerry zu alten Mitteln greifen. Ägypten und Jordanien sollen helfen. Sicherheit und Stabilität sind dabei im Zweifel wichtiger als demokratische Werte.

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