Archive for September 27th, 2014

27/09/2014

Ukraine – Truce or Trojan Horse: Retreat, Re-Armament and Relaunch

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. James Petras*, September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service —  The NATO proxy war in the Ukraine started with the violent US-EU-sponsored overthrow of the elected government via a mob putsch in February 2014. This was well financed at $5 billion, according to President Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

**Euromaidan. State flag of Ukraine carried by a protester to the heart of developing clashes in Kiev. Events of 18 February 2014 | Author: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe/http://www.unframe.com | Wikimedia Commons

**Euromaidan. State flag of Ukraine carried by a protester to the heart of developing clashes in Kiev. Events of 18 February 2014 | Author: Mstyslav Chernov/Unframe/http://www.unframe.com | Wikimedia Commons

The result was a junta, composed of neo-liberal puppets, rightist nationalists and fascists, which immediately proceeded to purge the Ukrainian legislature of any politicians opposed to the coup and Kiev’s submission to the European Union and NATO.

The NATO-sponsored client regime then moved swiftly to extend its control by centralizing power and overturning the official policy of bilingualism (Russian and Ukrainian) in the southeastern regions. It was preparing to break its long-standing agreement over the huge Russian naval base in Crimea and renege on its massive debts to Russia for gas and oil imports.

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27/09/2014

Lebanon Hosts the Highest Ratio Per Capita of Refugees in the World

Human Wrongs Watch

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered over 950,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon – now constituting 25 per cent of the total population.

Lina has not heard from her husband since he was detained in Syria two years ago. Now a refugee in Lebanon, she lives in a tented settlement with her seven children. Photo: UNHCR/A.McConnell

Lina has not heard from her husband since he was detained in Syria two years ago. Now a refugee in Lebanon, she lives in a tented settlement with her seven children. Photo: UNHCR/A.McConnell

One year after its inaugural meeting, the International Support Group for Lebanon continues to channel the global community’s concern for the stability of the Middle Eastern country, particularly as crises continue to engulf the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 September 2014 said.*

Last September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Support Group to help the country tackle its multiple challenges, including hosting such a large number of refugees.

“Lebanon hosts the highest ratio per capita of refugees in the world,” Ban stated, adding that even though mechanisms have been put into place to ensure the efficient provision of assistance, the country received “far less assistance than it needs.”

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27/09/2014

'Zero Hunger Is Not Just a Dream'

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome/New York — Global peace and sustainable development cannot be achieved without ending hunger, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on 25 September 2014, told participants at a high-level UN meeting in New York.

Food being prepared on plates for lunch in Nhan My, Viet Nam | Photo from FAO

Food being prepared on plates for lunch in Nhan My, Viet Nam | Photo from FAO

“Food security might not always be our first concern, but it should be,” said the FAO chief highlighting the link between hunger and conflicts.*

He was speaking at “Delivering Zero Hunger – Demonstrating Impact” a UN General Assembly side event, co-hosted by the governments of the Netherlands, Ireland and Mexico, FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

“While world hunger figures have declined, there are still 805 million people who are chronically undernourished,” Graziano da Silva said, citing figures from the recently released UN State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report.

 

 

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27/09/2014

'The Damage Caused by Past Nuclear Testing Cannot Be Reversed'

While the damage caused by past nuclear testing cannot be reversed, the international community can work toward a better future where nuclear testing and proliferation are banned outright, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 September 2014 said.
An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 November 1952. Photo: US Government | Reproduced from UN News Centre

An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 November 1952. Photo: US Government | Re-posted from UN News Centre.

In remarks delivered to the Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Ban pressed all those countries that have yet to ratify the treaty to do so as it would protect the world from the harmful effects of fallout and the possibility of nuclear warfare.

“This treaty bans all nuclear tests, constrains the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons, and contributes to progress on nuclear disarmament,” Ban told the delegates, adding that it would also help protect the environment against the “harmful radioactive by-products of nuclear tests.”

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