Archive for November 16th, 2015

16/11/2015

Lebanon: ‘A land divided and subservient to outside forces’

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By Andre Vltchek*
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14 November 2015 (RT) – For years it was a well known fact that ISIS had managed to infiltrate Beirut. It was not promenading its soldiers through the capital – far from it! It was lying low, appearing dormant, but ready to strike at any moment.
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Source: RT

Source: RT

While Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army have been locked in what could only be described as “epic battles” with ISIL in the north of the country near the border with Syria, countless deadly cells of this Sunni Muslim terrorist organization (ISIL) were increasing their presence in all major Lebanese cities, including the country’s capital Beirut.

“ISIL militants are living not only in the Sunni Muslim parts of the city,” a local academic explained to me. “They are residing even in some of the upscale Christian neighborhoods. They managed to infiltrate the entire country. They can strike anytime and anywhere they want.”

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16/11/2015

EU-Africa Migrant Plan Raises Worrying Questions

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By Louise Hunt*
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VALLETTA, 12 November 2015 (IRIN)* – Are European leaders forcing their own migration agenda on Africa? Why are they conflating development aid with migration policy? What is wrong with introducing more safe and legal migration routes?

**A truck of smuggled migrants leaves Agadez to cross the Sahara desert into Libya and Algeria (Ibrahim Diallo Manzo/IRIN)

**A truck of smuggled migrants leaves Agadez to cross the Sahara desert into Libya and Algeria (Ibrahim Diallo Manzo/IRIN)

For refugee and migrant rights advocates, the action plan launched in Malta today at the end of a two-day meeting of 60 European and African leaders left more questions than answers.

The Valletta summit was meant to strengthen cooperation on tackling irregular migration, but critics saw it not only as a missed opportunity, but also as one-sided, secretive and wrong-headed.

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16/11/2015

Convention on Nuclear Security and Counter Nuclear Terrorism Lacks Adherences to Enter into Force

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11 November 2015 (UNODC) – The Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and its Amendment are legally binding instruments that promote nuclear security and counter nuclear terrorism. Unfortunately, the Amendment to the CPPNM is one of the few international legal instruments against terrorism that has not yet entered into force.

Source; UNODC

Source; UNODC

The adherence of two thirds of the Parties to the Convention, currently numbering 152 countries, plus Euratom, is required for the Amendment’s entry into force, but there are still 13 adherences needed for this to happen.*

“The entry into force of the Amendment to the CPPNM is the single most important step which the international community can take in strengthening nuclear security globally,” said the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, at the 59th General Conference of the IAEA.

This is important as terrorists are actively seeking nuclear and other radioactive materials, some of which are not always adequately protected – in some cases because of the lack of adequate legal frameworks, and in other cases because the legal frameworks are not being implemented.

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16/11/2015

‘Response to Terrorism Needs to Be Robust, But within the Rule of Law and with Respect for Human Rights’

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While the G20 Summit opened on 15 November 2015 in the Turkish city Antalya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will stress to world leaders that the global response to terrorism needs to be robust, but always within the rule of law and with respect for human rights.

Families fleeing ongoing violence in Ramadi, Anbar province, walk across Bzebiz Bridge into Baghdad province in Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/ Wathiq Khuzaie

Families fleeing ongoing violence in Ramadi, Anbar province, walk across Bzebiz Bridge into Baghdad province in Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/ Wathiq Khuzaie

“Let me start by reiterating my profound condolences to the people of France following the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night,” Ban told reporters at a press conference on the margins of the Summit.

Warning that terrorism is a threat to all humankind, the UN chief recalled that in the past four days alone, “horrendous” terrorist bombings have also killed dozens of people in Beirut and Baghdad.

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16/11/2015

Eight Leading Economic Powers to Double Renewable Energy Supply by 2030

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SAN JOSÉ, 12 November 2015 (IPS) – Eight of the world’s leading economies will double their renewable energy supply by 2030 if they live up to their pledges to contribute to curbing global warming, which will be included in the new climate treaty.
China has become the world leader in wind energy, although it is still surpassed by many European countries in terms of per capita wind power generation. Credit: Asian Development Bank

China has become the world leader in wind energy, although it is still surpassed by many European countries in terms of per capita wind power generation. Credit: Asian Development Bank | Source: IPS

A study published this month by the World Resources Institute (WRI) analysed the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) of the 10 largest greenhouse gas emitters to determine how much they will clean up their energy mix in the next 15 years.

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