Archive for ‘War Lords’


Breaking International Law in Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sharmine Narwani*

25 November 2015 (RT)* – The war drums are getting louder in the aftermath of ISIS attacks in Paris, as Western countries gear up to launch further airstrikes in Syria. But obscured in the fine print of countless resolutions and media headlines is this: the West has no legal basis for military intervention. Their strikes are illegal.

“It is always preferable in these circumstances to have the full backing of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) but I have to say what matters most of all is that any actions we would take would…be legal,” explained UK Prime Minister David Cameron to the House of Commons last Wednesday.

Legal? No, there’s not a scrap of evidence that UK airstrikes would be lawful in their current incarnation.


How Much is Left of Syrian in the Syrian War?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 25 November 2015

The U.S. Congress, under the valiant leadership of Republicans, has vetoed the entry of Syrian refugees, including women and children, into the United States against Obama’s intention to accept 10,000 – a symbolic amount in a country which accepts over 50.000 refugees every year – while Germany is accepting at least 800,000 Syrians.


Roberto Savio

What is frightening is the total ignorance of the world which is behind that veto.

According to the New York Times, more than 30 percent of U.S. senators have never possessed a passport and the U.S. Senate – the shining chapel of the exceptional destiny of the United States (the only real democracy, as Georges W. Bush once famously declared) – is an excellent example of the exceptionalism of U.S. democracy.

By constitution, every one of the 50 States of the Union has two member of the Senate: from Wyoming, with just over 563,000 inhabitants, to California, with more than 37 million.

Under the same constitution, the President of the United States is elected not by a citizens’ vote but by a vote linked to the same states.


‘Europe’s Moral and Spiritual Vacuum Invites Acts of Terrorism’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Iben Thranholm*

24 November 2015 (RT) – These days the media are overflowing with comments and analyses of last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. One particular angle is consistently ignored – or banished: religion.



**Oslo, Norway immediately after the 2011 terrorist attack in Norway perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik. | Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. | Wikimedia Commons

This is a curious omission since the terrorists themselves issue statements that indicate that religion is their motivation.


Paris: A Sense of Proportions Is Urgently Needed

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

24 November 2015

For more than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, every television news program of any kind was completely dominated by non-stop day-and-night coverage of the “breaking news”.


**Paris Shootings – The day after | French police gathering evidence at the Bataclan theatre on 14 November | Source: Paris Shootings : The day after | Author: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène from Paris, France | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

The attacks, in which 130 people were killed and 80-99 seriously injured, were presented by our mass media with such a concentration of hysteria that they blotted out every other type of news from the public consciousness.


‘Nigeria Must Halt Evictions Threatening Tens of Thousands with Homelessness’

A United Nations human rights expert on 23 November 2015 called on the Nigerian Government to immediately end unlawful large-scale evictions that are threatening tens of thousands of people with homelessness even as the rainy season rages on, voicing alarm at the violence sometimes used by police.

**With nowhere to go, many people still remain in Lagos’ Badia East, Nigeria, amidst the ruins of their demolished houses. (October 2015) Photo: Sam Olukoya/IRIN

“There is no viable resettlement or alternative accommodation provided by authorities for affected individuals, and many fear further evictions as they lack security of tenure,” UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, warned in a statement.*


Cambodia: Political Crackdown Reaching a ‘Dangerous Tipping Point’, UN Rights Expert

Human Wrongs Watch

23 November 2015 – Expressing deep concern about the breakdown in the dialogue between Cambodia’s main political parties, a United Nations expert today warned that any intensification of the current events could bring the country to a “dangerous tipping point,” especially regrading the human rights of the Cambodian people.


Street scene in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Photo: World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

“The past weeks have been marked by a number of worrying developments: increasing tensions between the two principal political parties; incidences of violence; intimidation of individuals; and resort to offensive language in the political discourse,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith in a news release.


“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities, settler-related violence, and demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures’

Human Wrongs Watch

Nearly 12 months after the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with the aim of generating global engagement on ‘the Question of Palestine,’ security and hope in Gaza and in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, remain at a “very low point,” observed UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson on 23 November 2015.*


Israeli forces and a newly installed metal detector on the corner of Al Wad Street, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: Mya Guarnieri/IRIN

“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence. Demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures have continued, including punitive demolitions…

“…Such policies and actions are directly contrary to the Government of Israel’s stated intention to pursue a two-State solution,” said Eliasson in his remarks to a special meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked annually on 29 November.


16 Days to “Orange the World” – UNiTE to End Violence against Women

Human Wrongs Watch

24 November 2015 (UN Women)* – This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign’s 16 days call for action are focused on strategies to prevent violence against women and girls.
places around the world lit orange.

Source: UN Women

The Issue

A staggering one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime—a pandemic of global proportions.

Unlike an illness, however, perpetrators and even entire societies choose to commit violence—and can choose to stop.

Violence is not inevitable. It can be prevented.

But it’s not as straightforward as eradicating a virus. There is no vaccine, medication or cure. And there is no one single reason for why it happens.

As such, prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel in order to have long-lasting and permanent effects.


Violence In and By Paris: Any Way Out?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 23 November 2015- TRANSCEND Media Service – The atrocity in Paris seems to trigger the word “terrorism” with a higher frequency than ever, in the media, from the politicians.


Johan Galtung

Doing so, they sign their intellectual capitulation: trust me, I am not going to try to understand anything.

Watching politicians on 56 US TV channels in Georgia there was not a single word analyzing why?; like underlying conflicts and traumas.

Nor conciliation and solution.

Only a description of what?, the horrible violence. And what to do: more violence, war.

With a question mark though: Will it work?

The whole Western world was living up to the old French saying  Cet animal est très méchant, quand on le bat, il se defend. (That animal is very vicious, when you beat it, it defends itself).


Book Review: Aurelio Peccei and Daisako Ikeda, “Before It Is Too Late”

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

23 November 2015

This book was published in 1984 in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. Far from being our of date, it is even more urgently relevant today than when it was published. It is a dialogue between two great men, Aurelio Peccei and Daisaku Ikeda. Their greatness is both moral and intellectual.


**Aurelio Peccei (1976) | Author: Koen Suyk / Anefo | Nationaal Archief | Wikimedia Commons

Aurelio Peccei (1908-1984) was the principal founder of the Club of Rome, an organization whose 1972 report, “Limits to Growth” first called to the world’s attention the impossibility of constantly-increasing economic growth on a finite planet.

The second author, Daisaku Ikeda (1928- ), is the founding President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a 12-million-strong lay Buddhist organization with members in 192 countries or regions.


***Daisaku Ikeda at Soka University, Tokyo, May 2010 | Author: Rukomii. | Wikipedia Commons

The Japanese words “Soka Gakkai” mean “Value-Creating Education”, and the members of SGI are strongly committed to working for peace, international understanding, and the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.


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