Archive for September, 2015

21/09/2015

Refugee Crisis: Brought to You by Western Imperialism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andre Vltchek*

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20 September 2015 (RT)* – While Europe is erecting fences, deploying armies and expressing its “concern” about how to deal with the annual influx of some 300,000 asylum seekers, vast areas of the world – namely the Middle East and Africa – are essentially ceasing to exist.
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Another weekend of tragedy marks the Mediterranean, with up to 40 refugees dead | © UNHCR/I Prickett | Belongings from the latest victims of a doomed attempt to reach safety in Europe

Another weekend of tragedy marks the Mediterranean, with up to 40 refugees dead | © UNHCR/I Prickett | Belongings from the latest victims of a doomed attempt to reach safety in Europe

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For years, I have been witnessing the desperate movements of millions of refugees and migrants all over the world.

The West has been redrawing the borders everywhere, performing direct invasions, or using proxy wars, in order to destabilize or directly destroy all “hostile” governments (read: those that have been determined to feed, educate, house and cure their own people).

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21/09/2015

Energy Revolution 2015

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21 September 2015 (Greenpeace)* – This is the year when the fight against climate change could take a dramatic turn. The conference in Paris in December presents political and business leaders with the opportunity to take the critical decisions needed if we are to keep average temperature rises to no more than 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius.

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According to the IPCC, humankind cannot emit more than 1,000 giga-tonnes of CO2 from now, if we are to stay within this limit.
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At the current and projected rate of consumption, this entire carbon budget will be used by 2040.
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Dynamic change is happening in energy supply, but the change needs to happen faster. this Energy [R]evolution scenario proposes a pathway to a 100% sustainable energy supply, ending CO2 emissions and phasing out nuclear energy, and making redundant new oil exploration in the arctic and deep sea waters such as off the coast of Brazil.
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It also demonstrates that this transformation increases employment in the energy sector.

What is required is for the political will to be there.

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21/09/2015

Renewable Energy for All. Is It Possible?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shuk-Wah Chung*

21 September 2015 – A world powered 100% by renewables seems like a faraway fantasy. But is it actually possible?

 Children sit under solar panels at Bishunpur Tolla, Dharnai village. A solar-powered micro-grid is now supplying electricity to the village.

Credit: Vivek M/Greenpeace

“100% renewables!”

It’s a buzz-phrase that loves being thrown around by environmentalists, passionate protesters and science geeks alike. From activists, to companies or start-ups spruiking their latest eco-powered device, renewable anything is a steadily growing industry.

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20/09/2015

“If I don’t help these children, who will?”

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WATCH: A midwife delivers babies after Boko Haram threats

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 17 September 2015 – The Dalori camp, just outside the north-east Nigerian city of Maiduguri, is teeming with an estimated 15,000 people who have been displaced by violent conflict in the area.In a camp in north-eastern Nigeria for people displaced by violence, a teacher’s dedication helps children learn and to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

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20/09/2015

Is Yemen Europe’s Next Migration Crisis?

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By Almigdad Mojalli and Joe Dyke*
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SANA’A/BEIRUT, 18 September 2015 (IRIN)* – Suddenly everyone knows about Syria as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee across Europe. But further south, another Middle Eastern country is also imploding, arguably at an even faster rate. Will refugees from Yemen now also start to flee to Europe?

The ticket office in Sana’a is crowded with people, bustling to get to the front of the queue. These are Yemen’s upper- and middle- classes, jostling for a spot on the next plane out of the country.

There is only one commercial route open: a once-daily flight to the Jordanian capital Amman. If you book today, the earliest you’ll be able to leave will be in six weeks.

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20/09/2015

“Don’t Talk Zionism!”

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By Uri Avnery*

19 September 2015

IN THE early 1950s, I published a story by my friend, Miko Almaz. At the time, the new State of Israel was in dire straits, its leaders did not know how to pay for next month’s food.

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

Someone remembered that in a remote part of Africa there was a small community of Jews, who owned all the diamond mines and were immensely rich.

The government chose their most effective money-raiser and sent him there.

The man realized that the fate of the state was resting on his shoulders. He assembled the local Jews and gave them The Speech.

About the pioneers who left everything behind to go to Palestine and make the desert bloom, about their back-breaking labor, about their lofty socialist ideals.

When he was finished, there was not a dry eye in the room. Returning to his hotel, he knew that he had given the speech of his life.

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19/09/2015

International Day of Peace? But There Are Over 40 Armed Conflicts Now Unfolding Around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

As you read this, there are more than 40 conflicts unfolding in countries around the world. Many of them don’t get the media or policy attention of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or Ukraine, and they may not have the same geopolitical or economic importance. But the toll of decades-long conflicts – from Colombia to the Ogaden, from Kashmir to Western Sahara – is just as devastating for the people who live there. (ReadForgotten Conflicts).

Map created by emmeline emmeline | Source: IRIN

**Map created by emmeline emmeline | © OpenStreetMap contributors © CartoDB, CartoDB attribution | Source IRIN

Now the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the laying down of arms and a 24-hour cease-fire on 21 September, which is observed around the world each year as the International Day of Peace.*

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18/09/2015

‘Boko Haram Violence Displaces 1.4 Million Children in Nigeria and Beyond’

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The number of attacks by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries has risen, and half a million children have had to flee to safety in the past five months, bringing the total number of displaced children in the region to 1.4 million, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 18 September 2015 said.

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Children and adults in the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo 

“Each of these children running for their lives is a childhood cut short,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, in a statement.

“It’s truly alarming to see that children and women continue to be killed, abducted and used to carry bombs,” he added.

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18/09/2015

Algeria: The Secret Service Never Die

Human Wrongs Watch

 
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**Photo: Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner | Algeria, 2008 | Presidencia de la Nación Argentina | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo: Abdelaziz Bouteflika meets the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner | Algeria, 2008 | Presidencia de la Nación Argentina | Wikimedia Commons

In Algeria, the plot cannot even compare to the best American thriller series. Plot twists, power plays and myths – all the ingredients of a great political thriller are present and all are fed by a code of silence to give a fictional sense of the power struggles at the top echelons of the state.

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18/09/2015

Ten Weeks Ahead of Paris Climate Conference, Only 1 in 3 Countries Submits ‘Intended’ Action Plan

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is eager to get countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December [30 November-11 December 2015]  in Paris, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue on 17 September 2015 said.

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Climate change has serious implications for agriculture and food security. Photo: FAO/L. Dematteis

Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, told a press conference at United Nations Headquarters that, to date, 62 out of 194 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).

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