Archive for January 22nd, 2013

22/01/2013

Some $100 Million to Help Save Lives in as Many as 12 ‘Neglected’ Crises!

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations humanitarian chief announced* the allocation of some $100 million from an emergency account to boost operations in 12 poorly- funded crises ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen.

Children in Thea Chaung IDP Camp, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: OCHA

Children in Thea Chaung IDP Camp, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: OCHA

“Millions of people continue to need help around the world after the media spotlight fades,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

“These allocations are about saving lives. I hope that governments and others will provide more funds to help those caught in these hidden emergencies.”

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) selected Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen on the basis of the severity of humanitarian need and an analysis of funding levels.

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22/01/2013

‘Al-Qaeda Threat Used by NATO as Smoke Screen for Re-colonization of Northern Africa’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today (RT)*, 21 January 2013 – With more western countries getting indirectly involved in the conflict in Mali, there’s increasing speculation about their motives. Journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark told RT, that the intervention has ‘only economic reasons’.

**Northern Africa. Author: Connormah | Wikimedia Commons

**North of Africa. Author: Connormah | Wikimedia Commons

Several western countries have already offered France, which is to boost its force to 2,500 soldiers next week, aid in Mali.

The UK is providing logistical air assistance, while the United States is providing surveillance and other intelligence help.

Washington also announced it will supply transport planes for French forces and consider sending refueling tankers for French warplanes.

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22/01/2013

Change Happens – But How, Why, When, Where?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*, TRANSCEND – A century ago humanity, particularly in the West, was at the beginning of a major revolution, from horse culture to car culture. Today there are still (FAO-UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 2008) 59 million horses, but (2010) more than 1 billion cars (in 1986 only half of that). In other parts of the world, like Japan and China, there was a revolution to cars, but from bicycles–Beijing went from 6 million bicycles to 4 million cars over a period of 20 years, only from 1990. Japan had an intermediate scooter stage–like in India, Southeast Asia–less so in China.

**Photo: Mikel Ortega from Errenteria, Basque Country, Spain, with a retouche by Richard Bartz.

**Photo: Mikel Ortega from Errenteria, Basque Country, Spain, with a retouche by Richard Bartz.

Imagine 19th century in the West: horses everywhere. A fantastic animal: domestic-able, reproducible–by putting two horses together, cars cannot do that–life expectancy 25-30 years, far beyond cars, ideal for transport of persons and goods, and as tractors for plows, and so on.

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