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24/03/2014

The Decline of the Middle Class

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

San Salvador, Bahamas, March 2014 — It is now generally accepted that the North-South divide created at the end of the colonial era and the coalition of New Countries against the powerful North of the world ended with the arrival of globalization. There are now areas of the Third World inside the North, and areas of the North inside the South.

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“You should hope that this game will be over soon.” The Third Estate carrying the Clergy and the Nobility on its back. Date: 1789. Source: Bibliothèque national de France. Author: M. P. Permission: This image is in the public domain, with some restrictions**.

The world is no longer bipolar, with the two big powers creating the other divide, the East-West divide. We now inhabit a multilateral world, where a plethora of acronyms (such as BRICS, G20 and TTP) show how it is now fragmented into multiple layers.

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24/03/2014

15 Years On: Looking Back at NATO's ‘Humanitarian’ Bombing of Yugoslavia

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today (RT)* 

Exactly 15 years ago, on March 24, NATO began its 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a “humanitarian” pretext, launching aggression that claimed hundreds of civilian lives and caused a much larger catastrophe than it averted.

Author Clockwise from upper left: Tomislav Jagušt, User:Snake bgd, User:Zeke, Senior Airman Mitch Fuqua (U.S. Air Force) | Wikimedia Commons

Author Clockwise from upper left: Tomislav Jagušt, User:Snake bgd, User:Zeke, Senior Airman Mitch Fuqua (U.S. Air Force) | Wikimedia Commons

Years on, Serbia still bears deep scars of the NATO bombings which, as the alliance put it, were aimed at “preventing instability spreading” in Kosovo. Questions remain on the very legality of the offense, which caused casualties and mass destruction in the Balkan republic.

Codenamed ‘Operation Allied Force,’ it was the largest attack ever undertaken by the alliance. It was also the first time that NATO used military force without the approval of the UN Security Council and against a sovereign nation that did not pose a real threat to any member of the alliance.

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