Archive for December 4th, 2011


New Brand of Slavery Surfaces in America

Human Wrongs Watch

By Charles Mercieca*, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND

We are all familiar with the proverb: Not all that glitters is gold. The Romans had a saying which ran as follows: Aliud est theoria, aliud est practica – On thing is theory, another thing is practice. On the other hand, the Italians are very familiar with the statement: Parole si, fatti no – Words yes, facts no. This refers to those who do not mean what they say. These elements are very useful to keep in mind in order to understand well the contents of this presentation.

**Photo: US Army, Office of War Information (OWI) | Department of Defense visual information (DVIC) | Wikimedia Commons

In the United States, you often hear individuals expressing their love for their country. However, the word “America” means different things to different people. Unless we are aware of this, we may experience needless frustrations unnecessarily.

For example, when the vast majority of politicians, especially Republicans, express their concern and love for America they mean something different from what the people in general mean.

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Remember Somalia?

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – Hundreds of refugees in southern Ethiopia have been relocated from an overcrowded transit centre to a new camp, the fifth one in the area for Somalis fleeing conflict and drought in their homeland.

Somali refugees in Ethiopia | Credit: UN

The Bur Amino camp in Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado region was opened on Nov. 30 and has received the first group of some 400 Somali refugees so far, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), announced in Geneva on December 2.

The relocation to Bur Amino will decongest the transit centre, said Mahecic. For weeks, 7,500 recent arrivals from Somalia had been living in the centre, built to host one third of that population for a few days only.

Rain and poor shelter conditions exacerbated the already low nutritional and health status of the refugees there, especially the children, he added.

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