Archive for August 10th, 2015

10/08/2015

Israeli Settlement Expansion ‘Root Cause’ of Growing Violence in Occupied Palestinian Territories – UN Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel’s policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area.

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Suffering displacement, injury and even death, children continue to bear unacceptable consequences of the recent escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1012/D’Aki

In a press release issued on 10 August 2015 to mark the end of its five-day fact-finding visit to Amman, Jordan, the UN Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, said that a series of meetings with civil society groups and Palestinian officials had revealed that the “root cause” of the escalating violence in the Territories is “the continuing policy of settlement expansion and the climate of impunity relating to the activities of the settlers.”

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10/08/2015

US Military Campaign in Syria – What Agenda Is Washington Serving this Time?

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By Catherine Shakdam*

10 August 2015 (RT)* – The US and Turkey have come to a tentative agreement in Syria, whereby Ankara is opening its territories to American troops in an attempt to defeat terror. Or is it that terror needs military backing to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad? It is difficult to tell these days.
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**Two destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria. From March 6 to July 23, a battle between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian government was fought for control over the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, during the Syrian civil war. | Author: Christiaan Triebert | Source: Flickr: Azaz, Syria | Wikimedia Commons

**Two destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria. From March 6 to July 23, a battle between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian government was fought for control over the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, during the Syrian civil war. | Author: Christiaan Triebert | Source: Flickr: Azaz, Syria | Wikimedia Commons

America’s neocons simply will not tolerate peace to drive the global narrative!

As the ink has been left to dry on the much-awaited and let’s just say it, the most significant political agreement of this decade, if not the century – the Iran nuclear agreement – Washington announced it would actively engage its military in Syria. It is almost as if America had to have at least one war going this summer for its hawks to be assuaged.

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10/08/2015

Norway Hit by Two Crisis, Yet the Citizens Are Protected by a Massive Oil Slick

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By Johan Galtung*

Jondal, Oslo,  10 August 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Norway, on top of the UN indicator of good life for years, is now hit by two different crises; one for the less developed aspect and one for the more developed. Yet the citizens are protected by a massive oil slick, the biggest sovereign fund in the world, the Government Pension Fund for an aging population when oil dries out. For only 5 million inhabitants, $178,000/capita, and growing.

**The oil platform Statfjord A with the flotel Polymariner. | Since the 1980s oil production has helped to expand the Norwegian economy and finance the Norwegian state | Author: User:Jarvin Jarle Vines | Wikimedia Commons

**The oil platform Statfjord A with the flotel Polymariner. | Since the 1980s oil production has helped to expand the Norwegian economy and finance the Norwegian state | Author: User:Jarvin Jarle Vines | Wikimedia Commons

First crisis: Third World monoculture—oil/gas–hit by the world markets; from over $ 100 per barrel to under 50 recently.

A crisis of over-supply and also of under-demand, less than expected: toxic fossil fuels do the same to the lungs of Planet Earth as smoking to the lungs of humans. Green alternatives strong in Germany, China, coming in USA.

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10/08/2015

The Need for a New Economic System – PART IV: Neocolonialism and Resource Wars

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

10 August 2015

Hobson’s explanation of colonialism

The Industrial Revolution opened up an enormous gap in military strength between the industrialized nations and the rest of the world. Taking advantage of their superior weaponry, Europe, the United States and Japan rapidly carved up the remainder of the world into colonies, which acted as sources of raw materials and food, and as markets for manufactured goods.

**Map of colonial empires throughout the world in 1800 | Author: George Tsiagalakis - original public domain PNG design by Jluisrs | Licence(CC-BY-SA 4) | Wikiemdia Commons

**Map of colonial empires throughout the world in 1800 | Author: George Tsiagalakis – original public domain PNG design by Jluisrs | Licence(CC-BY-SA 4) | Wikiemdia Commons

Between 1800 and 1914, the percentage of the earth under the domination of colonial powers increased to 85 percent, if former colonies are included.

The English economist and Fabian, John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940), offered a famous explanation of the colonial era in his book “Imperialism: A Study” (1902).

According to Hobson, the basic problem that led to colonial expansion was an excessively unequal distribution of incomes in the industrialized countries.

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10/08/2015

A Nation Bigger than US Suffering from High Rates of Diabetes, Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Human Wrongs Watch

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in 90 countries around the world, practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.*

Opening of the fourteenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (20 April 2015). UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Opening of the fourteenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (20 April 2015). UN Photo/Loey Felipe

On 9 August 2015, the UN Secretary-General called on the international community to commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples, who face a wide range of challenges from inadequate sanitation and housing to high rates of diabetes, drug and alcohol abuse.

In his message to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples message, observed annually on 9 August, Ban Ki-moon noted that most of the challenges they face to their health and well-being are “eminently preventable.”

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