Archive for ‘War Lords’

22/07/2014

Who Is Winning?

Human Wrongs Watch 

By Uri Avnery*, 19 July 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service 

What would history look like if it were written in the style of the “Solid Cliff (a.k.a. Protective Edge) operation?

397px-UriAvneryFor example:

Winston Churchill was a scoundrel.[*]

For five years he kept the population of London under the unceasing fire of the German Luftwaffe.

He used the inhabitants of London as a human shield in his crazy war. While the civilian population was exposed to the bombs and rockets, without the protection of an “iron dome”, he was hiding in his bunker under 10 Downing Street. He exploited all the inhabitants of London as hostages.

When the German leaders made a generous peace proposal, he rejected it for crazy ideological reasons. Thus he condemned his people to unimaginable suffering.

From time to time he emerged from his underground hideout to have his picture taken in front of the ruins, and then he returned to the safety of his rat hole. But to the people of London he said: “Future generations will say that this was your finest hour!”

22/07/2014

CAR — Recruitment, Abuse of Children by Armed Groups, Endemic

Human Wrongs Watch

21 July 2014 – The recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, according to a new United Nations report, which cited impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses.

Child soldiers guard a road near Bunia, Ituri region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNICEF/HQ03-0555/LeMoyne

Child soldiers guard a road near Bunia, Ituri region, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNICEF/HQ03-0555/LeMoyne

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“Impunity has encouraged perpetrators to continue their violations against children,” Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told the Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict today.
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Briefing on the 5th Report on Children and Armed Conflict in DRC, she said there were close to 4,200 cases of recruitment and use of boys and girls by armed groups and the Government armed forces. One third of the cases involved children below the age of 15.
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19/07/2014

Liberia – Up to 26 percent of Women, Girls Raped by a Stranger; 73 percent of Married Women Sexually Assaulted by Their Husbands

Human Wrongs Watch 

Monrovia/Dakar, 18 July 2014 (IRIN)* - Rates of sexual violence in post-war Liberia are still “extremely high” according to a recently published report by UK-based think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
Photo: Anna Jefferys/IRIN Poster in Monrovia intended to raise awareness of rape (file photo)

**Photo: Anna Jefferys/IRIN
Poster in Monrovia intended to raise awareness of rape (file photo)

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Rape remains one of the most frequently reported crimes in Liberia, according to Liberia’s Ministry of Gender and Development, and the incidence of sexual violence against women in Liberia is among the highest in the world.
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“It’s true we are out of conflict, but we still have this issue of rape as a big problem here,” said Rosana Schaack, the founder of THINK (Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness) Liberia, which works to help former girl soldiers, war wives and survivors of rape and domestic violence readjust to post-conflict life.
18/07/2014

UN: Can You Spare 67 Minutes to Take Action on Nelson Mandela Day?

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among citizens around the world who will be volunteering 67 minutes of their time on Friday 18 July 2014, Nelson Mandela Day, to make a small gesture in solidarity with humanity – one minute for every year of the South African leader’s public service.*

Source of image: UN

Source of image: UN

The UN General Assembly declared 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009 in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to democracy, justice and reconciliation.
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The overall campaign slogan is: “Take Action, Inspire Change.” And this year is the first commemoration after Mr. Mandela’s passing last December at the age of 95.
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17/07/2014

Grandmothers Raped in Front of Their Grandchildren; Children in Front of Their Parents

Human Wrongs Watch

BANGUI, 15 July 2014 (IRIN)* - The presence of armed groups and continued fighting causing displacement across the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to an escalation of insecurity leaving women and girls vulnerable to forced marriage and extreme violence, including rape.

Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN There are few protections for rape survivors in CAR (file photo)

**Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN | There are few protections for rape survivors in CAR (file photo)

Despite recent commitments from governments, UN agencies and NGOs to prioritize protecting women and girls from sexual and physical violence, current efforts in CAR remain underfunded. In the capital Bangui less than one third of clinics and health centres in internally displaced sites have the means to assist survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

“There are almost no protection mechanisms in place and basic services such as medical assistance and counselling are limited in the spontaneous sites where displaced women and girls have gathered,” said Elisabeth Roesch, emergency coordinator for women’s protection and empowerment with NGO International Rescue Committee (IRC).

