Archive for November 7th, 2015

07/11/2015

Palestinian Lives Matter, But Not Necessarily in Israel

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Shakdam*

5 November 2015 (RT) – As violence continues to spiral out of control in the Levant, pitting Palestinians against Israel’s armed forces, resistance is no longer the headline of Palestine’s struggle; Israel’s ever-expanding brutality is.
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**Photo: Near Beit El on 10 October 2015 | Author: محمد الفلسطيني | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo: Near Beit El on 10 October 2015 | Author: محمد الفلسطيني | Wikimedia Commons

In early November, the Red Crescent revealed that Israel shot and injured over 2,600 Palestinians in October; the majority of which were unarmed civilians posing no immediate threat to Israel’s security forces.

Among the dead and other casualties were children. And when I say children I am not referring to teenagers or young people, because that would give some individuals grounds to argue that their youth did not imply innocence.

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07/11/2015

The Cats of Ariel

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

7 November 2015

EVERY TIME you think we have reached the limit, something else pops up and the limit moves.

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

One might have thought that the Hitler-Mufti story was the absolute limit of craziness. But here comes Uri Ariel, and proves one wrong. Ariel’s cats top Netanyahu’s mufti.

Ariel is a cabinet minister. Eh, minister for what? Almost nobody quite knew. Until now. Now it appears that he is the Minister of Agriculture.

As such, he is the minister for cats. Yes, yes. I am not joking. Even in Israel cats are no agricultural animals. The don’t draw the plow and don’t lay eggs. They just get neutered.

And therein lies the rub. Israel is full of cats. People like them. But the more they multiply, the less they have to eat. So for some time, the government has sponsored an effort to catch homeless cats and neuter them, in order to reduce the cat population and allow them to lead a decent life, worthy of cats.

Who pays for this? The Ministry of Agriculture, of course. Who else.?

(Why? No one knows. There must be some hidden reason.)

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07/11/2015

Kurdish Highlanders Fear the Sky

Human Wrongs Watch

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QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Iraq, 6 November 2015 (IPS) – You can find those popular Turkish chocolate and orange biscuits, and there are also shovels for the coming winter snow. There’s also no shortage of those popular watches boasting the face of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Rinaz Rojhelat is the only shop keeper remaining in Zergely, a village in the Qandil mountains, in Iraqi Kurdistan. His business is just in front of the debris left behind by a brutal Turkish air raid that killed eight villagers last August. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS

Rinaz Rojhelat is the only shop keeper remaining in Zergely, a village in the Qandil mountains, in Iraqi Kurdistan. His business is just in front of the debris left behind by a brutal Turkish air raid that killed eight villagers last August. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS

From his small shop in the village of Zergely, Iraq, Rinaz Rojelat sells virtually everything the local villagers cannot grow in these rugged mountains. But these are hard times, Rojelat claims. The banner on display outside his shop pays memory to the eight neighbours he lost to a Turkish air raid last August. The rubble of their houses, just a 100 metres away, is also an eloquent reminder of the tragic episode.

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07/11/2015

Children Living in Transit

Human Wrongs Watch

By Amira Alameddine*

In September, UNICEF confirmed that at least 4.5 million children have been uprooted by conflict and instability in five countries alone (Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria), and that more than half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe since the beginning of 2015, with children making up one-fifth of this migrating population.

The dangerous boat ride to Greece through the eyes of a Syrian refugee girl

Whether they are fleeing by land or by sea, these children carry with them the physical and psychological burdens of war and displacement.

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07/11/2015

Reparation Claim for Native Genocide and African Slave Trade Presented at Organization of American States

07/11/2015

Cholera Spreads Further in (Liberated) Iraq

Human Wrongs Watch

With the cholera spreading further in Iraq, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is providing assistance Iraqi health authorities, on 6 November 2015 urged accelerated action to shield communities and families from the outbreak, which has already infected more than 2,000 people across the country.

A girl is given a dose of oral cholera vaccine in Baharka IDP Camp, Erbil Governorate, Iraq, on 2 November 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Maulid Warfa

“There is unfortunately a high risk that cholera will reach more areas of Iraq, affecting marginalized and displaced children, women and their families in particular, so we have to act fast,” UNICEF Representative in Iraq Peter Hawkins said in a statement released on 6 November 2015.

UNICEF is part of urgent efforts underway to protect communities and families from the effects of a cholera outbreak that has already infected more than 2,200 people – about 20 per cent of them children – across 15 of the country’s 18 governorates.

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07/11/2015

Dramatic Effects of Powerful El Niño Expected Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

6 November 2015 – Deeply concerned about potential deaths, illness, malnutrition and psychosocial effects brought by the ongoing El Niño phenomenon, the strongest in nearly two decades, the World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up its efforts with regional offices and partners to guide countries on El Niño preparedness and timely response to curb its health risks.

This lake in Ba, Fiji, completely evaporated during the 1997-98 drought, leaving nothing but mud behind. Farmers fear that the same may happen again as El Niño builds up. Photo: OCHA/Danielle Parry

“The El Niño phenomenon is a major concern to global public health as it has the potential to exacerbate health risks associated with extreme weather in different parts of the world,” stated a WHO status report issued recently on Health Preparedness for El Niño Event 2015-2016.

According to a map produced by Columbia University, and included in the update, the trend of unusual wet and dry condition for November 2015 to January 2016 will continue.

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