22/01/2018

In Belgium, Afghan Teen Dreams of Empowering Girls at Home

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BRUSSELS, Belgium, 19 January 2018 (UNHCR)* – “Back home people would tell me to change my shoes because they were boys’ shoes,” says 16-year-old Madina from Afghanistan. 

Madina dreams of empowering girls back home in Afghanistan.   © UNHCR/Humans of Amsterdam/Fetching_Tigerrs

Now in Belgium, where she found safety from the conflict at home, there is only one thing Madina wants to change.

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22/01/2018

‘A Comprehensive Understanding of the Nature and Extent of Organized Crime Lacking in Almost Every Region of the World’

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UNODC*, 17 January 2018 — A comprehensive understanding of the nature and extent of organized crime is lacking in almost every region of the world. With a view to addressing this challenge, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) initiated the development of a framework for measuring and assessing organized crime in the Western Balkans.

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Measuring progress at the regional and national levels has proved to be a difficult one given the lack of comparable data analysis on the dynamics of organised crime.

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22/01/2018

Syrian Children Succumb to Freezing Temperatures While Crossing into Lebanon – UNICEF

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At least 13 Syrians, including two children, lost their lives to freezing temperatures in eastern Lebanon as they tried to enter the country from Syria, United Nations humanitarian agencies have reported.

In this file photograph, a Syrian child refugee, with feet only partially covered in adult sandals, stands in the snow at an informal tented settlement in Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/ Dar Al Mussawir

21/01/2018

‘Happy 18th birthday! You’re out’

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Children inside the former Liniere camp in Grande Synthe, northern France. Many who couldn’t cope with life inside reception shelters had ended up in this camp.

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21/01/2018

Donald Trump’s First Year and the Illusion of Choice

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By Neil Clark*

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**Photo: Donald Trump Laconia Rally, Laconia, NH by Michael Vadon July 16 2015  | Author: Michael Vadon | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

January 20 marks one year since Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States.

His supporters, boosted by comments the Donald made on the campaign trail, hoped his Presidency would mark a shift away from a neocon/liberal interventionist foreign policy. In fact we’ve just had more of the same.

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20/01/2018

Which Is the Antarctic’s Top Penguin?

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By Willie Mackenzie*

20 January, 2018 (Greenpeace)* — Not every penguin is up to the challenge of living in the Antarctic, but those that do are a special sort of awesome. Remember, they don’t have the luxury of being able to fly away again if the weather turns bad.

In honour of Penguin Awareness Day today and while we’re in the Antarctic campaigning to protect their home*, here’s our countdown of the most flippering fantastic Antarctic penguins.

Prepare to be impressed.

*And you can join the movement to create the world’s largest protected area and a safe haven for penguins – an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.

5. Gentoo

Gentoo penguin in the Antarctic, 17 Jan 2018

Gentoo penguin in the Antarctic, 17 Jan 2018

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20/01/2018

Six Environment Stories to Watch in 2018

1. Coral reefs

With three quarters of the world’s coral reefs already at risk – due to threats ranging from invasive species to ocean acidification to sunscreen pollution – the time for action is now.

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The International Coral Reef Initiative has dubbed 2018 the International Year of the Reef. Things have already kicked off in Fiji, with an announcement from the government of a major new protected site.

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20/01/2018

One in Four (Liberated) Iraqi Children Impacted by Conflict, Poverty; Education Key for Lasting Peace – UNICEF

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More than four million children have been impacted by extreme violence in Iraq, many robbed of their childhood and forced to fight on the frontlines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 19 January 2018 said.

Women and children walk through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

“Last year alone, 270 children were killed,” said UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere following a recent visit.
20/01/2018

Central Africa’s Iconic Mammals Threatened by Poachers, Armed Groups – UN Environment 

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Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing on 19 January 2018 warned.

In recent years poaching levels have soared and three rhinos are killed every day. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

20/01/2018

May Your Home Be Destroyed

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By Uri Avnery*

20 January 20/18 — WHEN I first met Yasser Arafat in besieged Beirut, in the summer of 1982, Abu Mazen was not present. But when I met him again in Tunis, a few months later, he asked me to meet Abu Mazen, too.

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Uri Avnery

Abu Mazen, it transpired, was the Fatah leader in charge of Israeli matters.

MY FIRST impression of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) was that he was the exact opposite of Arafat. He looked like a schoolmaster.

Arafat was an outgoing type, who liked to embrace and kiss people and to establish close relations from the outset.

Abu Mazen was much more reserved and withdrawn. Yet I liked his personality.

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