16/07/2014

‘Russia to reopen Cuban mega-base to spy on America – report’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today* (RT), 16 July 2014 — Moscow and Havana have reportedly reached an agreement on reopening the SIGINT facility in Lourdes, Cuba – once Russia’s largest foreign base of this kind – which was shut down in 2001 due to financial problems and under US pressure.

Image reproduced from Russia Today (RT).

Source of image: Russia Today (RT).

When operational, the facility was manned by thousands of military and intelligence personnel, whose task was to intercept signals coming from and to the US territory and to provide communication for the Russian vessels in the western hemisphere.

Russia considered reopening the Lourdes base since 2004 and has sealed a deal with Cuba last week during the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to the island nation, reports Kommersant business daily citing multiple sources.

15/07/2014

10 Million Yemenis –Over 40% of the Population– Do Not Know Where Their Next Meal Will Come From

Human Wrongs Watch

15 July 2014 – A new United Nations survey has found that over 10 million Yemenis – more than 40 per cent of the population – do not know where their next meal will come from.
 [In 2013, WFP provided preventative nutrition support for 325,000 children under two, nutrition treatment for 200,000 children under five, and nutrition support for 157,00 pregnant and nursing mothers. Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed] In 2013, WFP provided preventative nutrition support for 325,000 children under two, nutrition treatment for 200,000 children under five, and nutrition support for 157,00 pregnant and nursing mothers. Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed

[In 2013, WFP provided preventative nutrition support for 325,000 children under two, nutrition treatment for 200,000 children under five, and nutrition support for 157,00 pregnant and nursing mothers. Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed]

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The Comprehensive Food Security Survey, conducted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), shows that Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates in Yemen are serious across most of the country and at emergency levels in some areas.*

15/07/2014

More Than 750,000 People in West Africa Are Just ‘Invisible’

Human Wrongs Watch

DAKAR, 15 July 2014 (IRIN)* - At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness.

Many in the region are both stateless and refugees, said Emmanuelle Mitte, senior protection officer on statelessness with UNHCR in Dakar, but 80 percent of West Africans are stateless within their own country, lacking proof of the criteria required to guarantee their nationality.*

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Statelessness can block people’s ability to access health care, education or any form of social security. In the case of children who are separated from their families during emergencies, the lack of official documentation makes it much harder to reunite them, says the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
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Lack of official identification documents can mean a child enters into marriage, the labour market, or is conscripted into the armed forces, before the legal age.
15/07/2014

Ever Wondered Why the World is a Mess?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, July 2014 – The latest figures from UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, show that in 2013 the total number of refugees worldwide had reached the staggering figure of 51 million people – we are close to the trauma of the Second World War, when the number of refugees was estimated at 55 million.
180 degree rotated map of the world Date 6 June 2008 Source http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Blank-map-world-reversed.png Author CaseyPenk, Vardion Permission (Reusing this file)  Released into the public domain by original author Other versions  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Blank-map-world-reversed.png | Wikimedia Commons

**180 degree rotated map of the world |Date 6 June 2008 | Source: Wikimedia Commons | Author: CaseyPenk, Vardion

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Now, while the Third World War has not been formally declared, this means that conflicts throughout the world are reaching levels unseen since 1944.
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Of course, for the large majority of people throughout the world, news about these conflicts is just part of our daily news, even though it should be insane to ignore the increasing spending on arms everywhere.
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Another share of our daily news is about the mess in our countries, but this is so complex and confusing that many people have given up the effort to attempt any form of deep understanding.

14/07/2014

The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s War on Palestine, Ukraine and the Truth

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Pilger*TRANSCEND Media Service14 July 2014 – The other night, I saw George Orwells’s ’1984′ performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, “To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.”

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Source of image: TRANSCEND Media Service

Acclaimed by critics, the skilful production was a measure of our cultural and political times. When the lights came up, people were already on their way out. They seemed unmoved, or perhaps other distractions beckoned. “What a mindfuck,” said the young woman, lighting up her phone. As advanced societies are de-politicised, the changes are both subtle and spectacular. In everyday discourse, political language is turned on its head, as Orwell prophesised in ’1984′.

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