Archive for August 20th, 2015

20/08/2015

EU Pays Price for Lack of Migration Planning

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OXFORD, 19 August 2015 (IRIN)* – Migrant arrivals to Europe in 2015 were widely expected to surpass the record levels reached in 2014, as conflicts in Syria and elsewhere raged on. But the staggering number of sea arrivals to Greece in recent weeks appears to have taken many by surprise.
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Greece recorded more than 50,000 arrivals in July, according to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, surpassing in just one month the 43,500 who arrived during the whole of 2014.

The figures for August are likely to be even higher – last week alone, 21,000 migrants, the vast majority of them refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, crossed the relatively short stretch of the Mediterranean that separates Turkey from Greek islands such as Kos, Lesvos and Chios.

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20/08/2015

Eight Children Killed or Maimed Every Day in ‘Brutal’ Yemen Conflict

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An average of eight children are killed or maimed every day in Yemen as a direct result of the conflict that has gripping the country since April, according to a new report released on 19 August 2015 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Faisal, 18 months old is treated for severe acute malnutrition at Sabeen hospital in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. Photo: UNICEF/UMI191723/Yasin

“This conflict is a particular tragedy for Yemeni children,” said UNICEF Representative in Yemen, Julien Harneis.

“They are being killed by bombs or bullets, and those that survive face the growing threat of disease and malnutrition. This cannot be allowed to continue,” he stressed.

Yemen: Childhood Under Threat reveals that nearly 400 children have been killed and over 600 others injured since the violence escalated some four months ago.

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20/08/2015

‘Incomprehensible’ Scale of Human Suffering in Yemen

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19 August 2015 – Just back from Yemen and “shocked” by what he saw there, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today that the scale of human suffering is nearly incomprehensible, and that unless stakeholders get the parties to stop the fighting and return to the negotiating table, soon “there will be nothing left to fight for.”

UN Under-Secretary-General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien (centre) with local authorities and media on 9 August 2015 in front of the Governorate of Amran, Yemen, that got destroyed in an airstrike. Photo: OCHA/Philippe Kropf

“The civilian population is bearing the brunt of the conflict – a shocking four out of five Yemenis require humanitarian assistance and nearly 1.5 million people are internally displaced. More than 1,000 children have been killed or injured and the number of young people recruited or used as fighters is increasing,” Under-Secretary-General for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, said to the 15 members-body.

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20/08/2015

ISIS Funding Rooted in West – UK Analyst

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**A view point of the city Kobanê, in Syrian Kurdistan, during the bombardment of ISIL targets by US-led forces, The photo has been taken from Turkish-Syrian border (Suruç) | Photo: M. Akhavan / Persian Dutch Network | PersianDutchNetwork | Wikimedia Commons

**A view point of the city Kobanê, in Syrian Kurdistan, during the bombardment of ISIL targets by US-led forces, The photo has been taken from Turkish-Syrian border (Suruç) | Photo: M. Akhavan / Persian Dutch Network | PersianDutchNetwork | Wikimedia Commons

Tom Keatinge, director at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Center for Financial Crime and Security Studies, argues the West’s strategy for disrupting terrorist financing is short-sighted.

In a piece of analysis published on Monday [17 August], the ex-City of London banker said the world’s most pressing “terrorist finance risk” lies closer to home than Western counter-terror policy acknowledges.

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20/08/2015

Losing One’s Language

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By Dr Ravi P Bhatia*

20 August 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – The world has already lost hundreds of languages and the trend continues unabated. It is estimated that there are about 6500 spoken languages today of which approximately 5000 will become extinct by the end of the 21st century.

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**”The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Oil on board, 1563. Humans have speculated about the origins of language throughout history. The Biblical myth of the Tower of Babel is one such account; other cultures have different stories of how language arose | public domain | Wikimedia Commons

These vulnerable languages are mainly spoken by the indigenous people living in several remote parts of the world in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Due to the economic and social challenges these people face, their languages are being lost.

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20/08/2015

ASEAN GDP Grows by 4.6% – Services Sector, Biggest Contributor to Growth at 50.1% of Total

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19 August 2015, ASEAN Secretariat News* – The latest data from ASEAN Statistics revealed that ASEAN economies remained resilient in 2014 amidst uncertainty in the global economic environment. The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 4.6 percent to reach US$ 2.57 trillion.

ASEAN GDP Grows by 4.6%

Source: ASEAN

The sustained growth in GDP led to an increase in the GDP per capita from US$ 3,908 in 2013 to US$ 4,130 in 2014. The services sector continued to be the biggest contributor to growth at 50.1 percent of the region’s total GDP in 2014.

In the case of ASEAN6 (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand), all countries except Malaysia have experienced a slowdown in their growth, leading to a decrease in the averaged GDP growth from 5.1 percent in 2013 to 4.3 percent in 2014.

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