Archive for August 16th, 2015

16/08/2015

Egyptian Experimental Farm Reveals Possible Market for ‘Sewage Farming’ Agricultural Products

Human Wrongs Watch

Photo Credit: Richard Allaway cc

Their final report, ‘The Re-use of Treated Sewage Waste Water in Agriculture’ contains recommendations for a successful country-wide establishment of wastewater irrigated farms, in support of Egypt’s bit to tackle water scarcity and meet the growing demand for agricultural products.

Since its launch in 2013, the pilot project has identified crops and soils suitable for wastewater irrigation and analyzed the environmental, social and economic impacts of this method.

In the last phase of the project, the engineers conducted a market research on town, province and country level to evaluate the economic viability of wastewater irrigation.

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16/08/2015

From Hell to Holot: Africans Trapped in Israel’s Refugee Detention Centre

Human Wrongs Watch

By Benjamin Dooley*

14 August 2015 (Middle East Eye)* – The desert wind hits the men’s faces as they gather in the late afternoon sun at the Holot Detention Centre.

A meal being prepared just outside the Holot grounds last Ramadan (MEE/Benjamin Dooley)

Just 15km away stands the Egyptian border, where years ago many of the detainees arrived as the lucky survivors of an often deadly trek across the Sinai desert, victims of the mostly Bedouin traffickers who assured them of a better life awaiting them in Israel.

The yard just outside the prison is laden with rocks, marking off campsites where the detainees can enjoy a few hours of relative freedom in the desert landscape that surrounds the camp. Although they are allowed to leave the facility during the day they must return each evening.

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16/08/2015

Western Powers and their Allies: Strategic Partnerships or Criminal Associations?

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 **Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Netanyahu, Jerusalem, 23 July 2014 | Author: U.S. Department of State | Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/14723426751 | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Netanyahu, Jerusalem, 23 July 2014 | Author: U.S. Department of State | https://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/14723426751 | Wikimedia Commons

A wise person once said: “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.”

If we are indeed defined by the company we keep, western powers have much explaining to do – especially when most of their allies would figure on the Who’s Who of the International Criminal Court’s Most Wanted list if not for some convenient legal and political redacting.

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16/08/2015

Jewish Terrorists

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By Uri Avnery*

15 August 2015

SOME OF my best friends demand that I write an article condemning unconditionally the “administrative detention” of Jewish terrorists.

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

Three suspected terrorists have already been arrested under this procedure.

They are members of a group following the teachings of Rabbi Meir Kahane (the leader is actually his grandson).

Kahane was an American Rabbi who came to this country and founded a group branded by the Supreme Court as racist and anti-democratic.

It was outlawed. He was later assassinated by an Arab in the US. An underground group of his followers is now active in Israel.

This is one of the groups which belong to a clandestine movement, generally called “Price Tag” or “Hilltop Youth”, that has conducted various acts of terrorism, setting fire to Christian churches and Muslim mosques, attacking Arab farmers and destroying their olive trees.

None of the perpetrators has ever been apprehended, either by the army, which acts as a police force in the occupied territories, nor by the police in Israel proper. Many army officers are themselves residents of settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are illegal under international law.

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16/08/2015

Shrinking Humanitarian Space for Nigerian Refugees to Seek Asylum

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations refugee agency on 14 August 2015 expressed concern about the escalating violence in and around Nigeria and its impact on the situation of Nigerian refugees in surrounding host countries, including a shrinking humanitarian space in which they can seek asylum.

Displaced Nigerians expelled from Cameroon wait in line for a meal. Photo: OCHA

“We salute the generosity and humanitarian spirit of Cameroon, Chad and Niger in opening their doors to tens of thousands of people fleeing conflict in their home areas in north-east Nigeria over the past two years,” stated the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a press release.

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