Archive for October 10th, 2011


A Lost Generation Also in Rich, Industrialised Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

Paris– Youth are hit disproportionately hard by the recession. In the first quarter of 2011, the unemployment rate for young people (aged 15 to 24) was 17.4% in the OECD rich, industrialised countries, compared with 7% for adults (aged 25 and over).

Unemployed men marching during the Great Depression | Wikimedia Commons

Youth who are neither in employment nor in education or training are a group at high risk of marginalisation and exclusion from the labour market,” according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which groups 34 top industrialised countries and some emerging economies.

Before the crisis, long-term unemployment affected 4 out of 10 unemployed people in France and Germany but it was less of a problem in Spain and the UK, and affected only one in ten unemployed in the US,” OECD secretary-general, Angel Gurría, warned.

By mid 2011, unemployment in the OECD area was still stubbornly above 44 million, over 13 million higher than its pre-crisis level. Some OECD member countries such as Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have reached double-digit unemployment rates in July 2011 and the U.S. unemployment rate more than doubled to over 9%.

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Afghanistan: the Forgotten War the West Can’t Win

Human Wrongs Watch

By Judith Orr – Socialist Worker*

Every night 40 raids take place. These attacks are led by the world’s richest nation deploying some of the most sophisticated weaponry ever invented. They are targetting one of the poorest nations on the globe. Yet after ten long years the wealth and weaponry is losing. This is Afghanistan in 2011.

Image: Joe Burger | Wikimedia Commons

Immediately after the 9/11 attacks in the US, president George W Bush argued that the Taliban in Afghanistan were sheltering the culprits—Al Qaida.

The call to war in Afghanistan won the support of Nato, with Tony Blair in the lead as the US’s most enthusiastic ally.

The war began on 8 October 2001. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have died—we’ll never know exactly how many because the occupiers refuse to count. Some 200,000 people are internally displaced and three million have become refugees.

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