Archive for April 30th, 2015

30/04/2015

A Guide to the Religious Conflict in the Arab World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rome, 30 April 2015 — Any decision by Italy to intervene in the Libyan crisis, while politically convenient, would create more problems than solutions.

Roberto Savio

Roberto Savio

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced recently (April 20) his government was studying the possibility of mounting “targeted interventions” against the Libya-based people smugglers behind the huge surge in numbers of migrants attempting to flee North Africa. But he made clear that Italy would not be intervening militarily.

His statement that “attacks on death rackets, attacks against slave traders (traffickers) are in our thinking” was a timely political manoeuvre, geared toward undermining the growth of anti-immigrant forces in Italy – particularly the extreme right-wing Lega Nord.

It also was a convenient way for Italy to hide its inability to take a real commitment on the issue of immigration.

Likewise, it was also convenient for the United States, as President Barak Obama made clear to Renzi in his recent meeting, that he had no intention of putting American troops on the ground in Libya.

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30/04/2015

Lack of Systems to Combat Antibiotic Resistance Poses ‘Major Threat’ to Public Health

Human Wrongs Watch

Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a major threat to public health, says a new United Nations report released on 30 April 2014.

Photo: WHO

The study, produced by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), is the first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally, and provides the most comprehensive picture to date, incorporating data from 114 countries.*

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