Archive for September 15th, 2015

15/09/2015

Putin: ISIS Has Designs on Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem; Endangers Europe & Russia

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**Vladimir Putin | www.kremlin.ru.| Wikimedia Commons

**Vladimir Putin during annual Q&A conference | http://www.kremlin.ru.| Wikimedia Commons

The situation is very serious, Putin said, adding that Moscow is very worried that IS terrorists are publicly announcing their designs on Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The jihadists also plan to spread their activities to Europe, Russia, central and southeastern Asia.

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15/09/2015

Choked in Smoke – Living in the Thick of Indonesia’s Haze

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By Zamzami*

11 September, 2015 (Greenpeace)* – Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows.

A Greenpeace investigator documents fires on recently cleared peatland in the PT Rokan Adiraya Plantation oil palm plantation near Sontang village in Rokan Hulu, Riau, Sumatra. 23 Jun, 2013

My wife and daughter should be at our home in Pekanbaru, Riau on the east of Sumatra right now. It’s been more than a month since we moved, or rather escaped to my parent’s house in West Sumatra.

But like a dark cloud over my head I’ve since discovered that wherever I go, smoke follows.

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15/09/2015

Seven Years since the Wall Street Crash

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By Nick Beams*

15 September 2015 (WSWS)* The bankruptcy of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers seven years ago today signalled a breakdown of the global capitalist economy and financial system that continues to deepen.

**Lehman Brothers Headquarters on Bankruptcy Day | New Yoork City, 15 September 2008 | Author: Robert Scoble | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

**Lehman Brothers Headquarters on Bankruptcy Day | New Yoork City, 15 September 2008 | Author: Robert Scoble | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

Within hours of Lehman’s demise, it became clear this was not simply the failure of an individual bank, but the expression of a crisis engulfing the entire US and global financial system.

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15/09/2015

An Appeal for Shimon Perez and the Israeli Government to Do the Right Thing and Free Vanunu

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By Mairead Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate

14 September 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service 

Mairead Maguire

Peace People Press Release – 11 Sep 2015 – Today an Israeli court decided to keep nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu under house arrest for giving an Israeli media interview.

Vanunu’s appeal against house arrest in connection with this interview has been denied.

This adds to the unjust and inhuman treatment he has received for revealing in 1986 that Israel was building nuclear bombs.

He has served 18 years in prison, including eleven in solitary.

Since his release he has been a virtual prisoner within Jerusalem, unable to leave the country, use internet, speak to journalists, foreigners, etc., all actions against international law as he is a prisoner of conscience.

Maguire said,

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15/09/2015

The Afghan Refugee Teacher Who Transformed the Lives of a Thousand Refugee Girls in Pakistan

By Charlotte Jenner*
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15 September 2015 (UNHCR)* – This year’s Nansen Refugee Award winner, Aqeela Asifi, is being honoured for her courageous work and significant contribution to refugee girls’ education. Since arriving in Kot Chandana refugee village in Punjab, Pakistan, 23 years ago, Asifi has worked tirelessly to allow the girls of its deeply conservative and impoverished Afghan refugee community to access primary and secondary education.
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Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi (right), named as the winner of the United Nations annual Nansen Award. During classes, she pays attention to individual students and monitors their progress. Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi (right), named as the winner of the United Nations annual Nansen Award. During classes, she pays attention to individual students and monitors their progress. Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

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To date, her hard work, sensitivity to cultural and religious values, and persistence have resulted in one thousand girls having the opportunity to attend her school at both primary and secondary level, receiving national lower secondary certification.
15/09/2015

How Anxiety and Despair Haunt Trafficked Children

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LONDON, 9 September 2015 (IRIN)* – For children and young people exploited by traffickers in Southeast Asia, escape or rescue ought to put an end to their nightmare. But new research paints a grim picture of the lasting effects on their mental health.

Ligia Kiss of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine led a team that investigated the psychological effects on children of trafficking in the region. “We were shocked by the numbers,” she told IRIN.

While such effects have been well-documented over the years, few, if any, previous studies have delivered such quantitative detail with regard to children and adolescents.

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