Archive for November 11th, 2015

11/11/2015

Latin American Legislators, a Battering Ram in the Fight Against Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

SANTIAGO, 11 November 2015 (IPS) – Lawmakers in Latin America are joining forces to strengthen institutional frameworks that sustain the fight against hunger in a region that, despite being dubbed “the next global breadbasket”, still has more than 34 million undernourished people.
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A girl in traditional festive dress from Bolivia’s highlands region displays a basket of fruit during a fair in her school in central La Paz. Fruit is the foundation of the new school meal diet adopted in the municipality, which puts a priority on natural food produced by small local farmers in the highlands. The alliance between family farming and school feeding is extending throughout Latin America thanks to laws put into motion by the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPS

A girl in traditional festive dress from Bolivia’s highlands region displays a basket of fruit during a fair in her school in central La Paz. Fruit is the foundation of the new school meal diet adopted in the municipality, which puts a priority on natural food produced by small local farmers in the highlands. The alliance between family farming and school feeding is extending throughout Latin America thanks to laws put into motion by the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPS

The legislators, grouped in national fronts, “are political leaders and orient public opinion, legislate, and sustain and promote public policies for food security and the right to food,” said Ricardo Rapallo, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Security Officer in this region.

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11/11/2015

Extreme Weather in Yemen and Africa Could Trigger Locust Plagues with Devastating Impact on Crops and Pastures

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Rome – Unusually heavy and widespread rains that fell recently in northwest Africa, the Horn of Africa and Yemen could favor Desert Locust breeding, FAO on 11 November 2015 warned, stressing that close monitoring is needed over the next six months to prevent the insects from forming destructive swarms.

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Photo: ©FAO/Giampiero Diana

Locusts can devastate crops and pastures. | Photo: Gianpiero Diana/FAO

The locust situation in countries normally affected by Desert Locust remained mostly calm in October with only small-scale breeding activity detected, FAO experts said.

They noted however, that this could change, in part due to the impact of El Nino in Africa and the tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

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11/11/2015

US Escalates Air and Ground Operations in Iraq and Syria

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By Thomas Gaist* 

11 November 2015 (WSWS) – The US must prepare new deployments of ground forces to Syria as part of military operations that will continue for years to come, US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Tuesday at the Dubai Air Show.

**Map of the Middle East for use on Wikivoyage | Author: Cacahuate, amendments by Globe-trotter and Joelf | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wikimedia Commons

**Map of the Middle East for use on Wikivoyage | Author: Cacahuate, amendments by Globe-trotter and Joelf | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International | Wikimedia Commons

“Air power is extremely important,” James said. “It can do a lot, but it can’t do everything. Ultimately, it cannot occupy territory and very importantly it cannot govern territory.”

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11/11/2015

US Needs Boots on the Ground to ‘Occupy & Govern’ Syrian Territories – Air Force Secretary

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11 November 2015 (RT)* Washington needs “boots on the ground” in Syria in addition to its air campaign against ISIS, which is not fruitful despite some progress. US Air Force secretary has admitted that “ground forces” is a must in order to “occupy” and “govern” parts of Syria.
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**Photo: A woman pleads to an Iraqi army soldier from 2nd Company, 5th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division to allow a suspected insurgent free during a raid near Tafaria, Iraq. | Author: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jackey Bratt | Source: navy.mil | According to Wikimedia

**Photo: A woman pleads to an Iraqi army soldier from 2nd Company, 5th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division to allow a suspected insurgent free during a raid near Tafaria, Iraq. | Author: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jackey Bratt | Source: navy.mil | According to Wikimedia “This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.” | Wikimedia Commons

In her comments, Secretary Deborah Lee James stressed the importance of the US-led air campaign, but admitted that airstrikes need to be backed by ground forces.

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11/11/2015

Latin America/Caribbean: Parliamentary Forum to Set New Goals Against Hunger

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By Milagros Salazar*

LIMA, 7 November 2015 (IPS)Undertaking the challenge of pushing for new legislation to guarantee food security in their countries, legislators from Latin America and the Caribbean, together with guest lawmakers from Africa and Asia, will hold the Sixth Forum of the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger on 15-17 November.

Two peasant farmers with a calf in the Andes highlands community of Alto Huancané in the southeastern department of Cusco. Small farmers like them provide around 80 percent of the food for the inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPS

Two peasant farmers with a calf in the Andes highlands community of Alto Huancané in the southeastern department of Cusco. Small farmers like them provide around 80 percent of the food for the inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPS

The Forum will provide an opportunity to share experiences, said Aitor Las Romero, in charge of organisation of the forum in the Peruvian office of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which provides support to the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger, created in the region in 2009.

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11/11/2015

Destruction of Palestinian Olive Trees Is a Monstrous Crime

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By Dr. Cesar Chelala*

7 November 2015 – (The Ecologist) – The uprooting and cutting down of over a million olive and fruit trees in occupied Palestine since 1967 is an attack on a symbol of life, and on Palestinian culture and survival, writes Dr. Cesar Chelala. A grave crime under international humantarian law, the arboricide is also contrary to Jewish religious teachings.

A Palestinan woman protecting an olive tree from destruction. Photo: intifada.de via Frank M. Rafik on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA). | Source: The Ecologist

A Palestinan woman protecting an olive tree from destruction. Photo: intifada.de via Frank M. Rafik on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA). | Source: The Ecologist

During the last few years, Palestinian olive trees – a universal symbol of life and peace – have been systematically destroyed by Israeli settlers.

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11/11/2015

Where Will all the Afghans Go?

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By Bilal Sarwary*
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KABUL, 10 November 2015 (IRIN)* – Growing up poor in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, Mohammad Khalid always wanted to be a doctor, and his family supported him. They sold some precious farmland and would even forgo meals in order to save the money that helped him through medical school.

Khalid graduated in 2013, but his family’s joy was short-lived. Crippled by war, Afghanistan’s economy is in a shambles and so is its medical system.

Khalid struggled to find work, finally taking a non-medical job with an international NGO, which pulled out of the country months later.

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11/11/2015

Renewables: the Smart Way Out of Crisis in Southern Europe

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By Tina Peternel*

10 November 2015 – Even though autumn is in full, colorful swing and we’re slowly getting ready for winter in Europe, Greenpeace is turning up the heat and not letting go of summer just yet.

Sand Sculpture for Solar Paradise Project in Gran Canaria. 25 Jul, 2015 © Sergio Bolaños / Greenpeace

Credit: Sergio Bolanos/Greenpeace

I still have a picture in my mind of hundreds of volunteers, tourists and local residents heading to the most popular beaches of Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain, demanding that their governments protect their beloved holiday destinations from dirty energy and make use of what these countries are never lacking: sun and wind.

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11/11/2015

‘Heavy-handed Tactics in Fighting Terrorism Only Add Fuel to the Fire’

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Speaking in a region that has been torn apart by violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 10 November 2015 told Arab and South America leaders in Saudi Arabia that heavy-handed tactics in fighting terrorism only add fuel to the fire.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives for the opening of the Fourth Summit of Arab and South American Countries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. UN Photo/ Rick Bajornas

“Violent extremism is a growing threat, as we have seen in Syria, Iraq, Libya and here in Saudi Arabia,” he said at the Fourth Arab-South American Summit in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

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