Archive for December 18th, 2015

18/12/2015

Acts of Terror in Nigeria: Is the Military Serving Boko Haram’s Agenda?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Shakdam*

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17 December 2015 (RT)* – While the media eye remains set on the Middle East, focused as it were on the long litany of horrors which have streamed out of the region, Africa too has witnessed more than its fair share of violence, bloodshed and acts of senseless terror.
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Photo: Nigerian Defence Headquarters | Nigerian troops in the northeast – how not to win hearts-and-minds | Source: IRIN

The forgotten victim of Wahhabi-inspired radicalism, Nigeria stands besieged by powers which have disguised themselves as legitimate, the avant-garde of an ideological plague which seeks a complete re-engineering of Africa’s religious map.

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18/12/2015

How Boko Haram Is Killing Off Farms

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz*

YOLA, 17 December 2015 (IRIN) – Bulama Buba Kadai once owned 20 farms and more than 100 head of cattle near Gwoza in northeastern Nigeria. A year ago, when Boko Haram attacked his village, Kadai’s land and all but two cows were destroyed. He also lost his two sons – the sole heirs of any property he may one day leave behind. “I think most of us are going back to our graves,” Kadai told IRIN.

Ongoing attacks have destroyed land and killed thousands of young men since 2009, and, in some cases, wiped out or displaced entire generations of farmers and herders. The future of many rural communities in northeastern Nigeria is, at best, uncertain, at worst, unsustainable.

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18/12/2015

‘Time for Fiddling around the Edges Is Over; Take Decisive Action Now to Avert Civil War in Burundi’

Human Wrongs Watch

The top UN human rights official on 17 December 2015 urged the international community to take “robust, decisive” action instead of “fiddling around the edges” to avert a civil war in Burundi that could have serious ethnic overtones and alarming regional consequences.

 

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A young boy from Burundi, forced to flee his home due to violence, looks at his new surroundings in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. Photo: UNICEF/Rob Beechey

“Burundi is at bursting point, on the very cusp of a civil war,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the Human Rights Council in Geneva in a special Session in his latest warning on the Central African country where the UN played a key role in restoring stability after decades of war between Hutus and Tutsis that killed tens of thousands.*

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18/12/2015

Security Council Now Moves to Cut Off All Funding Sources for ISIL and Other Terrorist Groups

Human Wrongs Watch

At its first ever meeting at Finance Ministers’ level, the United Nations Security Council on 17 December 2015 stepped up its efforts to cut off all sources of funding for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIL) and other terrorist groups, including ransom payments, no matter by whom.

Security Council holds its first ever meeting at Finance Ministers’ level. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

In a unanimously adopted resolution at a session presided over by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew of the United States, which holds its monthly presidency, the 15-member body called for enhanced actions, from closing financial system loopholes to stopping the abuse of charitable causes, as well as updating the existing ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.*

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18/12/2015

Every Two Seconds, a Baby Is Born in a Conflict Zone – “Can There Be a Worse Start in Life?”

Human Wrongs Watch

More than 16 million babies in 2015 were born in conflict zones such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen or on perilous journeys to escape fighting, which translates to 1 in 8 of all births worldwide, or one newborn every two seconds, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 17 December 2015 said.

In January 2015, walking through snow, a woman carries an infant in refugee camp number 29, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/UNI179012/Alessio Romenzi

18/12/2015

UN Member States Outline Information Technology Roadmap to Bridge the Digital Divide

Human Wrongs Watch

17 December 2015 – With the curtain closed on the two-day review by the UN General Assembly of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Member States have adopted an outcome document which aims at bridging the digital divide, ensure freedom of speech, and address Internet governance to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Photo: ITU

18/12/2015

The United States Drifts Towards Political Irresponsibilty

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

18 December 2015

The recent Republican presidential debates took place in the gaudy and luxurious Venetian Casino in Los Vegas, a building whose billionaire Republican-backing owner Sheldon Adelson held a private meeting with fellow-billionaire Donald Trump before the debate.

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**This photo depicts Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. | Author: Neelix | public domain.| Wikimedia commons

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