Archive for September 3rd, 2015

03/09/2015

Flame of Revolution Sparks in Lebanon’s Burgeoning Protest Movement

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Lebanese people gather at the Martyrs' Square during a rally to protest the ongoing rubbish crisis (AA) | Source: Middle East Eye

Lebanese people gather at the Martyrs’ Square during a rally to protest the ongoing rubbish crisis (AA) | Source: Middle East Eye

On 17 July, the government’s contract with the cleaning company Sukleen expired, resulting in the suspension of rubbish collecting services.

Rubbish piled up in the streets, with the hot summer sun contributing to a nauseating smell and repellent heaps obstructing the roads and intersections.

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03/09/2015

Europe Doesn’t Have a Migrant Crisis, It Has a Syrian Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Joe Dyke*

BEIRUT, 2 September 2015 (IRIN)* – Imagine Syria didn’t exist – that the war never happened. Suddenly Europe’s migration crisis doesn’t look so bad.

The two EU countries that receive the vast majority of arrivals by boat are Italy and Greece.

In Italy, the number of sea arrivals (mostly from Libya) has changed little since last year.

From January to the end of August, there were 114,000, up from 112,000 over the same period in 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration.

This is still higher than Europe would want, but not a number that a rich economic bloc of more than 500 million inhabitants shouldn’t be able to accommodate.

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03/09/2015

Education under Fire: Conflicts Drive 13 Million Children Out of School in Middle East and North Africa

Human Wrongs Watch

Conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a new UNICEF report.*

© UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1771/El Baba |  Classmates hold hands while standing beside rubble from a destroyed part of the Shuje’iyah Girls’ School in eastern Gaza City.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1771/El Baba |  Classmates hold hands while standing beside rubble from a destroyed part of the Shuje’iyah Girls’ School in eastern Gaza City.

AMMAN, Jordan, 3 September 2015 – Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.

The report, “Education Under Fire” focuses on the impact of violence on schoolchildren and education systems in nine countries* that have been directly or indirectly impacted by violence.

Attacks on schools and education infrastructure – sometimes deliberate – are one key reason why many children do not attend classes.

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03/09/2015

‘Liberated’ Iraq: Over 1,300 People Killed and 1,800 Injured in August Only in Baghdad

Human Wrongs Watch

Terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq killed more than 1,300 people and injured over 1,800 others last month, reflecting a “steadily increasing number of casualties,” according to casualty figures released on 2 September 2015 by the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI).

Two small children who fled the escalating violence in Iraq (file photo). UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

Two small children who fled the escalating violence in Iraq (file photo). UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

The number of civilians killed was 585, and the number of civilians injured was 1,103 in August 2015, the Mission reported.

“Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,069 civilian casualties (318 killed, 751 injured),” according to the report. “Diyala suffered 108 killed and 162 injured; Ninewa 69 killed and 3 injured; Salah al-Din 23 killed and 13 injured and Kirkuk 17 killed and 15 injured.”

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