Archive for July 24th, 2012

24/07/2012

Half a Million Palestinian, Iraqi Refugees Victims of Violence in Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

Violence and threats have forced more than 10,000 Iraqi refugees in Syria to flee the country over the past week, the UN refugee agency said, with the majority returning to their home country in spite of security concerns. Meanwhile, the UN expressed “grave concern” over the implications of the violence in Syria for the 500,000 Palestinian refugees across the country.

Outreach worker registering a displaced Syrian family in Lebanon. Photo: UNHCR/D. Khamissy

“Thousands of Iraqi refugees have had to relocate from the Damascus suburb of Seida Zeinab to other suburbs, the UN reported on 24 July.

Some cited direct threats to their safety, while others expressed a fear of being caught up in the violence,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming, said in Geneva.

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24/07/2012

Turkey: Will AKP Government Crack Down On Military’s Business Interests?

Human Wrongs Watch

, July 24, 2012. By Dorian Jones — One of the defining achievements of Justice and Development Party’s tenure in power in Turkey has been forcing the country’s once omnipotent army firmly back into the barracks and out of political life. Yet the military’s economic power has been largely left untouched.

Turkey. Source: Eurasia.net

Whether you buy a chocolate bar, insurance, or a car in Turkey, it is likely that it was produced by a company linked to the OYAK, the Turkish Armed Forces Assistance and Pension Fund.

“It remains a bizarre, unaccountable institution,” said Lale Kemal, an expert on the Turkish army and Ankara bureau chief of the Taraf newspaper, a national publication critical of the military’s previously unchecked power.

“It is like the old days of Latin American countries, or in China or in Egypt, where you have the army owning companies, which has nothing to do with the rule of law or democracy.”

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24/07/2012

Alarm in Global Markets as Fears Grow over Spanish Debt Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

The Bank of Spain warned on Monday 23 July that the country’s economy sank deeper into recession in the second quarter, while a growing funding crisis in its regions risks to push Spain closer to a full bailout.

**Bank of Spain. Photo: Luis García (Zaqarbal) | Wikimedia Commons.

By Nick Beams (WSWS*) – Global equity markets experienced a significant sell-off yesterday [23 July] amid fears that the Spanish crisis is rapidly worsening and Greece may soon be forced out of the euro zone, setting off a new round of financial turmoil.

Less than one month ago, European leaders emerged from a summit meeting expressing confidence that a way had been found to inject money into the Spanish banking system without increasing the sovereign debt burden of the government.

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