Archive for December 10th, 2012

10/12/2012

Is Israel Always Right?

Human Wrongs Watch

“To label public intellectuals like Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Richard Falk, Günter Grass, Judith Butler, Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, Richard Dawkins, Mairead McGuire, Noam Chomsky and others “anti-Semitic” is false libel of persons in no way anti-Semitic, with important perspectives. The “correct” speech carries us nowhere: [1] Israel is always right; [2] Israel’s critics are always wrong.”

Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung

By Johan Galtung, TRANSCEND*

From Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany

Anti-Semitism, AS, is to be against Jews as such; pre-judging all based on some, pars pro toto.

Being anti any category humans are born into–woman-man, black-white–is a fatal disease, with prejudice escalating to hatred, leading to discrimination, escalating to war, even genocide.

There is linearity; perpetrators to victims.

To prevent and cure this disease we must understand its causes, roots, and learn what, and what not, to do.

To be against disease is not good enough.

With the open mind provided by academic freedom, and freedom of speech as a basic human right, we have explored diseases like cancer to identify the roots, the carcinogens.

Smoking, active and passive, is among them; saying so is not “blaming the victim”.

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10/12/2012

Human Rights Day: “Write for Rights”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Amnesty International*, 10 December 2012 – From 7-16 December hundreds of thousands of people will be writing letters, sending SMS messages and taking action online as part of an Amnesty International day of action to mark International Human Rights Day.

Write for Rights takes place from 7-16 December © Amnesty International

Write for Rights takes place from 7-16 December © Amnesty International

The residents of BodoAmong those who could benefit from the Write for Rights campaign this year are the residents of Bodo in Nigeria who made a living from fishing and farming for generations until their serene way of life was changed by two major oil spills from a Shell pipeline in 2008.

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10/12/2012

International Day: ‘Corruption Is Not Inevitable’

Human Wrongs Watch

Marking International Anti-Corruption Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for full global acceptance of an international convention aimed at ending corrupt practices around the world. “Corruption is not inevitable,” Ban said in his message for the Day. “It flows from greed, and the triumph of the undemocratic few over the expectations of the many.”*

No country, region or community is immune to corruption, a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies

No country, region or community is immune to corruption, a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies | UN

In 2003, the General Assembly designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day to raise awareness of both corruption and the role of the UN Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it. 

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10/12/2012

Italy Heads for Snap Poll as Markets Watch

By EurActiv* – Italy is heading for early elections amid growing international concern over the political crisis, prompted by the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s withdrawal of support for Mario Monti’s technocratic  government last week. Monti announced on Saturday (8 December) that he intends to resign once the next budget is approved.

Silvio Berlusconi | EurActiv

Silvio Berlusconi | EurActiv

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said Italy remained at risk of renewed financial upheaval, despite months of improving market confidence.

“The next elections must not serve as a pretext for putting in doubt how indispensable these measures are,” he said. “The relative calm on the markets does not mean we are out of the crisis.”

Monti, a 69-year-old former European commissioner, unexpectedly struck back against Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL), after meeting Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. He said he would resign after the 2013 budget is passed.

The vote was already scheduled by April’s end and Monti’s move will likely bring it forward to February. But the move may unnerve markets, especially as Berlusconi has announced his intention to seek a fifth term as prime minister.

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