14/12/2017

Libya: Up to One Million Enslaved Migrants, Victims of ‘Europe’s Complicity’

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ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) – “European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya,” Amnesty International charged in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya.

In Libya, dozens of migrants sleep alongside one another in a cramped cell in Tripoli’s Tariq al-Sikka detention facility. Credit: UNHCR/Iason Foounten

In its new report, ‘Libya’s dark web of collusion’, Amnesty International (AI) details how European governments are actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants by the Libyan Coast Guard, detention authorities and smugglers in order to prevent people from crossing the Mediterranean. Continue reading

16/12/2017

‘American Dream’ Quickly Becoming an ‘Illusion’ — UN Human Rights Expert

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The number of Americans living in poverty and the already high income inequality could worsen further in the days to come, making the United States the most unequal society in the world, the United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights on 15 December 2017 warned.

A homeless man sits at the steps of a store in lower east side, Manhattan, New York City. (File) UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

“The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion, as the US now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, on 15 December 2017, at the end of a fact finding mission to the country.

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16/12/2017

Protection, Well-Being of Uprooted Children Must Be Central to New Global Migration Compact – UNICEF

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Some 50 million children are on the move worldwide, and if countries follow best practices to ensure their safety and well-being, 2018 could be a landmark year for migrant children the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 15 December 2017 said.

A young child eats a sandwich next to the tarpaulin that serves as a makeshift shelter, close to the town of Gevgelija, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the border with Greece (September 2015). Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2191/Georgiev

16/12/2017

Children of Stones

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By Uri Avnery*

16/12/2017

FOR GOD’S SAKE, are they crazy?

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Uri Avnery

They congregate in the marketplace, boys of 15, 16 years, take stones and throw them at our soldiers, who are armed to the teeth.

The soldiers shoot, sometimes over their heads, sometimes straight at them. Every day there are wounded, every few days there are dead.

What for? They do not have the slightest chance of changing the policy of the Israeli occupation. Only very rarely do the boys hit a soldier and cause him a slight injury.

Yet they go on. Why?

A FRIEND of mine sent me an article by a respected Palestinian. He described his first demonstration, many years ago. Continue reading

16/12/2017

Dangerous Rhetoric, Overconfidence, Increase Risk of Conflict on Korean Peninsula, UN Chief Warns

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 15 December 2017 said that he is deeply concerned over the risk of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, “including as a result of miscalculation

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the Security Council on non-proliferation / DPRK. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

16/12/2017

UN Rights Wing ‘Appalled’ at Mass Execution in (Liberated) Iraq

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Expressing deep shock at a mass execution of 38 men at a prison in the Iraqi city of Nassiriya, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the country to establish an immediate moratorium and carry out an urgent and comprehensive review of its criminal justice system.

Photo: Andrew Bardwell (posted from UN News Centre)

14/12/2017

Shedding Diplomacy — Fear as a Tool to Gain Power

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This op-ed by Roberto Savio, IPS founder and President Emeritus is adapted from a statement he made as a panelist on Migration and Human Solidarity, A Challenge and an Opportunity for Europe and the MENA region held on 14 December at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue.

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Roberto Savio

ROME, Dec 14 2017 (IPS) – At the outset my thanks to Dr Hanif Hassan Ali Al Kassim, and Ambassador Idriss Jazairy who lead the Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue for organizing this panel discussion at a critical moment in history.

The Centre, is one of the few actors for peace and cooperation between the Arab world and Europe. As a representative of global civil society, I think it will be more meaningful if I speak without the constraints of diplomacy, and I make frank and unfettered reflections.

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14/12/2017

Half the World Lacks Access to Essential Health Services – UN-Backed Report

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13 December 2017 – At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

Strong primary health care is the lifeblood of every health system and no country can achieve Universal Health Coverage without it. Photo: WHO

13/12/2017

Once Upon a Time a Planet…

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By Baher Kamal*

11 December 2017 (Wall Street International) Sorry for disturbing you at this time of the day! But….

The only Planet we actually know
The only Planet we actually know | Photo reproduced  from Wall Street International
 … But the reality is there and we cannot turn a blind eye on it, at least not always. And the reality says that we are seven billion inhabitants plus of the only Planet we actually know and live in—Mother Earth.
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And that we are all involved –either as perpetrators or victims, either actively or passively- in an amazing, unstopped process of self-destruction.
12/12/2017

Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern

From antimicrobial resistance to off-grid solar: Frontiers 2017 explores the newest environmental issues facing the planet
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