Archive for April 6th, 2015

06/04/2015

'Iran Nuclear Deal: US Prepares for New Wars'

Human Wrongs Watch

By Peter Symonds*

6 April 2015 — The framework nuclear agreement struck last Thursday by the US and its negotiating partners with Iran, while still facing obstacles, marks a significant strategic shift in American foreign policy.

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**Middle East map. By: W123 | Wikimedia Commons

**Middle East map. By: W123 | Wikimedia Commons

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For the entire period since the 1979 Iranian revolution overthrew the US-backed Shah—that is, for 36 years—Washington has maintained a stance of unremitting hostility to the Iranian regime.

This has been a constant in US policy in the region and internationally. Now the US has reached a deal that holds out the possibility of a broader rapprochement between Washington and Tehran.

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06/04/2015

China Reportedly Completes 3 Advanced Nuclear Attack Subs

Human Wrongs Watch

6 April 2015 (RT)* — Chinese shipbuilders have completed three advanced nuclear-propelled submarines that can fire the latest vertically launched anti-ship missiles, local media reported.
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Source: RT

Source: RT

Read more China outpaces America in sub numbers – US admiral

Satellite pictures broadcast last week by China Central Television showed three submarines anchored at an unidentified port, China Daily reported. The vessels were reported to be Type-093G submarines just completed by a shipyard and ready to be delivered to the Navy of the People’s Liberation Army.

Type-093G is an advanced version of Type-093, China’s second-generation nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Compared to the relatively short 110-m regular variant, the Type-093G has a longer hull to make room for a vertical launch system, the report said.

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06/04/2015

The Roots of Terrorism in Kenya: Colonialism, Once Again…

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tony Robinson*

5 April 2015 – Kisumu, Kenya (Pressenza)  No one is left without a sensation of horror at last week’s awful attack on Garissa University College, Kenya in which it seems that the dead number more than 150 young students who had their whole lives ahead of them.  It is also noticeable that world leaders have not flocked to Kenya in order to march in solidarity with President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya as they did with President Hollande and the people of France after the Charlie Hebdo attack. Such hypocrisy requires a separate article though.
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The roots of terrorism in Kenya: colonialism, once again…

Garissa University College (Image by http://www.guc.ac.ke/) | Source: Pressenza

The roots of this terrorism in Kenya are surely not simple but certainly have to do with the colonial history of both Kenya and Somalia. With Somali territory divided between the French, the British and the Italians, after the second world Somalia was reconstituted into Somalia and Djibouti but with parts of Somali territory handed over to Ethiopia and other parts forcibly incorporated into what would become the Republic of Kenya in 1963.

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06/04/2015

A Few Things You May Not Know about Small Island Developing States

Human Wrongs Watch

A few things you may not know about small island developing States. There are currently 39 small island developing States in three geographic regions: the Caribbean; the Pacific; and Africa, Indian Ocean and South China Sea.*

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Source: UN

Young man on top of a stick structure coming out of the water | Source: UN

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These small islands have a combined population of 63.2 million people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of $575.3 billion.

Small islands face a unique set of challenges due to their small size and remote location. They are also highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.

While they have many things in common, the standards of living among small islands differ widely, with GDP per capita ranging from $51,000 in Singapore to $830 in Comoros.

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06/04/2015

Climate Change: Small Island States Face 'Existential Threat'

Human Wrongs Watch

The head of the United Nations office dealing with disaster risk mitigation has on 4 April 2015 underlined her concerns about the future development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the face of extreme weather events.

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Crop damage caused by Super Cyclone Pam on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu. Photo: UNICEF/Gaelle Sevenier

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“Climate change combined with poverty and exposed infrastructure and housing, will lead to a significant increase in economic losses due to increased wind damage and sea level rise,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).*

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